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King University News :: King University Sets Record Enrollment for 14th Consecutive Year

This school year is another record-setting one for King University. For the 14th consecutive year, King’s enrollment has broken the University’s previous records across every platform, which includes traditional on-campus studies, graduate professional studies, and online programs. 

King’s total student body now stands at 2,587, a 10 percent increase over last year’s count. The University added more than 950 new students to its enrollment.

“The achievement of 14 years of record-breaking enrollment despite weakened economic conditions is a reflection of King’s successful partnerships with business, healthcare, nursing and education, as well as professional endeavors in law and student-faculty research,” states Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King University.  “King has expanded its academic programs from the Tri-Cities to Knoxville to Nashville to the Northeast U.S., developing innovative approaches to learning, including online studies. This diversity of programming allows King to serve diverse educational interests and support community development.”

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.

King has also increased its adult student population by offering programs in healthcare administration, communication, information technology, and criminal justice, and by expanding its program offerings in education, psychology, nursing and business to King’s Hardin Valley Road campus in Knoxville, Tenn. 

According to an article by Matthew DeLuca, staff writer for NBC News, college enrollment in 2012 declined by nearly a half-million students compared to a year earlier. Based on new figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau, students over the age of 25 have led the miniature exodus from higher learning. This is not the case in King’s experience. King has expanded its adult student population through significant community partnerships, contributing to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s goal of increasing the percentage of Tennessee citizenry possessing a two- or four-year college degree to 55 percent by the year 2025.

Since last year, King has seen an 18.5 percent increase in the number of graduate and professional (GPS) students.  King offers 10 GPS degree programs in 14 campus locations across Virginia and Tennessee, including the most recent additions in Tennessee of Harriman, Friendsville, and Strawberry Plains, as a result of Tennessee Board of Regents Community College partnerships with Roane State Community College and Pellissippi State Community College.

King’s newest location in Nashville is slated to begin classes in the spring of 2014. 

“Our Knoxville campus at Hardin Valley has seen such growth that we are renovating and expanding the campus,” states Jon Harr, associate dean of academic affairs and the newly appointed Knoxville Campus Dean for King University.  “We are also working to reinforce collaborative agreements with community college partners through articulation agreements, as well as reverse transfer agreements.”

Traditional enrollment is also at an all-time high, according to LeAnn Hughes, vice president of marketing and enrollment management for King University. “Student recruitment initiatives and increased retention, resulting from King’s Student Success Program, have led to King’s record increase in traditional students,” she says. 

King’s online programs have also seen tremendous growth. “King’s online programs have increased by 99 percent since fall 2012,” says Hughes.  “Online degree programs offer students the ability to learn in a convenient format.  King has been an innovator in the development of rigorous online education.  We offer a diverse slate of online programs to meet the needs of the adult learner.”

King’s students are also finding jobs upon graduation as a result of King’s Career Success Center, which offers students a unique experience, integrating career identification with educational programs best designed to meet those goals. The Career Success Center translates classroom experience into internships and then jobs.  Career Success Center staff support King students in their academic achievements leading to their bachelor’s degree, to their job, and to career success. 

In 2012, King opened the new Wager Center for Student Success, served by Career Success Center staff.  Donna Felty, director of career development, and Finley Green, director of career services, engage King students in the career planning process and assist them in all phases of this development during their time at the University.  Services include career assessment, career planning and guidance, internship placement and job search preparation.

“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,” says Matt Roberts, chief academic officer and dean of academic affairs for King University.

“While other schools have seen significant increases in tuition, we have kept costs down by freezing tuition and offering scholarships,” states Hughes. “Currently, 98 percent of King students receive scholarship funding.  Our admissions representatives work in combination with King financial aid representatives to ensure that any debt students incur is markedly less than at other institutions.”

 On Sept. 10, 2013, U.S. News World Report announced King University as having the lightest student debt load among Southern universities.

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.  Other recent noteworthy accolades include the designation as a “Best in the Southeast” by the Princeton Review for the 10th consecutive year, as well as the fourth 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.

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King University is a Presbyterian, master's-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 athletic teams.  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.