King's College (PA)

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
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Roman Catholic

King’s College is a private, Catholic, comprehensive college in the liberal arts tradition, located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Established in 1946 by the Congregation of the Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame for the original purpose of educating the sons of minors and mill workers, much has changed over the years for King’s College, yet what has remained the same is a commitment to provide a solid education in the liberal arts tradition. King’s College’s vision is to form “graduates who will champion the inherent dignity of every person and will mobilize their talents and professional skills to serve the common good.” Dedicated to the Holy Cross ideal of “transforming minds and hearts with zeal in communities of hope”, King’s College endeavors to be faithful to the mission of its founding president who stated, “King’s teaches students not only how to make a living, but how to live.”

Academic Programs

The mission of King’s College is to pursue “excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship through a rigorous core curriculum, major programs across the liberal arts and sciences, nationally-accredited professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and personal attention to student formation in a nurturing environment.” The College is accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1955.

More than 30 undergraduate programs, several pre-professional programs, and nearly a dozen special concentrations are offered at King’s College, in areas such as business, engineering, humanities and social sciences, education, sciences and allied health programs. King’s College curriculum actively seeks to encourage students in their intellectual, religious, moral, personal, and social development. Students are equipped with skills to become proficient in seven specific competencies: Critical Thinking, Effective Oral Communication, Effective Written Communication, Information Literacy, Moral Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Technological Competency. All of King’s College’s classes are taught by professors and not teaching assistants, who are committed to knowing and assisting their students personally. Students also benefit from King’s College’s state-of-the-art facilities and have access to technology which rivals that of leading-research institutions.

Student Life

More than 2,300 students are enrolled at King’s College- the vast majority of which are undergraduate students – coming primarily from the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. King’s College’s campus features an urban setting, with immaculate surroundings and impressive facilities. The College is ideally located between Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and Connecticut, in a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania. King’s College’s campus is located near the downtown area along the beautiful Susquehanna River, with malls, theatres, coffeehouses, and restaurants minutes away. Students have access to local venues which offer concerts, Triple A baseball, minor league hockey, arena football, and more. Those who love the outdoors will appreciate King’s College’s proximity to the Pocono Mountains which offer year-round activities such as skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, and biking.

More than 50 student clubs and organizations exist on King’s College’s campus, catering to a wide range of interests, passions, and backgrounds. As an NCAA Division III school, King’s College sponsors nearly two dozen athletic programs for both men and women, including baseball, basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. King’s College’s varsity athletic teams compete in the Middle Atlantic Corporation.