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King University News :: U.S. News & World Report names King a "Best College"

BRISTOL, Tenn.-U.S. News World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges lists King among the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South. King also received additional recognition in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” subcategory, where the college ranked 7th on the list. It is King’s 19th consecutive appearance in the annual publication.

LeAnn Hughes, vice president of marketing and development, noted that King’s commitment to innovative and affordable higher education extends throughout the college’s history. “We’re delighted that our heritage of personalized attention for each student has again contributed to national rankings,” she said. “Being included on the U.S. News list is also a nice complement to being one of the only private schools in our area named one of the Best in the Southeast by the Princeton Review.”

Baccalaureate colleges are defined as those offering a range of professional degrees in addition to liberal arts. The majority of King’s degrees are awarded in business, nursing and education.

“We work to provide a foundation of classical knowledge, as well as a responsive educational atmosphere,” said Hughes. “We want our graduates to have the ability to draw lessons from history, effectively utilize new technologies, navigate evolving economic and political environments, and succeed in a rapidly changing world.”

On average, 85 percent of King graduates seeking employment are hired within six months, and 85 percent of these are employed within their field of choice. While alumni can be found at some of the nation’s most prominent employers including Northrop Grumman, Boeing, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others, alumni also often stay in the region and serve top employers such as Eastman Chemical Company, King Pharmaceuticals, Wellmont Health System, Bank of Tennessee, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Mountain States Health Alliance, among others.

Of the approximate 35 percent of King graduates who seek further education each year, more than 80 percent are accepted into their first-choice graduate or professional school. King alumni have continued their education at some of the top schools in the nation, including Vanderbilt, Georgetown, Duke and Wake Forest Universities, Princeton Theological Seminary and numerous other academically rigorous schools.