From the School

Veritas, meaning "truth," is the motto of Knox College a top ranked, private liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois. Established in 1837 by social reformers from upstate New York, Knox has stayed true to its Mission of Access: that those truly wanting a liberal arts education should be free to achieve it regardless of race, gender, cultural background, or economic standing.

In this spirit, Abraham Lincoln chose Knox's Old Main as his platform to advocate for unity, equality, and freedom during the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Today, Knox's egalitarian spirit lives on in our commitment to give every student a voice and an education that enables lifelong learning and the Freedom to Flourish. A student-established Honor Code guides academic and intellectual integrity.

Knox also celebrates one of the most culturally diverse campuses in the U.S. with 1,392 students from 48 states and 46 countries, including 21% U.S. students of color and 7% international students.

As independent thinkers, Knox students actively plan their own program of study. More than 80% complete hands-on work through research, independent study, internships, creative projects, and off-campus study. Knox devotes much of its resources toward developing and supporting experiential learning opportunities.

Knox follows a 3-3 calendar 3 terms with 3 classes per term. Popular programs include: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, International Relations, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Law, Pre-Med, and Psychology as well as internships and study abroad.

Classes are taught by distinguished scholar-teachers, 96% of whom have a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field more than 60% have been published or publicly honored in the past 3 years. A 12:1 student-faculty ratio and small classes averaging 17 students allow for one-on-one student-professor interaction.

Knox students embrace extracurricular activities for fun, athletics, and social causes the College has more than 100 clubs and organizations. Our radio station, WVKC, has been ranked as one of the top 10 nationwide. And our internationally acclaimed Catch is the country's oldest collegiate literary magazine.

Knox athletic programs include 21 NCAA Division III teams, and 11 club and intramural sports teams. The Prairie Fire is the official moniker of Knox's sports teams.

Named one of the Colleges That Change Lives by former New York Times education editor Loren Pope, Knox is consistently ranked as one of the best values among U.S. liberal arts colleges.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
580 - 690
SAT Math
540 - 670
ACT Composite
23 - 30


February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay


From The School

Experiential learning is a cornerstone of Knox's curriculum and the College offers many hands-on opportunities.

Research, Honors, & Independent Study: Knox provides more than $250,000 in grants and funding for graduate-style research, Honors research, and creative projects. Nearly 90% of Knox students complete independent study courses or projects, where they're encouraged to explore interests, generate ideas, and pursue a well-planned course of study under the guidance of a faculty member.

Immersion Experiences: Knox's unique and exciting immersion terms allow students to fully explore specific subjects in real world style. Clinical Psychology Term involves courses and fieldwork as a clinical psychology intern. During the interdisciplinary Green Oaks Term, students live at Green Oaks Biological Field Station, conducting scientific and historical research, and working on creative projects. Japan Term students fully explore Japanese language, history, and philosophy, followed by a two-week trip to Japan. Open Studio Term allows students to work independently as full-time artists and concludes in a Senior Show. Repertory Theatre Term teaches students how to run a repertory theatre and culminates in the staging of two major theatrical productions.

Off-Campus & Study Abroad: More than 30 off-campus study and study abroad programs are available in the U.S. and 20 different countries through the Center for Global Studies.

Public Service: Knox is the first college or university in the country to offer an official Peace Corps Program. Knox also provides opportunities for community, national, and international internships, and volunteer work.

Students Say

Students say that Knox College enjoys a “great academic reputation” for its dedication to providing a “well-rounded liberal arts program” that “values independent initiative,” while “staying in tune with its roots as a progressive and accessible institution.” The college has a saying about students having “the freedom to flourish.” The institution gives everyone “the appropriate space to grow on their own.” “I knew that I would be allowed to be myself, choose the classes that I felt would have the most influence on my education and prepare me for the future.” Students are highly encouraged to take classes outside of their majors. Undergraduates are “commonly studying two vastly different subjects and allowing them to merge into one interdisciplinary interest.” Knox does have “one of the best creative writing programs in the country,” as well as the Peace Corps Preparatory Program— offered solely through Knox. The academic trimester system, comprised of three classes each term, provides students with “a semester’s worth of course work in a ten-week period.” Many in the student body believe that this arrangement “promotes better study habits and more attention focused on each class,” which are “tough and require a lot of time studying, reading, writing, and thinking.” “You don’t come to Knox if you want to shy away from class discussion,” and professors “concentrate on the student having good critical thinking skills.” Students are pleased to find that “you are academically challenged without fierce competition.” “I’ve never had an easy professor, but I’ve always had reasonable ones.” Projects and presentations are common; if tests are given, there is an honor code, and “they trust you not to cheat.” The faculty and administration are spoken of highly, and they “not only encourage the students to take charge and make change, but they listen and act on the student body’s opinions.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

