Knox College

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Midwest
City/State: Galesburg, IL
Locale: Small City (25,000 to 100,000)
Student Population (FTE): 1,300
In-State Tuition: $52,461.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $52,461.00
Institution Website:
Institution Type:
Private Institution
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

At Knox College we are committed to promoting our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything that we do -- meaning the safety, wellbeing, belonging, and the ability to thrive for our LGBTQ+ community is of the utmost importance. Our outreach and programs are designed to build and maintain a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment. Here we believe that a diverse campus community offers us the ability to learn from a variety of perspectives and experiences in order to help prepare our students for work on a global scale. We value and appreciate the lived experiences of each of our students, and by providing resources to directly benefit our trans and queer community members, we recognize that their lived experiences often come with barriers and hurdles that require a concerted effort to dismantle. We are committed to that concerted effort, to dismantling barriers here so that our students will know how to break barriers in the world outside of Knox. We are committed to uplifting the next generation of LGBTQ+ and allied leaders through equity, opportunity, leadership training, and a commitment to student success across difference.

Our Synopsis

We think about our incredibly diverse student population in everything that we do, constantly working so that our entire institution & its' practices reflect our values. We offer an LGBTQ Cultural Center where LGBTQ students can live & learn. We have gender inclusive restrooms in our residence halls, academic, & administrative buildings. Students can opt into same-gender or multi-gender housing, with emphasis on LGBTQ affirming or sexually/gender diverse living space. We offer and perform gender & sexuality trainings for student groups, faculty, & staff regularly. We have 2 student organizations: QTPoCC & Common Ground. They meet in the Gender & Sexuality Center, an open space for LGBTQ students to meet. The GSC hosts our free gender affirming clothing closet, sponsored by Common Ground. We have an incredibly easy name change process. We host annual events that address current issues for our community, a full month of LGBTQ history programming, & intersectional programming to address the multiple identities held by our students. We have counseling staff that are certified in treating LGBTQ+ patients with concerns related to their gender & sexual identities and host a LGBTQ+ support group. We also work closely with local providers & our health center to provide comprehensive access to LGBTQ+ focused medical care for our students to the best of our ability. Everyday we are working & listening to our population in order to expand access and champion equity.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Knox College

Students and many faculty introduce themselves with their pronouns. It’s a small thing, but it is important.

— - Second Year Student

Common Ground does a lot of events and other things to help make LGBT students feel accepted! They help buy things for trans students which is nice.

— - Non-binary Knox Student

Giving a club like Common Ground the space to host events like Queer Prom is a very good thing. It's also just cool to see LGBTQ+ professors at Knox, that's always very comforting and they can often serve as role models.

— - Current Knox Student

I really like having an LGBT coordinator and an office that holds events and supports students!

— - Common Ground Member

The rooming options are nice, and the LGBTQ groups on campus do amazing work

— - First Year Student

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Trans Day of Remembrance Altar Build


Common Ground's Queer Prom


LGBTQ History Month Programming


QTPOCC Winter Kiki Ball


Lesbian Visibility Trivia Night


Admissions Office

Knox College Admissions Office

Knox College Admissions
Knox College
305 S. Cherry Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7100

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

Knox College
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
4 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
4 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
3 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
4 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
4 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
2.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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