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U.S. News & World Report ranked Knox #72 among 221 national liberal arts colleges, where we also made one of its Best Value schools. Knox was also selected to be part of The Princeton Review’s 2021 edition of The Best 385 Colleges. The 2019 Fiske Guide to Colleges featured Knox as one of the 300 best colleges in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.
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. We're also a proud member of the Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) non-profit organization; which promotes a student-centered approach to the college search process.
Knox 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—six times. Washington Monthly agrees, ranking Knox #40 among more than 200 national liberal arts colleges for its contributions to the public good, as well as #2 among liberal arts colleges in Illinois. This is the ninth year in a row that Knox has appeared in the top 50 of this national ranking.
That's according to U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Knox #20 among colleges with top reputations for both academic excellence and affordability. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine selected Knox a "Best College Value"—for the 12th year in a row!
The New York Times ranked 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 included Harvard University, Yale University, Amherst College, and Vassar College.
Forbes magazine ranked Knox second in Illinois and 45th 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." This is the sixth year that Knox has appeared on the index.
U.S. News and World Report gave Knox high scores for ethnic diversity and international diversity.
Knox is ranked #7 in Illinois on the Sierra Club's "Cool School Rankings" for 2019, 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 413 "Green Colleges" by The Princeton Review.
Knox is ranked #40 among more than 200 national liberal arts colleges by Washington Monthly for our contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service. This is the ninth year in a row that Knox has appeared in the top 50 of this national ranking. Knox was also ranked in the top 50 as a top performer on social mobility by U.S. News & World Report.
Times President Obama visited
Once after winning the Democratic nomination to the US Senate, next as a commencement speaker in 2005 and lastly, in July 2013 to address the economy.