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About Regent

Regent University is one of the nation’s leading academic centers for Christian thought and action.

Founded in 1978, Regent University’s 11,000 students are studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Va., and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in more than 135 program areas including business, communication and the arts, cybersecurity and technology, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing and healthcare, and psychology.

Regent University has consistently placed as one of the top colleges in Virginia and, currently, it tops the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia and is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Along with our commitment to academic excellence, what sets Regent apart is our mission to prepare men and women to excel both in mind and spirit. Our students, faculty and administrators share a calling, founded on biblical principles, to make a significant difference in our world.


The fountain on Regent University's beautiful campus in Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

REGENT UNIVERSITY’S RANKINGS

  • Ranked among Top National Universities by U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years, 2019 and 2020.
  • Ranked #1 among Best Accredited Schools for Online Degree Programs by Study.com, 2020.
  • Topped the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, 2020, for the eighth year in a row.
  • Ranked among the Top 10 Best Online MBA Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, 2020.
  • Ranked among the Top 5 Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA) in Virginia for the last six years, U.S. News & World Report, 2020.
  • Ranked among the Top 5 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for eight consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report, 2020.
  • “A” rated for campus safety by Niche, 2020. Learn more about the measures Regent takes to maintain campus security.
  • Beautiful 70-acre campus ranked in the Top 20 Best College Campuses in America by Niche, 2020, and Top 15 Most Beautiful Christian College & University Campuses in the World by Christian Universities Online, 2017.

Robertson Hall, Regent University.

ACCREDITATION

  • 8 Prestigious Accreditations: SACSCOC, CACREP, CAEP, ACBSP, APA, ABA, CCNE, ATS
  • Regent University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Regent University. Read more about accreditation.


Regent University was ranked among Military Friendly Top 10 Schools by Military Friendly®, 2020.

MILITARY

  • Ranked among the Top 10 Best for Vets Colleges: Online & Nontraditional by Military Times, 2020. Also recognized as a Military Friendly Spouse School.
  • Recognized among Military Friendly Top 10 Schools by Military Friendly®, 2020.

A girl studies at Regent, ranked among the Top 5% Most Affordable Private Christian Universities, 2018.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Regent granted over $24 million in institutional scholarships and aid for 2018-19.
  • Ranked among the Top 5% Most Affordable Private Christian Universities, CCCU Tuition Survey, 2018.

A group of professionals at Norfolk, Virginia.

BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP

  • Regent University’s School of Business & Leadership programs were ranked among the Top 10 Best Online MBA Programs and Top 5 Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA) in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, 2020.
  • Regent offered the first online Doctor of Strategic Leadership program, launched in 2001, and the first online Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, launched in 1995.
  • 10 all-time and 7 current university presidents are among the School of Business & Leadership alumni.

A group enjoys a laugh at Regent University, ranked #1 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia for 8 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, 2020.

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

  • Regent University’s College of Arts & Sciences ranked #1 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia, U.S. News & World Report, 2020.
  • One of only 23 universities nationally “A” Rated for comprehensive liberal arts curriculum, American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), 2020.

A theatrical performance at Regent University, whose programs ranked among the top 25 Best Online Communication Degrees by Intelligent, 2020.

COMMUNICATION & THE ARTS

  • Regent University’s School of Communication & the Arts has been the recipient of over 500 national and international student film awards.
  • Ranked among the top 25 Best Online Communication Degrees, Intelligent, 2020.

A cybersecurity simulation at Regent University, whose programs were ranked among the Top 20 Best Cybersecurity Degree Programs by Intelligent, 2020.

CYBER TRAINING

  • Regent University was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for the B.S. in Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is among leading universities in the nation to receive this merit (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, 2018).
  • Offers hands-on training through a state-of-the-art cyber range, accessible in both on-campus and online offerings.
  • Top 20 Best Cybersecurity Degree Programs by Intelligent, 2020.
National Security Agency
Department of Homeland Security


A lady looks at a Bible at a church in Virginia Beach.

divinity

  • The Doctor of Ministry programs of Regent University’s School of Divinity were among the nation’s first ATS-approved online D.Min. programs.
  • Top 5 Largest M.Div. Programs in the Nation Among all ATS-accredited Seminaries, ATS Annual Data, 2018-19.


An alumnus of Regent's education school, whose programs were ranked among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, 2020.

Education

  • Regent University’s School of Education programs rank among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, 2020.
  • More than 850 School of Education alumni have been honored as Teachers of the Year.

An alumna of Regent University, whose programs were ranked among the Top 25 Best Online MPA Programs by College Consensus, 2020.

GOVERNMENT


A nurse.

HEALTHCARE SCIENCE & NURSING

  • Regent University’s College of Healthcare Sciences & School of Nursing is built on knowledge and faith, together.
  • The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Regent University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
  • Ranked among the 25 Best Online Master’s: Healthcare Management, Best Value Schools, 2019.
CCNE accredited

A moot court at Regent's law school, which received an “A” rating for trial and litigation, PreLaw Magazine, 2019.

LAW

  • Regent University’s School of Law is among the Top 5 in Nation: Teaching Quality (Interesting Professors) and Top 7 in Nation: Professor Accessibility by Princeton Review, 2020.
  • 20th in the Nation, Ultimate Bar Passage (97%), 2019. Highest overall bar passage rate among all eight Virginia law schools in both July 2017 and February 2018.
  • One of 20 law schools to receive an “A” rating for trial and litigation, preLaw Magazine, 2019.

A alumna of Regent University, which received a 100% match rate for fourth-year Psy.D. student internships in 2020.

PSYCHOLOGY & COUNSELING

  • Regent’s School of Psychology & Counseling received a 100% match rate for fourth-year Psy.D. student internships in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016, above the national average. In 2017, 2019, and 2020, all the sites were APA accredited.
  • Among the first Christian institutions uniquely offering both American Psychological Association (APA) and Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited programs.

“Regent helped me learn what it means to be a scholar-practitioner. I work for one of the top consulting firms in the nation specializing in educational leadership development and serve as a member of the graduate faculty at a local university.”

Anthony Marchese, Ph.D., 2008

“In 2015, the Lord began stirring our hearts that it was time to leave everything familiar behind and move here to pursue our degrees at Regent.”

Cheryl You, M.Div., 2019

“Putting that cap on felt so surreal, but I praise God I did it! I'm now preparing for my master's.”

Andria Sinclair, B.S. in Healthcare Management, 2019 Owner, Marie Muah Cosmetics

“I was eager to fulfill a lifelong dream and make a career change to education. Regent's Career Switcher program allowed me to complete most of the training while still on active duty. I was hired immediately upon my retirement from the Air Force.”

Joe Sexton, M.Ed., 2012 Career Switcher

“I am proud to further Regent University’s conviction of excellence in scholarship, passion for ministry, and devotion to the Word of God.”

Ben Gutierrez, Ph.D., 2004 Organizational Leadership