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9 Things Experts Say About Knox

1. We're a great school at a great price.

 That's according to U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Knox #25 in its list of schools with top reputations for both academic excellence and affordability. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks Knox #76 as a "Best College Value." And The Princeton Review included Knox in the 2017 Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.

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 support that leads to graduation and academic success. Other schools in the top 20 include Harvard University, Yale University, Amherst College, and Vassar College. Knox has made the list's top 20 in two out of the three years the Times has run the College Access Index.

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 #15 among more than 200 national liberal arts colleges for its contributions to the public good.

5. Our grads are grateful.

Forbes Magazine ranked Knox in the top three in Illinois and 57 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 five 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 is among the top schools where, according to U.S. News and World Report, "students are more likely to encounter undergradues from a different ethnic group fom their own."

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

Knox is ranked #4 in Illinois on the Sierra Club's "Cool School Rankings" for 2017, 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 one of 375 "Green Colleges" by The Princeton Review.

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Printed on Thursday, November 23, 2017

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