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About Knox College

Knox College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Galesburg, Illinois. Knox College was founded in 1837 and now enrolls around 1,154 students a year, including 1,154 undergrads. Knox College offers on-campus housing for up to 1,204 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 80% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Knox College! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Knox College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Knox College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Knox College has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Knox College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Knox College on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Knox College on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Knox College for Fall 2022 is January 15.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by March 15.

2021 Knox College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Trimester
Overall Acceptance Rate 71%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 57%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 84%
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 84%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 52%
Tuition $50,784

Is Knox College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at to get a clearer idea of what Knox College offers and if it could be a good choice for you.

Knox College Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into Knox College. Knox College admitted 71% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 3,111 applications received in 2021, 2,205 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Knox College

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 82% of students who start at Knox College come back for their second year of college. Around 71% of students who started at Knox College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Knox College Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 35% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Knox College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $171.6 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $1,233 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Knox College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Knox College meets 85.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Knox College full-time are awarded $43,029 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $26,649 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Knox College. Based on this information, how does Knox College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Knox College a good school for you?

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Where is Knox College?

Knox College is located in the small town setting of Galesburg, Illinois, less than an hour from Peoria and Quad Cities.

If you want to see Knox College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 74 to Galesburg, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Greater Peoria International, Quad Cities International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Knox College and Galesburg are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2 East South Street Galesburg, IL 61401

Campus Setting: Small Town

Knox College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Knox College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Knox College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Knox College ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 31

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Knox College is 27. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Knox College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Knox College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1300


Math SAT Range

540 - 660


Reading SAT Range

540 - 660

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Knox College Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Knox College is like? There are approximately 1,154 students enrolled at Knox College. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 50% percent are from IL and 50% percent of students are from other states.


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