From the School

Knox College is a four-year, independent, national college of liberal arts and sciences in the heart of the country, Galesburg, Illinois. We offer more than 60 courses of study, including 38 majors and 53 minors in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. We also have nine pre-professional and cooperative programs, including business, engineering, and law.

We’re not simply an education; we’re an experience. When you take that experience out into the so-called real world, you discover that it works for you, and for the people you're working and living with. A Knox education isn't something you sit and watch—it’s something you go out and do.

We believe that you learn the most from the people least like you. Knox is one of the 50 most diverse campuses in America, with a campus community of more than 1,400 students from nearly every state and 51 countries, including a wide array of races, ethnicities, ages, cultures, backgrounds, genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, and beliefs.

Knox students become engaged, innovative, and productive global citizens, ready to lead lives of purpose and prepared to work in fields that don’t even exist yet. But our future is also rooted in our past. The commitment to put learning to use to accomplish both personal and social goals dates back to the founding of the College in 1837. We take particular pride in the College’s early commitment to increase access to all qualified students of varied backgrounds, races and conditions, regardless of financial means.

Today, we continue to expand both that historic mission and the tradition of active liberal arts learning. We provide an environment where students and faculty work closely together and where teaching is characterized by inviting and expecting students to pursue fundamental questions in order to reach their own reflective but independent judgments. Our aim is to foster a lifelong love of learning and a sense of competence, confidence and proportion that will enable us to live with purpose and to contribute to the well-being of others.


From The School

Knox seeks students who are active, engaged learners. We value students who demonstrate their appreciation for a variety of educational experiences, both in and out of the classroom. Our admission counselors consider you as an individual when making our admission decisions.

You can apply to Knox online via the Common Application. Deadlines for first-year admission are November 1 for Early Action I, December 1 for Early Action II, and January 15 for Regular Decision. We also accept transfer applications for fall, winter, and spring terms.

For more information, please visit admission online or contact us directly.

Office of Admission
Knox College
2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
United States
Phone: 800-678-KNOX or 309-341-7100
Fax: 309-341-7070


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 660
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29


Early Action
November 1

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

We believe that every experience is a kind of education. Everything you learn gains value when you apply it and put it to work. That’s why every Knox student will participate in some form of experiential learning before they graduate.

Our immersive terms allow students to focus on one topic (entrepreneurship, studio art, Japanese language and history, clinical psychology) for an entire term. They all provide hands-on experience—internships, research, travel, creative work. Two examples: In Green Oaks Term, students live at our biological field station, take interdisciplinary coursework in science, anthropology, and the arts, conduct research, and build a community. In Repertory Theatre Term, students research, design, produce, and perform two full-length plays--the most comprehensive undergraduate theatre experience in the country.

Knox also has a longstanding (and pioneering) commitment to supporting advanced student research and creative work—intensive, long-term projects that go beyond coursework. The vast majority of our students—85%—produce research, independent studies, or creative work. We provide $350,000 annually in research grants to support those projects.

Nearly half of our students study abroad. Our off-campus study programs are designed to work with the Knox experience. You take what you’ve studied at Knox out into the world; you gather new information, new ideas, new experiences; and you come back with a new way of seeing yourself, your education, and your future.

Our career center helps students find meaningful professional experience, including internships, with organizations and businesses across the country and around the world.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Knox’s program provides a balanced curriculum in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Our 3-3 academic calendar—three terms (fall, winter, and spring), three courses per term—allows students to fully explore course subject matter and fulfill research expectations.

We offer more than 60 courses of study. Many students double major; you can also design your own major. Choosing a major—and thinking broadly about the work you’ll do in college and beyond—is in many ways a collaborative process, involving intensive conversations with peers, professors, counselors, and advisors (who are, in fact, professors).

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


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General

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.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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 Tech., Millennium Villages Project

Ellen Browning Scripps
Journalist, Philanthropist

Vir Das
Leading Indian Comedian, Actor, Producer

Academic Rating

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


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Expenses per academic year:

Tuition: $42,532
Room: $4,671
Board: $4,659
Fees: $753
Total: $52,615

Average cost for books and supplies: $900

Financial Aid

Knox was founded on the idea that college should be accessible to people regardless of their financial means. We offer more than $40 million in financial aid every year. We’re proud to offer a range of scholarships that recognize students’ achievements in academics, arts, service and leadership.

For more information on scholarships or financial aid, visit, or contact us at 800-678-KNOX.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Clubs and Organizations: The one quality that binds our 100+ student clubs and organizations is that they are all student-driven. Students create and run organizations in response to interests and needs. Some clubs focus on academic disciplines such as chemistry or physics. Others, such as Common Ground, Model United Nations, and Allied Blacks for Liberty and Equality focus on identity, culture, and politics. And, our successful club-level Ultimate Frisbee team and our music, dance, and performance ensembles provide an athletic and creative energy that characterizes Knox.

