#9 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

Knox College

Galesburg, Illinois

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Knox College overview
Location Galesburg, Illinois
Online knox.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Knox College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Knox College, founded in 1837 and located in Galesburg, Illinois, is a private liberal arts institution known for its distinctive academic environment and historic campus. Situated approximately 45 miles from the Quad Cities and about 200 miles southwest of Chicago, Knox offers a diverse range of undergraduate programs with a notable emphasis on creative writing, environmental studies, and social sciences. Architecturally significant, the campus features Old Main, a National Historic Landmark, which is the only remaining site of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates. With a moderately selective admissions process, the college seeks to enroll students who demonstrate strong intellectual potential and a commitment to the school's values. Knox provides on-campus housing options, contributing to a close-knit residential experience for its student body. While Knox supports a variety of NCAA Division III athletic teams, known as the Prairie Fire, it is primarily recognized for its academic strengths rather than its athletic achievements.

In the most recent statistical year 2,987 prospective students applied, and 2,190 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 247 enrolled in the school.  1,047 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 11 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $52,461 plus fees of $798. Knox College is ranked 259 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Knox College is rated within the top 34% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
Knox College overview
SAT 1160/1420
ACT 28/32

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Knox College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$798
Room and Board $10,326
Budget for Other Expenses$1,222
Total One Year Cost$66,007

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$43,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

78% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Knox College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 22%
English and Literature 13%
Education 12%
Foreign Languages 11%
Biology 10%

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