King University

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1350 King College Road

Bristol, TN 37620

Phone: (423) 968-1187
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#73 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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King University is a private institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,963, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 135 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. King University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 73. Its tuition and fees are $24,960 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1867 as King College, King University is a Presbyterian, master's-level comprehensive university. King cultivates an environment of academic excellence where scholarship, stewardship and faith are integrated. Following our mission of building meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ, faculty and staff lead students to participate in activities that help them pursue maturity on social, intellectual and spiritual levels. The result is a dynamic community with a broad view of the world, sharpened professional acumen, and commitment to serving others. The University offers more than 80 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, and confers degrees in four-year and graduate-level programs. Ten adult-oriented degree programs are offered including the Master of Business Administration, Master of Nursing, Master of Education, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Communication, Bachelor Science in Health Administration, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. King has experienced 13 consecutive years of increasing enrollment, and is currently hosting approximately 2,342 students. Our student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 16 to 1 and communal campus atmosphere provide students with personal attention from professors and the opportunity to create lasting friendships. Students, faculty, staff, and the extended community have the opportunity to hear from nationally recognized voices through events offered by the Buechner Institute at King University. Incoming students experience a curriculum that broadens their understanding of the world and our place in it. Each year the freshman class travels to Washington, D.C. to visit offices of state, national museums, art galleries and various public organizations. Participants are challenged to explore their views on the arts, religion, varying cultures and issues facing humankind. The curriculum also helps students examine career options and begin working toward a degree in their chosen areas. A variety of extracurricular activities are available to King University students year-round. There are 26 student clubs and organizations on campus. King also has active intercollegiate and intramural sports programs that utilize the gym, student center, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamond, and nature trail. Men's intercollegiate teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, swimming/diving, tennis and bowling. Women's intercollegiate teams compete in softball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, swimming/diving, wrestling, and cheerleading/dance. Club athletics include flag football and ultimate Frisbee. Service to others is also an important part of life at King. A significant percentage of our students travel each year for study abroad, mission, and class and community service trips. Students can also participate in concerts, movies, and off-campus adventures such as hiking, paintball, rafting, skiing and other activities offered by the University's active student life program. At graduation, King students are prepared for the job market or the graduate school of their choice. During the past three years, an average of 85 percent of King's graduates seeking employment were employed in their major field within six months of graduation. Of those seeking to continue their education, more than 80 percent are accepted into their first-choice graduate or professional school.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1867
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $28,090,997


When applying to King University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at King University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 72.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 72.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at King University is 16:1, and the school has 69.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at King University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Information Technology; Psychology, General; and Elementary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 45%
Business Administration and Management, General 28%
Information Technology 4%
Psychology, General 3%
Elementary Education and Teaching 2%

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Student Life

King University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,963, with a gender distribution of 35.6 percent male students and 64.4 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus. King University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,342
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

King University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. King University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at King University, 82 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at King University.

Students who have cars on campus 82%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At King University, 82.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,802.

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Tuition and fees $24,960 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,180 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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