Sarah Lisovich had options when choosing a college to attend. But Beloit College had something that no other school could offer the Chicago resident.
“Beloit College had the most of what I was interested in,” says the junior. “I wanted a school with a strong English Department. When I visited the school I sat in a few English classes that seemed engaging and interesting. I was also interested in a minor in Russian. I ruled out other schools that didn’t offer that.”
Beloit College was founded in 1846. The early curriculum was built on the classical tradition, but students were given an unusual amount of freedom to choose their own courses. Today, Beloit is recognized for its longstanding commitment to curricular innovation, and its first-year initiatives and international education programs. The Beloit College community is diverse and known for its engagement. Its 1,250 students are from nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and 40 nations.
Twenty-seven percent of its students are domestic minorities or students from countries other than the United States. Beloit offers more than 50 majors, more than 30 minors, and a number of dual-degree and pre-professional programs. Coursework is interdisciplinary, experiential, and global in scope. The average class size is 15 students.
The college’s academic facilities include the internationally-known Logan Museum of Anthropology, the Wright Museum of Art, a state of the art performing arts complex and research labs equipped with advanced technology in the LEED Certified Center for the Sciences.
“Our undergraduate teaching, student success, and value are regularly recognized by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s and Forbes,” says Hilary Dickinson, communications specialist. “Beloit College is known locally, nationally and internationally.”
More than 50 percent of students study abroad, traveling to over 40 countries to do so. The College partners with many local companies and businesses such as Kerry Group. “The biggest thing about Beloit College is that there’s so much to do here,” says Dickinson. “All of our students are actively involved. You’re likely to meet a biology and theater major who plays lacrosse or an English major who spent a year in Tanzania and spoke in front of Congress before even reaching her senior year.”
Lisovich is one of those active students. Not only is she thriving as an English major, she’s become quite active in Russian studies. She’s been involved in the Russian club, planning to study abroad during her senior year. In addition, she’s worked on the student newspaper as a graphics editor and she’s volunteered in the community, selling merchandise and serving as photographer at the popular Beloit International Film Festival.
“There’s a lot of opportunity here,” she says. “I am an introverted person, so a small school was perfect for me. I’m comfortable here. It’s given me a chance to get to know the people around me very well. I’m glad I chose Beloit College.”