Knox enrollment up 25 percent since 2002

From the Peoria Journal Star:

Knox College on Thursday announced enrollment levels are at their highest since 1971 and the fourth-highest in the college’s history.

Knox saw 394 new students this fall in a total enrollment of 1,407. This year’s total is 2 percent above last year and more than 25 percent higher than Knox’s total enrollment in 2002, the college said in a news release.

Of the students who entered Knox for the first time last year, 90 percent returned for their sophomore year this fall.

“The figures reflect students choosing Knox for several reasons – an outstanding faculty that has created a compelling and challenging educational program, dedicated and skilled admissions and student development staffs, and a campus community that pulls together to recruit new students and provide a great experience once they arrive,” Knox President Roger Taylor said. “Even during a recession, a community effort works wonders.”