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U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World ReportU.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 2014 rankings, the college earned the No. 10 spot on a list of 18 national liberal arts colleges recognized for strong commitment to teaching, secured the No. 73 spot on a list of 240 national liberal arts colleges that were recommended by high school counselors, and tied for the No. 59 spot in its list of the top 240 liberal arts colleges nationwide. In addition to appearing on lists for Up-and-Comers, A-Plus Schools for B Students, and Strong Focus on Student Success - Study Abroad, Beloit was one of four Wisconsin colleges and universities to be profiled in the "Take a Road Trip" feature.

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.

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.

Inside College

Inside College recently named Beloit College as one of 63 colleges that make a difference in the world.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine

Kiplinger's Personal Finance MagazineKiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranked Beloit at No. 65 on its 2014 list of the country's best values in liberal arts schools. Beloit and the other schools included in the 2014 list represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. 

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

Corporation for National and Community Service

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor RollBeloit College was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 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.                                                                                                           

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.”


NAFSA Paul Simon AwardIn 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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.                                                                                         

National Survey of Student Engagement

NSSEIn the latest National Survey of Student Engagement (2011), 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.

Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY

Beloit ranks number 11 on a list of the "Best Performing National Liberal Arts Colleges" based on a comparison of its actual and predicted graduation rate according to this national education journal.

 The Princeton Review

The Princeton ReviewIn 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

Washington Monthly

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.

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."

Parade Magazine


Beloit College was one of 26 liberal arts colleges included on Parade Magazine's College A-List. It was also included on the weekly magazine's list of A-List institutions for pre-med students.

Loren Pope, Colleges That Change Lives

Colleges that Change LivesBeloit 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.”