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King University News :: King Named Best in the Southeast for Ninth Straight Year by The Princeton Review

King College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast for the ninth consecutive year according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 136 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its Best in the Southeast section of its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted August 20, 2012 on  In the King College profile 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  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.’” 

“We count The Princeton Review’s accolade an esteemed tribute to the quality education King provides,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president of marketing and enrollment management 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 affirmation of our overall mission of academic excellence, as well as applause for the individual attention we provide each student.” 

The 136 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 222 colleges in the Northeast, 122 in the West, and 153 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region lists.  Collectively, the 633 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 offers a “fantastic program for working adults” and “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 633 colleges in its “2013 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 377 Colleges: 2013 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 377 schools in the book.

The Princeton Review ( is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, with editorial offices in New York and locations across the U.S.A. and abroad, The Princeton Review, which is a privately held company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.


About The Princeton Review

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