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What Experts Say About Knox

Knox is a best value private college. Barron's and Kiplinger's Personal Finance rank Knox among the top colleges in the nation for academic reputation and affordability. And, U.S News and World Report ranks Knox among the nation's top 20 colleges for international diversity and among the top 60 for campus diversity.

Colleges That Change Lives


"Knox is a place that will take you seriously, no matter where you grew up or what kind of high school you attended. The focus is on cultivating your potential, stretching your limits, and sharpening your values."
-- Hilary Masell Oswald

"Nobody here lets you get away with the minimum. You're always pushed to do more, but not in a rough way. Professors just see a lot in us."
-- Senior, Knox Student

"We take our students seriously. We assume they're honorable people and want to do things honestly. They have individual responsibility for their learning -- both the path and the truth of it."
-- Academic Dean Larry Breitborde

Colleges That Change Lives, 2013-2014




Washington Monthly

Knox ranks #11 in the nation among liberal arts colleges because of Knox's commitment to service and the public good.
-- Washington Monthly College Rankings, 2013

For the second year in a row, Knox ranks in the top 10 in the nation for alumni serving in the Peace Corps.
-- Washington Monthly College Rankings, 2013



Kiplinger LogoRanked a"Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges" for 2012 at #77
-- Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013


"Students say the academic relationships at Knox are infused with a spirit of cooperation and equality. Academics are the priority and students are encouraged to be individuals, but the close-knit atmosphere helps them form strong connections with different types of students and down-to-earth professors."
-- Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2013


Princeton Review 2013


"The faculty and administration are spoken of highly, and they not only encourage the students to take charge and make change, but they listen and act on the student body's opinions."
-- The Best 377 Colleges, by Princeton Review, 2012

#12 for "best theatre program," ranked #6 for "best college radio station."
--The Best 376 Colleges, by Princeton Review, 2012

U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2013


Knox ranks as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation at #75, is in the top 23 most diverse liberal arts institutions, and is in the top 50 for ethnic diversity in America. Knox also ranks in the top 40 best value colleges.
-- U.S. News & World Report, 2013 Best Colleges

U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2013


Knox is highlighted on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.
-- Corporation for National and Community Service

Sierra Club


The Sierra Club is recognizing Knox College as one of "America's 100 Greenest Schools."
-- Sierra Club, 2012



Planet Green


"Knox College has dedicated itself to teaching and training the next generation of leaders to be stewards of our planet."
-- Holter Graham, Planet Green, 2010
(Watch the Eco-Tour Video featuring Knox)



The Huffington Post

One of the "10 Hidden Gems" in American higher education. A place where professors "are truly interested and passionate about what they are teaching."
--The Huffington Post, 2012



Looking Beyond the Ivy League



"Knox is a place of great intellectual ferment .. .a grade-A school by any measure."
-- Loren Pope, Looking Beyond the Ivy League, 2007

The Insider's Guide to the Colleges 2013


"At Knox, people of different looks, lifestyles, and interests come together because they all share a love of learning and an aspiration for a better future."
-- The Insider's Guide to the Colleges, 2013


The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges 2013


"Students at Knox fully embrace their college's values of equality, and their course loads reflect Knox's ideals of interacting with other cultures and learning outside the classroom."
-- The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges, 2013



Knox is ranked #79 out of 650 colleges and universities, selected from among more than 6,000 post-secondary institutions, and #13 in the Midwest.
-- Forbes Top 100 Colleges, 2012



The Advocate - College Guide for LGBT Students



One of the "10 Most Politically Active Schools" in the United States.
-- Unigo, 2011


The Advocate - College Guide for LGBT Students



One of the "100 Best Campuses" in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students.
-- The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students


Creative Colleges



"A College for Writers."
-- Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers, by Elaina Loveland


Harvard Schmarvard


"The 1,200 undergraduates [at Knox] appreciate the school's high academic standards. Many future teachers study here, and the school motto, "Freedom to Flourish," is taken seriously."
-- Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You, by Jay Mathews