Knox College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Knox College
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Knox College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 74%. Located in Galesburg, Illinois, Knox College has a rich history that began with its 1837 founding by anti-slavery reformers. Knox's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the college a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. With an 11-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 14, Knox provides its students with a significant amount of personal interaction with faculty. In athletics, Knox participates in Division III as a member of the Midwest Conference.

Considering applying to Knox College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Knox College had an acceptance rate of 74%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 74 students were admitted, making Knox's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 2,738
Percent Admitted 74%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 17%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Knox College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Knox may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 58% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 670
Math 540 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Knox's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Knox College scored between 550 and 670, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 540 and 680, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 680. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1350 or higher is competitive for Knox College.

Requirements

Knox College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Knox participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Knox does not require the essay section of the SAT or SAT Subject tests.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Knox has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Knox may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 45% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 33
Math 22 29
Composite 23 31

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Knox's admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Knox received a composite ACT score between 23 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 23.

Requirements

Note that Knox College does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Knox participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Knox does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Knox College's incoming freshmen class was 3.61, and over 43% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Knox College have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Knox College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Knox College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Knox College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Knox College, which accepts nearly three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool with above average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores. However, Knox also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Knox strongly recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Knox's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most students had GPAs above a 3.0, SAT scores over 1050 (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 21 or higher. Grades are more important than standardized test scores due to Knox College's test-optional admissions policy.

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