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Knox Welcomes the Class of 2015

Knox Welcomes the Class of 2015

Knox College welcomed 400 new students and their families to campus on Saturday, September 3. Students, faculty, and staff worked together to welcome new students and move them into their new homes. "At Knox, you will be known. We will know you," said President Teresa Amott to the 175th class of students entering the college. Hailing from 30 states and 32 countries, this class is the most diverse class to ever enter Knox. Nearly half are either international students or students of color. Here are some new student fast facts:

- 16% are international students
- 32% of U.S. students are African-American, Asian, Hispanic, or Native American
- 122 were athletic varsity letter winners
- 80 were club and organization presidents
- 217 were community service volunteers
- 26 studied abroad during their high school career

President Amott, who became Knox's president on July 1, told the students, "Your class will always be a little special to me, as you and I are starting our Knox journeys together." Read more about the incoming class and see pictures of move-in day.

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Freedom to Flourish

Make a Statement,
Make a Difference

Are You Knox?

Important Dates

Fast Fact

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175th Anniversary
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The Sierra Club Picks Knox as a "Cool School"

The Sierra Club again ranked Knox College as one of "America's Coolest Schools," identifying it as one of the greenest colleges in the country. The 2011 "Cool Schools" list recognizes four-year colleges and universities for their environmental sustainability goals and achievements in 10 categories, including academics, energy efficiency, and waste management. Knox has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and building a culture of environmental responsibility through its programs to convert food waste into compost, renovating the Taylor Student Lounge and Game Room using energy-efficient materials, cultivating the Knox Community Garden where students and faculty use organic methods to grow flowers and produce, and replacing disposable food containers with re-useable takeout boxes for the cafeteria. Read more about Knox's efforts to be green.

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Apply for Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships

Are you a musician or an artist? Do you have a passion for theatre or dance? Knox believes you should be rewarded for your talents. Scholarships up to $8,000 are available for vocal and instrumental music, art, performance and technical theatre, and dance. For students applying under the November 1 Early Action application deadline, auditions should be completed by early November. Learn more about visual and performing arts scholarships or call 800-678-KNOX to set up your audition.

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Kurian Takes His Frisbee to Medical School

Right after presenting his research at the Illinois State Academy of Science, biology major David Kurian, Knox senior, rushed out to meet his ultimate Frisbee teammates for a tournament. Combining his interests in science and ultimate Frisbee – a game mixing soccer, basketball, and football – Kurian won first place in the Health Sciences division for his research, "A Comparative Survey of Backhand Frisbee Throw Mechanics," focused on factors that go into creating an accurate throw. David, who was co-captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team and a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, just enrolled at The George Washington University Medical School in Washington, D.C. Read more about David's research and his plans for medical school.

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Professor Brings Students to Save Salmon in Alaska

One of the most memorable events of Elizabeth Cockrell's summer occurred when the Knox College environmental studies major attended a two-hour meeting -- in the middle of an Alaskan stream -- to talk about fish. "We stood there, and the little coho salmon were swimming around our feet." Elizabeth, fellow student Helen Schnoes, and professor Nic Mink spent three months in Sitka, Alaska, where they collaborated with community members to develop a program to educate people about salmon as a valuable natural resource.  A primary goal is to raise public awareness about southeast Alaska's wild, sustainable salmon fishery and to help people understand the importance of the salmon to the local ecosystem. Read more about the student's trip and how they are making a difference in Alaska.

Student Writes Program for Senate Elections

Alt TextA new computer-based voting system, written by Maxwell Galloway-Carson, is credited with boosting security and participation in campus Student Senate elections. Named "Vote4Senate," computer science major Galloway-Carson wrote the voting program as an independent study project with computer science professor Jamie Spacco. Participation in the most recent election was 46% -- up from 36% in the previous election with paper ballots. Read more about Maxwell's innovations.

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Wiggen Studies Bird Behavior at Knox

Senior Kelly Wiggen got hundreds of hours of animal experience by working with zebra finches, which was a "big plus" when she applied to veterinary school. Kelly, who majored in biology and minored and chemistry, conducted an honors research project analyzing how domesticated zebra finches react to different types of predators. After setting up four experimental groups of zebra finches, she found unexpected results that indicated domesticated zebra finches have lost the ability to recognize alarm calls. Learn more about Wiggen and her research.

Moscow Ballet Summer Intensive at Knox

Alt TextStudents and teachers alike said they were inspired by their experiences at the Moscow Ballet Dance Intensive, a program that brought together aspiring young dancers, local instructors, and Knox students and faculty with ballerina Nataliya Miroshnyk of the Moscow Ballet. The week-long series of classes and workshops culminated in a Dancers' Showcase at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg. The sessions were provided to students at no cost through support from Knox College and the Orpheum Theatre. The young students "came with a lot of energy, and it was exciting to be part of their day," said education major and dance minor Angelina Rosa. Read more about this unique opportunity and Knox's dance program.

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Meet Knox "On the Road"

Admission counselors are traveling the country and the world this fall to talk with future students. Meet with us at high schools, college fairs, and workshops -- or meet individually with us for an admission interview, offered in more than 50 cities around the world. Meet with us when we are in your area. Event dates are available at www.knox.edu/knoxontheroad.

Visit Campus!

Visit Knox this fall. Tour the campus, interview with an admission counselor, talk with professors and coaches, even observe a class. Attend a Fall Open House on October 10 or November 11 -- or schedule your visit on a date most convenient for you at www.knox.edu/visit.

Apply Early for Admission

Are you a high school senior? Apply for admission by the November 1 Early Action deadline, and we will make make you priority as we read applications. You'll receive a decision within just 14 days after your application is completed. The Early Action option is non-binding, meaning you may apply to other colleges and still have until May 1 to make your final college selection. For complete instructions on how to apply online, go to www.knox.edu/apply.

Brandon Paraharm
"Every day is a day of preparation, as far as I'm concerned."

My name is Brandon Paraharm, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

October 10

Fall Open House

November 1

Early Action I Application Deadline

November 11

Fall Open House

Fast Fact

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48 The combined percentage of U.S. students of color and international students in the fall 2015 entering class, making Knox College one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation.

Knox Links

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