From the School

Located in Bristol, Tenn., King College is a private, comprehensive college founded in the Presbyterian tradition. Founded in 1867, King offers more than 80 majors, minors, concentrations and pre-professional programs.

Overall

From The School

King College uses a rolling admissions process, and admissions decisions are usually made within a few weeks of receiving a student’s completed application. The application fee is waived for students who apply online, and students are encouraged to visit www.king.edu/apply to submit their application. King College requires that high school graduates who are seeking admission as first-time freshmen must have satisfactorily completed at least 16 academic units at high school level. Coursework should include the following minimum requirements: four units of English; two units of algebra (algebra I and II) and one unit of geometry; two units of a foreign language; two units of history and social studies; one unit of natural sciences; and four other academic electives. Students should also have a 2.6 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and an ACT score of 19 or SAT score of 890. Students who do not meet these requirements may be conditionally accepted with permission from the Admissions Committee. If you’ve participated in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board, and you’ve achieved a grade of three (3), you will receive advance placement in the appropriate subject areas without college credit. If you scored a four (4) or five (5), you’ll be granted college credit. If you’ve participated in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board, you may receive college credit for corresponding courses taught at King College. Contact the registrar for additional information. Students enrolled in the college are granted exemption from basic courses when their level of preparation enables then to progress to more advanced courses. This is particularly true in foreign languages, mathematics and English. Interested students should inquire of the of the appropriate academic division chairperson for more information. Most freshmen and transfer students will be asked to complete tests used for placement into appropriate course. King College recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma. King will grant a maximum of 8 semester hours of credit for scores of 5, 6, and 7 on each of the IB Higher Level examinations. The amount of credit awarded will be decided by the Registrar in conference with the Dean of Faculty. The maximum number of credit hours awarded for IB is 30.

Overview

Applicants
1,090
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.37

GPA Breakdown

29%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
440 - 540
SAT Math
450 - 560
SAT Writing
415 - 520
ACT Composite
19 - 24

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

King College is structured on a university model with five schools and offers students a choice of more than 80 majors, minors, concentrations, and pre-professional programs that prepare them for “hot” career fields like forensic science, neuroscience, nursing, online media and marketing, technical and professional communication, and biobusiness. First-year students at King will participate in an integrated and innovative program called The Quest, which incorporates readings, discussions, and even a class trip to Washington, D.C., to open their minds to new knowledge. At King we believe students should broaden their knowledge of other cultures by experiencing them, rather than just reading about them in a book. That’s why our students have plentiful opportunities to see the world through a wide range of domestic and international travel programs extending from China to Ireland, which available as early as your first semester. If intellectual challenge is especially important to you, you’ll want to be a part of the Jack E. Snider Center for Honors. As a member of the honors program, you’ll engage in special opportunities that include meeting with faculty members and outside guests who demonstrate a passionate commitment to students, examining ideas from a variety of academic disciplines during the honors seminar (often over coffee and dessert!), participating in selected courses that stimulate thinking and allow for creative response, and much more. Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher and who have scored at least a 28 ACT or 1260 SAT are invited to participate in the program. For more information about the Jack E. Snider Center for Honors, contact the Office of Admissions at 1.800.362.0014 or admissions@king.edu.

Majors and Degrees Offered

King College offers bachelor degree programs in more than 80 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, computer science, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, education, humanities, and pharmaceutical science. Bachelor and master’s degrees are also offered in business administration, nursing, education, and chemistry through King’s Graduate and Professional Studies program.

Students Say

King College is known for "providing an education of excellence and leadership based in the Christian faith." The college has an "outstanding reputation in the area for nursing school education" and a "very rigorous science department." King offers "a fantastic program for working adults" and "is dedicated to serving a range of students from those who just graduated high school to those who are coming back 20 years later." Students say King "is a liberal arts college, which provides students with a well rounded education," and a senior adds, "I feel like I am a person at King not a number like at a huge university." Students rave about the "small environment," which guarantees "more one-on-one time with professors" who provide a "well-rounded education founded on Christian principles." While some feel "professors vary," they are generally held to be "personable and caring," and students say they "really want you to learn and understand the material," and it's clear that they "make an effort to personalize class."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
212
with Terminal Degree
93

