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King University News :: King University Celebrates 15 Consecutive Years of Record Enrollment

BRISTOL, Tenn., September 10, 2014 – There is a sweet spirit that can be felt throughout King University. The numbers are in and King University is celebrating another year of record enrollment. This marks the 15th consecutive year the University has achieved record enrollment.

King’s total student body now stands at 2,897, a 12 percent increase over last year’s count. The University added 310 new students to its enrollment.

“The achievement of 15 years of record-breaking enrollment is a direct reflection of the King University community coming together to show that the University’s traditions of Christian-based quality programs are thriving,” states Dr. Richard A. Ray, interim president of King University. “We are excited to reach this milestone and welcome each and every student with open arms into the King family – including students such as Traditional first-year student Makar-Oleksandr Grytsevych from Lviv, Ukraine, and Graduate Professional Studies student Kendall Wright from Honolulu, Hawaii.

“The University’s commitment to providing quality Christian educational opportunities for students, which are grounded in the liberal arts, is evident in every program and department at the University, from the admissions process, which is designed to ensure accessibility and affordability, to the classroom, as well as with the arts and athletics programs,” added Dr. Ray. 

John King, vice president for Development and Enrollment Management at King states, “King University is thrilled to record a 15th year of record enrollment.  This accomplishment is a testimony to the reputation of our institution, the rigor of our programs, and the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff.”

For fall 2014, King’s traditional programs now stand at 857 students.

“Interwoven into the fabric of a King education is the University’s mission to build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ,” states Dr. Matt Roberts, vice president for Academic Affairs at King University. “In addition to the high-caliber educational experiences students’ gain in the classroom, King also offers numerous opportunities for traditional students in areas of research, the arts, and athletics, as well as a multitude of service opportunities, including mission experiences.”

The University’s Graduate Professional Studies and Online Programs (GPS) serving the adult learner population have seen substantial increases. King has seen a 22.49 percent increase in the number of GPS students compared to fall 2013. King offers 13 GPS degree programs at 4 campuses and 10 additional instructional locations across Southwest Virginia and Tennessee. King’s newest campus in Nashville hosted its first set of classes in Jan. 2014. King also offers 16 online degree programs which provide students a high-caliber education anywhere they may be located.

“In 2001, King opened its first program designed to meet the needs of adult learners. This new effort began a season of growth and expansion for the University as the need for continued educational opportunities became evident throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia,” says Roberts.

King’s online programs have seen tremendous growth. King’s online programs have increased by 82.33 percent since fall 2013.

“Online degree programs offer students the ability to learn in a convenient format. King has been an innovator in the development of rigorous, not-for-profit online education,” says Roberts. “We offer a diverse slate of online programs to meet the needs of the adult learner.”

In addition to record enrollment, for the 24th consecutive year King University has been recognized by the U.S. News World Report and most recently as one of the “Best Regional Universities” in the South. In 2013, U.S. News also named King as having the lightest student debt load among Southern universities. Other recent noteworthy accolades include the designation as a “Best in the Southeast” by the Princeton Review for the 11th consecutive year, as well as the fifth consecutive designation as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools®.

The U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) also named King University to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the University’s commitment to bettering community through community service and service learning.


King University is a Presbyterian, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.