Location
Galesburg, IL
Undergrads
1,392
Tuition
$36,492
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 246 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I do not leave campus very much. The town is small

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Tonnes of options and variety and chances to create something new.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The administration are strict on the things that matter most and pertain to academic integrity and student safety. Other than that, they know we work hard and therefore a way to let off some steam.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The application process is simple and basically almost every single student who goes here has some form of financial aid or scholarship. Knox was founded, partially, on the principle that eduction should be available to all who want it and are willing to work hard on it.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've honestly come to love this school more and more, the longer I've been here. I've gotten excited about projects that my professors have helped me find. I've been pushed out of my comfort zone multiple times and whilst it's not too pleasant to begin with, I eventually see that's a learning experience and I'm grateful that they don't let me stay in my box.

I've also really enjoyed some of the volunteering that I've done as an Orientation Leader, and as a lunch host. Similarly, I've really enjoyed being a tour guide and ambassador for the admissions office because even though I can be shy these are all opportunities for me to push myself and open up by talking to various people.

I'm really glad I chose Knox and I would definitely choose it again if I had to. There are just soo many things that Knox has made possible for me. I switched my majors to the one thing that I had thought I could never do, music-vocal performance, and Knox gave me that..

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a couple great local places within a 10min walk of campus that serve great food at good prices and are really friendly (Q's, Innkeepers, The Landmark, Baked, Iron Spike, etc). There are also a few expensive local places if one wants to splurge for a date or something like that (Packing House, Chez Willy's). There are a few chain restaurants within walking distance too (Papa John's, Casey's etc).

Most of the chain places are a tiny bit far for a walk but not undo-able and you might want to walk the 20mins to burn some calories. Main St has a Subway, DQ, KFC, Taco Bell, McDonalds etc. Alfano's is a local place in main that delivers and their stuffed bread sticks and a huge favorite of students, esp. later in the night on weekends.

Henderson is the other popular street and it has repeats of all the chains on Main St, plus Dominoes, Steak & Shake (27/4), Wendy's, Long John Silver's, Apple-bees etc. Henderson also has a few local places, including a great Mexican place and a nice Italian place too.

There are lots of options.

The last place that I went to is new and is called En Season. They're a sustainable restaurant and only serve meats and vegetables/fruit that are in season - this makes sure that prices are very reasonable and everything is fresh and delicious. One could have dinner for two, including dessert for about $30. It's a great place and you could walk but it'd be a 20-30min walk.

5 College Senior

Diversity: My group of friends couldn't be more diverse, we have lots of internationals (myself included), multicultural (2ng gen Americans from other countries), Americans, gays, bisexuals, and a know a few trans people on campus too. I have a few friends who are well off and others who came as emancipated minors and are paying their own way through college without the help of their parents. Most importantly, we don't hold any of this against one another. In fact, we celebrate and very open and free and joking with another about some of these things.

I, a gay black male, have personally never felt any kind of discrimination or prejudice towards me and I know my friends love me for me, I have lots of straight friends as well as gay, no group bands together.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I honestly feel really safe on campus, and the school is very transparent about what happens so I've felt paranoid that it might be worse than I think, from what they say. There are emergency phones in and on the outside of basically every building and if one ever felt the need to be escorted home, campus safety does provide that service. In the winter you can even get a ride and escort, rather than just a walking escort (we have a very small campus so we mostly would just walk). Campus safety can reached 24/7 and they do respond promptly and if there is some kind of emergency involving alcohol or drugs, students are given amnesty and their safety is made the most important issue in those situations.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Students range, from a stunning, to average. Dress tends to be preppy, athletic or relaxed and casual for guys. The girls can be quirky but mostly relaxed and comfortable, but well put together/

3 College Senior

Athletics: 60% of students participate in some kind of athletic club, intramural or varsity sport so they are quite popular. We are a Division III school so we don't really hold tryouts, anyone can join a varsity sport and everyone is accepting of that. There are students who take their sport very seriously and others, like myself, who join because they love the sport. Some of our teams are really great, we have a lot of great swimmers on the women's team and a few on the men's, but the small size of the men's team lets it down a little.

School spirit is fabulous, we always have people going with large groups of their friends to the home, and close-by games. Even meets farther away, from campus will have parents and alumni in attendance. We are proud of our athletes just because they do their best and we support them doing what they love.

The facilities are good, we literally just had our track re-done and the football, soccer, baseball, and softball fields have always been great. The field house, which is more of a practice space for some sports and is used for club and intramural sports is a great multipurpose space. It is used for tennis, golf, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, and track. We also use it to as a back-up for outside events in case of inclement weather. Our pool is a little small, just 4 lanes but that's the only qualm I have.

Our gym is only 8 years old and is great!! It's air-conditioned and comfortable and has every piece of cardio and weight-training equipment that one could need. It has two levels - the mezzanine for the cardio and weight machines, the lower for iso-metric machines, free-weights, dumbbells, etc. We also are very open for use in the gym, we don't give athletes preference so everyone gets along and works around one another.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Being a small campus, most of the students live on campus, in the dorms, suites, or apartments (upperclassmen). I've lived in some of the most central buildings and I've always had a great time with dorm/suite mates and the general atmosphere. We have an honor code so I Iike, even if its not the best idea, that I can leave my stuff in the common suite area that I have shared with between 8 and 18 people.