112
Women
100
Men
5
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
Graduate in 5 years
49%
Graduate in 6 years
50%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Biophysics
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Business/Management
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Corporate Communications
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Economics
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Youth Ministry

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, Other
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Katherine Paterson
Newbery Award winning author, Best-selling author of Bridge to Terabithia

Mike Helton
President, NASCAR

Dr Bruce Budowle
Director of molecular bio lab at FBI

Dr. Sandor Lehoczky
Project Scientist, Rack at Marshall Space Flight Center

Mike Helton
President, NASCAR

Dr. Heather Whitney
First full-time female Physics professor at Wheaton College

Michael Ridenour
Vice President, Kraft Foods Group

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

King College’s full-time charges for the 2008 – 2009 academic year total $27,482, which includes $19,426 in tuition, a $1,156 comprehensive fee, $3,450 for room, and $3,450 for board. Tuition costs are the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. For more information visit www.king.edu/admissions/costs/index.asp.

Financial Aid

If you're committed to attending King College, we're committed to helping you finance your education. Each year, we award more than $19 million in financial aid to 98% of our students with an average annual award of $15,229.71. We'll work with you and your family to make King a reality for you, too. Based on guidelines established by the United States Congress, the information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will determine the amount your family is expected to contribute toward the cost of your education. The financial aid you are then eligible for is determined by the following formula: College cost family contribution = financial need. The family contribution remains the same regardless of the cost of the college. At King College, we try to meet most of your financial need with various sources of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans. Work opportunities are usually available on campus as well to assist students who wish to work. For more information about the financial aid available at King, visit http://www.king.edu/admissions/costs/FinancialAid/index.asp.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,066

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,802

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,772

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,946

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
95%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,286

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$23,608
Required Fees
$1,352
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$600

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

When you ask our students what it’s like to experience King College, they’re sure to tell you about hanging out with friends on the campus oval or in the dorms. They’ll also tell you about all the great opportunities to get involved at King. From performing and visual arts, to activities with the Student Life and Activities Committee at King (better known as S.L.A.C.K.) to athletics and intramural athletics, our students always have something to do! And because of our size, students have more chances to get involved in key positions on boards, committees, and teams. Whether you’re exploring your spirituality through service opportunities, plugging into one of the most advanced computer networks of any college in the region or competing on one of our newly renovated athletic fields – you’ll find lots of reasons to experience King. For more information about the activities and organizations available at King, we invite you to visit www.king.edu/experienceking.

Students Say

At King, "Most students are strongly religious [and] determined athletes" as well as "diligent students who are willing to reach out and help the community." Students describe themselves as "nice and friendly to everyone" and "down-to-earth." At King "most students are Christians," and "the majority of students…are student athletes." The college caters to a diverse age range, from "fresh out to school to older returning students," and commuters are common. An elementary education major says, "Sure there are cliques just like at every school, but the cliques are not concrete," although another student adds, "it seems like there isn't a way for student athletes to bond with non-athletic students." Regardless, students say, "it is easy to find a person or group of people who you fit in well with," and "people intermingle and branch out, which is a breath of fresh air." A freshman grumbles that "there is absolutely nothing to do on campus on the weekends," and students say that because "campus is a dry campus" "there is a lot of partying off campus." Another student adds: "In Bristol there isn't a whole lot to get into, so there are movies and going out to eat, [and] that's pretty much it."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,963
Out of State

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

5.18%
African-American
2.07%
Hispanic
82.38%
Caucasian
8.40%
Unknown
3.33%
International

64% female
36% male
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, King College is located in Bristol, Tennessee, next to its twin city of Bristol, Virginia. The main campus of King College sits on 135 wooded acres and its buildings feature Georgian-style architecture that provides a quiet, beautiful learning environment that’s just two minutes away from bustling downtown Bristol.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Bristol is part of the Tri-Cities metropolitan area and has a combined total population of nearly 450,000. Bristol is known as the "Birthplace of Country Music." It's also home of the Bristol Motor Speedway, which attracts thousands of people to the area each year for NASCAR races on the world's fastest half-mile track. In addition to auto racing, you'll find plenty of entertainment, dining, and shopping options in the area. You might explore the winding paths and breathtaking scenery of Bristol Caverns, shop the specialty stores and coffeehouses along State Street, or absorb some culture at The Paramount Center of the Arts, Theater Bristol, and Viking Hall Civic Center – entertainment venues that offer everything from rock concerts to ballet. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy plentiful opportunities for hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, skiing, and other activities only short distance from campus.

