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Knox Early College


Office of Admission

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999




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Knox Early College offers high-achieving high school seniors the opportunity to earn college credit while taking courses in subjects not otherwise available in high school—astronomy, biochemistry, Chinese, Japanese, or philosophy, for example—or to pursue higher levels of study in fields such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, or Spanish.

In the Knox Early College program, you’ll take college-level classes on the Knox College campus, learning alongside a world-class faculty of scholars and researchers and bright, talented students of diverse backgrounds from across the country and around the world.


  • Enroll in one course in each of Knox’s three terms (fall, winter, spring) during your senior year.
  • Receive a Knox Early College Scholarship to cover the full cost of tuition for each course. (The cost of books, course materials, or private lessons are not included.)
  • Earn college credit—up to 10 semester hours—that is transferable to other colleges and universities.
  • Use your Knox College ID to access to campus facilities—the library, computer labs, even the fitness center—and campus activities.


  • At the time of application, you should be a junior attending a partner high school (or a home school within Knox or Warren County).
  • Rank in the top 10% of your high school class or have an unweighted cumulative GPA of at least 3.8 (or its equivalent).


Admission to the Knox College Early College program is competitive, and space is limited. To be considered, we must receive the following:

Dates to Remember

Recognizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our local students and schools, we are extending the Early College Deadline to May 1, with decisions released by May 15. If your application is complete by April 1, a decision will be released by April 15.

  • February 15: Application available online
  • Round I Deadline April 1: Application, Statement of Support, and high school transcript must be submitted by this date
  • April 15: Applicants notified of decision
  • Round II Deadline May 1: Application, Statement of Support, and high school transcript must be submitted by this date
  • May 15: Applicants notified of decision

Other Benefits

  • If you do well in your Early College Courses—and successfully complete your high school diploma—you’ll be automatically eligible for admission to Knox. We’ll use your Early College Application and a few additional pieces of information, including your most recent transcripts, to complete your application.
  • If you decide to attend Knox after high school, you’ll receive merit scholarships—$30,000 per year—to recognize your talents and achievements. You’d also be eligible to apply for need-based financial aid.

Knox College Academic Calendar 2020-2021

Fall Term:  Monday, September 14 – Sunday, November 22 
Winter Term:  Tuesday, January 5 – Monday, March 15 
Spring Term:  Wednesday, March 24 – Tuesday, June 1

Knox’s standard class periods are 70 minutes long:
Period 1:  8:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Period 2:  9:20 – 10:30 a.m.
Period 3:  10:40 – 11:50 a.m.
Period 4:  12:00 – 1:10 p.m.
Period 5:  1:20 – 2:30 p.m.
Period 6:  2:40 – 3:50 p.m.

For more information, talk with your high school counselor or a Knox College admission counselor. You can also print an informational flyer about the Knox Early College Program (PDF).

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