King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus
King's College (PA) campus

From the School

King's is a Catholic, comprehensive college in the liberal arts tradition founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross offering 36 majors in business and 25 NCAA Division III athletic programs for men and women.

King's is a Catholic, comprehensive college in the liberal arts tradition founded in 1946 by the Congregation of Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame. King’s is located on a small urban campus in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. King's offers 36 majors in business, the humanities, engineering, social sciences, education, sciences and allied health programs, as well as seven pre-professional programs and 11 special concentrations. With over 50 clubs and activities and 25 NCAA Division III athletic programs for men and women, there is plenty to do outside the classroom.

Small classes and labs allow for meaningful interaction between professors and students. The average class size is 18 students, average lab size is 13 students, and the student/faculty ratio is 12:1. The favorable student-teacher ration means more opportunities for personal attention, which in turn accounts for King’s superior graduation rates.

King’s academic programs are accredited by highly respected accrediting agencies, including the following:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) (The William G. McGowan School of Business is one of only 42 undergraduate schools of business nationwide accredited by the AACSB.)
  • The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (King’s is one of only 19 colleges in Pennsylvania with this accreditation.)
  • The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • The American Chemical Society


From The School

Information about the King’s College application process and downloadable (.pdf) versions of the application form can be found here: Online versions of the King’s application can be found here: (Note: The application fee is waived if you apply online.)

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS must complete the application form in its entirety. You must also complete the top section of the school report form and submit it to your guidance counselor. Be sure to forward your SAT or ACT scores. (We accept either direct reports from the testing services or test scores included on an official high school transcript.) If you are choosing the Test Optional application decision, you must select that option on the application for it to be processed. If applicable, please submit any college/university transcript indicating course work completed.

PARENTS should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1, 2016. The King's College Federal School Code is 003282 (this code must be entered correctly on the FAFSA in order for King's College to receive access to your federal record). Be sure to accurately report your social security number on the application for admission, financial aid application, and the FAFSA forms. To help, the College has assembled a number resources to help you navigate the application process, which can be downloaded here:

TRANSFER STUDENTS may enroll at King’s in the fall or spring semester after completing at least one semester or 12 transferable credits at another school. To apply, submit a completed application and the $30 fee. (Note: The application fee is waived if you apply online at You must also submit official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions (including twoand four-year colleges), an official transcript from a secondary school or a G.E.D., SAT or ACT scores (if available), and a personal essay.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS must complete the International Application for Admission, available here: Be sure to enclose the $50 non-refundable application fee when mailing. Checks should be made payable to King’s College. (NOTE: There is no application fee if you apply online at You must also submit your official high school transcript. Your official SAT, TOEFL or IELTS scores must also be submitted to the Office of Admission. If you have any questions about the application, please contact the Office of International Student Recruitment at 001-570-208-5834. In special cases we may choose to waive requirements and will process the application with available information.

For all students, we value the opportunity to meet our applicants in person and therefore strongly recommend scheduling a personal interview at your earliest convenience. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 1-888-KINGS PA or email


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 550
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 580
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 540
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 24

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Special Concentrations

Chemistry of Materials
Forensic Studies
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Political Economy
Women’s Studies

Core Curriculum

All King’s College students, regardless of their majors, participate in the Core Curriculum. Core courses are broadly based so that fundamental aspects of human experience are approached from diverse viewpoints represented by a variety of disciplines. The Core Curriculum is designed to help students achieve competence in writing, speaking, critical reading and thinking, problem solving using mathematics, and making effective use of library and information resources. The Core also ensures students achieve a critical understanding of history, civilization, art, and literature, an awareness of global issues, an understanding of the scientific method and the ability to reason ethically.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Athletic Training
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business Management
  • Marketing
Clinical Laboratory Science/
  • Medical Technology
Computers and Information Systems
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
  • Preschool-Grade 4
  • Middle LevelMath/Science (Grade 4-8)
  • Secondary Level
  • Foreign Language (Grades K-12)
  • Special Education
Engineering (dual degree with University of Notre Dame)
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
English – Literature
English – Professional Writing
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Exercise Science
General Science
Mass Communications
Physician Assistant (five-year master’s)
Political Science
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Pharmaceutical
  • Pre-Veterinarian

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Physician Assistant

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

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

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Students Say

This “private, Catholic, liberal arts college” in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is “a close-knit community that values and supports the individual student.” With just over 3,000 undergraduates, King’s College “is a small school where the teachers actually care and interact with you if you need help,” says one criminal justice major. Professors are by and large “engaging and provide every opportunity for success,” “great resources for information,” and “bring the class to life.” Of course, “It depends on the professor [and] some are better at having classroom discussion while others just lecture.” In addition to success in the classroom, one elementary and special education major underscores that “King’s opens up multiple doors for opportunities” after graduation. As one history major notes, “the administration is always willing to help kids achieve their goals,” and overall, “King’s College focuses on making sure students get the best education they can while preparing students for life in the real world,” adds an accounting major. From tutoring options to “the opportunities that they offer to students through programs such as study abroad, career planning, [and] the writing center,” King’s College is truly “about driving individuals to succeed in their future.”


