Beloit College Visit Report by bonesrock

Visit to Beloit College in February 2010 by bonesrock
(Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since November 23 2014 with ? posts)

 
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Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: No - Already did that in my hometown last month and was presented with my letter of acceptance at that time.

Campus Tour: Yes - Nice tour guide, got to see inside some of the buildings and the library. The science center is phenomenal, as is the anthropology museum. Very nice theater. Campus is pretty, lots of trees.

Classroom Visit: Yes - Went to an intro anthro class. Good professor, used a chalkboard. Students were "out there," including one with bubble-gum hair (pink and blue).


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Very welcoming. All spoke very highly of the college and its community atmosphere. They all loved their professors and were excited about what they were learning.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Anthro prof was very nice but a little reserved. Interestingly, she spoke of the department dogs, and showed pictures of them posted on the doors. I can see how students regard profs as friends. Wow.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Old, stately buildings surrounded by mature trees, multiple paths, academic on one end, residential on the other. Overlooks the river. Indian burial mounds, a poetry garden and numerous sculptures.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Not horrible by any means, but some buildings are a little run down. The library is very clean and very comfortable with LOTS of natural light. The science building is LEED Platinum and AMAZING.



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Pretty typical. They do have substance free, which if you prefer quiet and don't drink, would be a really good idea to avoid the partying.



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Small town kind of safe, but some areas of town are a bit sketchy (not too nearby). Security will escort you anywhere, anytime.



Overall Campus Impression:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Really nice place. There is a definite character to this place ... bright, off-beat, quirky students who embrace learning and community with professors who care about them.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Residential with older Victorian and Craftsman homes on one side, cute downtown with good shops and restaurants on the other.



City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Beloit is small with little to offer, but has what you need. Janesville is a little nicer and a quick drive, Madison is very cool and not too far either.

Campus Visit Notes for Beloit College


Visit Description:

This was odd ... on arrival we noticed many signs and sidewalk chalkings about sexual assault, including some that seem to imply the college is not protective/responsive enough to the students' liking, and one of which was just a vulgar oxymoron right in front of Middle College (Admissions). Freedom of speech is alive and well. But that's not the odd part. NO ONE even mentioned it. My mom couldn't take it and finally asked at lunch (last thing on our agenda) and apparently an article in the student newspaper has sparked a great deal of discussion. This student, a sophomore, was comfortable discussing the issue and said she liked that the students are so willing to engage in debate. She said that students are universally accepting of one another and willing to listen to multiple viewpoints.

The downside is ... drinking. The "policy" is that the college will not enforce state law, but that students will be accountable for their actions if busted off campus. The students we met were lukewarm on this idea, but they were non-drinkers. They weren't so keen on having drunks around on weekends, which they said was somewhat problematic but mostly avoidable by living in a substance free dorm. I guess the college considers this a good time for students to "learn" "responsible drinking."

One can't help wondering if paragraph one and paragraph two are interrelated. Drunk people make bad choices and do dumb things. I can't tell if this is any more a problem here than anywhere else or if Beloit students are just more vocal about things, but I suspect the latter.

Another odd experience was the Anthro prof complaining that the marketing materials didn't accurately portray how eclectic the student population really is. I liked her willingness to say that to me - a blonde, blue eyed, white, home schooled Midwestern male dressed in a button down and sweater (my mom made me wear it) - knowing the bubble gum haired gal might have been a bit of a shocker. She really took an interest in knowing what I wanted to study and what my goals were, then discussing her thoughts on what Beloit had to offer, international study, and graduate school connections. If I choose Beloit, I would go feeling as if I already have made connections.

There is something really special here, though. There is a really tight community feeling here, more so than other colleges of similar size. Kids who really enjoy learning and don't much care what the current fashion trends are would feel comfortable here.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

The Beloit Inn is closest to campus, but OVERBOOKED US, so despite having reservations, they sent us to the Best Western in south Beloit (Illinois), which was very new, clean, and nicer than expected.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

There are apparently shuttles to the Walmart, Chicago, and Madison.