knox college

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Knox College
Galesburg, IL

How is it that a liberal arts college in western IL attracts undergraduates from 48 states and 51 countries? And how is this same school one of the top producers of Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright Fellows in the nation? Students seeking to stand out and make a difference should consider Knox College, one of the Colleges That Change Lives. Knox’s 1,400 students actively engage with their education in what the College likes to call “human powered learning.” As part of its immersive curriculum, Knox requires that all students work with a faculty mentor and spend at least 40 hours on an experiential learning project such as an internship, collaborative research, or a service program prior to graduation. And on that research front, the College even awards students more than $350,000 in grants to support their independent research or creative works! There are 40 majors to choose from, including creative writing, international relations, and neuroscience, as well as 3-2 programs in engineering (with Columbia) and 3-3 programs in law (with U Chicago). Fun fact: a college of character, Knox features quirky traditions such as Pumphandle, Bronze Turkey, and Flunk Day.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.