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Ranking Beloit: What the Guides Say

From U.S. News to Colleges That Change Lives, Beloit is consistently recognized by the nation’s premier evaluators of higher education. Click below to read more about why Beloit is among the very best institutions for students seeking a personalized, flexible, and world-relevant college experience.

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report continues to prominently feature Beloit in its annual “Best Colleges” rankings, particularly in the areas emphasizing teaching quality, study abroad programs, and value.

In the 2015 rankings, Beloit tied for No. 61 overall out of 240 top liberal arts schools in the country; tied for No. 6 out of a list of 12 for most innovative schools; and also tied for No 12 out of 34 liberal arts schools for best undergraduate teaching. 

Beloit College appeared at #131 on a list of institutions that began with Yale University and included both public and private institutions. Beloit appeared one spot behind Furman University (SC) and just ahead of Gonzaga University. The University of Wisconsin, which was ranked #105 overall, was the only Wisconsin school to appear ahead of Beloit.

Profile for U.S. News & World Report was last updated on Oct 1, 2015.

The Princeton Review

In The Princeton Review's 2015 rankings, Beloit earned the No. 19 spot on its list of colleges with the most accessible professors, as well as the No. 19 spot for best science lab facilities.

In a "Survey Says” sidebar in the book's profile on Beloit, The Princeton Review lists topics that Beloit students agreed on most in their answers to survey questions. The list includes:

  • Students are happy
  • Lab facilities are great
  • Great financial aid
  • No one cheats
  • Students are friendly
  • Diverse student types on campus

Profile for The Princeton Review was last updated on Oct 26, 2015.

Forbes Magazine "Best Colleges" Rankings

In its 2015 edition, Forbes included Beloit College at #158 overall on a list of public and private universities nationally, and #28 in the Midwest. Beloit was also included at #75 on a list of colleges with the "Best ROI: 2015 Grateful Grads Index. Forbes also included Beloit at #41 on its "Most Entrepreneurial Colleges" ranking in 2015."

Profile for Forbes Magazine "Best Colleges" Rankings was last updated on Sep 18, 2015.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranked Beloit at No. 59 on its 2015 list of Best College Values, and No. 110 overall when compared to public and private colleges and universities. 

Profile for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine was last updated on Oct 1, 2015.

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)

"The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability."

For 2016, STARS gave Beloit College a Silver rating for its on-campus sustainability initiatives, with particularly high marks in the areas of research and campus engagement. After earning a Bronze ranking in 2015, this improvement demonstrates Beloit’s continued commitment to sustainability.

Profile for Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) was last updated on Apr 4, 2017.

Niche has listed Beloit College among the Best College in America for 2016 at No. 230, giving the college an overall grade B+. Other areas it ranked Beloit include: 

  • Professors: A
  • Academics: A-
  • Diversity: A-

Profile for Niche was last updated on Oct 26, 2015.


Beloit College ranked #144 in Sierra's 2016 Cool Schools Ranking for its on-campus sustainability practices. The ranking places an emphasis on campus energy use, transportation, and fossil fuel divestment, as the Sierra Club believes these three factors are crucial in addressing global climate change.

Profile for Sierra was last updated on Apr 4, 2017.

Business Insider

Beloit College was ranked #164 on a 2015 listing of the "610 Smartest Colleges" by Business Insider. While the college is test-optional (and, to put it more strongly, "test skeptical"), this ranking of the nation's colleges and universities may provide some students and families with a reference set of schools who generally enroll students with high high school GPAs and test scores.  

Profile for Business Insider was last updated on Oct 1, 2015.


In March 2011, Beloit received academe’s highest honor for international education – the Senator Paul Simon Award. NAFSA, the world’s largest international education association, named Beloit one of five Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization honorees.

Profile for NAFSA was last updated on Sep 17, 2015.

Corporation for National and Community Service

Beloit College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2009. This award is the highest federal recognition given for college and university volunteer efforts, service-learning projects, and civic engagement. Beloit was among 115 named to the Distinction List and one of only two honored in Wisconsin.

Profile for Corporation for National and Community Service was last updated on Oct 1, 2015.

Loren Pope, Colleges That Change Lives

Beloit College is among the 40 institutions recognized in the well-known college guide written by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope. Beloit was once again included in the book when it was updated and re-released in 2012.

Below are some of Pope's comments about Beloit in the original guide.

