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Planning for Textbooks and Materials

When you arrive on campus, you will meet with your advisor to finalize your final course schedule, based on the course preferences you submitted. You should plan on about $300 for books and materials per term and be prepared to spend this at the Knox College Bookstore during your first few days on campus as your course selections are finalized. You can search for the books required for each section of each course at the Knox Bookstore website. Certain courses will include additional costs that you must pay early on (like online access codes for homework, art supplies for art courses, or fees for labs or music lessons).

Textbooks and other course materials are a vital part of your college educational experience, so you must budget for purchasing or renting books and course materials each term. Do not assume there will be an option to access these materials through the Knox Library or other avenues. After this first term, you will be pre-registering for your courses for each term far in advance and so will have the list of required course materials much earlier as well.

Communications Archive Student Portal Log-in Orientation Schedule New Student Resources

Time Is Running Out! 4 Things To Do Now


Course preferences—due now!
In order for us to place you in your prefered preceptorial and other courses this fall, you must fill out your preferences on your student portal now.


Also due now—placement exams.
If you still haven't taken your placement exams, now is the time! Knox offers exams in mathematics and foreign languages that will help us ensure that you're enrolled in the level appropriate for your skills. Take the exams now.


Complete the common reading before your arrive on campus.
Don't forget to submit your response essay for the common reading. Orientation will keep you busy, so there won't be time to do this once you arrive on campus.


Getting connected at Knox.
There are some simple steps you can take before you arrive at Knox to prepare your device for our network. Check out our new student computer setup web page to make sure your computer's requirements are up-to-date. Check out the Help Desk tab on for more helpful information, like the helpdesk hours, KnoxAnyWare, connecting gaming devices, and smartphone setup. Questions? Contact the Knox College Help Desk at or at 309-341-7700.

Be sure to join the Class of 2021 Facebook Group and introduce yourself to the class. Miss an email?  See what you missed in the Communications Archive

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact the Division of Student Development any time at 309-341-7222 or


International Student Pre-Orientation Program

September 4-6

International Family & Friends Orientation

September 4-5

New Student Orientation

September 7-10

Family & Friends Orientation

September 7

Fall Term Classes Begin

September 11

Family & Friends Weekend

September 22-24

Bluebrick Collective in downtown Galesburg.

The Bluebrick Collective is a creative space for the Galesburg and Knox communities. It is the culmination of the efforts of five students during this spring's StartUp Term, an academic 10-week immersive term where students develop their own business.

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