Knox College


Enrollment: 1,384.

Student Body: 60% female, 40% male, 47% out-of-state, 7% international (33 countries represented). Asian 7%, African American 5%, Caucasian 69%, Hispanic 5%, Native American 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 90% freshmen return for sophomore year. 66% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 21% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 10% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 2% grads pursue law degrees. 1% grads pursue business degrees. 2% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 12:1. 108 full-time faculty, 94% hold PhDs, 14% are members of minority groups, 40% are women.



Degrees: Bachelors.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/ discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Economics; education; political science and government.

Special Study Options: double major, dual enrollment, honors program, independent study, internships, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program .

Honors programs: Knox College is an “honors college.” If you compare Knox’s academic requirements, student profile, educational opportunities, and student experiences with those of an honors program at a university, Knox provides comparable and often much richer opportunities for its students. Combined degree programs: BA/JD, BA/MEng, architecture, environment, medical tech. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Career assessment, internships.

Career services highlights include: Kemper Scholars Program.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, men’s dorms, special housing for international students, women’s dorms, fraternity/sorority housing, apartments for single students, wellness housing, theme housing 60% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Anthropology, art, and field museums, theatre with revolving stage and computerized lighting, ceramics, sculpture, painting, and print making studios, 760-acre biological field station, environmental climate chambers, electron microscope.

Computers: 100% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 90% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Town.

Activities: Choral groups, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, radio station, student government, student newspaper, symphony orchestra, campus ministries, international student organization, Model UN.

Organizations: 102 registered organizations, 8 honor societies, 6 religious organizations. 5 fraternities, 3 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), wrestling. Women: Basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track/ field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Gizmo Snack Bar, Andrew Fitness Center, Hard Knox Cafe, Gizmo Patio, Seymour Library.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.32. 37% in top 10% of high school class, 67% in top 25% of high school class, 97% in top 50% of high school class. SAT Math middle 50% range 560-690. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 600-730. SAT Writing middle 50% range 560-680. ACT middle 50% range 26-31. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 213. Minimum web-based TOEFL 80. Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record. Important factors considered include: Class rank, application essay, recommendation(s), character/personal qualities. Other factors considered include: Standardized test scores, alumni/ae relation, extracurricular activities, first generation, geographical residence, interview, level of applicants interest, racial/ethnic status, state residency, talent/ability, volunteer work.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 4 mathematics, 4 science, (3 science labs), 3 foreign language, 2 social studies, 2 history.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 2,395 applied, 75% admitted, 20% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Minimum college GPA of 3.0 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $40. Regular application deadline 2/1. Regular notification 3/31. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $34,110. Room and board $7,488. Required fees $354. Average book expense $900.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, institution’s own financial aid form. Priority financial aid filing date 2/15.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 3/15.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, Federal Perkins, college/university loans from institutional funds.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $5,479. Off-campus job opportunities are fair.

Financial Aid Statistics: 74% freshmen, 69% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 13% freshmen, 8% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 63% freshmen, 63% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 98% freshmen, 97% undergrads receive any aid. 73% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $24,018.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, art, music/drama.

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