  • Campus Environment: “[Beloit] is a place to develop a strong sense of identity.”
  • Student Satisfaction:
    • “Beloit is a happy place that multiplies talents.”
    • “Beloit gets 94 percent to 97 percent of its freshman back for sophomore year, which is at least as good as the status schools.”
  • Student/Faculty Collaboration: “It is not unusual for [Beloit] students to be co-authors with faculty members on papers presented at professional meetings and occasionally of a book. It would be unusual for an undergraduate to have this kind of excitement or get this kind of recognition at a university.”
  • Teaching and Academics: “Beloit’s students are heavily involved in their own education. [Many] present an individual project in open forum and submit to questions from other students, faculty, and staff. Some projects have been good enough to be accepted for academic professional meetings.”
  • Producing Future Leaders:
    • “[S]eniors and recent graduates are saying [. . .] emphatically that Beloit has changed their lives.”
    • “[B]y the time they graduate, more than half of Beloit’s students have had some kind of off-campus study or internship, in this country or abroad. Also, over 80 percent of graduates have completed an independent study or special project.” 
    • “Sixty-three percent of graduates go on to get graduate or professional degrees, which puts [Beloit] among the top 50 in the country. And when it comes to producing future Ph.D.s in sociology, anthropology, geology, and foreign languages, it’s in the top 15%. When Who’s Who is used as an indicator of major contributors or achievers across the board, Beloit again appears among the top 50.” 
    • “Beloit is a founding member of the International 50 [. . .]. This group produces foreign service officers, ambassadors, and people who get doctorates in foreign languages and international studies at four to six times the rate of major research universities.”

Profile for Loren Pope, Colleges That Change Lives was last updated on Oct 26, 2015.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges

Beloit is consistently recognized in this annual non-ranked guide. In the 2014 guide, Beloit was noted in the categories of Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Film/Television and Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Drama.

Below are some excerpts about Beloit from the 2014 guide, as well as past guides:

  • “Beloit College urges students to 'Invent Yourself,' encouraging intellectual curiosity and personal initiative by giving students freedom to explore." 
  • “Teaching is the faculty’s first priority.”
  • “Beloit’s educational opportunities begin the moment a student walks on campus. Beloit is an academically rigorous East Coast liberal arts institution blended with the freer spirit and slower pace of the life of the Midwest.”

Profile for The Fiske Guide to Colleges was last updated on Oct 26, 2015.

Washington Monthly

Beloit College regularly appears on this monthly magazine's list of the nation's top liberal arts institutions. In 2014, the college appeared at #43 on a list of "Affordable Elite" colleges and universities, trailing Notre Dame and Georgetown University.  

In its 2013 rankings, the magazine, which focuses in on service, research, and social mobility indicators, ranked Beloit 39th on a list of institutions that funnel graduates into the Peace Corps and 83rd on a list of institutions with the highest number of graduates going on to earn Ph.D.s. Overall, Washington Monthly ranked Beloit at No. 121 on a list of national liberal arts colleges.

Profile for Washington Monthly was last updated on Sep 18, 2015.

National Survey of Student Engagement

In the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement, Beloit students demonstrated they were heavily engaged in activities and experiences strongly correlated with academic success and with the mission and focus of Beloit College.

  • Culminating Senior Experiences: 73 percent of Beloit seniors reported participating in senior capstones, theses, and other senior projects compared to 58 percent of seniors at Carnegie peer schools.
  • Independent Study and Self-Designed Majors: 42 percent of Beloit seniors reported participating in an independent study or self-designed major while at Beloit compared to 31 percent of seniors at Carnegie peer schools.
  • Study Abroad: 50 percent of Beloit seniors reported studying abroad during college compared to 38 percent of seniors attending Carnegie peer schools.
  • Diverse Community: 36 percent of Beloit seniors say Beloit “very much” encourages contact among students from different economic, social, and racial or ethnic backgrounds compared to 25 percent of seniors attending Carnegie peer institutions.
  • Research with Faculty: 43 percent of Beloit seniors reported working with faculty on research projects outside of course requirements compared to 33 percent of seniors at Carnegie peer schools.

Profile for National Survey of Student Engagement was last updated on Oct 26, 2015.

National Science Foundation

Beloit College appears at number 22 on the National Science Foundation’s list of national liberal arts colleges with the highest percentage of graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees. The 22nd place ranking is based on the proportion of students earning doctoral degrees from 1997 to 2006.

Beloit ranks 32nd in Ph.D. degree production among all colleges and universities, and the college is ranked among the top 50 for all colleges and universities for students completing Ph.D. degrees in the following fields:

  • Anthropology: 2nd
  • Social Sciences: 13th
  • Business: 17th
  • Geosciences: 26th
  • Humanities: 41st
  • English and Literature: 20th
  • Life Sciences: 35th
  • Biological Sciences: 38th
  • Math and Computer Sciences: 31st
  • Physical Sciences: 33rd
  • Political Sciences: 42nd 

From the 2010 Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Study based on data from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates.

Profile for National Science Foundation was last updated on Oct 26, 2015.