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Knox Featured in Princeton Review's "The Best 387 Colleges" Guidebook

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The Princeton Review has once again listed Knox College among the best U.S. colleges in its annual guidebook The Best 387 Colleges. The guide features only about 14% of America’s four-year colleges, which were selected mainly for the quality of their undergraduate academics. The Princeton Review also recognized Knox as one of the 158 Best Midwestern Regional Colleges and voted WVKC as one of the top 28 college radio stations in the country. The Princeton Review chooses which colleges to include in the book by reviewing data collected from college administrators about the academic offerings at their institutions and also considers data gathered from its surveys of college students about various aspects of their campus and community experiences. 

Here are some excerpts from The Princeton Review's survey of Knox students:

  • Undergraduates are “commonly studying two vastly different subjects and allowing them to merge into one interdisciplinary interest.”
  • One student perceptively notes a “highly diverse combination of creative, intellectual minds here. It’s as if every person here is some highly distinctive character from an artsy film.”
  • Undergrads here are also very creative. “When we want to do something fun we typically organize it ourselves.”
  • Students enjoy the town’s intimate, relaxing atmosphere: “Good coffee shops, a really nice park with a lake, and many beautiful old historic buildings,” and “an annual Chocolate Festival.”
  • The academic three-term system provides students with “a semester’s worth of course work in a ten-week period.” Many in the student body believe that this arrangement “promotes better study habits and more attention focused on each class,” which are “tough and require a lot of time studying, reading, writing, and thinking.”

Last year, students commended Knox for its academic program that gives them “the appropriate space to grow on their own,” for promoting good time-management and study skills via its academic calendar structure, and for its diverse community where “students fit in by being themselves, no matter who they are.”

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Printed on Sunday, June 23, 2024