The city of Beloit has the best of both worlds: It’s small enough to feel like a place you will call home, yet big enough to transport you and your friends between the Midwest’s larger cities for a long weekend.
On the up-and-up
The city of Beloit, on the southern border of Wisconsin above northern Illinois, is not just the site of Beloit College’s campus. With nearly 40,000 residents, it’s a vibrant community that has changed and redefined itself as much as the college has. Now, Beloit is home to an engaged community that, by its very nature, gives students in-person, and highly relevant experiences living and working here. And there’s no shortage of opportunities. Beloit is home to hundreds of businesses of every size, from global companies like ABC Supply, a roofing company across the mighty Rock River from campus, to Bushel & Peck’s, a locally-sourced restaurant and market in the heart of downtown.
Beloit is living history, the legacy of the blue collar workers of the past and present. Some residents can trace their family line back to Fairbanks Morse’s first African American workers during the Great Migration, while others immigrated here as recently as the last decade. Beloiters connect with this beautiful place, its hardworking people, and maybe even its snowy Midwestern winters.
For the student who needs an occasional change of scenery.
The city of Beloit offers local events and festivals almost constantly: the state’s second-largest open air farmers market during the warmer months, an international film festival in the winter, and revolving student art exhibits at Gallery ABBA downtown—all year round.
Beloit is also a close (and affordable) Van Galder bus ride away from Wisconsin’s bigger cities. Janesville, Rockford, and Madison are around an hour away, with Milwaukee and Chicago, IL, being less than two.