Knox College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Knox College

Knox College is a small, selective liberal arts college situated in Galesburg, Illinois. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,333 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male/57% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $48,168
  • Books: $900
  • Room and Board: $10,068
  • Other Expenses: $1,000
  • Total Cost: $60,136

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 65%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $31,881
    • Loans: $7,142

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Economics, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Creative Writing; Psychology, General; and Elementary Education and Teaching

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81%
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 20%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 68%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 75%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Knox College Admissions

Knox is generally accessible, with an acceptance rate of 74%. Students can submit an application through the school, or with the Common Application. Knox College is test-optional, meaning that students can choose to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. This institution has a robust admissions process that involves a multitude of academic measures. Applicants must complete an online application. A persuasive essay and glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                       

  • Knox College Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Knox College has test-optional admissions
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 550/670
    • SAT Math: 540/680
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 23/31
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Knox College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Knox College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Knox College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Hofstra University, Auburn University, Temple University, Seton Hall University, University of Houston, San Diego State University, University of California, Riverside

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Knox College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Stony Brook University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Connecticut, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati

Applying to Knox College

Application Deadline: January 15

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