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

The U.S. News and World Report's 2012 edition of America's Best Colleges lists King College among the Best Regional Universities in the South. While this is King's 22nd consecutive appearance in the annual publication, this is the College's first in the regional universities category.

We are delighted once again to be included in the U.S. News Best Colleges report, said LeAnn Hughes, vice president of marketing and development. Acknowledgement in the rankings this year as a Best Regional University is a tribute to King's overall mission of academic excellence, as well as applause for the individual attention we provide each student. King's continued growth and commitment to both students and community are well reflected in the transition to the regional universities ranking.

Inclusion on the U.S. News list is also a nice accompaniment to several other recent accomplishments, including King's recognition for the past eight 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 Hughes.

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 this 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.

King's placement represents a strong position within the rankings and places the College higher than ever before, 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 The Citadel, James Madison University, 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 Micah Crews, associate vice president of enrollment management. King now supports a dozen regional instructional locations serving metropolitan sections of the East Tenn., and Southwest Va., as well as rural, underserved areas where the only educational option has previously been an associate's degree. Each location allows King to amplify its mission and vision of academic excellence, stewardship, and cultural transformation.

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.