|March 25, 2004
GALESBURG — The admission staff at Knox College is evaluating a record number of applications this year. As of March 19, 1903 students have applied for admission, the first time in Knox history that applications have exceeded 1,900.
"Increased interest in Knox can be credited to many factors," said Paul Steenis, vice president for enrollment and dean of admission. "The largest reasons are the positive experiences of current students, the impressive scholarship and teaching of Knox faculty, and public recognition of a liberal arts education as excellent preparation for career success."
Knox has experienced strong retention for the 2003-2004 academic year, indicating student satisfaction, Steenis said. 88-percent of first-year and second-year students returned to Knox this year, and 96-percent of last year's juniors returned. Knox has 1,100 students and a student-faculty ratio of 12-to-1.
In the past year, Knox has been ranked the best liberal arts college value in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, and the top-rated college in the nation by Princeton Review for student satisfaction with financial aid.
Knox also is featured in the popular college guidebook "Colleges that Change Lives," by Loren Pope, which profiles 40 schools selected for "their proven ability to develop potential, values initiative and risk-taking in a wide range of students."
In addition, the Knox web site and printed publications have been redesigned and integrated, and the application process has been streamlined, Steenis said.
"Knox is putting more information — about the College's curriculum, about its distinctive programs, about opportunities for research — into the hands of students, and doing it more quickly," Steenis said. "This helps applicants make informed decisions about the college that fits them best, and students appreciate that."
All students who applied to Knox by February 1 will have received replies from the Admission Office by March 31. Admitted students then have until the national reply date, May 1, to send enrollment deposits.
Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with 1,100 students from 46 states and 50 nations. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.
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