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The King’s College
The King’s College is a Christian liberal arts college in New York City that...

The King’s College

New York, New York

The King’s College is a Christian liberal arts college in New York City. It seeks students who desire to engage the world and transform society through principled leadership grounded in biblical truth. King’s students become men and women of integrity and competence, well prepared for rewarding careers.


King’s academic philosophy equips students to engage with complex ideas across disciplines, approaching their chosen fields with a greater context in mind. In the heart of New York City, they have unrivaled access to cultural resources and career and internship opportunities. King’s alumni work for leading names in every field and even start pioneering ventures of their own.


King’s is a close-knit community. Each student is placed in one of ten Houses that are the heart of student life and the foundation of the greater community. Faculty know their students by name and are invested in their long-term academic, personal, and professional development. King’s does not have required chapel, but students are nevertheless encouraged to participate in one of the many vibrant churches in New York City as well as in Refuge, a student-led worship service.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
513 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
38% male — 62% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
27 full-time faculty
17 part-time faculty
15 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 Manhattan’s Financial District, steps away from numerous historic landmarks and prominent New York icons. Students live in luxury Manhattan high-rise apartments within a ten-minute walk of campus.

High-Impact Practices

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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, 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.

Common Intellectual Experiences

All King’s students complete a core curriculum 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 core is designed to familiarize all students with history, Christianity, Western philosophy, and the economic and political theories generated by these forces. The addition of the core to a student’s chosen field of study helps develop the critical thinking and communications skills they need to succeed whether they are writing scripts, arguing court cases, or working on Wall Street.


One of King’s most unique traditions is Interregnum—a three-day event in April. The entire school gathers for competitions in speech and debate, performing arts, visual arts, academic and creative writing, and more. These three days are the culmination of a yearlong study of a theme that is established the preceding summer—previous themes have included Compassion, Mortality, and Ambition. The entire school participates, giving students the opportunity to use their unique talents and help their House win.

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 in which 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 against hundreds of competitors from around the world. Many other courses feature dynamic group assignments, such as in Principles of Cultural Interpretation, in which 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 with each other on historical public policy issues.

Undergraduate Research

Seniors who achieve academic distinction may choose to complete a research writing or creative project 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; Indonesia; 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).

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

First-year students are 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, equipping them with tips to use their strengths in both coursework and community life as well as tools for self-awareness, self-management, and thriving in college and beyond. Additionally, the House System provides an immediate community for all students with wide range of activities that connect them to their Housemates and the broader King’s community.

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. Writing courses are capped at seventeen students so that each one can receive individual feedback and guidance on their writing skills. Knowing that a few writing courses is not enough to develop excellent writers, the College incorporates writing assignments into the majority of its courses. Within the core alone, 84% of the courses require significant writing assignments. And, when it’s appropriate for course content, faculty members assign frequent writing exercises and grade written assignments with as much emphasis on the quality of the students’ writing as on the substance of their papers.

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 placed in one of ten Houses upon arrival at the College at which they remain throughout their four years. These Houses are student-led with guidance from dedicated faculty and staff advisers. Each House has a namesake who once embodied the ideals of The King’s College and transformed society through principled leadership such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Susan B. Anthony, Sir Winston Churchill, and Sojourner Truth. Houses provide social space, spiritual encouragement, and academic support for students.

Each year, the Houses compete against one another for the coveted House Cup. These competitions include The Great Race (a massive scavenger hunt through New York City), a drama competition, a basketball tournament, and the Interregnum event in April.

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 sign during New Student Orientation. King’s does not dictate an exhaustive list of rules, but rather expects students to develop character and pursue honor in their academic, personal, and professional lives.

Student Leadership

The Honor Code, as well as 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 King’s curriculum to help student leaders integrate character, knowledge, and verbal skills in the context of leading the King’s community. Statesmanship training explores character development while equipping 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 year, at the start of the fall semester, King’s faculty, staff, and students take a Fall Retreat to the mountains of New York State. This tradition brings the entire campus together in worship, laughter, competition, teaching, and community. Fall Retreat is the perfect start to the year, as it gives students the chance to form friendships and interact with faculty and staff outside of school.

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 even 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 College’s Debate Society has gone from being completely unknown to becoming a well-respected program ranked fourth in the American Northeast and as high as twenty-fifth in the world. Entrepreneurship is also 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 Cinema Society, and The Kings of Swing dance club.

Sound Body, Sound Mind

The College’s athletic program is served by a Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is 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, promoting in particular an ethic of achievement and helping the whole community 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. Each House volunteers throughout the year alongside a local organization to serve various needs in New York City. The Houses and the Office of Student Development collaborate to organize such partnerships as:

  • 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 mentor 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


At the start of the spring semester, the College also observes the King’s Day of Service. This event brings together students, faculty, and staff to assist the efforts of local charities and strengthen a culture of service.

Internships & Career Development

Internships provide practical on-the-job experience that complements classroom learning. King’s location in New York City provides students access to the most sought-after internships at top firms in every industry, such as JP Morgan, the United Nations, and Vogue. 88% of King’s students complete at least one internship before graduating, thanks to the Office of Career Development, which supports students throughout their college years and goes far beyond the basic services of résumé writing and mock interviewing. Students work with faculty to develop a plan that suits their individual, long-term career goals. With a strong alumni network in the City and an extended network of friends of the College, students can connect with people in the industries that interest them to learn more about careers and find job opportunities.

98% of the Class of 2016 was employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. King’s alumni can be found in Hamilton: An American Musical, Goldman Sachs, the United Nations, and Louis Vuitton, as well as enrolled in graduate programs at Harvard Law School, Columbia University, and the London School of Economics.

Senior Experiences

Senior students in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; Business; Finance; Philosophy; and Humanities may all elect to complete a Senior Thesis or Project, while Media, Culture, and the Arts and English majors are required to do so. Religious and Theological Studies majors complete two semesters of Senior Internship/Practicum placement, and students in Journalism, Culture, and Society must complete a Journalism Internship.


Admissions Fall 2015

2,529 Total Applicants 
1,001 Total Admissions 
150 Total Freshman 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

Freshman 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 visit weekends are the most comprehensive visit experience for prospective families. At Inviso, prospective families meet faculty, students, and alumni, and even get to see a Broadway show.

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 $32,870
Fees $400
Total $3,270
Room and Board (on campus) 13,000
Estimated Total On Campus $46,270


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 scholarships include the Founder’s Scholarship—a full tuition scholarship awarded through a speech and essay competition—and the Leadership Scholarship. The King’s College also accepts VA benefits and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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