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Timothy Barberich
Co-founder/Former President/CEO, Sepracor

Mark Brezinski, MD, PhD
Cardiac Resrch, MA Gen Hosp; Assoc Prof Harvrd Med

Santo Loquasto
Academy and Tony Award winner

Dr. Paul Utz
Researcher, Stanford Univ School of Medicine

James T. O'Hara, Esq.
Jones Day Law Firm, Senior Partner

Lawrence Sullivan, Esq.
Former Public Defender of the State of Delaware

William G. McGowan (deceased)
Founder and Chairman of MCI Communications

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

2016/2017 Costs:

Tuition and Fees (full-time) $34,720 $34,720
Average Room and Board $12,136 N/A
Total $46,856 $34,720

The College encourages every student to apply for financial aid no matter what their family circumstances are. Only after you have applied and been considered for all available assistance will you have a true idea of what your costs will be.

Financial Aid

Ninety-nine percent of King’s first-year students receive financial assistance. The College offers numerous scholarship, grant, loan and work-study programs, because we believe college is an investment in the future-both yours and ours. In 2015-2016, our average gift aid was $17,730, with average first year Financial Aid awards at $23,472. The King’s College Office of Financial Aid takes the guesswork out of the application process. For more information, call 1-888-KINGS PA or email


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

At King’s, we’re proud of our diverse student body that includes individuals from many ethnic and religious traditions from across the country and around the world. Recognizing that involvement in student clubs and organizations is an important part of the educational experience, King's offers more than 50 student organizations to meet virtually any interest.

More than 82 percent of the King’s College faculty has a Ph.D. or equivalent degrees. Faculty members have been entrepreneurs and practitioners, are authors, scientists, and researchers. They engage in scholarly research and ongoing professional development to support and strengthen their primary role of teaching.

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) Greater Expectations Initiative named King's as one of only 16 Leadership Institutions nationwide as part of an organized effort to influence the future of liberal arts higher education. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) gives King's faculty members a wealth of teaching resources. At King's, faculty members take the time to explain the lesson one more time, answer the question you just couldn't bring yourself to ask in class, and listen intently to your theories and opinions. Professors are interested in their students’ success as individuals and therefore make themselves available whether it's during scheduled office hours, e-mail or even over coffee.

The Office of Career Planning offers a broad range of services from credit-bearing academic courses, individualized career counseling, and a variety of professional development activities, programs, and events. The Career Resource Center offers up-to date job search information by field and graduate school resources. The Center also sponsors and provides information about recruiting events, including company visits and information about job fairs and professional development seminars.

King’s offer a number of special programs to enhance your learning experience. The First-Year Experience helps new students adjust to campus life. Special honors programs give exceptional students additional challenges. King’s study abroad programs offer the chance to travel and study different cultures first hand. ROTC programs provide students an opportunity to serve their country. Other programs, such as the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, prepare you intellectually, morally, and spiritually for a satisfying and purposeful life. Guided internships enable you to experience and earn credit while working within your field of study, and the Experiencing the Arts program is designed to help you explore your artistic side.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



49% female
51% male
26% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Students Say

The majority of King’s College students “ are from the local area,” and the school’s small size means that “It is very easy to fit in at the college because there are small class sizes and everyone gets to know each other.” While it is a Catholic school and many students note King’s strong Catholic community, “King’s prides itself on being religious[ly] diverse and tolerant[;] while it is a Catholic College, the Campus Ministry staff is more than willing to help students of other faiths find a safe and local area to practice their own religion.” On the whole, students are “friendly” and “fit in by joining extra-curricular activities.” For a small school, “many of the students here are student-athletes, but there are also many other types of people that attend King’s.” As one elementary and special education major puts it, “Everyone here at King’s is willing to open a door for you. It is easy to start a conversation with anyone.” Noting the school’s identity as a private, pricey liberal arts school, one accounting major says “even though King’s is an expensive private school, it just has a much more blue collar feel than any other school I’ve been to.”


