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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
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
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 www.king.edu. 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.