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Knox College is an independent-minded, uncannily smart four-year residential college. We're home to transformative teachers, classes, and learning opportunities, plus 1,400 brilliantly original human beings from everywhere on the planet. We believe that every experience is an education, that every new venture, every fantastic idea, every great journey, is human-powered. We also believe 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 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.

A Knox education is not something you sit and watch—it's something you do. Our students test their knowledge by applying theory to practice both in and out of the classroom. That can take the form of advanced research and creative work, internships, off-campus (sometimes way off-campus) programs, community service, or some combination of your own devising. We help make these experiences possible with a $2,000 Power of Experience Grant available to all incoming students during their junior and senior years.

These experiences, combined with opportunities to live and learn with students from different backgrounds, empower students to find success after Knox. Our students become engaged, innovative, and productive global citizens, ready to lead lives of purpose. They run Fortune 500 companies and grassroots nonprofits, they conduct major research at sites around the world, they found startups and music festivals, they see a human need and they meet it.

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 that historic mission and the tradition of active liberal arts learning. We provide an environment where students and dedicated 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.

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Overview

Applicants
3,222
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.38

GPA Breakdown

26%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 695
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
140
with Terminal Degree
118

80
Men
60
Women
20
Minority
7
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Science 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • 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.

  • International/Global 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.

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

  • 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."

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


James Kilts
Founding Partner, Centerview Partners; Former President, Gillette

John Podesta
Founder, Center for American Progress;Chairman, Hillary Clinton for America

Susan Deller Ross
Internationally Renowned Women's Rights Advocate

David Schulz
One of Nation's Leading First Amendment Lawyers

Matt Berg
Co-Founder and CEO, Ona, a social enterprise and technology company

Margery Kraus
Founder, Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide, global public affairs firm

Vir Das
Leading Indian Comedian and Bollywood Actor, Producer, Writer

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,323

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,374

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,280

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,235

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,845

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,783
Required Fees
$771
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,870
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,356
Foreign Countries Represented
46

Demographics

5.29%
Asian
8.05%
African-American
14.62%
Hispanic
47.43%
Caucasian
1.57%
Unknown
16.85%
International

57% female
43% male
55% 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."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
89%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

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 town...you 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


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Stephanie Grimes

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

If academic accommodations are requested, disability documentation should be on official letterhead, signed (with credentials) and dated by an evaluator, generally a licensed psychologist or other professional with experience and expertise in the disability. Documentation should indicate a diagnosis of a specific learning disorder. A diagnosis of a ?learning difference,? a ?learning weakness,? or other non-specific language does not meet the criteria of a disability. Learning disorders are listed in the DSM-V? as a disorder of written expression; mathematics disorder; learning disorder not otherwise specified; and reading disorder. Documentation should include relevant developmental, historical, and familial data of a specific learning disorder. Assessment instruments utilized to document this disability should address Aptitude (IQ), Achievement (reading, math and written language) and Processing (such as visual and auditory). Acceptable cognitive achievement and ability assessments which utilize adult normed tests are tests such as Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-III) or Woodcock Johnson (WJ-III). Screening tests, such as the Wide-Range Achievement Test (WRAT), the Nelson Denny Reading Test, or the Peabody Individual Achievement Test are not acceptable in and of themselves as tests of achievement. Relevant testing documentation should ideally have been conducted be within the last three (3) years and include a summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, including evaluation results and standardized scores, if applicable. The report must specify the test scores or rationale used to determine the DSM-5 ? or ICD-10 diagnosis. Testing documentation should ideally include recommendations for academic accommodations and reflect a connection between the requested accommodation and the functional limitation on the student in the academic environment.

Documentation Required for ADHD

If academic accommodations are requested, disability documentation should be on official letterhead, signed (with credentials) and dated by an evaluator, generally a licensed psychologist or other medical professional with experience and expertise in the disability. The documentation is current, includes a diagnosis of the disability and relevant background social, emotional, and behavioral history. Testing documentation submitted should ideally have been conducted within the last three (3) years and include a summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis, including evaluation results and standardized scores, if applicable. The report should specify the test scores or rationale used to determine the DSM-5 ? or ICD-10 diagnosis. Testing documentation should ideally include recommendations for academic accommodations and reflect a connection between the requested accommodation and the functional limitation on the student in the academic environment.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
90
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
5

35% join a fraternity
28% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

7% participate in intramural sports
23% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Prairie Fire)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Prairie Fire)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball


Sustainability

90/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
3%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Sarah Bainter
Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
800-678-KNOX

Email
admission@knox.edu

Experience College Life

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

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Fat Fish (blues venue)
Bean Hive (coffee shop)
Innkeeper's Coffee
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.
800-678-KNOX

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@knox.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

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

Transportation

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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