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King University News :: U.S. News Ranks King College among the "Best Regional Universities" in the South

The U.S. News  World Report’s 2013 edition of America’s Best Colleges lists King College among the “Best Regional Universities” in the South.  This year’s ranking is King’s 23rd consecutive appearance in the annual publication and the College’s second in the regional universities category. 

“We are pleased once again to be included in the U.S. News Best Colleges report,” said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King College. “Acknowledgement in the rankings as a “Best Regional University” is a tribute to King’s overall mission of academic excellence, as well as approbation for the individual attention we provide each student.  King’s continued growth and commitment to students and the regions we serve are well reflected in the transition to the regional universities ranking. 

King College has been ranked in several U.S. News Best College categories over the years, beginning with liberal arts.  In 2009, King was transitioned to the “Best Baccalaureate College” listing.  The most recent move takes place in last year’s rankings, with the U.S. News moving King College to the “Best Regional Universities” category.  Regional universities are defined as those providing a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.  The majority of King’s degrees, both baccalaureate and master’s, are awarded in business, nursing, and education. 

“Inclusion on the U.S. News list is also a nice accompaniment to several other recent accomplishments, including King’s recognition for the past nine years as a “Best College in the Southeast” by the Princeton Review, and as a “Military Friendly School” for the third year by G.I. Jobs,” stated LeAnn Hughes, vice president of Marketing and Enrollment Management.  “We anticipate when G.I. Jobs releases their 2013 list next week, that we will again, for a fourth year, be counted as a “Military Friendly School.” 

“King’s placement represents a strong position within the rankings,” said Hughes.  “King’s position in the top tier of the “Best Regional Universities” in the South places King among the highest ranked schools in our region, and also ranks the College among such schools as Rollins College, Mercer University, The Citadel, and Appalachian State University. 

King’s innovative degree programs are designed to open the availability of a four-year or graduate degree to students and working adults, thereby helping to strengthen the regional workforce, attract employers to distressed areas, equip a new generation of health care professionals, and provide improved quality of life for the region.

Through expanded undergraduate programming and additional extracurricular opportunities, students at King are afforded the benefits of a small, private college environment with the educational advancements typically associated with larger universities.  King’s Career Services department offers a unique experience for King students, integrating career identification with educational programs best designed to meet those goals, translating directly into classroom experience.  Combined with a dedicated and robust job and internship identification process, this sets King graduates apart when they begin looking for employment.

“King continues to focus on making a quality education accessible as well as affordable,” said Hughes.  “King now supports 14 regional instructional locations throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia as well as online.  Each location allows King to amplify its mission and vision of academic excellence, stewardship, and cultural transformation.  The College’s newest locations are in Knoxville with the most recent addition opening this fall in Strawberry Plains.”

The King College educational experience is uniquely designed to help prepare students to make meaningful and significant contributions to their communities through their vocation after they complete their degree,” said Hughes.  “Acknowledgment by U.S. News reminds us that our students, community, and others throughout the nation and abroad recognize King’s commitment to educational excellence.