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Reviews 355 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I like to say that I found Knox by accident while I was searching for the best schools for Creative Writing majors. My main concerns in my college search was a long distance from home, study abroad opportunities, financial aids, and Writing programs. Knox was on the list all right, but I didn't intend to look through their website until I accidentally clicked a link leading to their page. Since then, I've been attending the school for the past two years and am now declared in Creative Writing as my major and a minor in Japanese. I'm still currently hoping to add another minor in Spanish this coming year as well. After studying abroad with a Knox-offered short-term program during this past winter break, I would have never had the opportunity to discover the possibility of studying abroad for the next year via three different programs that Knox has close ties with. I want to think that everything I have done, every class I've taken, every professor/advisor I confide in has led me to taking the next decision I make in my Knox career. Maybe I would have had other opportunities at other schools. But I'm here now. The Knox experience has really given me the "freedom to flourish" in allowing me to take these opportunities, from study abroad to courses I would have never considered or have been able to take at other schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The campus is beautiful and very Ivy-League-like. The school is fairly small but that makes it feel that much safer. The security is very convenient; I feel safe on campus because at any time I can call campus safety and they'll be there. There's not much to do outside of studying but it keeps the students focused. Each professor is very knowledgeable in their areas and very passionate about each subject. There's a tutoring room three times a week for any student who needs help in their classes. The food is pretty good and the school heavily encourages students to take part in sustainability. There aren't many classes to take per trimester however there is a lot of room for extracurriculars, intramurals, and fun since classes generally end around 4. Many of the people there are very thoughtful and have that Midwestern charm.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is a great environment, but you must find a group of friends that agree with you on social, political issures or you will go crazy surrounded by social extremists.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Knox College is an amazing place to visit and although I haven't started classes yet I've visited campus and sat in on a class, which I found very enjoyable and enlightening. The admissions office was also very personable and helpful with my admissions process, as well as coordinating my visit, answering any financial questions and getting to know me.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are some breathtaking areas in Galesburg and around, truly. Soangetaha (the country club), Lake Storey, and Green Oaks are all obviously beautiful and really fun to visit. Shopping is terrible. There is 1 store for clothing, and Target trumps it. In general, the town itself (aside from the one select portion on Main from the train tracks to Wells Fargo) is disgusting and unsafe. There are no attractions, activities, cultural, or sporting events. The local attitude toward students varies. Because we do KnoxCorps, which (I think) greatly helps out the community, those affected like the YMCA and local schools would like the Knox community, but I think most townies hate us, because we're a liberal, weird bubble in the middle of a deeply conservative, racist, stuck-in-the-80s-technologically town.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's hard to find a good looking guy or girl on campus. There are so many weird people. But, there are quite a few diamonds in the rough.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Galesburg is a terrible area. It is not safe, and my friends and I have been harassed walking home from bars or convenience stores multiple times. Campus safety is looking out for you, and they have helped me so much. They don't want to get you in trouble, probably because writing a report is too much of a hassle. They are friendly in general. Health services is TERRIBLE. You literally have to wait 2+ hours, even when you're the only person there. The doctors are great though, it's just so inconvenient.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm in a sorority and I love it; it's one of the only reasons I've stayed at Knox. Some frats are better than others, but only because they're better, not because they're inherently good. They all have way too many sexual assault trials against them, and they all have issues with being on sopro (social probation) where they can't throw parties. At least one of the frats does haze, even though Knox claims strict anti-hazing policies. They are all so different as organizations, honestly, and only a few are typical frats. Sorority life is amazing, though we can't live in the house.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Men's soccer is amazing in terms of quality of people and the sport itself. Men's football is bad, simply put. Those are the only two sports people actually attended/talked about this year.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The yellows are repulsive. Old Snu and similar apartments on that street are nice, but I've never lived in one so I can't specifically speak to them. On-campus housing is probably better, including apartments like Hamblin and Tompkins.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: This category is very dependent. There are a lot of chains and a lot of really poor-quality restaurants that I still frequent, like Crazy Buffet, Joy Garden, and El Rancherito. I love them, but I would not call them high-quality. Alternately, there are some really good, but very expensive restaurants. Landmark and Iron Spike actually might be the only two real, good restaurants. As far as nighttime drunken eats go, there's a 24-hour Taco Bell or Steak 'n Shake.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration does not listen to its students

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It really depends on the day. Sometimes Gizmo is your best bet. Other days, there's so many good things in the caf (and when I say good things, I mean pretty good chili and hot dogs), that you don't know what to eat. Oak room can be good; Chipotle night is the best, but I will also always get noodle bowls and quesadillas. Meatless Monday is also a thing, which everyone complains about but isn't really that big of a deal, because there's still meat in the giz.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I came to this school because of the copious amount of scholarships they gave me. Seriously, they'll dole out money for anything.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is fun because there's usually a lot going on. I lived in Conger/Neal and I'll be living in Post (which is so much better) in the upcoming year. The quads are fun because you have a ton of friends that live in your building, so there's always someone to hang out with.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The food could be better, there just isn't enough options on a weekly basis. You know when the caf has bad food, so you avoid it. The gizmo is great, except when you want to eat something healthy.

3 College Senior

Athletics: We aren't a huge athletic institution, so I understand why our teams are not as widely supported. When it does happen, fan support is a beautiful thing, and I wish it'd happen more. Our athletic facilities are not the best, but we do with what we can get.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Places go really fast. Off-campus places are not advertised enough. Also, there are not that many places to choose from. But, when they do happen they are great.

1 College Senior

Party Scene: There are that many parties that are registered during the term and when there are they are pretty bad. You never go into a party with full knowledge if it will be good or not. Then, with those private parties, you never know if they will be shut down or not.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus there are really good quality private restaurants available, though they are costly, but there are not many options. Everything closes fairly early, and you're stuck with fast food chains mostly.

4 College Senior

Administration: The campus is strict in the sense that it needs to be. When it comes to listening to the demands of students, not so much. I think they need to have more visibility.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I say it is better than most schools because even when the price of the school does go up, they change our financial aid package to help students still be able to pay. I do have loans and have to pay out of pocket, but it isn't an exaggerated quantity like other student situations.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: It becomes really hard when you want to live in a place other than the dorms because the cost of living is way higher, and spaces are taken really fast and not made to accommodate students.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's enough to keep it interesting, but we don't have a Chipotle and the late night options are pretty terrible. The local food is good, but nothing I'll miss when I go home.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: There is no guest sign in policy and I don't think anyone cares how long someone stays for. The smell of weed is constantly around in Hamblin and the other apartments and no one does anything about it. The school is lenient socially, but fairly strict academically.


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