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Regent University 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 (2012-13)
Associate's degrees
Bachelor's degrees
Master's degrees
Doctoral degrees
First Professional


Institutional: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
Specialized: Academy of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership (ASEL), 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, Va., Regent consists of seven graduate schools and one undergraduate school.
  • Regent is nationally recognized as a Top 10 Best University by U.S. News & World Report, 2013, for its online bachelor's programs, ranks #1 online for MBA Faculty Credentials & Training and #4 in Online Programs for Veterans, and is highly ranked overall in online business and graduate education programs.
  • Regent University is recognized nationally as one of only 22 universities in the U.S. to receive an "A" rating by ACTA.
  • In 2011, Regent was ranked the top online Christian university by the Online Education Database.
  • Regent University School of Lawis faculty were recognized among the Top 10 Faculty in the nation by The Princeton Review, 2013.
  • Regent University School of Law's Moot Court team finished Top 2 Globally
    at the University of Oxford's Price Media Law Moot Court Programme
    , competing against teams including the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.
  • The university offers more than 50 graduate and undergraduate degrees on campus and online, with approximately 17,551 alumni as of November 2013.
  • Regent was named a Top Conservative College in 2010 and was named to G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines' 2013 list of Military-Friendly Schools.
  • More than 500 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 360 national and international film awards by the School of Communication & the Arts.
  • The School of Psychology & Counseling received an 85 percent match rate for Psy.D. student internships in 2011, well above the national average.
  • Regent offers international study programs in England, France, Italy and Israel.
  • Four university faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars.

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Nationally Recognized Graduates

  • Virginia's 71st Governor, Bob McDonnell '89
  • 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
  • Senior Founding Pastor of Calvary Revival Church and Presiding Bishop of Calvary Alliance Churches, B. Courtney McBath '98
  • Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, Dr. Jay Sekulow '04
  • 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
  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team named SIFE USA Regional Champion
  • Two SBL alums serving as university presidents
  • Founder of the Asia Minor Research Center and the Seven Churches Network in Izmir, Turkey,  Mark Wilson

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Signature Events

Regent hosts several national forums to address critical issues of the day. These signature events include the Clash of the Titans® debate, the Ronald Reagan Symposium and the Executive Leadership Series. These events draw nationally-known leaders, authors, CEOs and government officials such as Ehud Barak, Bob Dole, Al Gore, Newt Gingrich, Geraldine Ferraro, Mike Huckabee, Steve Forbes and others.


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Library Resources

Regent's University Library contains almost 304,000 printed volumes; 593, 000 microform items; 14,000 video and audio recordings; 122 databases; 156,000 electronic books; and 98,900 journal titles via article databases.

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Regent University faculty members are 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 small class sizes and 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
  • Vern Clark, former Chief of Naval Operations
  • Bob Dole, former U.S. Senator
  • Dean 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
  • 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 Sept. 30, 2012)

Student-Faculty Ratio
Undergraduate ratio
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Total Staff


Total Enrollment (Fall 2013) 5,953
Total Undergraduate
First professional
Non-degree seeking
Full-time students
Part-time students
Ethnic minorities represented
Number of denominations represented
Number of states represented
Number of countries represented
Average Age of Students:
Full-time undergraduate
Part-time undergraduate
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