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Reviews 246 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: The Greek life at Knox is unique and very positive. It is an inclusive community and if you are interested in joining, chances are you will find a group that is right for you. I am constantly amazed at the diversity of Greek life- there is really no "one type" of member- all races, religions, ages, and personality types are included. There are 6 fraternities and 4 sororities. The fraternities have large houses that the members can live in. The sororities do have houses, but they are small and used only for meeting spaces, not living. This makes the Greek members very integrated on campus- all Greeks are also friends with non-Greeks and vise versa. In order to go through recruitment, students must have been on campus for at least one term (so freshman recruitment happens Winter term). GPA requirements also apply to specific groups.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: About 60% of students are involved in athletics in some way. There are 21 varsity sports, 11 male and 10 female. Sports are certainly not the center of everything but they do foster school spirit and a fun recreational time for fans. Our student section at games is called the Fire Pit (our mascot is the Prairie Fire). Our new president of the college, Theresa Amott, is very invested in athletics and has hired many more head coaches since her arrival so that each varsity sport now has a full time head coach. Club and Intramural sports are very popular and open to all students.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Overall this campus is very safe. It is a close-knit community and we all look out for each other. As with any other college campus, sexual assault is a problem that can be improved and an open dialogue is under way about how best to do that. I personally feel very safe walking around the campus alone at night, but there are also 24 hour escorts and campus safety patrols that you can call.

4 College Senior

Academics: The Education department here at Knox is superb. From your freshman year you are out in the schools, observing classrooms and tutoring Galesburg students. Knox does not offer a specific music education major, so I have created my own double major in music and educational studies that will get my certified to teach. The Music department is close-knit and rigorous. The Music department has plenty of practice rooms and offer free private lessons to music majors and minors.

5 College Senior

Academics: Knox has a very flexible curriculum that allows students to design a 4-year plan that makes sense to them. Rather then a bunch of general education requirements that all freshman take (which is the model at most colleges), Knox students have core areas that they must complete a class in before graduation. Within those areas, however, students get to choose from a bunch of options to find something that is still relevant/interesting to them. For example, as a music major I will fulfill my science requirement by taking Physics of Music rather than sitting through Biology 101 as a freshman that will never be relevant to me again. There is only one required class for all students to take (Freshman Preceptorial) and the rest of the four years are up to you! Students complete the graduation requirements in an endless variety of ways by picking and choosing classes a-la-carte to best fit them.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Very few students live off-campus because the on-campus housing offers such a variety of environments (such as suites, houses, apartments, and townhouses). However, upperclassmen can apply to live off campus and there are several common options with a block of campus that are traditionally Knox students. Cost of living is very low, but safety in the surrounding neighborhoods isn't great. Unless you have extenuating circumstances, I would recommend moving into the on campus apartments rather than off campus. You still get a full kitchen and living area but you are under the umbrella of the school so all maintenance and liability is covered by the college.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity is something that Knox is very proud of and is of course something that Knox is always working on improving. Knox is 9% international students, which makes for a very rich and interesting community. Knox is certainly racially diverse but needs to (and is) find ways to continue to foster and celebrate that diversity. More than race, however, Knox is amazingly diverse in ideals, opinions, and experiences. I am constantly amazed at the life experiences and perspectives that my peers bring to the table that I have never considered. If you are looking to be challenged in your world perspectives, Knox is certainly the place for you. Ranges of sexual orientation are celebrated on campus and students feel very comfortable being open about their sexual preferences and find allies in many places.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The administration is involved but not stifling. Alcohol policies are just the same as the law, so any students over the age of 21 are allowed to have alcohol in the dorms. Underage drinking is monitored for safety but campus safety officers are certainly not out to get anybody and often become involved just for safety reasons. Protests, demonstrations, and visitations are not regulated and left up to student discretion. Attendance in classes is left up to the responsibility of the student and the leniency of the professor. Creating a new student organization is very easy and encouraged- new clubs are added every year. The honor code is extremely enforced, both by students and the administration. Students take the honor code very seriously because we appreciate and respect the trust that the faculty and administration have in us.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are two main cafeterias. The Hard Knox Cafe is a typical buffet style cafeteria, the main hot dish served changes every meal. This cafeteria also has a soup/salad bar, a sandwich bar, a make-your-own-pizza bar, a stir-fry bar, and a grill where they will serve up everything from black bean burgers to grilled cheese. There are a ton of vegan/vegetarian/dairy/gluten free options. The other main cafeteria is the Oak Room, which serves specialized/themed meals (breakfast for dinner night, taco bar, etc). Students choose their own ratio of meal to dining dollars in their meal plan and can change that ratio every term. The meals work in the cafeteria and it's one meal swipe for all-you-can-eat buffet. The dining dollars work in the Gizmo and the on campus convenience store. The Gizmo is a grill/cafe on campus that serves food a-la-carte and has a huge variety of delicious fried things. The cafeterias close between every meal and the gizmo is open from 10 am-1 am.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I have not been in the dating world since I've been in college but from what I have seen, people are out there and interesting experiences are to be had, but many guys and girls both are still a bit petty and immature when it comes to relationships.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's a charming little town, great restaurants and community. There is plenty to do and a few things to see but for the most part I'm kept busy on campus.

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.

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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.


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