Knox College welcomes applications from students around the world who value the challenges and rigor of a liberal arts education. Students with initiative, imagination, eagerness for learning, and personal maturity are best able to benefit from the opportunities at Knox. We also appreciate the varied perspectives that students of diverse backgrounds, talents and interests bring to our campus community.
In evaluating applications for admission, we carefully review the information provided by the student and his or her recommenders. The greatest weight is given to the applicant's academic transcripts. The difficulty of the courses selected as well as the level and consistency of academic performance are important predictors of future achievement at Knox. Beyond transcripts, we evaluate written communication skills, motivation and maturity, ability to make a contribution to the Knox community, and other personal qualities. Recommendations, admission interviews, the application form itself and the student's personal statement all provide valuable insights that assist the Admission Committee in making a decision.
An interview with an admission counselor is highly recommended for all applicants. Interviews generally take place on the Knox College campus or at off-campus locations during the fall. To schedule a campus visit and interview, or to inquire about the availability of an interview in your area, contact the Office of Admission, or go to www.knox.edu/admission.
The submission of SAT I or ACT scores is optional for most applicants. Knox adopted this policy so that you can decide for yourself if your scores adequately reflect your abilities and potential for success in college. There is no score above which you should decide to submit your scores. If you elect to provide your scores, they will be considered and can sometimes help us in assessing your abilities more fully. Scores can be submitted either directly from the testing agency or on your official secondary school transcript. (Home-schooled students and applicants from secondary schools that do not provide grades `are asked to submit test results.)
Applying for Admission
The Common Application
Knox College is an exclusive user of the Common Application. This form can be used to apply for admission at Knox and nearly 400 highly selective colleges and universities.
All applicants should complete the Common Application as well as the Common Application Supplement for Knox College. These forms can be submitted in any order as long as both are mailed by the dates indicated below. You can apply online or download forms at www.commonapp.org. Complete instructions and all forms needed to apply for admission, scholarships and financial aid are available on the Knox College website.
Both the Common Application and the Knox College Supplement can be submitted electronically at www.commonapp.org.
Early Action (first-year applicants)
More than half of the entering class are admitted as Early Action applicants. If you determine early in your senior year that Knox is among the colleges to which you will apply, you can receive an early notification of an admission decision.
Knox offers Early Action options. Apply by November 1 (Early Action I) and an admission decision will be mailed within 14 days. Or, apply by the December 1 deadline (Early Action II) and receive a decision by December 31.
Early Action applicants are evaluated on the basis of their transcripts through junior year. Applicants not admitted in Early Action will automatically be considered for Regular Decision. Early Action candidates may apply to other colleges and have until May 1 to make a final college selection.
Regular Decision (first-year applicants)
Students applying under the Regular Decision option should submit all portions of their applications for admission by February 1. Regular Decision candidates receive an admission decision by March 31 and must reply to our offer by May 1.
Early Admission (for high school juniors)
Exceptionally qualified and mature students may apply for admission after three years of secondary school work. Applicants must complete all procedures and satisfy all expectations for regular first-year admission. They must also include a letter explaining their reasons for entering college early, and their college counselors must also submit a statement supporting their early admission.
Applicants who have been home-schooled for all or some of their secondary education should provide a transcript which lists the subjects studied each year or other detailed documentation with a description of each course of study, major texts used, and/or literature read. Home-schooled students should submit the results from one or more standardized tests (SAT I, SAT II, ACT, AP or IB) and should complete an admission interview.
Students who seek to transfer after a semester or more of full-time work at another college or university can apply for entrance in fall, winter or spring terms. Applications should be submitted by April 1 for Fall term (notification by May 15), November 1 for Winter term (notification by November 15), and January 15 for Spring term (notification by February 1). Applications received after these dates will be considered as long as spaces remain available.
Transfer credit is awarded for course work in the liberal arts and sciences taken at accredited colleges or universities. A final grade of “C” or better is required for credit. If not indicated on the transcript, a statement of good standing must be supplied from each institution previously attended. The Knox Registrar evaluates each transcript to determine which credits are accepted.
Note that 3.3 semester hours are equivalent to 1 Knox credit. To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox, students must earn at least 13.5 credits (one and one-half years of full-time course work) in residence at Knox College.
The Office of Admission encourages interested students and their families to visit the campus. The best time to visit is when classes are in session. If you visit during an academic term, you are able to attend classes, talk with professors, and meet students, as well as tour the campus and complete an interview with an admission counselor. Throughout the year, campus tours and admission interviews are generally available.
For more information or to make arrangements for visiting campus, please contact the Office of Admission or visit our website at www.knox.edu/visit.
For More Information
For complete application instructions, to apply online, or to download application forms, visit www.knox.edu/apply
To request further information or to schedule a campus visit or interview, contact the Office of Admission at:
Office of Admission
2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999