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Facts at a Glance

About King University

Two Girls and Tree King UniversityKing University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, preprofessional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, social work, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit

King University has seven academic schools of learning:

  • King College of Arts and Sciences
  • King School of Behavioral and Health Sciences
  • King School of Business and Economics
  • Peeke School of Christian Mission
  • King School of Communication, Information, and Design
  • King School of Education
  • King School of Nursing

Just the Facts

Type: Four-year, Presbyterian-affiliated, non-profit, accredited, doctoral-level comprehensive university
History: Founded in 1867 by Holston Presbytery; named in honor of Rev. James King
Academics: More than 90 majors, minors, concentrations, and pre-professional programs; student:faculty ratio of 13 to 1
Enrollment: 2,804 students from 29 states, 37 countries, and six continents
Financial Aid: More than $35 million awarded annually in scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study; 98 percent of students receive assistance

Accolades & Achievements

  • According to recent survey respondents, 90 percent of recent King graduates were either employed or in graduate school six months after graduation.
  • For the 28th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has recognized King among the best colleges in the nation. This year, King was named a “Best Regional University.” The Princeton Review named King one of the “Best Colleges in the Southeast” for a 14th consecutive year.
  • The U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service named King to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, for their commitment to bettering their community through community service and service learning.
  • G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded King University the designation of “Military Friendly School®” for the eighth consecutive year.
  • According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s 2014 Articulation and Transfer Report, among private institutions in Tennessee, King University currently ranks number one in the number of transfers as a percent of the fall undergraduate enrollment for TICUA institutions. In 2013-14, King received the largest number of transfers from public institutions in Tennessee as well as from out-of-state schools.

Campus Locations

Bristol, Tenn. – The Bristol campus, located at 1350 King College Road in Bristol, Tenn., and set on 135 wooded acres with Georgian-style architecture buildings, provides a quiet, beautiful learning environment that’s just two minutes away from bustling downtown Bristol. Bristol, Tennessee is the twin city of Bristol, Virginia - one community in two states with Bristol, Va., on the north side of State Street and Bristol, Tenn., on the south side. Both Bristols are part of the Tri-Cities metropolitan area with a 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.

Kingsport, Tenn. – Opened in 2006, the Kingsport, Tenn., campus is located in bustling downtown Kingsport at 104 East Main Street.

Knoxville, Tenn. – Opened in 2010, King’s Knoxville campus is located just off the Pellissippi Parkway at The Village at Hardin Valley at 10950 Spring Bluff Way in Knoxville, Tenn.

Satellite Locations – The University has additional instructional sites located throughout Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and online.

  • Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, Va.
  • Walters State Community College, Morristown & Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands, Va.