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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
2 E South St
Galesburg, IL 61401
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
From Knox College

We're Knox College, a liberal arts college in the heart of the country that brings together an unusually diverse group of people to do uncommonly effective work. At Knox, you'll be immersed in an educational experience that will expose you to new worlds of thought. We're one of the 50 most diverse campuses in America, with 1,400 students from nearly every state and 51 countries, and we offer more than 60 courses of study. Our faculty are exceptionally talented and extremely approachable—recognized nationally for their commitment to undergraduate teaching. One of 40 Colleges That Change Lives!

Knox College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
74%
SAT Range
1090-1350
ACT Range
24-31
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$23,476/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$34,798/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.25 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.32 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.32 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,310Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
23
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
  • Passionate.
    32%
  • Quirky activist
    32%
  • Strange and wants to learn
    20%
  • Flawed, but interesting
    16%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
70%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.46 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.50 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
  • Diverse
    50%
  • Liberal
    25%
  • Academic and desolate
    8%
  • Home away from home
    8%
  • Learned
    4%
  • Phenomenal
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $39,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    74%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    91%
    National
    83%
    79%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses

    Knox College Reviews

    512 reviews
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    I loved the character and how personal it is. Professors in the English department treat you like an adult, and the relationship is mutual, first name basis. Very inclusive, people accommodate preferred names and pronouns with no issues. They actually care. I love the education; I'm a transfer student. I've never been challenged like I have been here. I'm happy I've grown so much. Now, other things is that the financial aid people are not my favorite. Pain in the butt at times. The staff overall are mostly white, which they recognize and invite students to be a part of the hiring process for profs. The buildings are very old, so this has some pretty appeal, but all of the dorms lack air conditioning and elevators. The education, the environment, the clubs, the people, make this the best college experience I've ever had. If you have interest, do a visit. It's incredible to be on Knox and it's easy to belong here.
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    We did take our classes online for the beginning of the pandemic (we're on trimesters, so it was an easier switch than other colleges). For Fall we were on campus. Everyone was made to wear masks, there were constant random tests, limits on amounts of social gatherings, etc. We are online for the first half of our Winter term because they worried about the overlap of flu season and Covid. My profs were still great and willing to meet all the time. My adviser also reached out often, helping if I needed any. All were quick to adapt to different time schedules, ability to get books, and not putting a strong emphasis on attendence since it was all very anxiety inducing with the pandemic.
    Knox is a special place, and while some discover that it's not the right fit, I continue to be amazed at how many Knox students and alumni speak so passionately about this prairie college in isolated western Illinois. Fundraising is up. The endowment has increased. Much-needed changes have been implemented: Alumni Hall, which stood desolate for decades, was finally renovated and put into use; the beautiful new Whitcomb art building means that CFA (Center for Fine Arts) is now no long overcrowded (admissions, which also used to be in CFA, is now in Alumni Hall, I believe); and finally--finally--the eyesore that was the science and math building has been rebuilt (this formerly gray slab of a building was erected in 1970 and looked it!). Knox is on the rise finding itself on the radars of more and more students.