Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on Earning an Online Degree
Are Regent's online degree programs accredited?
Regent University is fully accredited for its online and on campus programs. We are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) along with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition, schools within the university hold specialized accreditations. View accreditation.
What will my diploma say if I complete an online degree?
Your diploma will say your degree title, exactly like that of an on-campus degree. It carries the same value as a traditional college degree.
How do I order my books if I am an online student?
You can order your books online from Regent's bookstore.
How much will my tuition be?
Tuition varies by graduate and undergraduate degree program. It can also change based on the number of credit hours you are taking. View tuition rates.
Can I really get my degree completely online? Would I ever have to come to campus for anything?
If you are in one of our online undergraduate degree programs, you will never need to come to campus for anything unless you desire to do so (such as for graduation). Your degree can be completely obtained from your home.
Some graduate programs require weeklong or weekend residencies during the summer or within some semesters. These hybrid degrees will require you to attend campus when specified.
What if I have technical questions or need support for my courses?
Regent assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Regent C.A.R.E.S. This support center offers academic, technical, emotional and spiritual support to students. Hotline: 757.352.4738 or 855.352.4780. Email: email@example.com
How do I apply for online degree programs?
The application process is the same for both online and on-campus programs. You will complete your application online, and you can stop, save and return at a later time to finish it. Simply click "Apply Now" to get started.
When are online applications due?
New sessions start as often as every eight weeks. However, application due dates vary with each school and graduate or undergraduate degree program, so you'll want to confirm ahead of time. Your decision and enrollment deposit are due two weeks prior to the start of class.
What are online courses like?
To access classes, online students log in to Regent University's online portal, called Blackboard. Blackboard is a delivery platform that allows students to navigate to each class' announcements, syllabus and schedule (with links to download audio, video and assignments) in addition to discussion boards and student groups. In many respects, it's similar to an on-campus course, but you decide when to log on and complete homework, quizzes, etc.
Do online courses meet at a set time?
Online courses are asynchronous. This means there is not a set time where all students in a class are expected to be online.
How do I attend class online?
Online courses are available through Blackboard, Regent's web-based classroom. Students access Blackboard's website, then view course material, interact with newly redesigned discussion features and submit assignments. Regent's undergraduate courses don't require students to be online on specific days or at specific hours, but a program called Wimba gives you the option to log on at a pre-determined hour and listen to your professor lecture in real time.
What amount of time is needed for online classes?
Online undergraduate degree classes are eight weeks long rather than the traditional 15 weeks. Students, as a result, should expect to spend 15-20 hours per week on a three-credit course. This includes online time, studying, writing papers and taking tests.
For graduate degrees, study time varies depending on each course and the total number of credit hours you are taking.
Are online classes harder than on-campus classes?
Online and on-campus classes require the same amount of work. There is no academic difference — both are challenging and integrate faith and reason.
Can I take classes both online and on campus?
For undergraduate courses, often you can, and we encourage you to choose whatever means work best for you and your schedule. Graduate programs may only be available on campus or online, so you will need to check with your advisor on options for both. Degrees classified as hybrids, allow you to combine online courses with on campus — including residencies. Again, check with an advisor for details.
Will there be an orientation for Blackboard usage?
Regent University has a Blackboard orientation at the beginning of each semester along with tutorials for all software.
What web browser should I use?
The IT HelpDesk recommends using Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or higher. Firefox is an alternative web browser that runs very smoothly with Blackboard 9.1. You can download it by going to Firefox.com and then clicking on the large, green button on the left labeled "Firefox Free Download." A number of common issues regarding Blackboard can be resolved by using Firefox.
I am enrolled in a course in Genisys, but it isn't showing up in Blackboard. Why?
Most of the time, when a course isn't showing up in Blackboard, but it's showing that you are enrolled in Genisys, it means that the course is not currently available. This often happens when the instructor has the class still marked as unavailable so that he or she can finish updating the content (e.g., uploading the syllabus, tests/quizzes, handouts, etc.).
When copying/pasting from Word, why does my post disappear or display incorrectly?
Instead of pasting your Word content directly into the text editor, you can call up the "Paste from Word" mashup tool. All you have to do is select the tool (click the mashup icon and select "Paste from Word"), paste the Word content into the box and click "Submit."
Why do I only see the Announcements section when I go into my course?
If you enter your course and your Course Menu is missing, it typically means that it is minimized. There is a small tab on the left that you need to click on.