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10 Things Experts Say About Knox

1. We'll give you the best bang for your buck.

That's according to Washington Monthly's 2016 College Guide & Rankings, based on how well we help students attain "marketable degrees at affordable prices" (we're ranking #54 among all colleges and universities in the Midwest). U.S. News and World Report says Knox is a "Great School at a Great Price" and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks Knox #76 as a "Best College Value."

2. We're doing the most for the American Dream.

The New York Times ranks Knox #16 in its 2017 College Access Index, which evaluates schools that are doing the most to provide both financial aid and the support that leads to graduation and academic success. Other schools in the top 20 include Harvard University, Yale University, Amherst College, and Vassar College.

3. We're a college that changes lives.

Knox has been included in every edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges since the groundbreaking book was first published in 1996. What does it have to say about Knox? "The focus is on cultivating your potential, stretching your limits, and sharpening your values so that when you leave, you are captain of your fate and master of your soul."

4. We're committed to service. 

For the sixth time in seven years, Knox has received the highest federal award that an educational institution can receive for its commitment to community service—the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Washington Monthly agrees, ranking Knox #13 in the nation for commitment to service and social mobility.

5. Our grads are grateful.

Forbes Magazine ranked Knox in the top four in Illinois and 63 in the nation among 200 private colleges and universities for the success of graduates and the support they give back to their colleges—known as a "Grateful Graduates Index."

6. We're a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

In three of the last four years, the Peace Corps has ranked Knox as one of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. Why is that? Could be because we're the first college in the country to have an official Peace Corps Preparatory Program.

7. We foster a strong sense of individualism.

According to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017, "This liberal arts college has a tradition of debate that extends beyond the Lincoln-Douglas event that occurred there in 1858. And through a warm and cooperative academic community, the college continues to foster a strong sense of individualism."

8. Diversity is important to us.

"Knox draws students from nearly 50 countries and almost 50 states—with a student body of only 1,400, diversity is hugely important here."—that's according to The Princeton Review's The Best 380 Colleges.

9. We're a green college (and cool school!).

Knox is ranked #138 on the Sierra Club's "Cool School Rankings" for 2016, thanks to our commitment to renewable energy, reduced food waste, and expanded co-curricular programs that focus on sustainability. Our commitment to sustainability also led to our being named a "Green College" in The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges.

10. We're a smart choice.

Knox is one of the 43 colleges where students are most likely to get accepted, stay enrolled, and graduate in four years, according to College Raptor 2016. The ranking is based on acceptance rate, freshman retention rate, and four-year graduation rate.

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