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New Students


Division of Student Development

2 E. South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


Fax: 309-341-7077


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We're excited to welcome you to the Knox community for fall term 2018! Over the coming months, this will be your go-to place to help make your journey from home to campus a smooth one.

Every few weeks, you'll receive emails filled with helpful information, like what to bring to campus, how to choose your classes, and important dates to remember as fall approaches. If you miss any emails, don't worry. All the information you need is a click away on the links above. And if you have questions, contact the Division of Student Development at 309-341-7222 or

6 Things to Do Right Now

  1. Begin your first assignment. All entering students will read Bryan Doerries's Theater of War prior to arriving on campus so that students, faculty, and staff can talk together about the book during your first year at Knox. In particular, you will be discussing the book in your First-Year Preceptorial (FP). You received a link to the e-book in an email on July 16.
  2. Get the details about residential living. At Knox, we take extra care to review each housing assignment to make the best possible roommate match. An updated letter (with your full mailing address and correct resident assistant) can also be found on your student portal. It's a good idea to contact your roommate before you arrive on campus so you can decide on what items each of you should bring. See the list of things you should (and shouldn't) bring to campus. To help you plan your new living space, view room and suite measurements.
  3. Choose your course preferences.
    At Knox, a typical academic schedule is three one-credit courses per term. Most Knox courses are one credit. For first-year students, one of your fall courses is First-Year Preceptorial (FP).To submit preferences for your other two courses, (or three courses if you're a transfer student), visit your student portal to complete the Course Preferences form.
  4. Choose your First-Year Preceptorial preference. First-Year Preceptorial (FP) is a small seminar course that all first-year students take. You have the option of taking FP as a traditional class or as part of a Living/Learning Community (LLC) where students live together in a suite and also take the same FP class together (We need to know if you're interested in an LLC by Monday, June 11). Learn more about the various FP courses offered this fall, then go to your student portal to choose your FP Course Preferences.
  5. Take Placement Exams. All incoming students must take placement exams. Even if you believe you know where you should (or would like to) start out in a math or foreign language sequence, taking the exams will ensure that you are placed in a class at the level appropriate for your skills. Learn more about placement exams.
  6. Submit your final transcripts and test scores. Be sure to request that a final high school transcript, any relevant test scores (AP, IB, GCE), and any college records be sent to Knox. We need this information not only to maintain your eligibility for financial aid and scholarships, but also to assist your faculty advisor as you register for classes.

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