Knox College's Newest Students Welcomed to Campus

Class of 2017 represents 22 countries, 27 states

September 07, 2013

Knox College Welcomes New Students 2013

Knox College welcomed more than 400 first-year and transfer students on Saturday, September 7, as the newest members of the Knox community moved into residence halls, began meeting classmates, and were greeted by College officials, including President Teresa Amott.

"You bring to Knox a new wealth of stories and perspectives, developed as you have lived and grown in 22 countries and 27 states," President Amott told the new students.

"You will be enriched by the geographic and cultural diversity you bring to us and by the myriad of interests and passions you pursue."

The Class of 2017
By the Numbers

Number of New Students 405

Students of Color 34%
Latino/Hispanic 13%
African-American/Black 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10%
Native American 2%

International Students 12%

Top Five States Represented
(Total states represented: 27)

Top Five Countries Represented (other than the United States)
People’s Republic of China
Republic of Korea
(Total countries represented: 22)

Top Five Accomplishments (so far)
Community Service Volunteers
Athletic Varsity Letter Winners
National Honor Society Members
Club/Organization Presidents
Athletic Team Captains

Some of Knox's newest students took time from their busy day to answer a few questions.

What are you excited about?

Hajah TurpinI'm excited for the diversity. I'm excited to meet people from all walks of life. -- Hajah Turpin, a first-year student from Newark, New Jersey.
Miriam SchulzeMy art classes. -- Miriam Schulze, a first-year student from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

What's been the coolest thing so far?

Jinglun DingI sat in Lincoln's chair. -- Jinglun Ding, a first-year student from Jinan, China.
Marcellis DavisMy dorm. -- Marcellis Davis, a first-year student from Chicago, Illinois.
Brenda Rogel-PerezThe downtown reminds me of home. -- Brenda Rogel-Perez, a first-year student from Waukegan, Illinois.


What are you looking forward to?
Ashaunti RobyAnything having to deal with music. I want to join the choir. -- Ashaunti Roby, a first-year student from Chicago, Illinois.
Esai PonceI'll be wrestling this year, so I'm looking forward to getting back on the mat. -- Esai Ponce, a first-year student from Aurora, Illinois.
Hajah TurpinI'm looking forward to completing my personal goals, being supported in all aspects, and studying abroad in France. -- Hajah Turpin.

What are you nervous about?

Deandre WeathersbyClasses, time management. -- Deandre Weathersby, a first-year student from Chicago, Illinois.
Trevor MarshallFirst day of school stuff: meeting new people, having new classes, having a lot of homework. -- Trevor Marshall, a first-year student from St. Louis, Missouri.

What's one fun fact about yourself that you're willing to share?

Haley RichterI went to China this year, but the only thing I know how to say in Chinese is, "I'm full." -- Haley Richter, a first-year student from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kyle HallI'm a touring musician. I play guitar. -- Kyle Hall, a first-year student from New Lenox, Illinois.
Ellen FischerI took a gap year before I came to Knox and worked with an opera company and adults with special needs in the Chicago area. -- Ellen Fischer, a first-year student from Chicago, Illinois.
Roberto DavilaMy grandfather, when he was alive, was the mayor of a Mexico suburb. -- Roberto Davila, a first-year student from Chicago, Illinois.

Orientation activities for members of Knox's Fall 2013 entering class will continue for several days. The first day of class and Knox's Opening Convocation will be Thursday, September 12. Check out our photo gallery.