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The most successful graduates think critically and creatively, work collaboratively, communicate clearly, adapt to new technologies, and navigate today’s global world—all skills that Knox excels at providing its students.
A Knox education isn't something you sit and watch—it's something you go out and do. Our students take the knowledge they learn in the classroom and apply it to real-world experiences, including research and creative work, internships, service work, and off-campus study. And these experiences, combined with opportunities to live and learn with students from different backgrounds and to develop leadership skills in clubs and organizations, all prepare graduates to find success after Knox.
In fact, here are a few things that happen after you graduate from Knox:
1. You become independent. All of the skills you honed at Knox—critical thinking, problem solving, communicating across difference—help you land your first job, pursue a graduate degree, or serve your community. And each of these opportunities sets you on the path to personal and financial independence.
2. You adapt with the times. You do work that you hadn't imagined doing four years ago—maybe four days ago. You know how to adapt, how to change with the times. Sometimes you make things change on your own. Nearly 80 percent of Knox alumni say they are still using important skills they gained as undergraduates 10 years out of college.
3. You pursue meaningful work. You find work that you believe in, that's aligned with your values. It could be in leadership, in sustainable business, in fields so new they don't yet have a name—but it's meaningful to you, and to the people around you. In fact, 83 percent of Knox grads say they are pursuing meaningful work 10 years after college, and 61 percent say they participate in civic engagement opportunities.
4. You feel gratitude. Knox is on the 2019 Forbes Grateful Grads index—a list of the top colleges in America where alumni feel that they received the greatest return on their college investment. When they look at what they've accomplished in their life, when they think about the choices they made, about the people who helped them along the way—they think about Knox.
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All you need to do is read the list of our notable alumni— which includes a Pulitzer Prize winner, a White House advisor, more than a couple of entrepreneurs, a successful comedian, and co-creator of the BASIC computer language, to name just a few—and it's easy to see the many paths open to you as a Knox graduate.
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And life as a Knox alum wouldn't be complete without, well, other Knox alums. Our alumni community, 16,000 strong and growing, spans the nation and world. And more than 30 Knox Clubs, organized by location and affinity, allow members of the Knox community to gather together to reminisce about life at Knox, welcome new students and families to our community, meet with current faculty and students, and rekindle old flames or friendly rivalries.