From The School


King's College is located in the City of Wilkes-Barre in northeastern Pennsylvania, within driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and other east coast attractions. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting, with a strong sense of community. The King’s campus is easy to navigate and has impressive facilities, equal to those at much larger institutions. Located near to campus are malls, theatres and restaurants. The region hosts a busy schedule of cultural events, ethnic celebrations and festivals.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The new King’s on the Square facility, located in the heart of Wilkes-Barre, is home to King’s allied health programs. The College features a state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic for its athletic training program. New science labs and equipment enable students to conduct hands-on research. On campus radio and television studios offer audio and video editing equipment for students involved in communications or media. The D. Leonard Corgan Library offers a comprehensive collection of books, periodicals and catalogs, providing students with the informational resources they need to enhance their skills. The College’s new food services partner maintains outstanding dining facilities, including a full-service Chick-Fil-A restaurant, located at King’s on the Square.

Residence halls offer a variety of living arrangements from single rooms to apartments. Amenities include 24-hour computer labs in several residence halls; each room is equipped with cable TV access. These facilities are all secure, accessible either by student ID card or by the desk attendant on staff 24-hours a day. A state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network is accessible across the entire King’s campus.

Athletics Facilities

The 33-acre Robert L. Betzler Fields at McCarthy Stadium is one of the finest facilities in the MAC for football, field hockey, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and track and field. The William S. Scandlon Physical Education Center features the Robert McGrane Basketball Arena. The center also includes a sports medicine clinic, swimming pool, handball and racquetball courts, wrestling room, and new locker rooms. In addition, the recently completed gym expansion project has added a new facility to the Scandlon Center, including three multi-purpose courts as well as new offices, meeting rooms, and additional sports medicine facilities.

Off-Campus Opportunities

It's not all limited to campus, we've got malls, theatres and restaurants minutes away as well as specialty shops, cultural events, ethnic celebrations and festivals. Our bookstore is located in a Barnes & Noble/Starbucks Cafe and is the centerpiece of a bustling downtown.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Students Say

Students say that “life at school is very laid back,” and “there is a good balance between working hard and playing hard.” With a fair percentage of commuter students, some wish that there were “more social things for commuters” while others point to the myriad clubs and opportunities to “participate in the service projects that the clubs do.” “A lot of people use the gym that is on campus,” says one accounting major, and “Sports and other athletics are great ways to spend down time,” adds a neuroscience major. For the most part, “It is a wholesome campus, yet a party life exists just like anywhere else,” and students enjoy hitting up the handful of local bars or finding house parties on campus (there are no fraternities or sororities at King’s). As one elementary education major points out, “Everything you need is within a 10-minute drive” from campus if students want to branch out from hanging out in the dorms to watch movies and play video games—both popular activities, particularly in the colder months.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

29% participate in intramural sports
24% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Monarchs)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Monarchs)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Wilkes University


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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell Apple ITSavvy

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Joan Francis
Coordinator of On-Campus Visits

Hessel Hall- Office of Admission
133 N. River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center
McGowan School of Business
Scandlon Physical Education Center
Betzler Fields (Athletic Complex)
Thomas J. O'Hara Hall
King's on the Square is the newest addition to our campus, housing our Physician Assistant, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science Programs.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (AHL- Penguins)
Montage Mountain Ski Resort
PNC Field (NY Yankees AAA Baseball)
Arena Hub Shopping Center
Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Commons

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Open House, selected Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Students must be accepted applicants


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is 20 minutes from campus with shuttles to and from most local hotels. Martz and Greyhound buslines are available via Public Square, 1 block from campus. Luzerne County Transportation Authority runs daily bus routes throughout Wilkes-Barre.

Driving Instructions to Campus
King's College is located in downtown Wilkes-Barre, PA. Directions From Interstate 81 Take Exit 168, Highland Park Blvd. (Notice the Mohegan Sun Arena on your right as you exit.) Follow the ramp to the traffic light and turn left. As you follow Highland Park Boulevard, notice the King's Robert L. Betzler Fields on your left, and continue to the traffic light at the intersection with Wilkes-Barre Twp. Blvd. (Rte. 309). Proceed straight through the light at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Boulevard intersection. Highland Park Boulevard now becomes Coal Street. Follow Coal Street to the bottom of the hill and turn left onto Wilkes-Barre Blvd. Turn right at the next light onto Market Street. At the next light, make a reight onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Proceed to the next light and turn left onto Union Street. Proceed through two lights, to the third light. Turn right onto North Franklin Street. The admission Visitors Lot is located just off the cul-de-sac to your right.

Local Accommodations
Note: Most area hotels offer discounts to families visiting King's College. Be sure to mention that you are visiting King's to receive a discounted room rate! (This hotel is within walking distance to campus). Best Western Genetti's East Market Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 1-800-823-6152 570-823-6152

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