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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! Over the coming months, this is where you will find information to make your journey from home to campus a smooth one.

When you arrive on campus, you will participate in New Student Orientation, known as Blaze a Trail. Orientation will introduce you to how learning happens here at Knox, to our vast array of campus resources and support services, to faculty and staff who will teach and mentor you, and to new friends from around the country and around the world.

You are embarking on a personal, educational, social, and cultural journey that will forever change your life. When you find that you need support, guidance, or just a simple answer to a question, the Student Development staff—along with the entire Knox faculty and staff—are ready and eager to assist you. We care deeply about your success and look forward to helping you become the person you want to be.

Questions? Contact the Division of Student Development at 309-341-7222 or

4 Things to Do Right Now

  1. Take placement exams.
    In July, you will meet virtually with your academic advisor to choose your classes for fall term. Before that meeting, it is important that your advisor have access to the most up-to-date academic information about you, because accurate course placement is vital to your academic success at Knox—and we want you to be successful! Learn more about placement exams.
  2. Let us know your housing preferences.
    Look for the Housing and Preceptorial Preference Form on your Pre-Arrival Tracker. The form asks a number questions and your honest answers will assist us in placing you in a suite of individuals with whom you are compatible and who may become lifelong friends. 
  3. Start planning now for what you should (and shouldn't) bring to campus.
    Find out what's already furnished in your room and see a packing list of those things that you should bring to campus.
  4. Learn about your academic journey. What kinds of courses will you take? Who will help guide you? Learn about what you can expect to happen during your academic journey at Knox.

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