The King's College - Colleges of Distinction - Colleges of Distinction
The King’s College
The King’s College in New York City combines Christian conviction with a powerful core...

The King’s College

New York, New York

The King’s College is the only traditional liberal arts college of Christian identity in New York City. Its mission is to teach students to consider the world’s great questions in light of the truths of Christianity and a biblical worldview. King’s students become men and women of conviction, integrity, and competence who use their vocations to contend for truth, beauty, and goodness in the world’s great institutions.


Through nine dynamic majors and a core curriculum in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, King’s equips students to engage complex ideas with heart, mind, and soul. Students learn to think across disciplines and approach their chosen fields with the story of the world in mind. In the heart of New York City, they access unrivaled cultural resources and career and internship opportunities. King’s alumni work for leading names in every field, and start pioneering ventures of their own.


The King’s College does not have required chapel, but nurtures spiritual life through All-Campus Gatherings and The King’s Liturgy, a weekly devotional to accompany Scripture readings from the lectionaryas well as a student-led worship service called Refuge. Student life revolves around ten Houses named for historical figures whose virtues and achievements shaped the world, and around an Honor Code. Students pledge not to lie, cheat, or steal, or turn a blind eye to those who do. The King’s experience is not for the faint of heart, but it rather encourages bravery, commitment, and action.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
490 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
37% male 63% female
92% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
26 full-time faculty
34 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
95% of first year students live on campus
62% of all students live on campus

School Location

King’s is located at 56 Broadway in the heart of Lower Manhattan, steps away from numerous historic landmarks and prominent New York icons. All student residences are within a ten-minute walk of the campus, or on the Brooklyn waterfront, one subway stop away from campus on the 2/3 line.

High-Impact Practices

Read more about the importance of High-Impact Practices

First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses  
Collaborative Assignments and Projects  
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning  
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning  
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

66% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

45% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Black or African American 3%
White 58%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 22%


The King’s College offers men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer; women’s volleyball; and a club program in men’s rugby. The College’s athletic program participates in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC), and its national governing bodies are the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The College’s colors are navy and white, and its mascot is the Lions.

Other Information

Founded in 1938 as a school for Christian service, The King’s College is a four-year private, non-denominational Christian college for men and women. The College has been located in New York City since 1999 and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

More Distinctions

Common Intellectual Experiences

All King’s students complete a sequence of 19 core curriculum courses in addition to the courses in their chosen major. This core curriculum was inspired by Oxford University’s program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. The King’s PPE core is designed to familiarize all students with history, Christianity, Western philosophy, and the economic and political theories generated by these forces. This approach helps students understand that their academic and vocational choices go beyond the rat race for prestige common on many elite campuses, and are set within a larger narrative about the world’s triumphs and needs. It encourages them to think about their careers in light of their historical moment and personal convictions, and it creates a shared vocabulary, moral framework, and body of knowledge with which to do so.


In addition to the common core, King’s is home to a student-led initiative called Interregnum—an annual year-long, College-wide inquiry into a theme of abiding philosophical and public importance. Each summer, the entire student body reads a classic work of literature that reflects the year’s theme. In the spring, classes are cancelled for three days to hold academic competitions involving both serious and humorous speeches and debates, creative and academic writing, and art exhibitions. The experience is framed by an evening lecture on the theme, given by a distinguished visiting academic chosen by student organizers. Attendance at the lecture and participation in competitive events is required for graduation. Past themes have included Difficulty, Civilization, Avarice, Tradition, Mercy, Mortality, and Ambition. Readings have included The Pilgrim’s Progress, Treasure Island, and Macbeth. Interregnum is not simply a formal meditation on obscure or forgotten quibbles, but a real engagement with concerns that urge upon both the church and the world. The result is a lively and gregarious experience that refocuses the whole community on its mission. Interregnum has become a hallmark of the King’s experience.

Collaborative Assignments and Projects

The King’s College uses group projects to prepare students for real-world engagement and success. Students in Business Strategies participate in the annual international Capsim Foundation competition, where participants create a multi-million dollar business simulation and navigate real-time market effects in the areas of finance, marketing, product development, labor negotiations, and human resources. In five out of the past six years, King’s students have risen to the final round, and they took third place in 2017. Many other courses feature dynamic group assignments, such as in Principles of Cultural Interpretation, where groups of four students lead hour-long class sessions with their peers, or in the courses of Presidential Scholar Amity Shlaes, in which students debate each other throughout the semester in two-person teams on historical public policy issues.

Undergraduate Research

Senior King’s students who have achieved distinction in their academic records may elect to complete a research writing or creative project (normally a thesis) with a professor of their choice. Students serving as Faculty Assistants frequently contribute collaborative research to the scholarly pursuits of their faculty supervisors. A number of students have also, under the mentorship of faculty in and out of classes, published reviews and op-ed pieces in national media such as Christianity Today, National Review, and

Diversity and Global Learning

The International Ventures program at King’s offers students a series of short-term, summer, and semester-long experiences, some with academic credit and others for enrichment and service. Destinations typically include key European cities such as Paris, Florence, and Berlin; Israel (in partnership with Passages Israel); Australia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Uganda (in partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities); the Caribbean; and, for academically-qualified students, a semester at Oxford (in partnership with Summit Oxford). The college has taken ventures to Turkey and China, and is currently exploring additional possibilities in Asia, including Indonesia and Hong Kong.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater  
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

First-Year Seminars and Experiences

The distinctive core curriculum of The Kings College, built around interdisciplinary achievement in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (modeled after Oxford), creates a powerful, coherent experience for all King’s students from the moment they commence their studies. Students are also offered an optional accelerated course called Touchstone: Design Your Life at Kings. This course introduces students to the principles of design thinking, a process of creative discovery and problem-solving, and equips them with tips for using strengths in coursework and community life, and tools for self-awareness, self-management, and thriving in college and beyond. Finally, the House System provides a wide range of activities in social, spiritual, and academic formation that first-year students are drawn into immediately and deeply.

Writing-Intensive Courses

In accordance with the College’s mission, King’s students must be able to write well. They must meet deadlines; command a variety of tones, genres, and formats; and discern the right approach for their audiences. The College does not expect students to come ready-made as writers or to finish the difficult work of becoming a proficient writer in one class or a few courses. Instead, students progress through a curriculum that includes writing assignments in many courses. Within the PPE core alone, 84% of the courses require significant writing assignments, and in 37% of core courses, writing constitutes 30% or more of the final grade. When feasible and appropriate for course content, faculty members are encouraged not only to assign frequent writing exercises, but also to grade written assignments with as much emphasis on the quality of the students’ writing as on the intellectual substance of their papers. In such cases, they use the same evaluative criteria and six-part rubric used in the College’s formal writing classes.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts  
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical)  
Social science X

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 15 34 29 23 1 2 0 104

House System

All King’s students are assigned to one of ten Houses upon arrival at the College, where they remain throughout their four years. Houses are student-led fraternal bodies linked with dedicated faculty and staff advisers. Although Houses are not strictly residential, freshman students are normally assigned to live with other freshmen from the same House. The Houses are named after historical figures who exemplify personal courage in telling the truth about God and the world or making it a freer, safer, or more just place. Namesakes include Queen Elizabeth I, C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Corrie ten Boom, and Winston Churchill. Houses provide social space, spiritual encouragement, and academic support for students, while offering engagement and challenge in a series of competitions throughout the year.

House competitions include The Great Race (a team scavenger hunt designed to acquaint freshmen with New York City), a drama competition, GPA scores, a basketball tournament, and Interregnum (see above). Each draws on different competencies and underscores a different element of what it takes to be a well-rounded student.

Honor Code

“A student at The King’s College will not lie, cheat, or steal, or turn a blind eye to those who do.” So reads The King’s College Honor Code, which all new students are required to sign during New Student Orientation. The King’s community is not primarily organized around rules, although the student handbook does contain ground rules for academic and residence life based on an expectation of personal morality and law-abiding behavior. More than this, the King’s community seeks to live out a culture of honor—a culture that calls students to courage, self-governance, and concern for others.

Student Leadership

The Honor Code and student-led structure of the House System give student leaders at King’s a significant role in the emotional, disciplinary, and social administration of the student body. Rather than improvise in this role, they participate in a program called the Statesmanship Institute. This program builds on the classical ethos of the King’s curriculum to help student leaders integrate character, knowledge, and verbal skills in the context of leading the King’s community. Statesmanship training dwells on the philosophical tenets behind character development and equips student leaders with tools for successful entrepreneurship. The Statesmanship Institute also challenges students to grapple with and do what is good, right, and just in the context of community.

Fall Retreat

Every fall, the King’s community takes a Fall Retreat in the mountains of New York State. This tradition builds solidarity in the entire community, and underscores the importance of spiritual growth and renewal for, and not apart from, academics. Worship, keynote and breakout sessions, and free time for exploration and recreation structure the weekend. Faculty and staff participate regularly and engage students on equal footing.

Outside the Classroom

Although faculty, staff, and institutional organizations regularly bring speakers and events to campus, student organizations also play a major role in boosting the cultural life of the College. For example, The King’s Players produced and performed the first New York City showing of A Pound in Your Pocket by Broadway legend Charles Strouse. The Programming and Computer Science Club helps students develop digital literacy and provides a venue for interaction with the City’s expanding digital community. Two of its members won the grand prize in NYU’s 30-hour Bitcoin Hackathon competition. The King’s Debate Society competes at dozens of tournaments, hosts yearly scrimmages, and holds workshops. Since its founding in 2008, the Debate Society has gone from being completely unknown to becoming a well-respected program ranked fourth in the American Northeast. Entrepreneurship is alive and well at King’s, evident in a wide array of thriving student organizations, including Mock Trial, the Empire State Tribune newspaper and campus news station, The Troubadour literary magazine, King’s Image Films, and dance club The Kings of Swing.

