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In the coming months and years you will face many exciting opportunities and challenges. It's normal to need physical or mental health support along the way. That's why we have Counseling and Health Services right here on campus. Our on-campus counselors and medical staff are here to help and are committed to your academic and personal success.

In the list below, you will find seven things to do (and learn more about) to ensure a healthy start to your Knox career.

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Janell McGruder, LPC
Director of Counseling Services

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7 Things To Know


Don't forget your health forms.
To help us meet your healthcare needs, visit your personalized student portal to complete immunization and medical history forms. These forms must be completed before you can register for your classes. 


Health and wellness in the United States.
Your health and wellness are essential to your success at Knox, and you can expect to receive high-quality health care in the U.S. Learn more about health care in the U.S. 


Insurance plans in the United States.
All Knox students are automatically enrolled in an accident insurance plan that provides specified medical benefits if you're accidentally injured on or off campus. International students should ensure they have additional health insurance that provides coverage in the U.S. Learn more about health insurance for international students. U.S. citizens living abroad should also ensure they have health insurance in the U.S., either through your parents or your own policy. Find information about individual insurance plans


Healthcare right around the corner (or across the quad).
Medical care is provided on campus by Health Services. There is no cost per visit and no limit to the number of visits you can make to the office, which provides basic health care for illness and injuries. Learn more about Health Services at Knox.


Meeting your mental health needs.
Wellness is more than just your physical health. Confidential counseling, outreach, and consultations are available free of charge to all Knox students, where you have the opportunity to talk with an objective professional about your feelings and concerns. Learn more about Counseling Services.


International student pre-departure Q&A.
You and your parents are invited to a virtual Pre-Departure Q&A on Saturday, July 29, at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Central Time. Please join the Office of International Student Services (OISS) for a brief presentation about getting to campus, insurance, banking, cell phones, and much more. Following the presentation, OISS staff and a current international student will be available to answer any questions you have. You can access the presentation here, and we recommend that you click the link above ahead of time, as you may need to download a WebEx app. When the session begins, you'll receive a pop-up invitation to join an "Integrated Voice Conference," which you should accept in order to hear our presentation. If you plan to attend this session, you can register for it on your student portal—and let us know what you have questions about.


Are you a student athlete?
If you plan to participate in Prairie Fire Athletics, a physical examination is required before you can participate in practice or competitions. Learn more about physicals and student-athlete insurance.

Be sure to join the Class of 2021 Facebook Group and introduce yourself to the class. Miss an e-mail?  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


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August 12

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August 18

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September 4-6

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September 4-5

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September 7

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September 11

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September 22-24

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