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Your chances of getting into Knox College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Knox College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Knox College is 70.2%.  Its admission rate is the 21st lowest in Illinois.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Knox College and can you get accepted?

Knox College is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 2,150 out of the 3,061 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 30 percent on standardized admission tests. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Knox College?

70% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Knox College you should:

  • Score 1270 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Knox College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Knox College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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Knox College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Knox College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 41% of students submitted SAT scores and 20% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Knox College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 590
Math 25th Percentile 560
Composite 25th Percentile 1150
SAT Scores for Knox College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 700
Math 75th Percentile 680
Composite 75th Percentile 1380
Average SAT Score 1270

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Knox College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Knox College is 1270 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1150-1380. Students who get into Knox College score in the top 32 percent of all SAT test takers..  Knox College ranks #6 in the state of Illinois and #192 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1270 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Knox College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1150 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1150, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1030, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Knox College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1270 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1265, you have around a 70% chance of being admitted. A 1380 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 82% chance of getting in.

Knox College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1380 and Above Good >82%
1265 to 1380 Avg + 70%-82%
1150 to 1265 Avg - 55%-70%
1035 to 1150 Reach 39%-55%
Less than 1035 Low <39%
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Knox College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Knox College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 23
Math 25th Percentile 21
Composite 25th Percentile 24
ACT Scores for Knox College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 33
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Knox College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Knox College is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 24 and 31.  The school ranks #10 in Illinois and #228 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 24 and score in the score in the top 27 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

20 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Knox College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Knox College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Knox College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 70% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 83% with a 31 ACT score.

Knox College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >83%
27 to 31 Avg + 70%-83%
24 to 27 Avg - 57%-70%
21 to 24 Reach 44%-57%
Less than 21 Low <44%
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High School Class Rank

58% of Knox College freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 25% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Knox College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 58%
Top 50% of class 92%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Knox College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,596 1,465 3,061
Accepted 1,172 978 2,150
Acceptance Rate 73% 67% 70%
Enrolled 148 122 270
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 12% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 109 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Knox College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Knox College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Knox College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Knox College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=146427 IPEDS survey data for Knox College.


Does Knox College prefer SAT or ACT?

41% of students submit their SAT scores to Knox College. 20% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Knox College?

70% of those who apply are granted admission to Knox College. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Knox College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1150 and 1380. The average SAT score is 1265. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Knox College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 31. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.