10 Things Experts Say About Knox
U.S. News & World Report ranked us #68 among 233 national liberal arts colleges, where we also made the Best Undergraduate Teaching list. Knox was also selected to be part of The Princeton Review’s 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges and listed as one of the “Best Midwestern” schools. The 2019 Fiske Guide to Colleges featured Knox as one of the 300 best colleges in the United States, Great Britian, 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 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—six times. Washington Monthly agrees, ranking Knox #34 among more than 200 national liberal arts colleges for its contributions to the public good. This is the seventh 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 among the top 50 colleges with top reputations for both academic excellence and affordability. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks Knox #70 as a "Best College Value" (for the 11 th year in a row!) 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.
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.
Forbes Magazine ranked Knox third 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."
U.S. News and World Report gave Knox high scores for ethnic diversity, economic diversity, and international diversity.
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."
Knox is ranked #5 in Illinois on the Sierra Club's "Cool School Rankings" for 2018, 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.
According to Study International, a website that connects students with a global network of universities, we're one of " 5 inspiring Liberal Arts Colleges."
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.