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About King University

Founded in 1867, King University (originally King College) is a Presbyterian-affiliated Christian academic community dedicated to the integration of rigorous academic programming and the exploration of faith.

The University establishes students in a robust liberal arts foundation and offers specialization in a contemporary range of undergraduate degrees. These include Nursing, Security and Intelligence Studies, Exercise Science, and Digital Media Art & Design, as well as more traditional majors such as Mathematics, History and Political science, English, Biology, and more.

Undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in a variety of real-world economic and scientific research opportunities, and to interact with prominent voices examining the intersection of faith and culture. On-campus and online learning programs are available, plus a dual degree program in Engineering. Graduate and Professional offerings include master’s degrees in nursing, business and education, and a doctoral degree in nursing practice.

The value of the school’s educational environment has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, which has named King a Best Regional University in the South for nearly 30 consecutive years. King has also been recognized by the Brookings Institution, which in 2016 ranked the University third in Tennessee for preparing students for high-paying careers.

King’s main campus resides on 135 scenic acres in Bristol, Tennessee. University-centered athletic opportunities include membership on one of 28 teams competing in the NCAA Division II and Conference Carolinas, or participation in on-campus leagues and groups sponsored by King’s Student Life group. Additionally, Bristol is officially recognized as the Birthplace of Country Music, and the Tri-Cities area features a wealth of live music, including the nationally known Rhythm and Roots Reunion weekend festival. Students can also enjoy concerts, races, and sporting events at nearby Bristol Motor Speedway, along with outdoor pursuits, such as hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, and exploring the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.

King University has five academic schools of learning:

College of Arts and Sciences including the Peeke School of Christian Mission

School of Business, Economics, and Technology

School of Education

School of Nursing

School of Health and Professional Sciences

About Bristol

Bristol, Tennessee, the twin city of Bristol, Virginia. One community in two states: Bristol, Virginia, on the north side of State Street and Bristol, Tennessee, on the south side nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

Both Bristols are part of the Tri-Cities metropolitan area with a total population of nearly 450,000. Bristol is known as the “Birthplace of Country Music.” It’s also home of the Bristol Motor Speedway, which attracts thousands of people to the area each year for NASCAR races on the world’s fastest half-mile track.

In addition to auto racing, you’ll find plenty of recreational entertainment, dining and shopping options in the area. For example you might:

  • Explore the winding paths and breathtaking scenery of Bristol Caverns.
  • Shop the specialty stores and coffeehouses along State Street.
  • Absorb some culture at The Paramount Center of the Arts, Theater Bristol, and Viking Hall Civic Center, offering everything from rock concerts to ballet.


About Our Campus

135 wooded acres and Georgian-style architecture buildings provide a quiet, beautiful learning environment that’s just two minutes away from bustling downtown Bristol.

The King Board of Trustees has controlling ownership and interest in the school.