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King University News :: King University Celebrates Record Spring Enrollment

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 5, 2014 – King University is experiencing record spring enrollment with a 15 percent increase over spring 2013, along with increases across every platform including traditional on-campus studies, graduate, professional, and online programs.

Total enrollment for the spring semester is 2,514.

“We couldn’t be more delighted with the spring enrollment figures,” said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King University.  “King’s continued success reflects the combined efforts of dedicated King faculty and staff, along with successful partnerships with business, healthcare, nursing, education, and professional endeavors in law and student-faculty research. King has expanded its academic programs from the Tri-Cities to Knoxville to Nashville, developing innovative approaches to learning, including online studies. The past several years have been, quite simply, transformational for the University.”

The University’s commitment to providing quality educational opportunities for its students is evident through its admissions process, which is designed to ensure accessibility and affordability.

In Sept. 2013, U.S. News World Report announced King University as having the lightest student debt load among Southern universities. Currently, King’s average amount of debt is only $10,892.  The reported average for the both public and private institutions in the state of Tennessee is $20,703. 

“We are very pleased to have increases in our student population across all platforms for the spring 2014 semester,” says John King, vice president for Development and Enrollment Management. “We can attribute our continued growth to King’s solid academic reputation and the number of quality programs that we are able to offer our students”.

King recently established the School of Applied Science and Technology and the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences. In addition to the King College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Economics, School of Education, School of Nursing, and the Peeke School of Christian Mission, the two new schools will further King’s endeavors to provide new and existing academic programs to better prepare students for 21st century careers.

“Diversity of programming allows King to serve varied educational interests and support community development. 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 our region,” says Matt Roberts, chief academic officer and dean of Academic Affairs for King University. “Today’s record enrollment numbers are the result of those efforts first planted over ten years ago. Our growing number of students demonstrates that we continue to fill a need in our region for an affordable and meaningful college education.”

King’s graduate, professional, and online programs have increased substantially - a total of 26 percent since spring 2013. Online degree programs alone have seen an 82 percent increase in the past year. King currently offers GPS degree programs at four campuses including Bristol, Kingsport, Knoxville, and the School’s newest campus in Nashville along with 10 additional instructional locations across Virginia and Tennessee.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s 2012-13 Articulation and Transfer in Tennessee Higher Education report ranks King University as the largest recipient of transfer students from Tennessee Public Institutions (TPI) among Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) schools. THEC also reports King as having the largest population of total transfer students among TICUA schools. This is the first time King has been ranked first both categories of transfer students from Tennessee Public Institutions and Total Transfer Students from multiple sources.


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.