Intramural Clubs: More than half of our students participate in some kind of organized athletic activity, from club sports (water polo, fencing, women’s lacrosse); to intramurals (basketball, indoor soccer, softball, volleyball); to fitness classes organized and taught by students (a few recent examples: Balinese dancing, yoga).

Student Governance: Our student government actually governs. The Student Senate helps determine how funds from student activity fees are spent, makes student appointments to faculty committees, and serves as a forum for the debate of important issues on campus. Our students shape the future of Knox; their work is a lasting legacy.

Civic Engagement: We pride ourselves on being deeply engaged in the life of a strong, sustainable community—whether that community is local or global. Our students contribute tens of thousands of hours of service every year through established partnerships, special programs, and our KnoxCorps program. Knox was the first college or university in the country to offer an official Peace Corps Preparatory Program; we rank among the top producers of Peace Corps volunteers.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
45% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

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.”


From The School


Knox is located in Galesburg, Illinois (pop. 33,000), close to the Illinois-Iowa border, full of enterprising, big-hearted people. Galesburg was founded alongside Knox, surrounded by prairie and farmland. We are at the heart of a national rail network; there’s an Amtrak station a few blocks from campus; Chicago (home to many Knox alumni) is three hours away. And two regional airports are less than an hour away.

The Knox campus consists of 90 acres located in the heart of Galesburg. While our campus is home to academic and administrative buildings, both historic and modern, residence halls, and athletic facilities, it also features wide-open spaces that provide beautiful prairie vistas and provides plenty of room for our Ultimate Frisbee team to practice alongside students studying on the lawn. Our own 700-acre Green Oaks Biological Field Station—one of the oldest prairie restoration sites in America—is 20 miles from campus.

And one last slightly esoteric note about this exact place: The land around us is fairly flat. No one lives high on a mountaintop or deep in a valley. At dusk, the horizon is a long glowing line in every direction. There’s something deeply democratic about this. We all have power. We all have a voice. We all stand on equal ground, together.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Libraries: Knox College maintains two libraries: Seymour Library and the Science-Mathematics Library, housing more than 350,000 volumes as well as Special Collections and Archives, which contains primary source materials used by students, faculty, and researchers from around the world.

Arts: The Ford Center for the Fine Arts—a comprehensive facility for the visual arts, theatre, dance, and music—features the 600-seat Harbach theatre with its 360-degree rotating stage and the 325-seat Kresge Recital Hall. Beginning in 2017, students will have the opportunity to study, create, and share art in the new state-of-the-art Whitcomb Art Building. Other resources include the Studio Theatre, and numerous art, dance, and music studios.

Science: Knox continues to expand an equipment roster that includes electron microscopes, NMR, ESR, GC-MS, other spectrometers and chromatographs, X-ray, laser labs, experimental psychology labs, four computer labs, and a greenhouse. Green Oaks Biological Field Station, about 20 miles east of Knox, encompasses 700 acres of tallgrass prairie, old-growth oaks, second-growth oak-hickory forest, lakes, and streams.

Athletics: Fleming Fieldhouse provides an indoor six-lane 200-meter track, and court space for numerous activities. Andrew Fitness Center offers separate cardio/weight machine, and free-weight floors. Knosher Bowl, a true bowl stadium, features artificial turf and one of the best playing surfaces in Division III football. Blodgett Field, a pro-level baseball diamond, features its own sprinkler system and special soil composition. Knox also maintains a main gym and basketball court, a six-lane outdoor track, softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, and natatorium. Golf is played at a nearby private 18-hole course.

Off-Campus Opportunities

A few of the many reasons to like Galesburg:

It knows what it is: It is not Chicago; it is not a tiny farm town. It is a small city (pop. 33,000) that was founded alongside a great liberal arts college, surrounded by prairie and farmland, with 23 city parks, a public beach, and wooded biking/walking trails.

It runs on collective ingenuity: If you have a great idea, it’s easy to bring people together to bring it to life. Example: A Knox alumnus wanted to turn Seminary Street into a classic independent shopping district. Now it’s home to cafes, restaurants, a natural foods store, a bookstore, an antique mall—all locally owned.

People make art here: At the Prairie Players Civic Theatre, or in the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival, or at the Box, home to art exhibits and unclassifiable performances. Plus: The Galesburg Civic Art Center hosts exhibits by local artists. The Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra—directed by Knox music professors and featuring many Knox students—performs at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

You can make a difference here: Our students contribute thousands of hours of service in Galesburg every year, through long-standing programs like the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen, our Day of Service, and the groundbreaking KnoxCorps program, which places current students and recent graduates in long-term positions with local and regional organizations.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

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.”

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

32% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

13% participate in intramural sports
25% 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



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

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

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

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Amy Welty
Welcome Center 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
Fat Fish (blues venue)
Bean Hive (coffee shop)
Innkeeper's Coffee
Q's Cafe
Seminary Street (shops and restaurants)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri, Sat mornings during acad year
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

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, try 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 and Suites (East Main St. at I-74, 309-343-7100).

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