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Galesburg, IL
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$36,492
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Easy
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Reviews 210 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I really like the campus safety at the school. Most of them are really cool. Obviously if you're doing something you're not supposed to be doing you can get in trouble, but for the most part they really don't want to have to get you in trouble. They also care more about making sure that you're okay and safe rather than getting you in trouble. A lot of them are really nice and easy to talk to. They're also more than willing to help you out whenever you need it.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Parts of the town are really nice. There's a nice, older part of the town that has an antique mall and other fun shops. Other parts of the town aren't super safe so you just wouldn't want to hang out there really. For the most part the locals are super friendly towards the students. I've really liked interacting with them.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off-campus housing. It kinda depends what part of town you're looking at. Some areas are a lot safer than other areas. A lot of people like living on campus though because there are so many different options.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: We don't have a ton of transportation provided by the school, but you don't really need it that much. There is a bus that costs about 40 cents to ride as a student that you can take to get to Walmart or the movie theater or whatnot. There's also a couple of taxi services that are pretty cheap that you can take to get around town. The school is really close to the main part of town though so it's really not a bad walk, depending on where you're trying to go.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: No cheating, you are not allowed to smoke in the dorms, no underage drinking, if there are problems talk to campus safety or a resident advisor and teachers can't be in the room while students are testing.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Students like smoking outside on campus n sometimes in the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is cold, rainy, and snowy.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got the best scholarships at Knox and it played a large factor in my coming here.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Generally the school is very progressive and liberal. There is a wide diversity of student backgrounds and it seems like everyone is accepted and celebrated for who they are.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think the drug and alcohol scene is pretty typical of a college. Many students drink on weekends and some use marijuana. Those are the major substances used by students. If people don't want to use them they can easily avoid them and won't be judged, but if people want to they can probably access them. Campus Safety will break up big parties and respond to reports, but are really there to keep students safe and not get them into trouble.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Early fall term and late spring term gets pretty hot and humid. In the winter it gets very cold and there is a lot of snow on the ground. Temperatures are frequently below zero. Typical midwestern winters. If people have the right clothing and supplies they will be fine.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Hot when its hot. Cold when its cold

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Better if they weren't there

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not have experience with off-campus housing. I have a friend who wants to move into one of the apartments next year who maintains that the price would not be much different from living on campus, but I do not know personally how true this is. There are a handful of apartment buildings that I am aware of, and a lot of upperclassmen live there, so people definitely do move into the apartments as they get older, but that is the limit of my small bit of knowledge.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Knox students rarely leave the "Knox Bubble" and so my contact with the town is limited. It is a small town, but I find it to be cute and quaint (though some parts of town seem fairly sketchy). I have heard that students and "townies" do not get along well, but I have never experienced this myself. Whenever I go off campus to shop or get coffee, everyone that I encounter is friendly.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am under 21, so I was unable to give a response as to the off-campus bar and club scene. I do, however, have experience with on-campus nightlife. Although I have heard of the occasional person drinking on a weeknight (still a very rare occurrence), I have never heard of a party going on during a night when class is the next day. Since we only have five fraternities, there are only a few options of what to do on a Friday or Saturday night, as there will be one (or two on occasion) official parties going on during either night. Obviously, the fraternities sometimes have unofficial parties, but those are not publicized and so people need to be invited to show up.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My experience with campus housing lies strictly with dorm life, and it is noteworthy that each dorm is different from the others. Post Hall easily has the best facilities; there are private bathrooms shared with 4-5 people, and my experience living there last year was phenomenal. Seymour Hall - solely for first year boys - includes the floor sharing a communal bathroom. None of my male friends had a significant problem with this arrangement, but the private bathroom arrangement that I had in Post was much better. The Quad that I am in this year features a communal bathroom with 8 people, but I have learned that communal bathrooms are admittedly not as bad as expected. The dorms do vary in their facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I find the athletic facilities to be fine, but that is from the perspective of a non-athlete who uses a small amount of the machines in the first place. Sports simply aren't important on campus. We have a good soccer team and I have heard there is usually a turnout for those games, but I personally have not involved myself in any sports.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Knox. I love the people I have met, and I love the fact that I have explored my mind and become a stronger, more confident person. I feel like the welcoming atmosphere is what really allowed me to do this. The reason I did not give my experience 5 stars is because the price is a serious issue, especially with my own background.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: In the "Knox Bubble," everyone is extremely liberal. Issues related to diversity are discussed much more at Knox than they are anywhere else I have ever been, and everyone is on the same wavelength about discussing issues of prejudice to try to work past them. I feel like people who are similar tend to gravitate to each other so my personal group of friends is not as diverse as the campus as a whole, but I encounter a wide variety of people in my everyday life. The only stigma I can think of is probably against conservatives, but they are present on campus and have a club. I feel like the stigma is mostly against social conservatives because so many people at Knox are focused on human rights.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: People do not often eat off-campus aside from when parents come to visit. There are a couple of spots in town that people go to (The Landmark is the nicer one and the only one that I am familiar with). The only time I eat off campus is if we go further into town to Steak n Shake or other fast food places; there are many fast food places but they are inconvenient and can only be reached by car.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have found most of my psychology professors to be very well-educated in their fields. I do not often approach them for help, but they always have office hours that are available if you do need help. As an underclassmen, I have not done many hands-on things aside from participating in experiments. The workload has not been excessive but I have done a few projects and papers that have been particularly engaging and challenging.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being at a small school, the environment is a lot different from other schools. Rather than having large lectures given by a TA, we have extremely small classes that are often discussion-based led by the professor. If there is a TA, they do small things, like grading papers, giving students help in class, holding study sessions, etc. The workload (at least in my classes) is largely based on the reading, and amount of reading can become somewhat daunting but still doable.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Your experience being exposed to drugs and alcohol largely depends on who you befriend and what you choose to do in your free time. It is easy to avoid it if you spend time with like-minded individuals and if you do not go to parties. It is not so easy if you go out every weekend and hang out with people who party, but that is common sense. I do not ordinarily experience any sort of peer pressure. It will vary depending on who you're friends with, but people don't care if you are or aren't doing drugs. I would say social norms more so facilitate not judging people depending on their decision, either way. In general, I don't think people get in trouble for drug and alcohol use. I have heard a few stories about people getting in trouble with campus safety, but that does not occur very often.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Knox is an incredibly expensive school and they do give a lot of aid to help. That said, even with much financial need, I was still told I had to take out a lot of loans and I still would owe them money out of pocket. If your family is able to help you pay, it might be doable because they do give quite a bit of aid, but if you are planning on solely relying on student loans and grants, you might not be so lucky.

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