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Aug. 24, 2015 - For the sixth consecutive year, King’s College has been recognized as among the best master’s degree granting institutions in the country in a national ranking which recognizes higher learning institutions for service to the community and social mobility of the student body.  King’s placed 114th of almost 700 colleges and universities in the final rankings. 

King’s ranked 9th nationally from among 673 institutions in the master’s degree category for community service participation and hours served.  During the 2012-2013 academic year, King’s students combined for almost 180,000 service hours.

“As King’s prepares to welcome its next class of students later in the week, it is a great comfort to again be recognized on a national level as an educational institution that takes very seriously its commitment to those less fortunate and also for making a positive impact in the lives of our students while they are on campus and after they graduate,” said Father John Ryan, C.S.C, president.

King’s placed sixth among all Pennsylvania institutions of higher education in the master’s category, and was the highest ranked Luzerne County college or university.

King’s and the University of Scranton were the only higher education institutions in northeastern Pennsylvania ranked among the top 200 in the survey.

The rankings appear in the September/October issue of “Washington Monthly” magazine. The rankings were based on three evenly weighted selection criteria; social mobility, service, and research.

The categories, as defined by “Washington Monthly,” are recruiting and graduating low-income students, encouraging students to give something back to their country, and producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs, respectively.

King’s is the only Wyoming Valley institution of higher learning to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll each year since it was established in 2006.

King’s has also earned a place for eight consecutive years on an exclusive list of “Best American Colleges” compiled for “Forbes” magazine by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity based on multiple factors related to success after graduation, affordability, student satisfaction, and student and faculty achievement.