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King's College
Latin: Collegium Christi Regis
Motto Latin: Oportet Eum Regnare
Motto in English "It is fitting that he should reign"
Established 1946
Type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Endowment US$$44 million[1]
President Thomas O'Hara
Staff 180
Students 2,200
Location Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
41°14′53″N 75°52′39″W / 41.24806°N 75.8775°W / 41.24806; -75.8775Coordinates: 41°14′53″N 75°52′39″W / 41.24806°N 75.8775°W / 41.24806; -75.8775
Campus Urban
Campus size 48 acres [2]
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Colors Red and gold         
Nickname Monarchs
Mascot Leo the Lion
Athletics NCAA, Middle Atlantic Corporation

King's College is a liberal arts college located in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, King's has been ranked among the best colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Barron's Best Buys in College Education.[3] King’s College ranked 366 out of the 600 best colleges in the nation according to Forbes Magazine. The college ranked number one in Northeastern Pennsylvania, scoring higher than Scranton University. It's the only school in Luzerne County to have made the list.[4]



King's College was founded in 1946 by the Congregation of Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame. The college was initially built to educate the sons of local miners and mill workers that lived in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. Their administration building was built back in 1913, before the college even existed. It was first established as the headquarters of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company. The building was designed by Daniel Burnham of Chicago.

Nearby, at the corner of Franklin and Jackson Streets, the college's Chapel of "Christ the King" houses a 4,200-pound anthracite alter (symbolizing the relationship between the coal industry and the college). It was created for King's in 1954 by the great African- American coal sculptor and Wilkes-Barre resident, C. Edgar Patience.

In June 1972, massive flooding occurred in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Rains from Tropical Storm Agnes caused the neighboring Susquehanna River to overflow and flood most of the campus.


King's College and Wilkes University had consolidated their bookstores into a single store. It is located near Wilkes-Barre's Public Square and is run by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.[5]

The college also owns land for sporting events near Highland Park Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre Township. This area contains a football stadium, a baseball field, a soccer field, and other sports-related fields.

The college provides parking areas for both students and faculty. Visitors also have their own parking lots. The campus covers nearly 50 acres, in downtown Wilkes-Barre, adjacent to the Susquehanna River. Monarch Court is situated near the center of the campus. It brings all sides of the campus together. It's a large brick patio that encircles a large brick design of the "K" in King's College. In addition, each one of the bricks surrounding the "K" is engraved with the names of students, alumni, and local businesses.[6]



The campus seen from Giants Despair Mountain

College Halls

  • Luksic Hall - corner of West Jackson and North Franklin Streets
  • Benaglia Hall - North Franklin Street
  • Hafey-Marian Hall - West Jackson Street (also located near the center of the campus)
  • Holy Cross Hall - located near Monarch Court
  • Hessel Hall - located near Monarch Court
  • Esseff Hall - corner of North Main and West Jackson Streets
  • Flood Hall - corner of Harrison and West North Streets
  • Alumni Hall - corner of East Jackson and North Main Streets

College Courts

  • Monarch Court - located near the center of the campus
  • Moreau Court - located near West North Street
  • Basketball Court - Spencer Street (located behind Scandlon Gym)

College Centers and School(s)

College Houses

  • John J. Lane House - North Franklin Street
  • Kilburn House - North Franklin Street (formerly used as the college president's home)
  • Sherrer House - corner of Spencer and North Franklin Streets

College places of interest

College Communities

  • Holy Cross Community - North Franklin Street
  • Holy Cross Community/Student Housing - North Franklin Street

Miscellaneous Buildings

  • Environmental Studies - located behind Benaglia Hall
  • Alumni Relations - North Franklin Street
  • Experiential Learning - North Franklin Street
  • Human Resources - North Franklin Street
  • Study Abroad - corner of Spencer and North Franklin Streets
  • Gateway Corners - corner of North Main and East North Streets
  • Maintenance - Harrison Street (located behind the gym)


King's grants bachelor's degrees in 35 majors and a master's degree in physician assistant studies.[7] The average class size is 18 with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.[8] According to the college, 70% of all enrolled students graduate from King's and 99% of graduates are employed or attend graduate school within six months of graduation.[8] The business program is AACSB-accredited.[9]

Student life

King's has 2,700 students.[8]

Student government [1]

King's student government operates out of the first floor of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. General Board meetings are held on the first and third Monday of every month during the academic year.

The 2010 student government presidential candidates are: School Secretary Giancarlo DiLonardo (New Jersey) and Class Representative Joseph Sebastianelli (Pennsylvania). Elections will be held from March 17-22, 2010.

Residence life

The college has traditional dormitory housing and apartments. Traditional dorms include: Esseff Hall (female freshmen only), Holy Cross Hall (male freshmen only), and Luksic Hall (a co-ed residence hall). Apartments include: Alumni Hall (a four-story co-ed building), Flood Hall (co-ed), John Lane House (a three-story home), Gateway Corners (a three-story co-ed), and North Franklin Street (co-ed).[10]

Extracurricular activities

Clubs and organizations

King's College recognizes 50 clubs and organizations.[2] A majority of these clubs are focused on academics (i.e., Biology Club and Psychology Club). Others focus on service (i.e., Knights of Columbus and Sigma Kappa Sigma).[11]


In 1961, the King's College team of Frank Harrison and Peter Smith, under coach Robert Connelly, lost to Harvard University's Laurence Tribe and Gene Clements in the finals of the West Point National Tournament.[12]

Media and publications

Logo for the radio station

King's College has a student-run radio station, "Radio King's College" (WRKC). The radio station not only plays music but also broadcasts sports. A general manager oversees the entire student-run radio station.[13] Aside from WRKC, King's has a student newspaper called The Crown that is published every Thursday during the school year.[14] King's literary magazine, The Scop, is published twice a year and accepts both written and visual submissions from current students and alumni.[15] King's has a yearbook, The Regis, published annually. The college also has a closed-circuit campus television station, KCTV 10, which broadcasts shows such as a talk show ("King's Live"), a music competition ("King's Idol"), news, and sports.


The college teams compete in NCAA Division III level and are members of the Middle Atlantic Corporation. The college's athletic nickname is the Monarchs. King's teams compete in 13 intercollegiate sports: baseball, men and women's basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, men and women's soccer, men and women's swimming, men and women's tennis, wrestling, field hockey, softball and volleyball.[16]

King's College alma mater

Hail, our royal Regent,
Thy sovereign name we praise,
King of Earth and Heaven,
Watcher of our ways.
We're forever loyal
Ever proud to sing,
The glories of the school we cherish
Hail to Christ the King!

Presidents of King's College

President's Name years
1 James W. Connerton 1946 - 1949
2 John J. Lane 1949 - 1950
3 Leo F. Flood 1950 - 1955
4 George P. Benaglia 1955 - 1964
5 Lane D. Kilburn 1964 - 1974
6 Charles D. Sherrer 1974 - 1981
7 James Lackenmier 1981 - 1999
8 Thomas J. O'Hara 1999 - present

Notable alumni

Notes and references

External links


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