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Knox College

Galesburg, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate73%

Knox College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Knox College. Around 73% of applicants get into Knox College each year. Last year, 2,996 students applied to Knox College and 2,190 were admitted.

Check in with Knox College's admissions department for any important information, including application fees.

Students who apply to Knox College for fall should hear back from Knox College by March 15.

Knox College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Knox College's admissions stats.

Knox College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 27%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
Waitlist Yes

Knox College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Knox College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 March 15

Want to Apply Early to Knox College?

Knox College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Knox College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Some students apply early to boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Knox College Admissions

How To Get Into Knox College

Knox College is a very difficult school to get into. Knox College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Knox College accepted 73% of students, about 2,190 of the 2,996 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Knox College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to Knox College

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Knox College

In 2022, Knox College waitlisted 8 students and 1 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 1 eventually got in.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Knox College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Knox College

What does Knox College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Knox College for more information on admission factors.

Knox College Application Requirements

To apply to Knox College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Knox College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Knox College?

Knox College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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.

In 2022, 27% of Knox College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Knox College?

To be competitive with other Knox College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1193 and 1380 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Knox College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1380 and 25% of scored lower than 1193, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Knox College students scored 698 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Knox College students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

To be most competitive at Knox College, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Knox College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Knox College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

More Information on Transferring to Knox College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Knox College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Knox College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Knox College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Knox College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Knox College.

Does Knox College accept transfer credits?

✅ Knox College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Knox College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Knox College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Knox College?

❌ No, Knox College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Knox College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Knox College is 73%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Knox College?

✅ Knox College offers early decision but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

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Knox College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Knox College? Knox College is a very selective institution. The Knox College acceptance rate is 73%. This means that the institution accepts 73 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1193 - 1380


Math SAT Range

583 - 698


Reading SAT Range

580 - 710

Knox College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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