Knox College Welcome Convocation

Knox College Welcomes New Students

Second-largest entering class in 40 years, diverse and talented, top interest is community service

September 03, 2010

Knox College Welcome ConvocationThe second-largest class of new students in 40 years moves into residence halls and begin orientation at Knox College on Saturday, September 4.

Photos: Flanked by plaques of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas and below a replica of the "Knox for Lincoln" banner displayed at the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debate at Knox, President Roger Taylor (above) and Vice President Lawrence Breitborde (right) address new students and families outside Old Main. Photos from September 2009.

First-year and transfer students total an estimated 407 from the United States and 21 other countries. Knox's final enrollment, including upperclass students who return on Tuesday, will be calculated at the end of the second week of classes.

Knox College residence hallThe 2010-2011 academic yearinformally opens with the all-campus Pumphandle celebration on Thursday, September 9. The 2010 Opening Convocation and the first day of classes are on Friday, September 10. The convocation is free and open to the public at 11 a.m., Friday, September 10. Former Wisconsin Governor and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson will give the Opening Convocation address.

Photos: Right, father and student move necessities into a residence hall; below, current students and staff help new students with the heavy lifting.

Highlights of the entering class include geographic diversity -- 12% of the class are from 21 countries outside the United States, and 13 states are represented by at least five students. Strong academic performance is shown on several dimensions, with 43% of entering students graduating in the top 10% of their high school class. Knox does not require standardized tests for admission, but many students report scores -- this year's entering class reported mid-50% scores of 26 to 31 on the ACT and 1140 to 1410 on the SAT.

Move In Day Knox CollegeThis year's entering class also features 160 students who have participated in significant volunteer community service; 128 varsity athletes and 54 team captains; 15 National Merit Commended Scholars and 5 National Merit Scholars.

The admission office surveyed incoming students about their academic interests -- the top five are English, psychology, biology, history and pre-medicine.

Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 45 states and 48 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Snapshot of the Entering Class, September 2010:

Applications for Admission

Demographics of Class

Total Applicants: 2,395
Offered Admission: 1,806
Anticipated Matriculants: 407
First-Year Students: 365
Transfer Students: 42

Female/Male Ratio 56:44
Students of Color (U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents) 23%
Latino/Hispanic 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8%
African-American/Black 9%
Native American 1%
Students from Illinois 51%; Outside US 12%

Top States in Class (at least five students)

Illinois
Missouri
Minnesota
California
Wisconsin
Colorado
Iowa

Oregon
Indiana
Michigan
Ohio
Arizona
Washington

All Countries Represented in Class

China
Ghana
Nepal
France
Germany
Japan
Korea
Netherlands
Nigeria
Philippines
Vietnam

Costa Rica
Great Britain
Kenya
Malaysia
Poland
Romania
Singapore
Spain
Sri Lanka
Thailand
USA

Academic Preparation

Top Decile of High School Class: 43%
ACT Composite Score Mid-50%-Range: 26-31
SAT (Critical Reading + Math) Mid-50%-Range: 1140-1410

Awards and Accomplishments

Community Service Volunteers 160
Athletic Varsity Letter Winners 128
National Honor Society Members 93
Athletic Team Captains 54
Club/Organization Presidents 54
Literary Journal/Newspaper Editors 33

Studied Abroad or Exchange Students 25
Class/Student Body Presidents 17
National Merit Commended Scholars 15
Theater/Drama Lead Roles 15
Eagle Scout or Gold Award Winners 10
National Merit Scholars 5

Top Academic Interests

English (Writing & Literature)
Psychology
Biology
History
Pre-Medicine
Educational Studies
International Relations

Modern Languages (All)
Business
Political Science
Theatre
Journalism
Social Sciences

(All figures estimated as of Aug 31, 2010 and include first-year and transfer students except as noted.)