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King's College 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 41 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 27 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 ratio 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 Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • The American Chemical Society

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Overview

Applicants
4,176
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average HS GPA
3.37

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
9%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
Below 1.0

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 610
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — December 1

Early Action — December 1


Other Admission Factors

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Class Rank
Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.8:1
Total Faculty
225
with Terminal Degree
135

124
Women
101
Men
5
Minority
4
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • 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.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Civil Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • 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 PROGRAMS.

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

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • 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.

  • 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

Tiny, Catholic King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania offers small class sizes, “hands-on laboratory work,” an “Honors program core that revolves around discussion,” and “many helpful places on campus for individuals in need of any type of assistance.” Everyone at King’s “is helpful and mindful with any problems that a student is facing,” and students rave about “how committed staff is to one-on-one assistance and learning opportunities.” The physician assistant, nursing, and engineering programs are standouts, but almost all majors boast a high job placement rate and plenty of notable alumni; King’s has a great career planning department, “especially for accounting majors.” The school has “so many recruiters coming onto campus to interview for internships or full-time positions,” with a goal for students “to have a full-time offer before starting [their] senior year.”

Professors are “outstanding,” “typically resourceful,” relate material to “how the real world works,” and “are always making sure the students know about their office hours.” They teach “how to think beyond the information that is laid out in the textbook,” “are down to earth and like what they do,” and “are active in seeking out students who need help.” Classes are structured with a “flexibility that gets you ready for the professional world,” and some classes are service-based and have students “go out into the community and help them instead of just learning about it in class.”


Degrees

Bachelor's
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

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
57%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,002

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,479

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,353

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
83%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$40,818

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,748

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,774
Required Fees
$1,950
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$812
Transportation for Commuters
$1,400

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,464
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

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)
College/university loans from institutional funds
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,231
Foreign Countries Represented
9

Demographics

2.30%
Asian
4.02%
African-American
8.58%
Hispanic
69.07%
Caucasian
4.36%
Unknown
8.68%
International

47% female
53% male
28% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Students Say

At King’s, students “overall care about their academics and putting happiness before everything.” Every student “seems committed to studies and doing the best that they possibly can.” The Catholic mission is apparent, and everyone here is “accepting and welcoming to fellow students who come from diverse, multicultural, and differing backgrounds.” Many students here are commuters, so the library acts as a de facto hangout spot, as does the campus game room (which has pool and table tennis), but fear not: “There are many commuters that participate in after-school activities and are very involved in multiple clubs on campus.” At King’s, “people have their close friends groups,” which “usually come from sharing the same sports or the same major.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
51%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
65%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Students Say

The King’s College atmosphere is apparent from the moment you set foot at the school: everyone is “so welcoming and friendly,” and it makes the college “feel like a home away from home.” Students say the campus, located “in a nice part of Wilkes-Barre,” gives people “the city feel they want” while still being in close proximity to “endless hiking trails and lakes.” King’s is a fairly small school “so it is easy to make friends the first few days,” and most days are filled with “going to get food with friends, work, classes, homework, and then extra activities.” “Weekend activities are slim to none,” so students usually just visit friends. “It can get boring at times on campus so we go off campus to find stuff to do,” admits a student. Typically after class, most people “have either practice or work, then dinner, then a good amount of students will spend time studying/doing homework for the remainder of the night.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
First-Year Academic Studies Program

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Sheri Yech

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Psycho-educational evaluation, reevaluation info if needed, interview with student.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Diagnosis info, testing instruments/methods, syptoms, treatment

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

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

14% participate in intramural sports
26% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Monarchs)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Monarchs)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
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

62/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Microsoft Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kelly Turner
Coordinators of On-Campus Visits

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

Phone
570-208-5858

Email
admissions@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
King's on the Square is the newest addition to our campus, housing our Physician Assistant, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Nursing Programs, and our Chick-fil-A restaurant.

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: Varies
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
admissions@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 right 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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