King University is a Presbyterian, 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 the 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 school as well as a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity athletic teams. For more information about King University, visit www.king.edu.
Get to know King University
There are a few givens of college life. Students will study. They will learn. They will play. They will meet people who can change their lives. At King University, they will also grow—as students, certainly, but perhaps more importantly, as people.
A great education prepares students for a successful future. Many colleges promise just that, alone. The difference lies in how one gets from point A to point Z. At King University, students’ journeys are filled with new experiences to challenge (and even change) the way they view themselves and the world. They go beyond the usual and learn in an environment that encourages exploration, gaining real-world experience through a wide range of hands-on learning experiences to supplement classroom theory.
SERVICE LEARNING ABROAD
Students can explore the world with a broad range of travel opportunities, both domestic and foreign, even during their first year. A significant portion of students broaden their education and world-view through study abroad, mission, and community service trips to locations such as New York, Atlanta, Italy, Israel, Costa Rica, Mexico, Malaysia, or Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa.
Creative talents are supported through majors in music, music education, digital media art and design (photography, videography, graphic design), and theatre. Participants might get the chance to perform at Carnegie Hall; travel to Scotland, England, or even Greece for performances; or head down to the “World’s Fastest Half Mile” to take photos of NASCAR legends at Bristol Motor Speedway. Even if one is not majoring in the arts, they have the opportunity to participate in music and theatre productions.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 6%
White, non-Hispanic: 81%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 5%
Mark Twain once said, “Knowledge without experience is just information.” King University takes that sentiment very seriously. The King community believes that learning happens when one goes looking for answers. Everything about King is geared to a journey of learning.
CLOSE FACULTY RELATIONSHIPS
Students navigate the college maze with the help of professors who are knowledgeable in their fields and innovative in their approaches to education. More than 67 percent of King professors hold doctorates from the finest colleges and universities in the world. They are a dedicated group, holding high distinctions in their respective fields. They each have exceptional professional—as well as personal—experiences to share.
King’s faculty-student ratio of 14:1 provides students with easily accessible professors in small class settings. This provides students with the personalized attention necessary for success. Students will also have a student liaison, a major advisor, and career services staff to offer them guidance along the way.
Students are guaranteed to participate in stimulating classes led by people who will fully engage their minds. Whenever possible, King faculty involve their students in exciting, forward-thinking research activities. Examples of research opportunities have included:
- Studying the solar orbits of asteroids and star clusters of astrophysical interest.
- Engaging in frontline research on the effect of pesticides on human biology.
- Mapping the growth and life cycle of algae and other single-celled organisms in local wetlands.
The Core curriculum at King is the academic foundation for the students’ Quest. It gives students the skills, ideas, and knowledge they need to pursue their major and minor programs with confidence and good judgment. The Core, expressing King’s values through the early exploration of the arts and sciences and a cross-cultural experience, helps King students understand their responsibilities to learn and serve. The Core’s global emphasis, and the fact that senior faculty teach most courses, give advantages for King students in the job market and in graduate school. The required 40 hours of general education represent one-third of the hours necessary for graduation.
Students at King describe their college environment with words like welcoming, peaceful, unique, fun, and extraordinarily friendly. King students love getting out and getting involved. Whether that be through a camping outing, snowboarding in the mountains, performing during open mic “unplugged” sessions and karaoke competitions, or “working the race” at a major NASCAR event, there are many ways to be involved at King.
King’s campus is situated on 135 wooded acres with Georgian-style architecture buildings providing a quiet, beautiful learning environment just two minutes away from bustling downtown Bristol. Bristol is known as the “Birthplace of Country Music.” It is also home to the Bristol Motor Speedway, the world’s fastest half-mile track, where thousands attend NASCAR races every year.
Within an easy driving distance of campus, there is plenty to do. The area offers kayaking and canoeing, hiking trails and rock climbing, live music, concerts, festivals, and professional theatre productions at The Paramount Center for the Arts.
Students can join theatre productions, express their musical talents with one of the many choirs and bands on campus, or participate in the many intramural athletic competitions taking place throughout the academic year. Social circles expands within a close-knit community where people greet each other by first name—students, faculty, and staff alike. There are many ways to meet new people through King’s Launch events for new students as well as a variety of SLACK (Student Life and Activities Committee at King) events. Anyone can become engaged through student clubs and organizations, service fraternity, leadership programs, community service, and student government, as well as a wide range of off-campus activities—all within driving distance of campus.
KING UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR FAITH AND CULTURE
Through its thought-provoking lecture series, the King University Institute for Faith and Culture aims to address issues of faith engaging culture not only for the King community but for audiences throughout the region as well. The Institute offers opportunities for focused consideration and reflection. Each year, the Institute welcomes a authors, artists, musicians, scholars, philosophers, historians, and others to interact with a regional and national audience. One notable highlight of the lecture series is a moving and enlightening lecture from a survivor of the Holocaust.
Students are encouraged to examine their own beliefs and those of others in a welcoming, supportive environment. The spiritual traditions of other students melt together and thrive in a liberating atmosphere that supports personal expressions of faith. Opportunities abound with chapel, a convocation series through the King University Institute for Faith and Culture, and service projects.
Active, positive competition is a valuable experience that instructs in many areas of life and, at King, the students have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of competitive and structured team sports. With more than 400 student-athletes, the athletic program is an important part of the King campus community.
The Tornado, the name of King’s athletic teams, offers more sports than most schools its size. Students have the opportunity to compete with or cheer for the Tornado along with the University’s mascot, Twister, in the 68,000 square-foot, state of the art Student Center Complex, which seats 1,200 people in its arena. King is a member of NCAA Division II and Conference Carolinas. King’s athletic colors are navy and scarlet red.
Sports Programs: Baseball, Softball, Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Men’s & Women’s Cross Country, Men’s & Women’s Cycling, Men’s & Women’s Golf, Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving, Men’s & Women’s Tennis, Men’s & Women’s Track & Field, Men’s & Women’s Volleyball, Men’s & Women’s Wrestling, Acrobatics & Tumbling, Cheerleading, and Dance.
King University’s athletic programs have been ranked 1st among the top 50 Christian college athletic programs in the nation by TheologyDegrees.com.
King graduates are recognizable by their success. They have become distinguished scientists, nurses, business leaders, physicians, college professors, lawyers, and more. They are venturing out into the world, into places like the UrbanPromise in Camden, N.J., and bringing change to their community.
King’s Career Services program offers a unique experience for students, integrating career identification with educational programs best designed to meet those goals. King graduates stand out when they begin looking for employment, having gone through a robust job and internship identification process. They are prepared to make meaning and significant contributions to their communities through their vocation after they complete their degrees.
At King, the University’s goal is to prepare students for life after college, whether it be a career or graduate school. King offers numerous opportunities for hands-on learning to better prepare students for whatever the future holds. Ninety-two percent of recent graduates were either employed or in graduate school six months after graduation, according to recent survey respondents.
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Visiting King’s beautiful 135-acre campus and clearly shows why King University has been recognized as a “Best in the Southeast” college. At King, visitors are always welcome! Whether one is a prospective student, alum, friend of the university, or relative of a current student, King faculty, staff, and students welcome them to campus.
King’s Office of Admissions arranges several visit days throughout the year for prospective students and their families including King for a Day and Access King events. King offers a personalized campus tour led by the University’s admissions representatives or current King students. To schedule a visit to King’s main campus or one of the many locations throughout East Tennessee or Southwest Virginia, contact the university’s Office of Admissions at (800) 362-0014, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit admissions.king.edu.