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Mission & History


Regent University serves as a center of Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.


aerial picture of Regent propertyDr. M. G. "Pat" Robertson, founder and president of the Christian Broadcasting Network, had an inspired vision of establishing a graduate-level institution that would train mature men and women for the challenge of representing Christ in their professions. In 1977, that dream materialized when CBN University was incorporated as a nonprofit educational institution in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In the fall of 1978, 77 students began classes in modest, rented facilities.

By October 1989, CBN University had grown from a College of Communication and the Arts to seven professional schools with nearly 800 students. On January 1, 1990, in recognition of this growth, the Board of Trustees, with the blessing of the Christian Broadcasting Network, unanimously voted to change the name of CBNU to Regent University. A regent is one who represents a king in his absence. For us at 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.

Today, the university has grown to nearly 6,000 students, offering both master's and doctoral degrees as well as an undergraduate program through on-campus programs and online.