King College: Narrative Description

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1350 King College Rd.
Bristol, TN 37620-2699
Tel: (423)968-1187
Free: 800-362-0014
Admissions: (423)652-6021
Fax: (423)968-4456
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1867. Setting: 135-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $26.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6273 per student. Total enrollment: 812. Faculty: 106 (42 full-time, 64 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 471 applied, 95% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 43% from top quarter, 79% from top half. Full-time: 649 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 95 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 27 states and territories, 16 other countries, 57% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 11% 25 or older, 56% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Virginia Intermont College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.4 high school GPA, minimum ACT score of 19 or SAT score of 980, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $23,400 includes full-time tuition ($16,626), mandatory fees ($1054), and college room and board ($5720). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $550 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 29 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Campus Life Committee, World Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Drama Club. Major annual events: Fall Ball and Fall Play, Dogwood/Alumni Weekend, Parents' Weekend. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. 485 college housing spaces available; 377 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. E. W. King Library with 80,888 books, 33,051 microform titles, 1,539 serials, 5,074 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $351,945. 90 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in the beautiful Southern Highlands, Bristol is a twin city on the Tennessee-Virginia state line. Four distinct seasons offer year-round recreation. With three access points to the Appalachian trail within an hour's drive from campus, students can quickly escape to a wilderness playground. Nearby Cherokee and Jefferson National Forests provide more than 250,000 acres of unspoiled woodlands for hiking and camping. More than 40 square miles of inland lakes and freshwater streams await water enthusiasts, including South Holston Lake, site of the world's third largest earthen dam. Several major ski resorts are located within an hour's drive. NASCAR fans enjoy the world's fastest half-mile track at the Bristol Motor Speedway, and Bristol's Viking Hall Civic Center serves as a stop for top-name concerts, sporting events and community-sponsored shows and bazaars.

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