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. Successful applicants have a sense that there's more to life than the classroom and more to life than just themselves. And 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 high school and college -- 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 -- these people can verify your achievements and evaluate your preparedness for college.
- Your admission interview -- we want to get to know you -- put a face with your name and a personality with your application.
- Your extracurricular activities -- well-rounded students tend to be successful students.
- Your ACT and/or SAT I scores -- if you choose to submit them!
Transfer credit is awarded for course work in the liberal arts and sciences taken at accredited colleges or universities. A final grade of "C" or better is required for credit. The Knox College Registrar evaluates each transcript to determine which credits are accepted.
Note that 3.3 semester hours are equivalent to 1 Knox credit. To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox, students must earn at least 13.5 credits (one and one-half years of full-time course work) in residence at Knox College.
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.