James Kilts
Founding Partner, Centerview Partners; Former President Gillette

John Podesta
Counselor to President Barack Obama

Susan Deller Ross
Internationally Renowned Women's Rights Advocate

David Schulz
One of Nation's Leading First Amendment Lawyers

Matt Berg
Dir. of Information and Communications Technology, Millennium Villages Proj

Ellen Browning Scripps
Journalist, Philanthropist

Dorthea Tanning


From The School

Expenses per academic year:

Tuition: $34,110
Room: $3,750
Board: $3,738
Fees: $354
Total: $41,952
Average cost for books and supplies: $900


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Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

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Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Student Clubs and Organizations: The more than 100 student-run organizations on campus provide an outlet for everything from academics, such as chemistry or physics, to the arts 13 music and dance ensembles to social and community concerns to national fraternities and sororities. Clubs such as Common Ground, Model United Nations, Alliance for Peaceful Action, Asian Student Association, and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, focus on identity, culture, and politics. Knox is the national headquarters of the Association of Black Culture Centers (ABCC).

Prairie Fire Athletics: The Athletic Program at Knox has been building a winning tradition for more than a century. Knox is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Midwest Conference (MWC), one of the oldest conferences in the nation. Competition in the conference is intense and spirited, including the local rivalry between Knox and Monmouth College the sixth-oldest athletic rivalry in the country. As a Knox student-athlete, you'll train in some of the best athletic facilities, and your coaches will challenge you to grow and achieve at even higher levels than you might have expected.

Club and Intramural Sports: Intramural sports are organized in student-directed leagues. Regular offerings include volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, dodgeball, and softball. Our competitive club sports include co-ed and women's water polo (the team placed 10th in national competition); men's and women's lacrosse; fencing; and co-ed, men's, and women's Ultimate Frisbee.

Student Governance: Getting involved is a key principle of a Knox liberal arts education. Knox prides itself on an active and self-governing student body students sit on all committees. The Honor Code, initiated by students in 1951, continues to anchor the sense of responsibility and self-direction that is central to intellectual life at Knox.

Students Say

Knox is praised throughout the campus for its “support for first-generation college students, which really reflects Knox’s history and values.” “You’ll meet a lot of people very fast, and by the end of your first term you’ll already be good friends with a pretty big portion of the student body.” Many undergrads portray themselves as “weird,” with variations on a common theme: “We call it the “Knox awkward.” “The smart but sort of socially awkward kids in high school,” what they describe as their social “Knoxwardness.” “Everyone at Knox is a little eccentric, but we embrace each other ’s differences.” “Students fit in by being themselves, no matter who they are.” As one student perceptively notes, there is a “highly diverse combination of creative, intellectual minds here. It’s as if every person here is some highly distinctive character from an artsy film.” Another puts it a bit more succinctly: “Thank you college admission gods.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



58% female
42% male
43% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time


From The School

Under the open skies of west-central Illinois sits the 82-acre Knox campus. Built on prairieland, its broad lawns and big trees offer plenty of prime spots to study, play or simply relax and enjoy. Days are generally clear and sunny, with warm springs and colorful falls. Knox's nearby Green Oaks Biological Field Station offers an additional 700 acres of restored prairie, woods, and waterways to explore.

Campus buildings are a blend of histories, old and new. The stone hewn, wood-paneled Seymour Library is a favorite study spot. Old Main, with its working bell, well-worn marble steps, and grand Alumni Room (featuring Lincoln's chair) is Knox's oldest building. Students, faculty, and staff also "hang out" at Seymour Union in the Gizmo cafe, on the boardwalk patio, or in the new student lounge, with its game room and stage.

