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Knox College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college situated in Galesburg, Illinois, United States. Knox College was set up in 1837 as the Knox Manual Labor College. The founders of the college were George Washington Gale and Reverend Samuel Wright. Knox College featured among the Best 368 Schools by Princeton Review in 2008. Knox College offers graduate degrees, pre-professional and co-operative programs in fields of study including arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, business and management.

Knox College is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Midwest conference. The men's and women's intramural sports teams participate in sports including basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, indoor soccer, and softball teams. The mascot of Knox College is the Prairie Fire and the athletic teams of the College are also known by the same name.

Profile of Knox College

Knox is found in Galesburg, IL. Galesburg is a town not particularly near any major cities. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Bachelor's degree at Knox.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Knox is known for its programs in science, mathematics, drama and performing arts, fine arts, liberal arts, and conservation and resource management.

Knox Selectivity

Admission to the school is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 610. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 580 and 670. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


Knox maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 1, 371 in 2007 at Knox.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Knox offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Midwest Conference.

Knox Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts146English, creative writing, social studies, economics, history, political science, foreign language and literature, international relations, . . .
Science36biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry
Education and Teaching20Education
Therapy and Counselling14psychology
Mathematics10mathematics, applied mathematics courses
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental studies
Fine Arts6fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Computer Science and Engineering2computer science
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy

Contact: Knox

Knox College

2 E South St

Galesburg, IL 61401-9999

General Phone: (309) 341-7000


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