make yourself at home
Beloit’s a welcoming place
Beloit’s community is friendly, passionate, tight-knit, active, supportive, and inclusive. (And many more adjectives, too!)
Put simply, Beloit is where you find your people — and your thing (or, as the case may be, many things).
- 18NCAA Division III varsity teams
- 10minutes to walk from campus to downtown
- 92%of first-year students live on campus
- 50+Clubs and organizations
Tight-KNIT AND INCLUSIVE
We are multi-hyphenates
Beloiters are artists and athletes, poets and pragmatists, dancers and data analysts, economists and environmentalists. And we suspect you are, too.
With dozens of clubs and organizations to choose from — and the ability to create your own — Beloiters don’t stay still for long. They design sets for student-directed plays, toss discs with the Beloit Ultimate Frisbee Family, host a WBCR radio show with their friends, 3D print in the Maker Lab, and host charity bake sales for their sorority. (All on top of being hardworking students, of course.)
Students have the agency to create their own events within their clubs and orgs, or as volunteer members of the student-run Programming Board or by working in the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) office. Every week, Beloiters schedule Medieval sword fighting tournaments (seriously), scrapbooking sessions, game nights, salsa lessons, parties, and even special trips to an apple orchard or a nearby city during spring and fall break.
Beloiters care about each other. A lot. Beloiters show up for their friends and classmates who act in the annual shadow cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, perform their own compositions developed in their music course, perform standup comedy, or present a project about ecofeminism in Jurassic Park at Symposium Day. They stay connected with alumni they met in their international politics class — and run into them downtown.
Beloiters also know what it’s like to be a team player, on the field and off. About a third of our students are Beloit Buccaneers, bonding with their teammates from all over the world. Their teams are their campus families, pushing one another to be the best version of themselves as both an athlete and a student. Fans attend sporting events to cheer their teams on. That’s just the Beloiter way.
Beloiters love their special events, and we offer many: Folk ‘n’ Blues is a music festival that’s been around since the ’70s. Classes are canceled on Spring Day to celebrate the much-anticipated warmer April weather. During the fall’s Beloit and Beyond and the spring’s Student Symposium, students share their research, internship, and study abroad experiences with the college community. All of these events break down the barriers of campus to bring students closer to each other and the greater community.
Other popular spaces are the gaming area and lounge in the Powerhouse, our student union, and at C-Haus, the campus performance space and bar. Our students love movie nights, pub trivia, academic lectures, open mics, and concerts. At the Powerhouse, they can work out, play pool, go for a swim, and game with friends.
Your wellness — in every sense of the word — is our top priority. Faculty and staff welcome and support each student both inside and outside the classroom. Access to quality healthcare (from illness to injury to sexual health), counseling, and other forms of support are an integral part of the Health and Wellness Center. Campus is an open and welcoming environment for all genders, cultures, and identities.
Experience Beloit, the city
The Beloit community extends far beyond the edge of campus. Downtown Beloit is your playground, home to local businesses, restaurants, cafes, mom and pop grocery stores, beautiful parks, and the state’s second-largest farmer’s market. Walmart, Woodmans (a local grocer), big-box stores and chain restaurants are within a 10-minute drive. And the college offers frequent shuttles to Walmart throughout the school year to help students get the necessities.
Through Impact Beloit, students work, volunteer, and intern at countless community organizations: the Beloit Sky Carp minor league baseball team, the Stateline Literacy Council, hospitals, the League of Women Voters, the Welty Environmental Center, and other nonprofits and local businesses. The city even features a well-known incubator called Irontek.
Beloit is also perfectly situated between a few other smaller and larger cities. Janesville, Wis., and Rockford, Ill., are both less than a half-hour drive away, providing great restaurants, shops, parks, and things to do. Thanks to the convenient and affordable Van Galder bus you can catch pretty close to campus, Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago are a quick ride away.
Feel at home
How students move through housing at Beloit is intentional. There’s something for everyone, and you get to experience as much of the diverse kind of housing here as you’d like.
Most first-year students and many sophomores have a roommate (or two!) in one of five halls: 609 Emerson, Aldrich, Brannon, Chapin, or Maurer. Each one has its own flavor, with amenities that include sinks, split double rooms, extra-fancy lounges, single-gender or mixed gender floors, and access to the dining hall via Aldrich and Brannon’s underground tunnel. (Trust me, it’s nice.)
From there, many Beloiters branch out, living and leading orgs in a special interest house, like Anthro House, Art and Dance House, or Spanish House. Others live in their fraternity or sorority house, or one of our three on-campus apartment-style buildings. A small number of seniors choose to rent off-campus. Kitchens are available in most buildings, allowing students to gather together when they aren’t grabbing a bite (and an hour or two of conversation with friends) in Commons or Hamiltons in the Powerhouse.
Your growth doesn’t just happen in the classroom. In every nook and cranny of student life, you’ll meet a diverse student body from all over the country and the world who will challenge you, support you, collaborate with you, and become your friends for life.