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About Knox College

Knox College is a private, nonprofit school that was founded in 1837. It is very difficult to get into Knox College. It enrolls around 1,154 students a year, including 1,154 undergrads.

Knox College offers early action and offers early decision.

Acceptance Rate for Knox College

Knox College admitted 71% of all applicants in 2021. Knox College admits 84% of students that apply early action. 57% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Knox College. Out of 3,111 applications received in 2021, 2,205 students were offered admission .

Knox College Application Deadlines

Knox College's regular decision application deadline is January 15. All regular decision applicants will be notified by March 15.

Early Admissions at Knox College

Knox College offers early decision. Knox College offers early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Trimester
Overall Acceptance Rate 71%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 57%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 84%
Mean ACT score 27
Tuition $50,784

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Knox College.

Financial Aid at Knox College

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 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. 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.

Dorms at Knox College

Knox College offers housing for up to 1,204 students.

The majority of Knox College students live on campus.

The most popular organizations for Knox College students to join are International Club, Student Senate and Union Board.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Knox College.

GPA and Test Scores for Knox College

Knox College is considered very difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. The mean ACT scores is 27.

Is Knox College Test Optional?

Knox College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 52% submitted the SAT. 41% submitted the ACT.

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Knox College Waitlist

In 2021, 23 applicants were waitlisted and 3 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Knox College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Knox College

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Knox College, around 82% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 362 students who started at Knox College as first-time freshman, 221 graduate within four years.

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 Outcomes and Student Debt

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

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $26,649 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Knox College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Knox College a good school for you?

What is Knox College's Endowment?

Knox College's endowment was valued at $171,631,200 in 2021. The school spends $1,233 for each full-time student enrolled.

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Where is Knox College Located?

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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Student Life

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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