Student Organizations & Activities

When you ask our students what it’s like to experience King College, they’re sure to tell you about hanging out with friends on the campus oval or in the dorms. They’ll also tell you about all the great opportunities to get involved at King. From performing and visual arts, to activities with the Student Life and Activities Committee at King (better known as S.L.A.C.K.) to athletics and intramural athletics, our students always have something to do! And because of our size, students have more chances to get involved in key positions on boards, committees, and teams. Whether you’re exploring your spirituality through service opportunities, plugging into one of the most advanced computer networks of any college in the region or competing on one of our newly renovated athletic fields – you’ll find lots of reasons to experience King. For more information about the activities and organizations available at King, we invite you to visit www.king.edu/experienceking.

Students Say

King College is "a very friendly and personal college" that "is committed to service and religion." An education major says, "King College nourishes the ‘whole person' of the student through strengthening our religion commitment to service and accountability," and most would agree that "King gives students a good balance between academics, spiritual life, and social life." The college offers a "friendly relaxed atmosphere" where "everyone on campus works together as a team." Students say it's "a lovely campus that is kept well groomed," and "the campus is really safe." Regardless, a senior says, "King needs more traditions [and] more school spirit," adding, "We need a football team and a more competitive athletic program." While some feel "everyone on the faculty and staff is willing to help you in any way they can," others complain that "the administration could be more in touch with the student body." Students gripe that "King College could improve their parking areas for commuters," and they say "some buildings and facilities are brand-new while others could use some renovation and repair."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
42%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
82
First-Year Students living on campus
80%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
63

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
26
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

2% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Tornado)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Cycling
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Tornado)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Cycling
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling

Student Services


Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: ETSU, Johnson City, TN

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
4

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Greg King
Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Mgt

Address
Office of Admissions
1350 King College Road
Bristol, TN 37620-2699

Phone
800-362-0014

Email
admissions@king.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center/Athletic Complex
Campus oval
Library
Residence hall lobbies
Entrance way and sporting fields

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Grindhouse (coffee shop)
Bristol Motor Speedway
South Holston Dam Recreation Area
Bristol Commons (shopping, dining, cinema)
Barter and Paramount Theaters (historic)
Annual Rhythm and Roots Reunion Music Festival

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year-round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@king.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Limited to high school seniors and transfer students. Availability varies; please check ahead.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi services are available as well as a city bus system with a stop on campus. A Greyhound Bus Lines terminal is located in Bristol. The closest airport is Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville, TN.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Knoxville, TN - I-81 North (passing KC sign @ Exit 74) across the Virginia state line to Exit 3 - I-381, which becomes Commonwealth Ave. Continue straight to 5th traffic light, turn left onto State Street and follow approx. 2 miles. College entrance is on the right. From Roanoke, VA - Take I-81 South (passing KC sign at Exit 5) to Exit 3, I-381, which becomes Commonwealth Ave. Continue to 4th traffic light. Turn left on State Street and follow approx. 2 miles. Entrance is on the right. From Asheville, NC - Take I-26 W to Johnson City. Exit at Roan St./Bristol exit, taking 19E and 11E to Bristol. You will enter Bristol on the Volunteer Parkway. Continue on the parkway until it intersects with State Street. Turn right onto to State Street and follow approx. 2 miles. Entrance is on the right.

Local Accommodations
Comfort Inn (Bristol, VA), Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites(Bristol, VA), Courtyard Mariott (Bristol, VA), Martha Washington Inn (Abingdon, VA), Ramada Inn(Kingsport, TN), Fairfield Inn (Kingsport, TN), Meadowview Conference, Resort and Convention Center(Kingsport, TN), Garden Plaza(Johnson City, TN), Carnegie Hotel(Johnson City, TN)
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Key Stats

1,090
Applicants
1,963
Size
72%
Acceptance Rate
1000
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists