King University

1350 King College Rd, Bristol, TN 37620-2699

School Details

King University is a four-year private school located in Bristol, Tennessee. The Holston Presbytery established King College in 1867 to be a Presbyterian College, naming the school after Reverend James King, who donated 25 acres of land for the campus. King outgrew its small campus and moved to its new 135-acre location about 2 miles from downtown Bristol. In 2013, King College changed its name to King University.

King University offers more than 80 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, digital media, nursing, forensic science, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, nursing, and education. Some degrees are available online, including: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Communication, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN, for registered nurses), Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and Master of Business Administration. These courses are delivered 100% online and do not require any on-premises learning.

As part of the college's First Year Experience Program, each year the entire freshman class travels to Washington, D.C. for an experiential learning trip known as Experience DC, where students visit offices of legislators, national museums, international organizations, art galleries and various public venues. The campus also has a laptop program in which every full-time student is assigned a laptop.

King University has 2,126 students (1,801 undergraduates) and 161 faculty members, giving the university a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 90 teach full-time and 71 teach part-time. About 91% of undergraduate students study full-time and 9% study part-time. About 97% of graduate students study full-time and 3% study part-time. The student body contains 64% female students and 36% male students. About 78% of all students are white with the remaining students being black and Hispanic. About 56% of students are ages 24 and under with 44% of students being ages 25 and above. About 57% of students are from Tennessee, 39% are from out-of-state, and 4% are from a foreign country. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 67% and the graduation rate is 41% .The overall graduation rate by gender is 28% for males and 52% for females.

Over the past three years, 85% of KU graduates seeking employment were employed within their major field within six months and over 80% of students applying to graduate school were accepted into their first choice.

King University has five residence halls, including Parks Hall, Mitchell Hall, Lower Liston, Hyde Hall, and Liston Hall. Residence hall facilities have jacks and Wi-Fi to provide access to the campus’ computer network, kitchens, laundry rooms with coin-operated washers and dryers, a lounge, and vacuums. Two dining halls are present on-campus. Dining services offers different meal plans to accommodate different students needs’.

Campus life includes academic organizations, specialty groups, student councils, student publications, student government, service opportunities, student ministries, music and theatre, and club athletics. 

Athletic teams compete at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics level in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Men's intercollegiate sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming and ping, tennis, track & field, and wrestling. Women's intercollegiate sports include basketball, bowling, cheer/dance, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and ping, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Intramurals that are available to students include: indoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, wiffleball, ultimate Frisbee, basketball and dodgeball. Tournaments such as ping pong, foosball, pool, spades, racquetball, Frisbee golf, and chess are also available.

Students can explore Christian beliefs and spiritual traditions through weekly chapel, ministry groups, and service opportunities. Chapel is held weekly on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. All traditional students are required to earn 14 chapel, convocation, or community service credit hours per semester.

Students have access to special learning opportunities such as: teacher certification, distance learning, weekend/evening College, and study abroad. Other services include: academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers.  

The town of Bristol offers local theatres, restaurants, and sporting events. Outdoor activities available at King University include: water sports and fishing on local lakes and streams, snow skiing, and hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 85% of those attending King University receive financial aid.

King University receives about 900 applications per year and accepts about 66% of those applicants. Statistically, 65% of male and 68% of female students who apply will be accepted. Undergraduate applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.6 and have the general high school coursework completed (four units of English, two units of algebra, one unit of geometry, two units of a foreign language, two units of history and social studies, one unit of natural sciences, and four academic electives. Transfer students must have earned a minimum 2.0 GPA with more than 30 or more credit hours of previous college level work. Students transferring with fewer than 30 credit hours must also meet the requirements for undergraduate admissions.

King University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and School and is a member of many associations, including: the Appalachian College Association, the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Presbyterian Church (USA)

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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