#12 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

King College

Bristol, Tennessee

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King College overview
Location Bristol, Tennessee
Online king.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
King College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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King University, founded in 1867, is a private institution located in Bristol, Tennessee, a city nestled in the Appalachian Mountains near the Virginia-Tennessee border. Known for its picturesque campus which blends historic and modern architecture, King University offers a tranquil academic environment within a tight-knit community. The university presents a range of undergraduate programs, with business, nursing, and education being particularly popular among students. King University also provides on-campus housing options to foster an immersive academic experience. While the college maintains selective admissions, it is committed to assessing applicants on a holistic basis. The institution is not traditionally recognized for its athletics program in the national sports domain, prioritizing academic pursuits and personalized learning experiences.

In the most recent statistical year 831 prospective students applied, and 550 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 185 enrolled in the school.  1,424 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 232 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $31,050 plus fees of $1,788. King College is ranked 602 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












King College is rated within the lower 47% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
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SAT 1000/1160
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.46

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for King College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,560
Other Fees$1,788
Room and Board $9,668
Budget for Other Expenses$3,210
Total One Year Cost$47,276

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

41% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by King College students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 40%
Business 30%
Computer and Information Sciences 5%
Biology 5%
Education 3%

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