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Students Gain Real World Biz Experience

Knox senior Jordan Ball had the opportunity to work for a Chicago-based environmental consulting company as part of the Business, Entrepreneurship, and Society program. Living in Chicago, Jordan developed independent study projects, acquired practical experience from internships, and interacted with Chicago-based business innovators. As an intern for e-One, a consulting firm in Chicago that encourages sustainability in the business world, Jordan has researched grants and worked on membership development. “Learning from all these different entrepreneurs has given me a can-do attitude,” said Jordan, “This whole program has given me a lot of real-world experience.”

Learn more about Jordan’s experience and Knox’s business management and economics departments
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Freedom to Flourish

Make a Statement,
Make a Difference

Are You Knox?

Important Dates

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Knox in Top 100 Colleges: Quality, Affordability, Best Value

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Knox Gets High Marks for Programs, Diversity, Experience

Students at Knox give the College high marks for what the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement calls “enriching educational experiences.” The NSSE gathered questionnaires from more than 362,000 students from 564 colleges and universities. They found that Knox seniors are twice as likely as the average college student to complete significant work in a foreign language, more likely to study abroad, more likely to interact with students from different cultural backgrounds, and more than twice as likely to have done an independent study or self-designed major. Read more about the NSSE survey results and student life at Knox.

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Students Dontations Help Feed Local Schoolchildren

The generosity of Knox College students is helping to feed Galesburg schoolchildren during their extended winter break this year. Students have donated 1,576 "meal swipes" from their college meal plans to provide meals to schoolchildren through the Lunch Spot, a community-wide initiative. Each swipe translates into one box lunch for a Galesburg School District student. "It's a phenomenal thing the students have done," said Rhonda Brady, executive director of the Knox County Area Project, a Lunch Spot sponsor. "The Knox lunch donation is huge for us."Read more about what Knox students are doing for the Lunch Spot program and learn more about Knox's involvement with the surrounding community.

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Knox Alum Makes Them Laugh in India

Vir Das ’02 has been taking India’s comedy circuit by storm. Born in Dehradun, later growing up in South Africa, Das came to Knox by way of Venkateswara College in Delhi. Knox is where Das earned his bachelors degree in economics and most fortuitously was given his first opportunity to try his hand at stand-up comedy. Since graduating, he has performed in over 100 comedy shows in Chicago and is now on track to make his mark in Bollywood. Read more about Das and his current projects as he gets ready to perform on the big screen.

Knox Students Win Top Honors in Grad-Level Business Competition

Alt TextStudents from Knox were amongs the top finishers at this year’s Early Leaders Case Competition, sponsored by the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. The annual competition challenges selected college students to solve business problems with the “case study” method used in many graduate-level business programs. The first place team included Knox senior Xiaoyun Zhu. Professor of business management John Spittell said, “The competition is a great opportunity for students to put their skills to the test and demonstrate their potential in front of business leaders, faculty, and graduate students.” Learn more about the Early Leaders Case Competition and Knox’s business management program.

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Students Win in National Photography Contest

Five Knox students with majors ranging from neuroscience to creative writing have been recognized for their photography in the annual ACM photography contest. The competition is open to students who have participated in off-campus study programs over the course of the school year. Student submissions came from Paris, Tanzania, Barcelona, New Zealand, and Botswana. The student's photos will be displayed in a gallery that will travel to many college campuses. Read more about the students who were honored, see the photographs they took while participating in an off-campus study opportunity, and learn more about study abroad at Knox.

Knox Congratulates 2010 Commencement Speaker Tina Chen

Alt TextThe White House announced this week that Tina Tchen, Knox College honorary degree recipient and 2010 commencement speaker, will serve as chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama. Currently serving as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Tchen will take her new post at the end of January. Learn more about Chen's new appointment and watch video of her commencement speech.

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30th Annual International Fair

The 30th annual Knox College International Fair highlights a week of internationally focused events. Knox College has long been committed to global issues and international studies, both within the campus and curriculum, and through the support of study-abroad programs worldwide. Learn more about the International Fair and Knox's internationally focused curriculum.

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Visit Knox at Our Winter Open House

Take a first-hand look at Knox and all it has to offer. Talk with faculty and students; tour the residence halls, labs, and studio spaces; taste the cuisine; learn about academic programs, internship opportunities, and off-campus study; and explore student life. Our Winter Open House is a perfect time to see if you are Knox! Knox will also be hosting the Martin Luther King Day convocation, to which students and their families are invited. Learn more about how to register for the open house.

Apply for Admission by February 1

The application deadline is fast approaching! Regular Decision candidates should submit all portions of their applications for admission by February 1. Visit the Knox Web site for complete instructions and to apply online at www.knox.edu/apply.

Apply for Financial Aid by February 15

Did you know that Forbes, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, and The Princeton Review consistently rank Knox as one of the nation's best values—a best bang for your buck? At Knox we are committed to providing the best education possible. And we are committed to ensuring cost is not a barrier to that education.

In addition to a wide variety of merit scholarships, Knox offers need based financial aid to make your education affordable. This commitment to helping you and your family is an important part of what makes Knox such a great value and great educational investment. Visit the Knox Web site to learn more about Knox's commitment and applying for financial aid: www.knox.edu/financialaid

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"I want to study theoretical astrophysics and the big bang theory."

My name is Tomomi Sunayama, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

January 17 (Martin Luther King Day)

Winter Open House

February 1

Regular Decision Application Deadline

February 15

Priority Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid

Fast Fact

98 The percentage of professors who have their Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Knox Links

Knox College Office of Admission
2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
309-341-7100 Phone
800-678-KNOX Toll-free
www.knox.edu