What We Consider
Knox seeks students who are intellectually curious, creative, and eager to engage with classmates and teachers from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Students with initiative, imagination, eagerness for learning, and personal maturity are best able to benefit from the opportunities at Knox.
Just as a Knox education develops the whole individual, we consider the whole individual when making our admission decisions.
In order of importance, we'll consider the following information in evaluating your admission application:
- The types and difficulty of the courses you've taken in secondary school -- the more challenging and rigorous your choices, the better prepared you'll be.
- The grades you earned in those courses -- in addition to a high level of achievement we're looking for consistency in performance.
- Your personal essay -- this is your opportunity to tell us about yourself.
- The recommendation of your teachers and counselors -- these people can verify your achievements and evaluate your preparedness for college.
- Your standardized test results (such as SAT, GCE (General Certificate of Education), IGSE (International General Certification of Education), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and/or any other comparable standardized test)
- Evidence of your family's ability to afford the cost of a Knox education -- the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service requires it. If you need help, apply for financial aid.
If English is not your first language, you are required to submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The minimum acceptable score is 80 on the Internet-based exam, 213 on the computer-based exam, or 550 on the paper exam. If you haven't taken the TOEFL test, we'll also accept APIEL, IELTS, or SAT II ELPT exam scores to assess your proficiency in English.
A Note about Test Scores
The submission of SAT I or ACT scores is optional for most applicants. Knox adopted this policy so that you can decide for yourself if your scores adequately reflect your abilities and potential for success in college. There is no score above which you should decide to submit your scores. If you elect to provide your scores, they will be considered and can sometimes help us in assessing your abilities more fully. Scores can be submitted either directly from the testing agency or on your official secondary school transcript.
Note: Home-schooled applicants or candidates applying from secondary schools that do not provide grades are asked to submit results from one or more standardized tests, such as SAT I, SAT II, ACT, AP or IB examination results, or grades from college courses.