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High School Students Invited to Open House at King University March 5

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2016 – High school students can experience campus life on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at King University’s Open House event. The open house offers students and their families the opportunity to visit King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn., and talk with King representatives about the admissions process, financial aid, student life, degree programs, and more.

“This Open House allows students and families to experience college life for the first time,” said Tom VerDow, director of undergraduate recruitment. “High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are thinking far beyond their school walls to determine their collegiate path. This event provides them with a chance not only to experience college life but also to gain an understanding of the academic foundations of King, the support they would receive from our faculty and staff, and the welcoming nature of the King community. The Open House is an invaluable opportunity for a first-hand look at life as a King student.”

The Open House registration period, which includes refreshments, will begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 10 a.m. Following a 10 a.m. welcome by King University Interim President, Richard A. Ray, Ph.D., student and parent tracks begin at 10:15 a.m. Participants will break into separate student and parent information sessions on choosing the right college, making the transition from high school to college, and admissions sessions with checklists for the student’s high school sophomore and junior years. Q & A panels with current King students discussing their college selection process will also be available. Throughout the day, participants will interact with faculty, staff, and current students. Representatives will also be present to offer guidance on the admissions and financial aid process. 

The day includes lunch in the King dining hall and campus tours. Activities will conclude at approximately 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided for students and up to two guests. 

“The factors that both students and parents must consider when choosing a college are innumerable,” said VerDow. “The atmosphere and personality of a campus are important elements in this search. The best way to truly know if a college is the right one is for students and parents to experience it personally.”

Students interested in attending the Open House event should contact King’s Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or register online at


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.