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King University Ranked as Best Bang for the Buck in the South

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 23, 2018 – King University has been ranked as a Best Bang for the Buck University in the South by Washington Monthly, an independent magazine founded in 1969. Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck rankings is an exclusive list of schools to help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

“We are pleased to be named as a best value institution by Washington Monthly,” said Matt Roberts, Ed.D., vice president for Academic Affairs at King. “King University has a long-held tradition of offering top quality Christian educational experiences for students at affordable rates. Ninety-eight percent of all King students receive the benefit of financial aid.”

King University ranked #34 out of 199 Southern colleges and universities for the best value for the money.

Robert Kelchen is an assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Education Leadership, Management, and Policy at Seton Hall University. In an article he penned for the Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck rankings, he said, “Here at the Washington Monthly, we’re thrilled to see more national attention on the topic of social mobility. Since 2012, we’ve ranked America’s four-year colleges and universities based on their ‘bang for the buck’—that is, the extent to which they charge students who aren’t rich a reasonable price for quality education that will advance them in their careers.

“Last year, we made major changes to the rankings methodology to incorporate new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which will likely continue to be updated under the Trump administration with useful information on earnings, student loan repayment rates, and the percentage of first-generation students, among a host of other factors,” added Kelchen.

Additionally, Washington Monthly ranked King Universities among the best in the nation for its master’s degree programs.

“King offers master’s degree programs in Business Administration, Nursing, and Education,” said Roberts. “A strong classical instruction combined with the liberal arts and hands-on experience where possible provides King students with the knowledge and capability to enter the workforce highly prepared.”

King University is recognized as a “Best Regional Universities” in the South by U.S. News and World Report; this year’s ranking is King’s 28th consecutive appearance in the annual publication and recognition for the past 14 years as a “Best College in the Southeast” by the Princeton Review.

Contact King University’s Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014,, or visit for additional information on King University.


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.