Knox College: Narrative Description

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2 East South St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Tel: (309)341-7000
Free: 800-678-KNOX
Admissions: (309)341-7100
Fax: (309)341-7070
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1837. Setting: 82-acre small town campus with easy access to Peoria. Endowment: $48.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,694 per student. Total enrollment: 1,205. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,868 applied, 72% were admitted. 33% from top 10% of their high school class, 64% from top quarter, 90% from top half. 4 National Merit Scholars, 9 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,178 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 27 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 41 other countries, 46% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 5% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 2% 25 or older, 95% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: three courses for each of three terms. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Great Lakes College Association. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 3/31, 12/31 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $31,338 includes full-time tuition ($24,960), mandatory fees ($276), and college room and board ($6102). College room only: $2703. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $920 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 102 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 37% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: International Club, Allied Blacks for Liberty and Equality, Sexual Equality Awareness Coalition, Union Board, campus radio station. Major annual events: Pumphandle (welcome to all students), International Fair, Flunk Day. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,113 college housing spaces available; 1,098 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Seymour Library plus 2 others with 308,614 books, 98,696 microform titles, 927 serials, 7,159 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 338 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Knox College is situated in the small city of Galesburg, Illinois, with a population of 33,500. It is 180 miles west of Chicago and easily accessible by Amtrak, Interstate Highway 74, and Greyhound bus lines.

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