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Your Fall Course Preferences

We recently introduced you to two parts of your academic journey at Knox: First-Year Preceptorial and the Summer Common Reading. Today, we will help you start planning your fall courses!

There are many factors that influence the selection of courses each term. We know that you have many academic interests and probably many questions about how to satisfy all of those interests. For that reason, you will not be locked into finalizing a course schedule right away. Instead, we ask you to submit your course preferences for the fall based on the current listing of open courses.

Here's how to go about selecting your course preferences: Start by reading this general guide to selecting your courses. 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 will be First-Year Preceptorial. (Please remember to submit the First-Year Preceptorial Preferences form.)

To submit preferences for your other two courses in the fall, (or three courses if you're a transfer student), visit your student portal to complete the Course Preferences form. This form will lead you to the Open Courses List and the course descriptions in the Knox College Catalog, plus it addresses some common issues for selecting fall courses. Please submit two (or three) course preferences and two alternates.

Then what? We will share your course preferences with your academic advisor before you meet during New Student Orientation. Your preferences will serve as a guide as the two of you develop your official schedule for the term. You may stick with your initial preferences or you may decide to revise your choices after further discussion with your advisor. Therefore, you want to select your preferences with care, but you should also be assured that you are not permanently committed to those preferences at this time.

If you have questions about course preferences or any part of your academic journey, please contact We also still have some openings for campus advising days and virtual advising days later this month.

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Placement exams deadline quickly approaching.
It's hard to have a good experience when you take a class that's too easy—or difficult. Knox offers placement exams in mathematics and foreign languages. These short online exams help us ensure that you're enrolled in the level appropriate for your skills. Learn more about placement exams.


Time for some summer reading.
In case you missed it, check your e-mail for July 7. You received a link to your first assignment, a reading of the e-book Make Your Home Among Strangers.


Let us know your FP preferences.
First-Year Preceptorial is a small seminar course that all first-year students take.There are many FP courses from which to choose. Learn more about the various FP courses, and then complete your FP Course Preference form on your portal.

Want to see who will be joining you this fall? 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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