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King University News :: U.S. News & World Report Names King a "Best College" for the 21st Consecutive Year


U.S. News and World Report's 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges lists King College among the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South.  This is King's 21st consecutive appearance in the annual publication.

We are delighted to once again receive recognition as a top tier Baccalaureate School in the South, said LeAnn Hughes, vice president of marketing and development.  Being included is an accolade for our overall mission of academic excellence, as well as applause for the individual attention we provide each student.

Record-breaking growth over the past 10 years led U.S. News to move King from the liberal arts to the baccalaureate category in 2009.  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.

Inclusion on the U.S. News list is also a nice complement to another recent accomplishment, King's recognition as the only private school in our region to be named a Best in the Southeast by the Princeton Review, stated Hughes.  While both are prestigious accolades, the Princeton Review's recognition is particularly noteworthy since it is based on current student assessments of academic quality and personal experience both in and out of the classroom at King.

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.

In addition, King now supports more than a dozen regional instructional locations reaching from Knoxville, Tenn., to Richlands, Va.  Each location allows King to amplify its mission and vision of academic excellence, stewardship, and cultural transformation.  These sites serve metropolitan sections of the Tri-Cities as well as rural, underserved areas where the only educational option has previously been an associate degree.

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 and the Princeton Review reminds us that our students, community, and others throughout the nation and abroad recognize King's commitment to educational excellence.