BRISTOL, Tenn. — King University enrollment is up for the 14th year, bucking a national trend of decreasing enrollment in institutions of higher learning.
For the 14th consecutive year, King’s enrollment has broken the university’s previous records across every platform, including traditional on-campus studies, graduate professional studies and online programs, according to a Friday Sept. 20 news release from the college.
King’s total student body stands at 2,587, a 10 percent increase over last year’s count. The University added more than 950 new students to its enrollment. Currently, 259 students attend King’s downtown Kingsport campus and the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.
“The achievement of 14 years of record-breaking enrollment despite weakened economic conditions is a reflection of King’s successful partnerships with business, healthcare, nursing and education, as well as professional endeavors in law and student-faculty research,” King President Greg Jordan said in the release.
“King has expanded its academic programs from the Tri-Cities to Knoxville to Nashville to the Northeast U.S., developing innovative approaches to learning, including online studies. This diversity of programming allows King to serve diverse educational interests and support community development.”
King has increased its adult student population by offering programs in healthcare administration, communication, information technology, and criminal justice, and by expanding its program offerings in education, psychology, nursing and business, the release said.
According to NBC News, the King release said, college enrollment in 2012 declined by nearly a half-million students compared to a year earlier.
Based on recent figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau, students older than 25 have led the miniature exodus from higher learning, but this is not the case at King, the release said.
King has expanded its adult student population through significant community partnerships, contributing to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 — a goal of increasing the percentage of Tennessee citizenry possessing a certificate, two- or four-year college degree to 55 percent by the year 2025.
Since last year, King has seen an 18.5 percent increase in the number of graduate and professional (GPS) students. King offers 10 GPS degree programs in 14 campus locations across Virginia and Tennessee.