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King University News :: King College Hits Record Enrollment for Thirteenth Straight Year

For the 13th consecutive year, King College has achieved record enrollment numbers.  As of the first day of classes, King’s preliminary enrollment count is 2,381, an 11 percent increase over last year’s number of 2,146.

First day of class enrollment numbers indicate growth in all classifications. The enrollment headcount includes a total of 900 new full-time students to the Bristol campus and other King locations throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and online.  This record setting new student number is a 24.8 percent increase over last year’s new student number of 721.

Additionally, because of the tremendous interest in King’s online programs, a modified schedule is being implemented to allow online students to enroll at six different times throughout the year. The next online start will begin in October and it is anticipated that overall student headcount will surpass 2,400 students at that time, leading to another historic high for fall enrollment headcount.

“The substantial growth is certainly a reaffirmation of King’s mission,” said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King College.  “King continues to flourish through development of quality, innovative academic programming and cultivation of our Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) programs. Students are responding to the value and accessibility a King degree provides.”

“King College is committed to providing quality education for students, as well as supporting the economic development initiatives of the region,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for Marketing and Enrollment Management.  “Our students benefit from the continuing tradition of King’s core values.”

“We are pleased that full-time traditional undergraduate enrollment is currently up by 15 percent from 2011,” said Greg King, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management.  “A significant draw for new traditional undergraduate students and transfer students is the personalized attention students receive, as well as opportunities to participate in a diverse offering of extra-curricular activities, sports and travel.” 

King’s Career Center offers a unique experience for King students, integrating career identification with educational programs best designed to meet those goals, translating directly into classroom experience.  Combined with a dedicated and robust job and internship identification process designed to help prepare students to make meaningful and significant contributions to their communities through their vocation after they complete their degree, King graduates stand out when they begin looking for employment.  This also brings further value to a King College degree.

“During the past five years, the overall student body count at King has increased by more than 50%, chiefly because of the value of the degree and the financial aid opportunities afforded to our students,” said Hughes.  “Students are given the tools necessary to build knowledge and practice in the field, as well as cultivate professional integrity and personal growth.  Ultimately, King’s academic programs improve education for students, their families, and communities throughout the region.”

Since last year, King has seen an 8.5 percent increase in the number of Graduate Professional students.  “Continued increase in enrollment numbers can be attributed in part to the number of adult learners enrolled in our GPS program,” said Micah Crews, associate vice president of Enrollment Management GPS and Online Studies.  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. 

Currently, King supports 14 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, King also offers online bachelor’s and master’s degree options.  This fall, there are a total of 254 students studying through King’s online degree programs. 

King’s newest instructional location open this fall with 30 students enrolled is at Pellissippi State Community College in Strawberry Plains, Tenn. 

“Collaboration agreements with community colleges throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia not only create opportunities for their students to earn four-year degrees without having to leave their community, but also prepare them for employment in careers that are in-demand in King’s service area,” said Hughes.

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. 

This year, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) named King College to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the College’s commitment to bettering community through community service and service learning.

Other recent noteworthy accolades include the designation as a “Best in the Southeast” by the Princeton Review for the ninth consecutive year.  The Princeton Review’s designation is based on current student assessments of academic quality and personal experiences both in and out of the classroom at King.  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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