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Experience D.C.

Each Fall the freshman class at King University travels together to Washington, DC, for an experiential learning trip we call Experience DC. We have been doing this trip for almost 20 years. However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Experience DC 2020.

As of now, many of the most-frequently visited sites in Washington, places like the Capitol Visitor’s Center, Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution museums and zoo, remain closed. Further, social distancing and disease prevention measures would severely limit what we would be able to do in the city. It is impossible to know what the situation will be like in late September, which makes attempting to plan for our trip nearly impossible. And, we do not want to potentially jeopardize your health and well-being or provide you with a subpar experience in DC.

However, we do want you to have Experience DC as a part of your King experience, if at all possible. Therefore, we are planning to allow you, the incoming class of 2020, to join with the incoming class of 2021 in Experience DC 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact your Admissions Counselor. We look forward to your arrival to campus in August.


Mark your calendar now for the freshmen class trip to Washington D.C. You’ll explore the nation’s capital city during your first month as a King University student.

But, it won’t be the typical sight-seeing tour. Faculty and staff members will challenge you to study historical sites and cultural implications through a variety of lenses, and you’ll tackle thought-provoking questions when you return to the classroom. Tracks are developed around your potential college majors and interests so you’ll gain insight into your possible career choices. You’ll also be exposed to numerous career and vocational options with different fields of study. Faculty and staff members will integrate discussions and debates while you experience the Washington D.C. sites.

Previous tracks have included an art study at the National Gallery of Art; discussions of the Human Genome project at the Smithsonian Institute; learning about the media and observing an international news-gathering operation in action at NPR headquarters, and responding to human suffering at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. You’ll also explore our national landmarks, memorials and museums. You’ll also enjoy the city’s many cultural experiences such as visiting the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts or seeing the monuments by night.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 423.652.4740, 800-769-KING, or

Experience DC is an integral part of the King University First Year Experience program/course. All students enrolled in KING 1000: First Year Seminar are expected to participate and will be excused from other classes, athletic competitions, and events for the trip. Students who work off-campus are expected to make arrangements with their employer to allow participation in the trip.

Only those students enrolled in KING 1000 are eligible to participate in Experience DC. 

All participating students are required to make a $75 deposit to secure their spot. This is the only cost to the student.