From the School

King's College is a liberal arts Catholic college that offers growth and personal development in a welcoming and supportive environment. Founded in 1946 by the Congregation of Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame, we're located on a small urban campus in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

At King's, we offer 40 majors in Business, Humanities, Engineering, Social Sciences, Education, Sciences and Allied Health programs, 7 pre-professional programs and 11 special concentrations. With over 50 clubs and activities and 19 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 with professors. Our average class size is 18 students, average lab size is 13 students, and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1. This personal attention translates into better graduation rates than at institutions with larger classroom environments.

King's consistently ranks high in the top college national review issues of major publications:
For 19 straight years, King's has been ranked in the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Colleges in the United States.
Barron's Best Buys in College Education selected King's among the nation's top 10% of colleges for its tenth consecutive edition.
Forbes magazine ranked King's amongst the United States' best colleges and universities in its America's Best Colleges for six consecutive years.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognized King's for over 180,000 hours of community service.
2013 College Access & Opportunity Guide has selected King's for inclusion because "King's is working to help low-income, first-generation college-bound students make their college dreams a reality."
The Washington Monthly magazine has recognized King's among the best bachelor and master degree granting institutions in the country in rankings which stress service to the community and social mobility of the student body. The John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges recognized King's in its select group of 100 colleges nationwide.

In addition, many of our individual academic programs are accredited by several highly respected organizations.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for the William G. McGowan School of Business, one of only 42 undergraduate schools of business nationwide
The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (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 Chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Overview

Applicants
2,780
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.38

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
9%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 570
SAT Math
470 - 580
ACT Composite
-

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

A “community-driven Catholic college” in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, King’s College helps prepare undergraduates for their future in a friendly, student-oriented atmosphere. Enrolling just 2,700 undergraduates, the school’s “small, comfortable size” allows for a “more intimate class setting.” In addition to engaging their students in discussion, “Professors seem to enjoy teaching,” making King’s College a “fun learning environment” for students across disciplines. The academic experience varies by major, but many students note the quality of the school’s business program and five-year physician’s assistant degree. No matter what your course of study, the school is geared towards student success: “Professors are very accessible outside of the classroom,” and, if you are struggling, they “will work with you until you understand the material fully.” Beyond the classroom, King’s College has many resources for undergraduates. For example, “The library is very helpful with the research process for a paper,” and additional academic assistance is available via “free services for students, such as tutoring and a writing center.” Students also praise the career services department, which helps provide job leads and “internship opportunities to help us in the real world.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.4:1
Total Faculty
231
with Terminal Degree
131

119
Men
112
Women
8
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
93%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

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

Overview

From The School

When determining the cost of a college education, one should also take into consideration the value. In August 2011, the Morning Call newspaper published an article about which college graduates earn the highest salaries in the nation. "Pennsylvania's biggest success story may be King's College in Wilkes-Barre, where graduates start out small $34,000, No. 939 in the nation but grow to earn $91,100, the 88th-highest."

Approximately 97% of all full-time students attending King's College receive financial assistance. Last year, our average financial aid was $22,303, taking a significant amount of the financial obligation away from the student and their family. The average net cost of tuition, room and board for 2012-2013 was $17,891. We encourage 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. In addition, King's offers deferred payment plans, which allows families to make monthly payments on the balance of tuition, fees, room and board less any financial aid received.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
72
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,373

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,400

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,290

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,306

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
84%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,160

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

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

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

King's recognizes that involvement in student clubs and organizations is an important part of your educational experience. There are a large number of organizations to support your academic, social, and special interests, providing opportunities for leadership, recreation, and the development of special abilities and skills. King's offers the opportunity to participate in clubs in the following general areas:

ACADEMIC
Business Related Organizations
Health Related Organizations
Arts & Sciences Organizations

INTERNATIONAL
Foreign Languages Club
Multicultural/International Club

MEDIA & PUBLISHING
Media Club
The Crown (student newspaper)
Regis (yearbook)
WRKC (radio station)

MUSIC / ARTS
Campion Society
King's Players
Monarch Dancers
Music Ensembles at King's
SCOP (fine arts magazine)

SERVICE
Blood Council
Circle K Club
Emergency Response Team (ERT)
Knights of Columbus
Sigma Kappa Sigma (EKE-men)
Sigma Kappa Tau (EKT-women)

SPECIAL INTEREST
Commuter Life Association
Debate Team
Monarch Ambassadors
Residence Hall Council
ROTC
Ski and Snowboard Club
Track and Field

Students Say

Drawing a predominantly local crowd, a majority of students at King’s College are “from the surrounding towns in the area” or the greater Tri-State region; many also come from a Catholic background. The campus is low-key and friendly, and “Everyone tries their best to make everyone feel welcomed.” Most students have “a close group of friends that they socialize with,” but they don’t make others feel excluded. A current undergrad shares, “I am actually the atypical student as an older learner and I feel quite at home here.” While some students are more focused on sports or their social life, “Many of the students are very goal-oriented and know what they want from their college experience.” You’ll find a range of student interests on campus, and, outside the classroom, “People chat about anything from books to movies to politics.” Of particular note, “A lot of students are athletes” who were recruited to play on one of King’s College’s varsity sports teams.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,144
Out of State
72%

International
0%
Foreign Countries Represented
2

Demographics

2.02%
Asian
2.62%
African-American
6.81%
Hispanic
79.96%
Caucasian
6.52%
Unknown

49% female
51% male
72% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview

From The School

King's College is ideally situated in northeastern Pennsylvania and within driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and other east coast attractions. Our atmosphere is friendly and inviting, with a strong sense of community. Our campus is easy to navigate and has impressive facilities, equal to those at much larger institutions. Our student/faculty ratio is 14:1 allowing for personal interaction with professors, which translates into better graduation rates than at institutions with larger classroom environments.

Students Say

On this friendly, “socially active” campus, students are always “having fun and enjoying their time at King’s.” For most undergrads, “Life at school revolves around classes and friends,” though many also balance a campus job, student clubs, or varsity sports. When they aren’t catching up on homework, “There is a ton to do around campus” and in the surrounding town, like “going to the movies, bowling, taking walks by the river common area, jogging around the city, playing video games, [and] hanging out in the campus center.” Working out at the gym is a popular way to blow off steam, as are outdoor activities like “skiing and ice-skating.” “There are no fraternities” at King’s, but “People party on the weekends,” heading over to the college sport houses or out to bars with friends. Others prefer to gather in the dorms to “play video games or watch movies.” While King’s College residents enjoy campus life, there are also a substantial number of commuter students, who “rarely attend after-school activities.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
50%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
75
First-Year Students living on campus
70%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
94

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
50
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

31% participate in intramural sports
22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Monarchs)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Monarchs)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

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

Sustainability

Green Rating
65

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
50

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
70

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple ITSavvy

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Joan Francis
Coordinator of On-Campus Visits

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

Phone
570-208-5858

Email
jafranci@kings.edu

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

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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Open House, selected Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
jafranci@kings.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Students must be accepted applicants

Transportation

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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Key Stats

2,780
Applicants
2,144
Size
72%
Acceptance Rate
1040
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists