Mindset List

Bill Gates Has Always Been the Wealthiest Man: Beloit's Mindset List!

They've grown up with "selfies," same-sex marriage, Facebook "likes," and Harry Potter. That's right. The Mindset List for the Class of 2018 has arrived!

Beloit College has released the Mindset List with 51 more observations about the cultural reference points of fall’s entering class of freshmen. Since 1998, the Wisconsin college has marked the beginning of a new academic year with publication of this list of cultural touchstones for the incoming class. The brainchild of Beloit’s former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief and Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride, the Mindset List was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references. But it has taken on a life of its own. In fact, for the last few classes of incoming freshmen, there has always been a Mindset List!

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Ferris Bueller Could Be Their Dad

And the Amazon is not just a river in South America for this fall's entering class of college freshmen. The Beloit College Mindset List was released this week with these and 73 more observations about the cultural reference points of the Tickle Me Elmo generation born just 18 years ago. (In other words, the Internet is older than they are. Yikes!)

The Mindset List is the brainchild of the Wisconsin college's former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief and Humanities Professor Tom McBride, originally created in 1998 to provide a heads up to faculty about the rapidly changing reference points of each new entering class. Today, the list gets more than a million hits on its webpage. "Yadda, yadda, yadda." See what that means when you check out the rest of the Mindset's insights into the Class of 2015.