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 (2017-18) 1,946
Associate degrees 21
Bachelor’s degrees 576
Master’s degrees 1,045
Doctoral degrees 178
First Professional degrees 126


Institutional: 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.

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), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Read more about accreditation.

General Facts


  • Founded in 1978 and located on 70 acres in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent consists of seven schools and two colleges.
  • Regent is ranked among Top National Universities – U.S. News & World Report, 2019.
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits Regent’s RN to B.S. in Nursing program.
  • Regent topped the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, 2018. It also ranked #1 among the best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia.
  • Regent ranked #4 among the Best Online MBA Programs in Virginia and #3 among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA) in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report, 2018.
  • Regent University is one of only 24 universities nationally “A” Rated for comprehensive liberal arts curriculum.
  • Regent is currently one of the fastest growing schools in the nation with a 14% growth in the past two years.
  • Regent University’s School of Law ranked among the Top 20 Most Innovative Law School (Top 3 in Practical Training), PreLaw Magazine, 2017. See Regent Law’s full list of awards.
  • Regent ranks among the top 15 law schools for Human Rights Law and earning an “A” rating, PreLaw Magazine, 2017.
  • The International Jurist awarded Regent Law’s LL.M. program an A+ for Best Value.
  • Regent Law ranked among the Top 16 Trial Advocacy Curriculum in the nation, PreLaw Magazine, 2017.
  • Regent Law’s Honors Class of 2017 enjoyed 100% employment 10 months after graduation (35% of these are judicial clerkships), U.S. News, 2018.
  • Regent Law ranked as the #5 Moot Court Program in Nation, University of Houston Law Center, 2016.
  • The university offers 132 graduate and undergraduate areas of study on campus and online and has prepared nearly 25,000 alumni to succeed in their careers and to make a positive difference in the world.
  • Regent ranked #5 among the Best Online & Nontraditional Schools, Military Times, 2018.
  • Regent was recognized as the #1 Military Friendly School among Large Private Institutions, which have more than 10,000 students, by Military Friendly®, 2017. It also ranked as the #1 Military Spouse Friendly School among such institutions.
  • Regent ranked #3 among the top Yellow Ribbon online schools 2017 according to Guide to Online Schools.
  • More than 825 Hampton Roads Teachers of the Year received their degrees or certificates from Regent’s School of Education and the school has yielded an 85 percent pass rate in the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (2016-2017).
  • Regent’s School of Communication & the Arts has been the recipient of nearly 450 national and international film awards.
  • Regent School of Psychology & Counseling received a 100-percent match rate for fourth-year Psy.D. student internships in 2018, 2017 and 2016, above the national average. In 2017, all the sites were APA-accredited.
  • Regent is one of a handful of Christian institutions to offer programs accredited by both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Regent offers international study programs in Russia and other locations.
  • Five university faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars.
  • Regent 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 only four percent of universities in the nation to receive this merit, NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, 2018).
  • Regent’s RN to B.S. in Nursing program has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accredited Regent University’s RN to B.S. in Nursing program.

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
  • Six SBL alums, two SOE alums, and one DIV alum 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 Sept. 17, 2018) 910
Full-time 158
Part-time 21
Adjunct 731
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1
Undergraduate ratio 21 to 1
Graduate ratio 17 to 1
Total Staff (as of Sept. 17, 2018) 540
Part-time 14
Full-time 526
Total Enrollment (Fall 2018 as of Sept., 17, 2018) 10,593
Men 3,999
Women 6,594
Total Undergraduate 4,821
Graduate 4,743
First professional 869
Non-degree seeking 160
Full-time students 3,972
Part-time students 6,621
Ethnic minorities represented 48%
Number of denominations represented 38
Number of states represented 50
Number of countries represented 85
Average Age of Students: 36
Full-time undergraduate 29
Part-time undergraduate 37
Full-time graduate 34
Part-time graduate 41

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 External Reporting.

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General Institutional Information

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Health and Safety


Student Outcomes

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Common Data Set

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