King College was established as a comprehensive Presbyterian university in 1867. Today, the campus sprawls across one 135-acre wooded-community located in two states; Bristol, Virginia, on the north side of State Street, and Bristol, Tennessee, on the south side in the Smoky Mountain foothills.
King College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission. Consistently ranked on the U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best colleges and a “Best Value” in regional liberal arts colleges in the South, King has also earned a spot in The Princeton Review as a “Best in the Southeast” college. The U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) also named King College to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to bettering the community through community service and service learning.
In addition to the 80 academic programs offered on campus, King College offers a number of online degrees including an online Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN). Online students have access to a virtual library and a flexible, accelerated format of online learning. Courses are structured according to the demands of the major including both peer-to-peer interaction as well as cohort and community-based learning.
The Online Writing Lab and the Speaking Center offer tutoring services and learning resources for students to improve their written and verbal communication skills. Financial aid is available on a need-basis through the FAFSA, and special tuition rates are available to the military and veterans. There are numerous merit-based scholarships and grants available to students with demonstrated academic or extracurricular achievement.
There are 26 student clubs and organizations on the King college campus. Among the most popular organizations on campus are the college’s intercollegiate and intramural sports programs including baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, swimming/diving, tennis and bowling. A significant portion of King students also travel every year to study abroad for mission trips as well as class and community service projects. King aims to create a tight-knit community of learners and sponsors events to enable networking and connections — every year the freshman class visits Washington D.C. together to visit government buildings and monuments.
Students are well-received in the workforce, with an average of 85 percent of King graduates successfully finding employment within their field six months after graduation. Many also go on to seek a graduate degree, and over 80 percent are admitted to their first choice schools.
King College is well known for the diversity and quality of its academics and its graduates. Interested students can learn more about the the school’s Christian-based curriculum and the strength of its alumni network here.