Life at Knox encompasses a deeply woven sense of community, where professors and students can freely meet and share ideas. Most faculty live nearby and nearly all seniors have been to their professor's home.

More than 95% of Knox students live on campus in a unique array of historic houses, apartments, suites and traditional residence halls. Fraternity houses and theme houses such as International House, Casa Latina, ABLE Center for Black Culture, Jazz House, and Eco House are fixtures.

Joining the Knox community means meeting everyone before your first day of class. That's when Knox holds its Pumphandle tradition. Students, faculty, and staff gather at Old Main to meet one another, eventually forming a meandering line on the lawn (and through buildings) as everyone shakes hands with everyone else.

Students Say

Popular manners of relaxation and recreation include intramural sports, campus organizations, and “artistic expression, be it poetry, visual art, performance art, music.” Students “go to parties, play games, dance, etc., just like any other college campus. The difference is, our fraternity parties are open to the entire campus and do not serve alcohol.” Parties here “are places where you generally know everyone there, you have a good time and no one steals your coat or purse.” Undergrads here are also very creative. “When we want to do something fun we typically organize it ourselves.” A much-anticipated event is “Flunk Day, a day every spring when classes are canceled and the entire campus goes out on the lawn and plays games, eats great food and enjoys free entertainment.” Union Board “brings films, entertainers, concerts, and other groups to campus, including Second City,” and the Gizmo is “one of the best places to socialize and eat some late night food.” Wandering off-campus a bit is also fun. Undergrads say “Galesburg is a charming just have to look a little bit.” “McGillacuddy’s has amazing burgers, and Knox’s music department hosts Jazz Nights there on Thursdays.” Students enjoy the town’s intimate, relaxing atmosphere. “Good coffee shops, a really nice park with a lake, and many beautiful old historic buildings,” and “an annual Chocolate Festival.” A twenty-four-hour diner is nearby, and “students can also drive to Peoria or take the train to Chicago.”

Campus Life

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Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

17% join a fraternity
17% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

36% participate in intramural sports
20% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Prairie Fire)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Prairie Fire)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups:

Minority Support Groups:


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

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Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

HP, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Beth Jonsberg
Campus Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Taylor Lounge & Games Room
Gizmo (snack bar)
Andrew Fitness Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
McGillacudy's (restaurant & pub)
Bean Hive (coffee shop)
Innkeeper's Coffee
Q's Cafe
Seminary Street (shops and restaurants)

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Sun-Thus nights during academic year; HS seniors and transfer students only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greater Peoria Airport in Peoria and Quad Cities Airport in Moline are 40 minutes from campus. The Admission Office will send a representative to pick up visitors arriving at either airport; call 800-678-KNOX or 309-341-7100, at least 10 days in advance to make arrangements. Amtrak provides daily train service linking Galesburg to Chicago and to the West Coast. A college representative will pick you up at the station. Call the Admission Office at least one week in advance to make arrangements.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north, take I-74 East to Exit 46; take U.S. Rte. 34 W. to the Seminary St. exit. Turn left on Seminary St. and proceed to Main St. Turn right onto Main St. and proceed to Cherry St. Turn left on Cherry St. and cross South St. to the parking lot at the corner of Cherry and Berrien Streets. From the south, take I-74 West to Exit 48A (Main St.). Take Main St. to Cherry St. Turn left on Cherry St. and cross South St. to the parking lot at the corner of Cherry and Berrien Streets.

Local Accommodations
Galesburg offers a wide range of overnight accommodations, including some wonderful bed and breakfast options. The Seacord House (624 N. Cherry St., 309-342-4107) is known for its hospitality and moderate prices. For a more upscale experience in Victorian luxury, try the Fahnestock House (591 N. Prairie St., 309-344-0270) or The Great House (501 E. Losey St., 309-342-8683). More conventional travelers will find comfortable, affordable accommodations with pool, breakfast and other amenities at the Country Inn and Suites (907 W. Carl Sandburg Dr., 309-344-4444), Fairfield Inn (905 W. Carl Sandburg Drive, 309-344-1911), or Holiday Inn Express (East Main St. at I-74, 309-343-7100). The Best Western Prairie Inn (east Main Street at I-74, 309-343-7151) offers full-service amenities with fine dining, cocktail lounge, pool and recreational facilities.
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