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King University and Pellissippi State Community College Announce Dual Admission Agreement

October 31, 2018

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 31, 2018 — King University and Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC) announced a new program agreement today that will simplify student transition between the two institutions by providing qualifying PSCC students with dual admission and guaranteed acceptance to King.

King President Alexander W. Whitaker IV and Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr., Ph.D., signed the agreement during a news conference in the J.L. Goins Administration Building on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. The collaboration offers students the advantage of a structured approach for completion of an associate’s degree at PSCC, followed by pursuit of a bachelor’s degree through enrollment at King.

“We are dedicated to expanding access to higher education for students throughout our region,” Whitaker said. “Research shows that students who complete an associate’s degree are more likely to be successful in attaining a baccalaureate degree, and we are pleased to partner with Pellissippi State to offer a clear path for Knoxville-area students to pursue a four-year degree at King.”

Students enrolled in the dual admission program will:

  • benefit from a strongly supportive learning environment while at PSCC;
  • work jointly with academic advisors at both institutions to determine course selections, based on the associate degrees they are pursuing and their academic programs of choice at King; and
  • receive a guided transition to King, culminating in a lower-cost bachelor’s degree from the University.

“Pellissippi State is committed to building pathways that help students take the next step in their educational journey,” Wise said. “This agreement is an excellent opportunity that helps students become familiar with advisors at both schools, and create and engage in a plan to achieve a bachelor’s degree in a streamlined and affordable manner.”

As part of the agreement, PSCC will accept appropriate student credits earned at King, which will be applied toward their associate’s degree. Acceptance to King will be provided as early as the beginning of the third semester of enrollment at PSCC, and students will be able to register during King’s earliest registration event during the semester in which they will be graduating.

In an added convenience to students, PSCC and King host campus locations that are adjacent to each other. King University’s Hardin Valley campus is located across the street from PSCC’s main campus at 10950 Spring Bluff Way, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37932.

For more information about the dual admission program, contact King’s Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or

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, click here. 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 in Virginia. King’s primary location in Virginia is Southwest Virginia Community College, 724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.