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King University Reports Increase in Enrollment for 16th Straight Year

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 10, 2015 – King University’s campuses are bustling with students once again. The numbers are in, and King University is celebrating another year of record enrollment. This marks the 16th consecutive year the University has achieved record enrollment.

King’s total student body now stands at 2,920 for fall 2015. This is the first time in the University’s 148-year history enrollment surpassed 2,900 students, and follows King’s two largest graduating classes during fall 2014 and spring 2015.

“The achievement of 16 years of record-breaking enrollment is a direct reflection of the King University community coming together to show that the University’s traditions of Christian-based quality programs are flourishing,” states Richard A. Ray, PhD, interim president of King University. “We are excited to reach this milestone and welcome each and every student with open arms into the King family.”

“The University’s commitment to providing quality Christian impacted opportunities for students, which are grounded in the liberal arts, is evident in every program and department at the University, from the admissions process, which is designed to ensure accessibility and affordability, to the classroom, as well as with the arts and athletics programs,” adds Dr. Ray. 

Micah Crews, vice president for Enrollment Management at King says, “We are pleased to have achieved another year of increased enrollment. During a year when many college freshmen throughout the state of Tennessee have chosen to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise scholarship, we knew it would be a bit more challenging to both sustain and increase enrollment numbers. This accomplishment is a testimony to the reputation of our institution, the rigor of our programs, and the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff. ”

Traditional students at King’s main campus in Bristol have more than 90 majors and minors from which to choose.

“Interwoven into the fabric of a King education is the University’s mission to build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ,” states Dr. Matt Roberts, vice president for Academic Affairs at King University. “In addition to the impactful educational experiences students gain in the classroom, King also offers numerous opportunities for traditional students in areas of research, the arts, and athletics, as well as a multitude of service opportunities.”

The University’s Graduate & Professional Studies and Online Programs (GPS) serving the adult learner population have seen increases. King has seen a four percent increase in the number of graduate, professional, and online students compared to fall 2014. King offers 13 GPS degree programs, including four graduate degrees, at four campuses and 10 additional instructional locations across Southwest Virginia and Tennessee. King also offers 17 online degree programs that provide students an educational experience rich in tradition and excellence anywhere they may be located.

In addition to record enrollment, for the 25th 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 12th consecutive year, as well as the sixth 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®.


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-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 sports. For more information about King University, visit 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 on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.