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We all know that the one question every parent asks Admission counselors during the college search process is, "Will my child be able to get a job after they graduate?" At the heart of this question is not only parental concern for their child's future well-being, but the need to ensure that the money parents—and students—spend on this education has value.

Or, to put the question more simply, does Knox provide its graduates with a strong return on their investment?

The answer is just as simple: Yes!

Knox graduates leave Knox with the skills—critical thinking, problem solving, the ability to work effectively with others—that help them land their first job, pursue a graduate degree, or serve their community. Each of these opportunities positions them well for financial independence—and the numbers back that up:

  • Students leave Knox with an average debt of $26,508, below the national average.
  • The average salary after attending Knox is above the national average for college graduates.
  • 74% of Knox graduates start to repay their loans within three years, compared to a national average of 48%.

And graduates would agree. For the last five years, Knox has been included in Forbes magazine's Grateful Grad Index, which measures which measures which college's graduates are happiest with the return on their tuition investment.

It's not just our graduates who appreciate the value of a Knox education:

  • U.S. News & World Report included Knox in the top 50 "Great Schools at a Great Price"—recognizing liberal arts colleges with top reputations for both academic excellence and affordability.
  • The New York Times ranks Knox #16 in its 2017 College Access Index, which evaluates schools that are doing the most to provide both financial aid and support that leads to graduation and academic success. 
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks Knox #76 as a "Best College Value."

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Printed on Sunday, April 21, 2024