Beloit College: Narrative Description

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700 College St.
Beloit, WI 53511-5596
Tel: (608)363-2000
Free: 800-9-BELOIT
Admissions: (608)363-2380
Fax: (608)363-2075
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1846. Setting: 65-acre small town campus with easy access to Chicago and Milwaukee. Endowment: $101 million. Research spending 2003-04: $15,847. Educational spending 2003-04: $13,266 per student. Total enrollment: 1,389. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,875 applied, 70% were admitted. 36% from top 10% of their high school class, 64% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 6 National Merit Scholars, 11 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,317 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 72 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 50 other countries, 80% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 2% 25 or older, 93% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 91% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Chicago, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 12/15 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $31,432 includes full-time tuition ($25,516), mandatory fees ($220), and college room and board ($5696). College room only: $2778. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $3190 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 85 open to all; national fraternities, local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, Black Student's Union, International Club, Alliance, Ballroom Dancing Club. Major annual events: Folk 'n' Blues Festival, Spring Day, International Symposium. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,081 college housing spaces available; 1,079 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Morse Library and Black Information Center with 183,736 books, 139,248 microform titles, 946 serials, 7,285 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 152 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Beloit College is located in Beloit, Wisconsin (population 36,000), 90 miles northwest of Chicago, 50 miles south of Madison, and 70 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Students take advantage of the varied resources offered by these three major metropolitan areas, as well as those offered by the city of Beloit itself. Beloit's hospital, clinics, manufacturers, and various civic and service organizations provide numerous internship, job shadowing, enrichment, and community outreach opportunities. Year-round sports and recreation areas are available in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. There is direct bus service from O'Hare International Airport, and the same bus continues on to the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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