King University Named One of the Best Regional Universities in the South

Sep 14, 2020 | King University

King ranked third among its peers in U.S. News’ Best Value Schools

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 14, 2020 — King University has been named among the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report, as part of the publication’s newly released 2021 Best Colleges Rankings. The 2021 designation marks King’s 31st consecutive appearance in the annual publication.

King ranked third on the publication’s list of Best Value Schools for Regional Universities in the South, and also achieved top rankings among the Best Regional Universities, Best Colleges for Veterans, and Top Performers on Social Mobility categories in the South. 

“King’s ranking among the top three best value regional universities is a strong testament to the quality academic programming and affordable degree options we are proud to offer to our students,” said Matt Roberts, Ed.D., provost of King. “This year’s recognition highlights our standards for academic excellence, the commitment and personal attention students receive from faculty and staff, and the accessibility we are able to provide, thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends.”

Each year, King University awards approximately $19 million in aid to students, with an average financial award of $17,520.

U.S. News ranks Best Value Schools by assessing a university’s academic quality and price, as well as the percentage of need-based aid the university offers to offset total cost. The higher the quality and the lower the actual cost, the greater the value. 

U.S. News ranked 243 institutions in the Best Value Schools — Regional Universities category nationwide, including 56 in the South. U.S. News defines a Regional University as an institution that offers a full range of undergraduate programs, some master’s degree programs, and limited doctoral offerings.

Now in its 36th year, the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings compare bachelor’s degree-granting institutions from across the U.S. on 17 measures of academic quality. These include graduation and retention rates, class size, graduation rate performance, social mobility, expert opinion, faculty resources, student excellence, financial resources and alumni giving.

A complete listing of the rankings can be found here.

For more information on the University’s locations, degree programs and financial aid, visit


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, 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 does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia. King’s primary location in Virginia is Southwest Virginia Community College, 724 Community College Rd, Cedar Bluff, and VA 24609.



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