Knox College

Knox College

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.

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Knox College
2 E South St
Galesburg , IL 61401-9999
General Phone: (309) 341-7000

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Knox Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts144American studies, Asian studies, Russian studies, African-American studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, Russian language, German language, French language, ...
Science43biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Education and Teaching26education
Therapy and Counseling21psychology
Fine Arts12fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts12drama
Conservation and Resource Management11environmental studies
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy
Mathematics4mathematics, applied mathematics courses
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Knox in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree28935

Knox Student Body

In 2007-2008, Knox had a total enrollment of 1,371 students (1,381 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 4%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 43%
20-21 43%
22-24 5%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Knox Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %

Knox Room and Board (2007)

Knox offers campus housing for 1,168 of its 1,381 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Galesburg, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Knox Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Knox Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 30,507
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 30,507
Room and board $ 6,726
Room charge $ 3,336
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,390
Books and supplies $ 600
Other expenses $ 600

Financial Aid:
Knox participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 170400)

Knox Faculty

Knox has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1616
Non-tenured and not on tenure track914

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year23$69,76911$73,355
Associate professoracademic year17$64,16411$51,699
Assistant professoracademic year15$49,12218$44,910
Instructoracademic year9$41,50112$42,182
All faculty totalacademic year64$59,46652$51,734

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Knox Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Midwest Conference
Basketball Midwest Conference
Baseball Midwest Conference
Track Midwest Conference

Knox Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics, Other
Mathematics, General


Music, General

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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