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Learning at Knox

Welcome to your Knox Educational Experience. This message and others you will receive in the coming months will guide you in the first steps in a journey of intellectual discovery.

During your time at Knox, you will embark on activities you have planned for carefully. At the same time, you will benefit just as much, maybe even more so, from unexpected experiences and encounters. As with any journey, there will be the unexpected twist of finding a new interest or the unanticipated turn you make upon discovering a new skill or talent. If we have done our job, these educational experiences and intellectual developments will guide you in future journeys after Knox.

Your intellectual journey will be distinctive. No one else's will look quite the same. But you will definitely not be undertaking this journey alone. Your professors at Knox will be a big part of your journey, as will your academic advisor, who will help guide you through the Knox curriculum. A good place to learn more is by reading "Your Academic Journey." You will also find more resources under the Academics tab in the New Student section of the website.

You will learn more about academics at Knox during new student orientation, which begins September 7 for all incoming students. We also offer three "transition-to-college" programs for eligible students. Each of these programs carries a half credit.

SPARK Summer Bridge Program: For domestic students who are the first in their families to attend college, we offer the 12-day Student Preparation and Readiness for Knox (SPARK) program that gives students the chance to get comfortable being a full-time college student before the entire class arrives on campus. In addition to the summer program, SPARK includes ongoing support that stretches through the fall term and beyond. The program begins on Saturday, August 26, and runs until the beginning of new student orientation.

TRIO Achievement Bridge Program: This program is also for domestic students who are the first in their families to attend college or are from other traditionally underrepresented groups. It is intended to help students prepare for the rigors of being a full-time college student. This program runs from Sunday, September 3, to the beginning of orientation and will carry some expectations that stretch throughout the fall term and beyond.

Intensive English Language Program (IELP): For new international students whose first language is not English, the Intensive English Language Program provides an opportunity to improve English language skills, especially academic writing and speaking, as well as an introduction to campus and community resources. Participating students should arrive on campus August 19. The program runs from August 20 through September 3, leading into the International Student Pre-Orientation Program, which begins on September 4.

More information about these three programs can be found on your personalized student portal for those students who qualify. Students interested in the SPARK or TRIO programs should fill out the Transition-to-College Programs Interest Form. International students interested in IELP should fill out the Intensive English Language Program Registration form.

If you think you are eligible but the link doesn't appear on your portal, e-mail

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Learn about payment options.
A Knox Education is an investment in your future, and our goal is to help you feel confident that you can afford that investment. The Knox College Business Office offers convenient payment arrangements to manage college costs.


Make the most of your academic experience with support services.
Knox also has many centers to support your Knox experience, including writing support and tutoring for students in all majors and at all levels; internships and career planning; off-campus study; and independent research and creative work. These resources will prove invaluable in your Knox journey.


Join the Class of 2021 Facebook Group.
Meet your classmates, ask questions, and learn more about the Knox experience by joining the Class of 2021 Facebook Group . Also be sure to check out our main Facebook page, Twitter account, Flickr photostream, Instagram account, YouTube channel, and follow us on Snapchat at KnoxCollege1837.


See what you'll be doing in the coming months
Each month, you are receiving a "Learning at Knox" message specifically tied to the next steps in preparing for your academic journey. Here is a quick overview of the steps you will take in the coming months:

  • Later this month: placement exams
  • June: selecting your First-Year Preceptorial class, common reading assignment
  • July: Selecting courses for fall


New Student Orientation

September 7-10


Fall Term Classes Begin

September 11

Ēriks Ešenvalds, one of today's best-known choral composers, works with the Knox College Choir on a new piece before their tour of France.

The Knox College Choir spent spring break traveling and performing six concerts abroad in Southern France. They performed the new work "Leaves," commissioned by the choir from Ēriks Ešenvalds, one of today's best-known choral composers. Ešenvalds traveled to Knox in early March to work with the choir on the piece before their tour.

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