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King University News :: King College Celebrates Record Spring Enrollment

Enrollment figures for the spring 2012 semester have been calculated and the King College community is celebrating a new record for spring enrollment. The current statistics indicate 2,020 students have registered for classes at the College's Bristol, Tenn., main campus and eleven instructional sites located throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. This number is a 10% increase compared to the spring 2011 semester and a 3% increase of fall 2010 enrollment.

We couldn't be more delighted with the spring enrollment figures, said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King College. King's continued success reflects the combined efforts of dedicated King faculty and staff, as well as the extended community which has embraced King's mission. The past several years have been, quite simply, transformational for the College.

Greg King, assistant vice president of enrollment management traditional, attributes the increased retention and enrollment to the creation of innovative programming and a personalized experience. In a time where many schools have seen a decline in their numbers, we have far exceeded enrollment expectations. Through 13 consecutive years of record-breaking growth, the College has maintained its community atmosphere, while offering opportunities for research, travel, and career and graduate school preparation typically afforded only to larger universities. This is a significant draw for freshman and transfer students.

King continues to thrive through the development of quality academic programming and cultivation of Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) programs. 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 Micah Crews, associate vice president for enrollment management GPS and online. 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.

King provides both traditional students and working adults with the tools they need to advance, said Crews. Combined with efforts to bring the quality of a King degree to instructional locations around the region, this commitment to our students has generated more than a decade of enthusiastic response.

Since 2005, the overall student body at King has more than doubled in large part due to the increase in the number of adult learners enrolled in the College's GPS program. These adult-oriented programs include the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Information Technology (BTech), Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN), Bachelor of Psychology (Psych), Bachelor of Communication (Comm), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). King's MSN program also offers a dual-degree option of MSN/MBA. Students studying for their MBA have the option of a healthcare specialization. King also now offers online degree options for the BBA, BTech, RN-BSN, and MBA.

Currently, traditional students comprise 49.3% of King's student body, while the remaining 50.7% are working adults enrolled in the GPS program. A total of 323 new traditional students, this semester alone, chose King for their educational endeavors, along with 266 who selected either GPS or online degree options.

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.

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.

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NOTE: Enrollment figures represent the tenth-day registrar's count.