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Knox College

Galesburg, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate71%
Acceptance Rate71%

About Knox College

Knox College Overview

Knox College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Galesburg, Illinois. Knox College was founded in 1837 and presently has around 1,156 students a year, which includes 1,156 undergraduates. Knox College ensures on-campus housing for 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.

📆 Mark your calendar! January 15, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by March 15.

Student Involvement at Knox College

Are you interested in 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.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Knox College has both 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.

2022 Knox College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Trimester
Overall Acceptance Rate 71%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 70%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 41%
Tuition $52,461
Percent of Need Met 92.6%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $41,702

Is Knox College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer view of what Knox College offers and if the college could be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Knox College

Knox College is very difficult to get into. Knox College admitted 71% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 3,038 applications received in 2022, 2,153 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Knox College

Retention refers to 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.

Approximately 83% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Knox Collegecome back their sophomore year. Knox Collegehas a six year graduation rate of 75 for undergrads. 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 Outcomes for Knox College Grads

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.

Check with Knox College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

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 2022, the total market value of Knox College's endowment was $211.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Knox College spends about $16,620 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Knox College

Tuition 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 92.6% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Knox College full-time are awarded $41,702 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $29,133 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 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial 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 don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Knox College.

Based on this information, does Knox College seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! 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

Knox College is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Knox College ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Knox College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1180 - 1360


Math SAT Range

565 - 680


Reading SAT Range

595 - 705

Knox College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Knox College is like? There are approximately 1,156 students enrolled at Knox College. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 48% percent are from IL and 52% percent of students are from other states.


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