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King University News :: King College Celebrates Eleven Years of Record Enrollment

Enrollment figures for the fall 2010 semester have been calculated with King College achieving record fall enrollment for the 11th consecutive year.  The current statistics show that 1,949 students have registered for classes at the College's main Bristol, Tenn., campus, and at the more than a dozen instructional locations throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  This number is an 8% increase over the fall 2009 semester when King's Office of Enrollment Management reported an overall headcount of 1,804 students.

Micah Crews, associate vice president of enrollment management, attributes this increase to the creation of innovative programs and a focus on accessibility.  We want to provide students and working adults with the tools they need to advance, and also serve as a responsive partner to the workforce development needs of the region, Crews said.  Combined with our efforts to bring the quality of a King degree to instructional locations around the area, this commitment to our students has generated over a decade of enthusiastic response.

An integral component of the King College mission is the improvement of economic and workforce development in the region, said LeAnn Hughes, vice president of marketing and development.  The result of this dedication is the creation of eight Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) programs offering more than 12 locations throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  Of the total enrollment for fall 2010, 1,330 students are participating in degree programs based on the main campus in Bristol.  This is a 10% increase over fall 2009.

Greg King, director of undergraduate recruitment commented that other areas of record increase for the College are among freshman and transfer students.  Our undergraduate students benefit from the continuing tradition of King's core values.  A King College education integrates studies in their chosen field, opportunities to study abroad, and commitments to responsible service and stewardship.

Another significant aspect of college life that draws freshman and transfers to the College is the family atmosphere that a small college provides and the opportunities typically afforded only to larger universities, said King.  With a faculty to student ratio of 14-1, King College provides students with a more personalized, one-on-one educational experience, stated King.

Since 2004, the overall student body at King has increase more than 1,000 students, and has more than doubled since 2005, in large part due to the increase in the number of adult learners enrolled in the College's GPS programs.  These adult-oriented programs include the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Education, and Master of Business Administration degree programs, for which King also offers a healthcare specialization.

It is our goal to support the educational and economic development initiatives of the region, and it has been proven time and again that making higher education affordable, as well as accessible, is key to this process, said Hughes.  Our students benefit from the continuing tradition of King's core values.  A King College education integrates studies in their chosen field, opportunities to study abroad, and commitments to responsible service and stewardship.

Currently, King's student body is comprised of 1,045 traditional students and 904 in the College's GPS program.

King College's growth is benefiting our region in several ways, said Hughes.  From Richlands to Knoxville, we are significantly impacting the adult population of the region by giving them access to affordable, high quality degree programs that fit into their schedules.  These adults are staying in the region, contributing to the economy, and raising the caliber of the workforce.  In turn, this benefits the region's current employers and helps attract new businesses to our area.

For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News World Report has recognized King as one of the best colleges in the nation.  The Princeton Review has awarded King a Best in the Southeast designation for a seventh consecutive year.  King has also been selected for a second year by G.I. Jobs as a Military Friendly School.

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Enrollment figures represent the tenth-day registrar's count which serves as the basis for the college's official enrollment numbers for the 2010-2011 academic year.