Knox College

Learning at Knox

In a few short months, we'll welcome you as you take your first step down the academic path that you will travel over the coming years.

The first five items on this month's list will help guide you as you begin that journey:


Preparing for your academic journey.
To help you make the most of the many opportunities for inquiry and creativity that a Knox education has to offer, here are a few ways to think about the academic journey upon which you’re about to embark.


Get Ready for FP.
First-Year Preceptorial, or FP, is a small seminar course all first-year students take in the fall. Before you arrive on campus, there’s a bit of reading we’d like you to do to prepare for your first class. Learn more about FP and your summer reading.


Math? Art? Chinese? Anthropology? It's time to choose your course preferences.
When you arrive in the fall, the course preferences you share with your advisor will serve as a guide as the two of you develop your official schedule for the term. Visit your student portal to choose your course preferences.


Placement exams help you find the best fit.
Knox offers placement exams in mathematics, foreign languages, and chemistry. These short online exams help us ensure that you’re enrolled in the level appropriate for your skills. Learn more about placement exams.


Have a question? Ask a Prof!
Do you have a question about courses or the academic opportunities at Knox? Through the end of July, Knox Professor Tom Moses will be available to answer any questions you have about the academic program at


Dining plans offer variety, flexibility.
Whether you perfer to eat in the dining hall, snack bar, or on the run, Knox offers a variety of dining plans to fit your needs, with an emphasis on flexibility. Visit your your student portal to choose your plan.


Housing assignments are on the way.
At Knox, we take extra care to review each housing assignment to make the best possible roommate match. Letters have been mailed with room assignments. If you haven’t received yours yet, you can also find it on your student portal. It’s a good idea to contact your roommate before you arrive on campus so you can decide on what items each of you should bring. See the list of things you should (and shouldn't) bring to campus.


Financial aid, scholarships, and loans.
If you will be receiving financial aid, the pending financial aid credits shown on the fall term billing statement you will be receiving this month by mail are based on the most recent information we have in the financial aid office. Contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions about pending financial aid, scholarship, or loan credits on your account. Learn more about paying tuition and fees, financial aid, scholarships, and loans.


Make friends at summer picnics.
Each summer, Knox hosts picnics across the country where alumni, students, parents, and faculty come together to get acquainted and celebrate their ties to Knox. Learn more about picnics in your area.

Want to see who will be joining you this fall? Join the Class of 2018 Facebook Group and introduce yourself to the class. And don’t forget to visit often for the information you need as you prepare for your arrival on campus in September.

As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Student Development any time at 309-341-7222 or

Dates to Remember

August 18
Fall Athletes Arrive

September 7
International Student Orientation

September 8
Multicultural Student Orientation

September 9
Non-Traditional Student Orientation

September 10
Family and Friends Orientation

September 10
One Community Orientation

September 14
Pumphandle and All-Campus Picnic

September 15
Classes Begin

October 24-26
Family and Friends Weekend




Knox College Office of Student Development
2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
309-341-7222 Phone
309-341-7077 Fax