My favorite place to live so far has been Post Hall. The have larger 18-person suites with 8 doubles and two singles. We shared 4 bathrooms, about 4 to each apart from the side of the suite that has the singles, one on the upper level and one on the lower. The suites have large double height common are with a massive window that overlooks most of campus. The building also had a shared kitchen on the ground floor and a laundry room too.

Housing costs are generally the same across the board unless you opt for a single or an apartment, those include an extra fee. The apartments are really nice if you like to cook since you would have your own kitchen.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall, I find this campus to be a safe place. This does not mean bad things never happen, they do, but generally speaking, the bad things get handled well.

Completely honestly though, sexual assault has not been handled well by administrative personnel. Students care, students care a LOT, but the people in charge of campus try to brush things under the rug or don't put much effort into counseling services. Students have been working hard to change this, though, and it is working(!) and our administrative response to these kinds of things is improving.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty much all the closely-located off-campus dining is in the form of lovely small businesses. They're great, and have great food, but being in rural Illinois, if you're looking for, say, Indian, you're kinda out of luck.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: While we haven't had a new building built in decades (up until October 2014, when Alumni Hall will be finished!!!), our facilities are pretty nice (except for 5-Name and the Aux). CFA, the Gym, SMC, Post, the Library, and Seymour are all absolutely lovely, and many are getting various forms of renovation over the next few years, if I recall correctly.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I would say one thing that seems unique to Knox and makes it lovely is the ability to create your own major or minor. Just the whole academic freedom is great, even moreso when you realize that while you do have this freedom, that doesn't mean they're just sending you off blind, you WILL get guidance and help in molding your education to your specifications.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school has changed me and my life so much, and all for the better. It's only been one year and I've gone from a cripplingly self-conscious social wreck of a quiet, antisocial recluse with no ability -much less desire- to make much of myself in terms of leadership or individuality to a confident social badass who's taking control of the reins of her life. It's great. And I have met such wonderful people here (students, professors, alumni, staff, and faculty alike), and I have had so many opportunities I feel would not have been so welcomingly available to me elsewhere.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: From my experience with other college dining options, I am very happy with what Knox has to offer. We have so many general food options, but then so many specialized options too. If I decide one day that I'm going to go vegan, it's pretty easy, and there are many options for that. And we have comment cards, upon which we can suggest new food entres, new drinks, new anything really, and the Dining Services people are lovely and receptive to these comment cards, often offering a trial run of a potential new dish.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students here are so interesting, and so incredibly passionate about what they love. What they love happens to be an incredibly diverse combination of everything, and no matter what random thing you pick you're bound to find a Knoxian who loves it.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our actual sports teams really are not good and we do not win things often, but we have a lot of spirit, and we have a lot of fun, and it seems generally agreed upon by everyone that that's what's important when it comes to school sports.

Our intramural sports are lovely, too. I am a member of one, and it has been the best group of people I've had the pleasure of meeting, and my team has become my family, and this type of thing is common.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My limited experience with housing has been good. I really enjoyed where I lived, even as the year went on and I learned that I was living in the worst dorms on campus. It was kind of nice, I liked where I was and learned it was the worst, so everything else must be pretty great to be better.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I personally really enjoy Galesburg, but many do not. Galesburg is a small, rural town, so if you're used to or are looking for a party town, this isn't it. There's plenty to do (movies, theater, bowling, lovely restaurants, fun shopping, etc), but this definitely isn't a city, and it doesn't really have a mall. It's a quaint little town, and not enough people realize that before getting here and deciding that they want to go to a club Friday night, but there's not really clubs they're looking for in Galesburg. There is stuff to do though, and the people of Galesburg are lovely and friendly, in my general experience.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My financial aid was my saving grace and is the reason I can attend this school. I applied for many of the scholarships offered by the college, specifically. I did receive some scholarships, but in addition to that I also just received college grants based on financial need, enough to have me happily attend this school. The process wasn't at all a hassle, I got what I wanted, but even if I hadn't, I hear from other students that it's rather easy to get a bit more money in aid if you call and ask.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not have experience with the off-campus housing, especially because there is SUCH a variety of on-campus housing that I have no desire to bother living off-campus. We have on-campus dorms, suites, houses, townhouses, and apartment-type places. I feel no need to leave campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Our Greek Life is pretty nice. It's big in the sense that you recognize the Greek groups, and you recognize their parties, and many go to their parties, but it definitely isn't something like "Either you're Greek or you're nothing." There is little pressure to join Fraternities or Sororities, but the option is always available and welcoming --so welcoming, in fact, that many people I have known who have been staunchly against the idea of Greek Life have considered or actually joined, without an ounce of regret.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing has a lot of different options. Almost all of the dorms are suite-style, which means that a group of 8-16 students share a common living room and bathroom area and their personal dorm rooms are surrounding the common suite room. This creates a close living community and gives students a built-in support system that extends beyond just their roommate. In addition to the suites, Knox also has houses, apartments, and townhouses for students to live in. Some dorm areas are more social and others are more quiet- Post and Williston tend to me more quiet and the quads are more social. Post has the nicest facilities (other than the apartments). The quads are older but spacious and perfectly livable. All housing options are on campus and less than a 10 minute walk from anywhere.

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