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 (2016-17) 1,800
Associate degrees 14
Bachelor’s degrees 524
Master’s degrees 942
Doctoral degrees 168
First Professional degrees 152


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).

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 University 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 recognized nationally as one of only 24 universities in the U.S. to receive an “A” rating by ACTA for its comprehensive liberal arts curriculum.
  • Regent is currently one of the fastest growing schools in the nation.
  • Regent University School of Law‘s faculty were recognized among the Top 10 Faculty in the nation by The Princeton Review, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
  • Regent University School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Curriculum ranked in the Top 16 schools in the nation, PreLaw Magazine (2017).
  • Judicial Clerkship Placement: Top 25% in the nation for all clerkships and top 25% in the nation for federal clerkships (Classes of 2014-2016).
  • Regent University School of Law’s Moot Court team ranked 5th in the nation (2016). It has earned top awards including Americas Region Champions and Best Memorial (2016), Price Media Law Moot Court Programme; Best Brief in the Nation (2016), Andrews Kurth National Invitational Moot Court Championship; and Best Oralist in the Nation (2016), Touro Law Center National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion. See Regent Law’s full list of awards.
  • The university offers 128 graduate and undergraduate areas of study on campus and online, with approximately 21,000 alumni as of September 2016.
  • Regent was recognized as the #1 Military Friendly School among Large Private Institutions, which have more than 10,000 students, by Military Friendly®. 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.
  • Regent was named to G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines’ 2017 list of Top 10 Military-Friendly 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 a 95 percent pass rate in the School Leadership Licensure Assessment.
  • Regent’s School of Communication & the Arts has been the recipient of more than 435 national and international film awards.
  • The School of Psychology & Counseling received a 100-percent match rate for fourth-year Psy.D. student internships in 2016 and 2017, above the national average. In 2017, all the sites were APA-accredited.
  • Regent offers international study programs in Russia and other locations.
  • Five university faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars.

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 Nov. 9, 2017) 857
Full-time 164
Part-time 25
Adjunct 668
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1
Undergraduate ratio 21 to 1
Graduate ratio 16 to 1
Total Staff (as of Nov. 9, 2017) 612
Part-time 9
Full-time 603
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017 as of Nov. 9, 2017) 10,229
Men 3,803
Women 6,426
Total Undergraduate 4,661
Graduate 4,374
First professional 769
Non-degree seeking 425
Full-time students 3,468
Part-time students 6,761
Ethnic minorities represented 47%
Number of denominations represented 39
Number of states represented 50
Number of countries represented 89
Average Age of Students: 36
Full-time undergraduate 28
Part-time undergraduate 37
Full-time graduate 33
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 Regent Annual Fact Book 2015-2016.

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Common Data Set

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