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King University News :: King College Celebrates Record Enrollment for Twelfth Straight Year

King College's campuses are buzzing with new and returning students as the College announced its official enrollment numbers for fall 2011. For the twelfth consecutive year, King's enrollment has broken the College's previous records. King's total student body now stands at 2,127, a nine percent increase over last year's count.

We couldn't be more delighted, said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King College. Despite weakened economic conditions, King continues to thrive through the development of quality academic programming and cultivation of our Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) programs.

During the past five years, the overall student body count at King has increased by 40%, largely because of the value of the degree and the financial aid opportunities afforded to our students, said Micah Crews, associate vice president of enrollment management. Our continued increase can be attributed in large part to the number of adult learners enrolled in our GPS program. Adults are progressively more apt to further their education in today's ever-changing job market. King's GPS degree programs are designed to help adults prepare for just that. Students are given the tools necessary to build knowledge and practice in the field, foster professional integrity, and promote personal growth. Ultimately, the outcome of this program improves education for students, their families, and communities throughout the region.

Currently, King supports 11 regional instructional locations serving metropolitan sections of the East Tenn., and Southwest Va., from Knoxville, Tenn., to Richlands, Va. Several locations provide educational opportunities in rural, underserved areas where the only option has previously been an associate's degree.

In addition to record enrollment, for a 22nd consecutive year, the U.S. News World Report recognized King College as a Best Regional Universities in the South. With the expansion of master's level programming at the College, U.S. News moved King from the Best College category to a Best Regional University category. Regional universities are defined as those providing a full range of undergraduate majors and master's programs.

Other recent noteworthy accolades include the designation as a Best in the Southeast by the Princeton Review for the eighth consecutive year. G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, also named King as a Military Friendly School for the third straight year.

King College is committed not only to providing quality education for students, but also supporting the economic development initiatives of the region, said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for marketing and development. Our students benefit from the continuing tradition of King's core values and mission of building meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation. A King College education integrates studies in their chosen field, opportunities to study abroad, and commitments to responsible stewardships.

With a faculty-student ratio of 15-1, King College provides students with a more personalized, one-on-one educational experience, stated Greg King, director for undergraduate recruitment. This is a significant draw for freshman and transfer students. While maintaining the tight-knit community atmosphere a small college provides, King offers opportunities typically afforded only to larger universities.

King's student body is currently comprised of 1,034 traditional students and 1,093 Graduate Professional Studies students.

King's growth is benefiting the region throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, said Crews. 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 economic and workforce development.

For more information, contact King's Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014, admissions@king.edu, or visit www.king.edu.

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Enrollment figures represent the tenth-day registrar's count, which serves as the basis for the College's official enrollment for the 2011-2012 academic year.