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Recognized for the things that matter the most.
From U.S. News to Colleges That Change Lives, Beloit is consistently recognized by the nation’s premier evaluators of higher education for the things that actually matter. Beloit is always among the very best institutions for students seeking a personalized, flexible, and world-relevant college experience.
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 2019 rankings of Liberal Arts Colleges, Washington Monthly placed Beloit at No. 34 out of 214 liberal arts schools, moving the college’s ranking up 4 spots from its 2018 ranking at No.38.
Profile for Washington Monthly was last updated on June 23, 2020.
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 the 2020 report, Beloit was ranked:
- No. 82 (tie) among top National Liberal Arts Colleges
- No. 22 (tie) for Best Undergraduate Teaching
- No. 64 in Best Value Schools
In the 2019 rankings, Beloit was:
- No. 68 (tie) in top National Liberal Arts Colleges
- No. 28 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching
- No. 68 in Best Value Schools
- No. 79 (tie) in “High School Counselor Rankings”
In 2017, Beloit also was ranked:
- No. 13 (tie) on U.S. News’ list for Most Innovative Schools
Profile for U.S. News & World Report was last updated on June 23, 2020.
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 2019 rankings, Niche.com listed Beloit College as the No. 3 “Best Liberal Arts College in Wisconsin.” Beloit also ranked 42nd out of 1,692 schools for “Most Liberal Colleges in America” and 87th out of 224 schools for “Best Colleges for International Relations in America.” Other notable areas earned the rankings of:
- Academics: A-
- Diversity: A
- Value: A-
Profile for Niche was last updated on June 23, 2020.
In the 2020 rankings, Beloit College appeared at #251 out of 1,727 “Best Nationwide Colleges,” in a list that included both public and private institutions, a notable achievement over the 2019 ranking of 374th.
Beloit also landed in the top 1% for being “most focused” for Anthropology and Chemistry majors, and in the top 5% for “overall diversity”. You can read more about college factual’s methodologies for top schools by major here .
Profile for College Factual was last updated on June 23, 2020.
In its 2020 rankings , the Princeton Review recognized Beloit as one of the “Best 385 Colleges” in the U.S, and as one of the “Best Midwestern” colleges.
In recent years, Beloit has been recognized for being a college with the most accessible professors, as well as having the best science lab facilities—a nod to our premier, LEED certified Sanger Science Center .
Profile for The Princeton Review was last updated on June 23, 2020.
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.”
- “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 June 23, 2020.
In Sierra’s “Cool Schools 2019” Ranking , Beloit College ranked #221 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 June 23, 2020.
In its 2019 rankings, Forbes placed Beloit College at No. 257 on a list of 650 of “America’s Top Colleges,” No. 90 for Liberal Arts Universities, and No. 52 in the Midwest.
Beloit also ranked No. 97 on the 2019 Grateful Grads Index: Follow Alumni Love and Money into the Best 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 June 23, 2020.
According to Time Inc.’s “Best Colleges for Your Money 2019,” Beloit College ranks 441st out of 744 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 June 23, 2020.
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 Jun 17, 2019
Beloit received academe’s highest honor for international education: the Senator Paul Simon Award in March 2011. 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 Jun 17, 2019.
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 Jun 17, 2019.
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 Jun 17, 2019.