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When to Apply


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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999




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Knox has several application options for first-year students.

If you've decided early in your senior year that Knox is among your top college choices, apply early and receive the benefit of learning your admission and merit scholarship decision sooner. Or apply Regular Decision to receive a decision in mid-March.

Apply By*Decision By**Enroll By
Early Decision Nov 1 Nov 15 Dec 15
Early Action I Nov 1 Dec 15 May 1
Early Action II Dec 1 Jan 15 May 1
Regular Decision Jan 15 March 15 May 1

*If you're applying for financial aid, you should complete both your application for admission and your financial aid application by the "Apply By" date. (Residents of Illinois are encouraged to submit their financial aid application by November 1 to ensure eligibility for the State of Illinois MAP Grant.)
**Financial aid awards are typically mailed within two weeks after admission.

Early Decision

If Knox is your #1 choice, consider applying Early Decision. You'll be among the first applicants reviewed by the Admission Committee—and you'll be among the first to receive a decision. You'll also reduce the level of stress in selecting a college, save money on application fees, and save time and effort by applying to fewer colleges.

Applying Early Decision can also be helpful if you're participating in winter or spring sports, studying overseas during second semester, or busy with other winter and spring activities. You can complete your college search well before those activities get underway.

Early Decision is a binding commitment. If you're admitted to Knox, you agree to withdraw your applications to any other colleges. Knox should be your #1 choice, and you may not apply Early Decision to more than one institution. All Early Decision applicants must submit the Early Decision Agreement found in the Common Application. Apply Now!

Early Action I

The Early Action option is nonbinding, meaning you may apply to other colleges and still have until May 1 to make your final college selection. You can apply to as many colleges as you desire and wait to see what colleges admit you before making a final decision. Knox offers two rounds of early application consideration. Complete your application by November 1 (Early Action I), and we'll send an admission decision by mid-December. Apply Now!

Early Action II

Apply by the December 1 deadline (Early Action II) and receive an admission decision by mid-January. You still have until May 1 to reply to our offer. Apply Now!

Regular Decision

Submit all portions of your application by January 15. You'll receive an admission decision by mid-March and must reply to our offer by May 1. Apply Now!

You should start assembling your application materials well in advance of the deadline.

All application documents—including scholarship portfolios, auditions, or other scholarship submissions—should be submitted or postmarked by the applicable deadline. Please contact your admission counselor or call the Office of Admission if you have questions or have difficulty submitting any part of your application.


When you apply for admission, you’ll also be considered for any academic scholarships for which you are eligible. Scholarships in the visual and performing arts, service and leadership, and writing require auditions, portfolios, or other submissions that are due at the same time as your application for admission. When you receive an offer of admission, you’ll also learn about any scholarships that have been awarded to you. More information about scholarships and eligibility requirements is available on our scholarship page.

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