Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

Knox College

"Every student comes from a unique background, has a different story to tell. It is a wealth of exposure that nourishes students hungry to learn, to step outside of their comfort zones."
-Colleges That Change Lives

  • Independent, private undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences. An honor code provides a sense of responsibility and self-direction that is central to intellectual life at Knox; tests haven’t been proctored since 1951.
  • Founded in 1837 by radical reformers who opposed slavery in all its forms—physical, spiritual, and intellectual—and believed deeply in the potential of every human being to contribute to the greater good of the community. Knox was open to women and people of color from its earliest years, when it was nationally recognized as “the best college in the west.” In 1917 Knox became the first college in Illinois to receive a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
  • Located in Galesburg, a classic Midwestern prairie city with a population of 33,000, located three hours west of Chicago and three hours north of St. Louis. Galesburg is known for red brick streets, Victorian homes, and historic Seminary Street commercial district located just three blocks from campus, making its restaurants, shops, and coffeehouses an easy walk or bike ride away.
  • Historic 80-acre campus, site of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates; 700-acre Green Oaks Biological Field Station located 20 minutes from campus
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • Knox is recognized for its innovative approach to a liberal arts education and for professors who are “scholar-teachers,” providing opportunities for undergraduate research and independent study. Since the Fulbright program was created, 14 Knox College faculty, 36 students and 11 alumni have received Fulbright grants.
  • More than 90% of Knox students complete a research project or independent study as undergraduates, supported by more than $250,000 annually in research grants
  • Washington Monthly magazine ranks Knox #11 among liberal arts colleges in the nation, based on "contribution to the public good." This ranking, like the CTCL recognition, looks at outcomes and quality of student experience as well as the service that Knox and its alumni provide to the nation.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • 97% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field. All classes are taught by professors (there are no teaching assistants at Knox).
  • Over 60% of Knox’s scholar-teachers had work published, publicly performed or exhibited, or received grants or awards for their scholarly achievements in the past year alone.
  • Almost 50% of Knox students participate in over 33 off-campus study programs in 19 nations.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • Outstanding facilities for intercollegiate and recreational athletics; more than a quarter of students participate in 21 NCAA Division III sports. Club and intramural sports are also popular including water polo, ultimate Frisbee, lacrosse, and volleyball.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • The core aspects of your liberal arts education--the flexible, resourceful thinking encouraged by your professors, all of your learning outside the classroom, the opportunity to live in such a diverse and active community--all add up to produce Knox alumni who change the world.
  • Knox graduates are meeting with success in professional, academic, and social settings throughout the world. The 293 members of the Class of 2011 will live, work, and study on 5 continents and in 22 states, including positions in organizations as varied as Northwestern Mutual Finance Network, Eclipse Theatre in Chicago, and Kirkland and Ellis Law, LLP. Three are using Fulbright Fellowships, 2 are in the Peace Corps, 5 are in AmeriCorps and Teach for America, and more than 47 are pursuing graduate degrees.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Middle 50% SAT (CR+M) scores: 1150-1380
  • Middle 50% ACT Composite scores: 25-30
  • 69% graduated in the top quarter; 33% graduated in the top tenth