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Money Magazine Ranks King as One of America’s Best Colleges

July 12, 2023
Ryan Johnson art for Money Magazine

Methodology is based on affordability, financial stability, student debt and earning potential


BRISTOL, Tenn., July 12, 2023 – Money Magazine has listed King University as one of only nine schools in Tennessee to be ranked a Best College of America for 2023.

The scorecard evaluates institutions on multiple data points including amount of financial aid awarded, access to faculty, financial soundness, student debt and graduate success. King was awarded a 4.0 out of a possible 5.0 score, ranking alongside the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Sewanee, and Rhodes College. On the other side of the state line, the nearest university to be included was Virginia Tech, making King the standout in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

“We’re grateful that our academic environment is being recognized and included among a peer group of institutions with far greater resources,” said Alexander Whitaker, president of King. “We work very hard to provide rigorous academic programs in a supportive, private Christian environment, all at the same cost or less than state institutions. It’s gratifying to see that our graduates are entering the workforce with a lower amount of debt and higher earning potential as a result of their choosing King.”

Nationwide, only 736 schools out of more than 2,400 candidates made the cut.

King’s statistics can be viewed here.