Sound Body, Sound Mind

The College’s athletic program is served by a Student Athlete Advisory Committee, made up of students from various athletic programs who exhibit good moral and academic standing among their peers. This group communicates between the athletic program and the student body, in particular promoting an ethic of achievement and helping the whole community to celebrate and support outstanding athletes.


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Habits of Service

At King’s, it is not enough to have the right ideas and convictions; these beliefs must be tied to service. The College facilitates service through its City Engagement program, where each House volunteers throughout the academic year with a local organization serving various needs in New York City. The Houses and the Office of Student Development organize these partnerships collaboratively. Partner organizations include:

  • The Bowery Mission, an iconic New York City ministry providing meals, shelter for the homeless, and free medical care
  • Charity: water, a global organization bringing clean drinking water to the developing world
  • International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, and slavery
  • Restore, an organization dedicated to ending sex trafficking in New York City
  • Young Life, a ministry building authentic friendships with kids in various ways to share hope and the gospel
  • Cru High School, a high school and middle school ministry under Cru/Campus Crusade for Christ International, where staff love teenagers and connect them to Jesus
  • New York Gospel Mission, a church dedicated to advancing the gospel through ministry to the local community, especially food distribution
  • Avail, Manhattan’s only crisis pregnancy center


Annually at the start of the spring semester, the College also observes the King’s Day of Service. This event brings students, faculty, and staff out of cubicle and classroom into the City to assist the efforts of local charities and strengthen a culture of service.

Vocational and Career Development

As students look ahead to their careers, they receive unparalleled opportunities in the heart of New York City. In addition to this, the College’s Office of Vocational and Career Development (OVCD) goes far beyond the basic services of résumé writing and mock interviewing. OVCD’s goal is not simply to set students up with jobs and send them on their way; its mission is to prepare and equip students for meaningful vocations and careers that manifest the honor, professional skills, and intellectual facility they develop at the College. Students gain tools and insights from caring faculty in order to develop a plan that suits their individual, long-term career goals. King’s students have access to the latest knowledge in design thinking and the benefits of an extensive network of Christians who are leading the charge to reintegrate faith and work and redevelop the doctrine of vocation for all areas of modern life.

Senior Experiences

Senior students in Business, Finance, PPE, Philosophy and Humanities may all elect to complete a Senior Thesis, while Media, Culture, and the Arts (MCA) and English majors are required to do so. Religious and Theological Studies (RTS) majors complete two semesters of Senior Internship/Practicum placement. Students in Journalism, Culture and Society (JCS) must complete a Journalism Internship for one semester (three credits). Seniors with especially high academic achievement may petition to work with the professor of their choice on an advanced topic.


Admissions Fall 2015

2,529 Total Applicants
1,001 Total Admissions
150 Total Freshmen Enrollment

39.58% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admissions? Yes
Priority Date: Nov 15 

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities

Application Essay
Religious affiliation/commitment
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 550 660
SAT Math 520 590
SAT Writing 530  640 
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 21 26
ACT English 24 31
ACT Writing    

Admissions Info

The best way to learn more about King’s is to visit. Inviso weekends, which include a Broadway show and dinner in Times Square, are dedicated times for prospective students and their parents to tour the King’s campus and New York City. They are best way to experience what makes The King’s College stand alone in higher education.

King’s has a rolling admission policy and offers Dual Enrollment, online courses, and a New York City Semester, in addition to traditional full-time studies. All interested students are encouraged to apply and visit early for optimal financial aid access.


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $33,870
Fees $450
Total $34,320
Room only  $13,650
Estimated Total On Campus $47,970


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015 Final

$24,110 First year students
$21,783 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 Final

67% on average, the percentage of need that was met
10% of financial need students that had need fully met

$21,783 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$3,235 Average need-based loan


The King’s College offers several merit-based scholarships and accepts government aid, including state and federal grants. Additional by-application scholarships include the Founder’s Scholarship—a full tuition scholarship awarded through a two-tier competition involving an essay and an in-person presentation—the Leadership Scholarship, the King’s Debate Society Scholarship, the NYC Metro Scholarship, and the Church Matching Scholarship Program. The King’s College also accepts VA benefits and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Cyrus Learns a Lesson on Justice: A Mini Lecture

Dr. David Innes, Associate Professor of Politics and Chair of the Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at The King’s College, gives a “mini-lecture” in which Cyrus the Great, as a boy, gets a lesson...

Politics Has Failed: America Will Not

Scott Rasmussen—the president of Rasmussen Media Group, founder of Rasmussen Reports, co-founder of ESPN, syndicated columnist, and public speaker—has been named a Senior Fellow for the Study of Self-Governance at The King’s College. On Monday,...

Get a free sample of the Colleges of Distinction 2017 guidebook!

Subscribe to receive a free sample of the Colleges of Distinction 2017 guidebook with:

– Must-Read Advice

– College Checklist

– 330+ School Profiles

Plus, we'll send you 3 critical checklists for college-bound students!

You have Successfully Subscribed!