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King University News :: King University Among U.S. News’ "Best Colleges for Veterans"

King University is among the top-ranked regional universities to offer benefits to veterans and active service members that can help them pursue a college education, according to U.S. News and World Report. The magazine recently released its “Best Colleges for Veterans” – a ranking of  top schools in the Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for, and complete their degrees.

“We are especially proud to be named as one of the best regional universities for veterans,” says John King, vice president for Development and Enrollment Management for King University. “Our veterans have made sacrifices for the nation, and King is committed to helping repay them for their service by providing them with a quality education.”

King adds, “Military students bring leadership skills to the classroom along with an exceptional set of experiences. King recognizes the unique needs of military personnel, from deployment policies to funding assistance, through completing the Veterans Administration (VA) funding process and securing federal financial aid, to registering for classes.”

In Sept. 2013, U.S. News’ 2014 edition of America’s Best Colleges listed King University among the “Best Regional Universities” in the South. This year’s ranking is King’s 24th consecutive appearance in the annual publication. U.S. News also ranked King as having the lightest student debt load among Southern universities.

The “Best Colleges for Veterans” rankings only include numerically ranked schools in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges that:

•         Belong to an institution that is a member of the Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium

•         Belong to an institution certified for the GI Bill

•         Belong to an institution participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

In addition to being named among the “Best Colleges for Veterans,” King was also recognized in September of this year as a “Military Friendly School® for the fifth straight year by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transition into civilian life.

King University alumnus Jason Harter served in the United States Air Force from 1999 to 2010.  After his military career, Harter used the 9-11 G.I. Bill to pay for his education at King. He graduated from King in May 2013 receiving his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration. “My military experience made me a more rounded person,” said Harter. “I had the chance to ‘grow up’ while in the service, so I was able to take class and what it had to offer more seriously.”  Harter currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Military personnel who look to King University as their college choice can visit King’s new career matrix located at The user friendly tool will produce a digital profile, which matches the student to possible career paths. The Career Matrix produces a list of jobs, and when the student selects a particular career, the Matrix will then provide a list of majors at King University, which would qualify the student to do that job in the future. Students are also able to explore details about particular majors at King relating to certain career paths.

A representative with King's Admissions Office is available to assist and guide military personnel through the process, helping to maximize military benefits and transfer credits. King accepts qualifying credits from the military, “old” credits, and credits from ITT, National, and previously accredited closed colleges.

To honor the courageous men and women who serve our country, King University Online offers military students many special benefits to help them achieve their academic and professional goals, including online degrees for military. Military service members, veterans, and military spouses (as defined in 1 U.S.C. § 7) are eligible for tuition discounts, book vouchers, and evaluation of military training for college credit. Qualifying military service members, veterans, and military spouses may qualify for tuition assistance through the Post 9-11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon, and/or Veterans Educational Assistance Program.

Other recent accolades include King’s recognition for the past ten years as a “Best College in the Southeast” by the Princeton Review. Additionally, King was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation, announced by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

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