King’s College

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May we work together to educate the mind and heart of every member of our college community. May your gracious Spirit enable this work of resurrection in us so that we might bring light to those in darkness and proclaim your liberating love to all in need.

— Prayer by Rev. Thomas Looney, C.S.C., former Provincial Superior for the Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers

King’s College was established in 1946 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., by the Congregation of Holy Cross. Founded to educate the children of miners of the Wyoming Valley, King’s is a nationally ranked, liberal arts college offering challenging academic programs of 35 majors, 10 pre-professional programs and seven special concentrations. With a 14:1 student/faculty ratio, approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students receive personal attention on this small, urban campus.

For 17 years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked King’s College among the nation’s best colleges for its committed faculty and dedication to providing quality education at an affordable price. U.S. News & World Report also ranked King’s in the top tier among the “Best Universities-Masters” in the north for 10 consecutive years.

King’s College has also been recognized for its mission of providing professional and personal development programs that encourage and inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives.John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges named King’s among the country’s top 100 colleges and universities that helps students build character — a distinction that King’s has received three times. The College has also been recognized by The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for students’ performing more than 92,000 hours of community service.

Wilkes-Barre native Rev. Jack Ryan, C.S.C., former dean of the William G. McGowan School of Business at King’s College, is the ninth Holy Cross priest to serve as president. Fr. Ryan’s tenure as president started July 1, 2011. Fr. Ryan has been a member of the King’s business faculty since 1994 and dean since 2004. Under his leadership, the school has achieved international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a designation only granted to 5 percent of business schools in the world.