Skip Navigation

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 and value.

In 2017 rankings, Beloit was ranked:

  • No. 76 (tie) for top "National Liberal Arts Colleges"
  • No. 13 (tie) for "Most Innovative Schools"
  • No. 20 (tie) for "Best Undergraduate Teaching"
  • No. 84 (tie) for "High School Counselor Rankings"
  • No. 72 for "Best Value Schools"

Profile for U.S. News & World Report was last updated on Sep 20, 2017.

College Factual

Beloit College appeared at #136 out of 1,383 "Best Nationwide Colleges"; a list of institutions that began with Yale University and included both public and private institutions. Beloit was also noted as being one of the "Best Nationwide Colleges for Your Money," ranking at No.161 out of 1,325 schools.

In regards to state rankings, Beloit was ranked #2 for "Best Wisconsin Colleges." 

Profile for College Factual was last updated on Sep 20, 2017.

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 2017 rankings, Forbes placed Beloit College at No. 209 on a list of 650 of "America's Top Colleges," No. 79 for Liberal Arts Universities, and No. 39 in the Midwest.

Beloit also ranked No. 75 on the 2017 Grateful Grads Index: Top 200 Best-Loved Colleges. This index measures a college's return-on-investment by counting the number of alumni who give back to their alma mater each year.

Profile for Forbes Magazine "Best Colleges" Rankings was last updated on Sep 20, 2017.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranked Beloit 71/100 liberal arts colleges on its 2016 list of Best College Values, and 160/300 overall when compared to public and private colleges and universities. 

Profile for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine was last updated on May 2, 2017.

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 calculates rankings by analyzing data from dozens of public data sources including the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Census, as well as over 30 million college reviews and survey responses.

In its 2018 rankings, listed Beloit College as the No. 86 "Best Liberal Arts College in America," and the No. 1 "Most Diverse College in Wisconsin." Other notable areas earned the rankings of:

  • Academics: A-
  • Diversity: A
  • Value: A-

Profile for Niche was last updated on Sep 20, 2017.


In Sierra's "Cool Schools 2017" Ranking, Beloit College ranked #194 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 Sep 20, 2017.


According to Time Inc.'s "Best Colleges for Your Money 2017-2018," Beloit College ranks 224th out of 711 colleges and universities. This ranking is calculated by considering a school's educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.

Profile for MONEY was last updated on Jul 31, 2017.

Business Insider

Beloit College was ranked #164 on a 2015 listing of the "610 Smartest Colleges in America" by Business Insider. While Beloit 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 Sep 20, 2017.


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 as one of five Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization honorees.

Profile for NAFSA was last updated on Sep 20, 2017.

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 observations that can be found 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 Sep 20, 2017.

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. The magazine focuses especially on service, research, and social mobility indicators.

In its 2017 rankings of "National Universities-Liberal Arts," Washington Monthly placed Beloit at No. 95 out of 240 schools, moving the college's ranking up nearly 60 spots from its 2016 ranking at No.152.

Compared to the other liberal arts schools relative to Beloit's size, Beloit ranked 34th on the number of alumni who go on to serve in the Peace Corps, and 33rd for the number of bachelor's recipients who go on to earn Ph.D.s.

Profile for Washington Monthly was last updated on Sep 20, 2017.

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.