BELOIT - Beloit College continues to accumulate new and higher rankings thanks to its ability to create agile students prepared for the modern global economy, according to information from Vice President of Enrollment Leslie Davidson and Provost and Dean of the College Eric Boynton.
Beloit College was ranked #68 nationwide in National Liberal Arts Colleges, according to U.S. News and World Reports. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence, according to the ranking for the 2018-19 academic year.
Beloit College was also recognized as Wisconsin's fourth-best college, according to Forbes' list of America's Top Colleges released in April. Out of 4,300 post-secondary institutions nationwide, Beloit College ranked in the top 15th percentile with a ranking of 257. Rankings include measures regarding student experience, academics and career success.
Beloit College's recent Washington Monthly ranking is 34 out of 214 institutions ranked in the Liberal Arts Colleges category, up from number 38 in 2018. Washington Monthly ranks four-year schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service.
"This ranking is particularly meaningful to us because these are things Beloit cares deeply about and that are consistent with our mission," Davidson said.
Davidson and Boynton said they are pleased and proud of the rankings, but not surprised. Boynton said Beloit College is uniquely positioned in the current economy and climate to prepare students to flourish over a lifetime. It makes them "robot-proof" and prepares students to be nimble to different types of economic conditions and the 10 to 15 different types of careers future professionals will encounter.
"They not only have depth in their field of study but are prepared to be agile as the world changes rapidly," Davidson added.
Hallmarks of a Beloit College education include effective communication, collaboration, problem solving as well as personal and professional agility. The traits are not only embedded in curriculum but are also outcomes generated from students involvement in clubs, study abroad, campus jobs, internships and community involvement.
"Beloit's distinctiveness is that we are educating the whole person. These outcomes are not only in curriculum but in all aspects of student engagement in the institution and the community," Boynton said.
The traits promoted at Beloit College such as communication and problem solving are also regularly practiced within and alongside its consistently rigorous curriculum. Every course has a project based activity and many courses are linked to the community.
"The development of these skills and practical application of liberal arts is deep in the DNA of Beloit College," Davidson said.
"Beloit has been working in this way since the 1970s by offering interesting field experiences and getting people off campus. It's a bit of a hidden gem. We want to express how this kind of education is the best education," Boynton said.