Regent Facts

Our Name

A “regent” is defined as one who represents a king in his absence. For Regent University, a regent is one who represents Christ, our Sovereign, in whatever sphere of life he or she may be called to serve Him.

University Degrees and Programs

Degrees awarded (2015-16) 1,522
Associate degrees 16
Bachelor’s degrees 469
Master’s degrees 716
Doctoral degrees 166
First Professional degrees 155


Institutional: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Specialized: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), American Psychological Association (APA)*, Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Association of Theological Schools (ATS), American Bar Association (ABA), Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

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General Facts


  • Founded in 1978 and located on 70 acres in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent consists of seven graduate schools and one undergraduate school.
  • Regent University topped the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, 2017. It also ranked #1 among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia.
  • Regent ranked among the top five Best Online MBA Programs in Virginia and Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA) in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report, 2017.
  • Regent University is recognized nationally as one of only 25 universities in the U.S. to receive an “A” rating by ACTA.
  • Regent University School of Law‘s faculty were recognized among the Top 10 Faculty in the nation by The Princeton Review, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
  • Regent University School of Law’s Moot Court team is ranked 5th in the nation. They also placed 2nd and won Best Brief at the 2016 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship.
  • The university offers 128 graduate and undergraduate areas of study on campus and online, with approximately 21,000 alumni as of September 2016.
  • Regent was named to G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines’ 2017 list of Top 10 Military-Friendly Schools.
  • More than 800 Hampton Roads Teachers of the Year received their degrees or certificates from Regent’s School of Education and the school has yielded a 95 percent pass rate in the School Leadership Licensure Assessment.
  • Regent has been the recipient of more than 400 national and international film awards by the School of Communication & the Arts.
  • The School of Psychology & Counseling received a 100-percent match rate for fourth-year Psy.D. student internships in 2016, above the national average.
  • Regent offers international study programs in Russia and other locations.
  • Five university faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars.

Nationally Recognized Graduates

  • Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, Dr. Jay Sekulow ’04
  • Emmy Award-Winner, Tony Hale ’95 (Best Supporting Actor)
  • Former Representative of Virginia’s 2nd District, Scott Rigell ’90
  • Former Assistant Administrator (presidential appointment with Senate confirmation) under President George W. Bush, Paul J. Bonicelli, Ph.D., ’87
  • Louisiana State Senator, Sharon Weston Broome ’84
  • New York Times Best-Selling Author and Lead Pastor of National Community Church, Mark Batterson ’12
  • Tony-nominated Broadway producer, Bruce Long ’98
  • Senior Founding Pastor of Calvary Revival Church and Presiding Bishop of Calvary Alliance Churches, B. Courtney McBath ’98
  • National Middle School Principal of the Year, Sharon Byrdsong ’08
  • National School Board Association Black Caucus’s Educational Leadership Award and National Milken Award Winner, Doreatha White ’01
  • Virginia’s Preserve America History Teacher of the Year, Molly Gunsalus ’02
  • Nation’s first Assistant Secretary of Labor for Communications by Presidential nomination and U.S. Senatorial confirmation, Lisa Kruska ’89
  • Screenplay writer for The Ultimate Gift released nationally, Cheryl McKay ’95
  • Winner of American Bar Association’s 2007 Negotiation Competition, succeeding Harvard
  • Winner of American Bar Association’s 2006 National Moot Court Championship, previously won by Yale
  • Regent’s Enactus chapter was named a Washington, D.C., Regional Champion, 2016
  • Two SBL alums serving as university presidents
  • Founder of the Asia Minor Research Center and the Seven Churches Network in Izmir, Turkey, Mark Wilson

Student Achievement

Regent places high importance on the whole student. Visit our Student Achievement page to learn about our success in cultivating exceptional graduates.

Signature Events

Regent hosts several national forums to address critical issues of the day. These signature events have included the Clash of the Titans® debate, Presidential Candidate Forums, and the Executive Leadership Series. These events draw nationally known leaders, authors, CEOs and government officials such as Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, John Kasich, Ben Carson, Brian Mulroney, Bob Dole, Al Gore, Newt Gingrich, Dee Dee Myers, Mike Huckabee and others.

Library Resources

Regent’s University Library contains over 321,000 printed volumes; 593,000 microforms; 25,500 video and audio recordings; 174 databases; 482,000 electronic books; and 380,580 electronic journal titles.


Regent University faculty members include graduates of Yale, Harvard, Duke, Johns Hopkins and other notable institutions. They are award-winning scholars and practitioners who endeavor to prepare individual students for excellence and success in their chosen fields. Regent students benefit from a high level of personal interaction with faculty members.

Distinguished Professors and Guest Lecturers

  • John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General
  • Ehud Barak, former Israeli Prime Minister
  • Michael Barone, senior writer, U.S. News & World Report
  • Ben Carson, author and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon
  • Vern Clark, former Chief of Naval Operations
  • Bob Dole, former U.S. Senator
  • Charles W. Dunn, Chair, United States J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (1989-1994)
  • Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc.
  • Newt Gingrich, former U.S. House Speaker
  • Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor
  • Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President
  • Hugh Heclo, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, George Mason University
  • T.D. Jakes, bishop of The Potter’s House, best-selling author and producer
  • William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard
  • Wonsuk Ma, director, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies; co-editor, Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies
  • Lt. Col. Nir Nitzan, Israeli Defense Forces
  • Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Nancy Pearcey, Christian worldview expert
  • Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice
Total Faculty (as of Nov. 14, 2016) 713
Full-time 167
Part-time 11
Adjunct 535
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1
Undergraduate ratio 21 to 1
Graduate ratio 17 to 1
Total Staff (as of Nov. 14, 2016) 553
Part-time 14
Full-time 539
Total Enrollment (Fall 2016) 8,952
Men 3,362
Women 5,590
Total Undergraduate 3,806
Graduate 4,202
First professional 720
Non-degree seeking 224
Full-time students 3,338
Part-time students 5,614
Ethnic minorities represented 46%
Number of denominations represented 39
Number of states represented 50
Number of countries represented 75
Average Age of Students: 36
Full-time undergraduate 28
Part-time undergraduate 36
Full-time graduate 33
Part-time graduate 40

Institutional Research

The Institutional Research Office provides accurate and timely information, research, and assessment to the Regent University community and external constituencies. The Office of Institutional Research functions as the official source of university-related statistics for external reporting. The office serves the university and its stakeholders by provide timely information in support of academic and administrative decision making, planning, policy formation and budgetary planning. We communicate frequently with senior administrators to keep them informed of all statistical data as it pertains to the overall strengths and weaknesses of the university.

We also work to increase the visibility and recognition of Regent’s degree programs by completing annual surveys for national publishers including including ACT, College Board, Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), Higher Education Publication Directory (HEP), Military Advanced Education (MAE), Moody’s, Peterson’s, Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. In addition, we maintain institutional research memberships as well as participate in regional conferences including the Virginia Association for Management and Analysis Planning (VAMAP) and the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR).

View the Regent Annual Fact Book 2015-2016.

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General Institutional Information

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Student Financial Assistance


Health and Safety


Student Outcomes


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Common Data Set

University and College Accountability Network (U–CAN) — Regent University Link