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King University News :: King Named "A Best in the Southeast" College by The Princeton Review

King College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. King is one of 135 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its Best in the Southeast section of its website feature, 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region, that posted earlier this month on In the profile on King College on its site, students interviewed by The Princeton Review said the College is known for providing an education of excellence and leadership based in the Christian faith.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president / publisher, We're pleased to recommend King College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists.

It is truly an honor to be counted among those colleges honored by 'The Princeton Review,' said LeAnn Hughes, vice president of marketing and development for King College. The survey is mainly focused on the quality of a school's academic programs, but also takes into account student satisfaction and the opinion of independent advisers. Our inclusion is an accolade for our overall mission of academic excellence, as well as applause for the individual attention we provide each student.

The 134 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its Best in the Southeast designations are located in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 121 in the West as best in their locales on the company's 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region lists. Collectively, the 629 colleges named regional best(s) constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Student comments in the profile on King College include outstanding reputation in the area for nursing school education, and very rigorous science department. Students also commented that King is dedicated to serving a range of students from those who just graduated high school to those who are coming back 20 years later. Students also raved about the small environment, which guarantees more one-on-one time with professors who really want you to learn and understand the material, and make an effort to personalize class.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 629 colleges in its 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region list hierarchically or by region or in various categories. However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of top 20 colleges in 62 categories that are unique to that book. They are based entirely on the Company's surveys of students at the 376 schools in the book.

The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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King College is a Presbyterian-affiliated, master's-level comprehensive college structured on a university model. Founded in 1867, the College offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, digital media, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of off-campus learning opportunities and travel destinations are also available. King College is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 24 varsity athletic teams. For more information about King College, visit King College does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King College is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact the King College office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.

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