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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 (2018-19) 2,165
Associate degrees 31
Bachelor’s degrees 705
Master’s degrees 1,074
Doctoral degrees 202
First Professional degrees 153


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), Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

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 by U.S. News & World Report, 2020.
  • The RN to B.S. in Nursing at Regent University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Regent University 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.
  • Regent University ranked among the Top 5 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia, according to U.S. News & World Report, 2020. It has ranked among the top 5 for eight consecutive years.
  • Regent ranked #7 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, 2020.
  • Regent University is one of only 23 universities nationally “A” Rated for comprehensive liberal arts curriculum (American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2020).
  • Regent is among the fastest growing private universities in the nation.
  • Regent University’s School of Law was ranked among Top 5 in the Nation for Teaching Quality (Interesting Professors) and Top 35 in the Nation for Academic Experience by The Princeton Review, 2020 (Best Law Schools).
  • The School of Law is one of 20 law schools to receive an “A” rating for trial and litigation, PreLaw Magazine, 2019. 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.
  • “A” rated in Top Law Schools: Trial Advocacy & Litigation, PreLaw Magazine, 2019.
  • The university offers over 135 graduate and undergraduate areas of study on campus and online and has prepared over 27,000 alumni to succeed in their careers and to make a positive difference in the world.
  • Regent ranked among the Top 10 Best for Vets Colleges: Online & Nontraditional, according to Military Times, 2019.
  • Regent was recognized among Military Friendly Top 10 Schools and among the Top 5 Military Friendly Private Schools offering Doctorate by Military Friendly®, 2019.
  • Regent is a Yellow Ribbon school and a Green Zone campus.
  • More than 850 School of Education alumni have been recognized as Teachers of the Year.
  • Regent’s School of Communication & the Arts has been the recipient of over 500 national and international student film awards.
  • Regent School of Psychology & Counseling received a 100% match rate for fourth-year Psy.D. student internships in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016, above the national average. In 2017 and 2019, 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).
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accredited Regent University’s RN to B.S. in Nursing program.
Median weekly earnings by education attainment, 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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. 14, 2019) 810
Full-time 139
Part-time 32
Adjunct 639
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1
Undergraduate ratio 19 to 1
Graduate ratio 19 to 1
Total Staff (as of Nov. 14, 2019) 500
Part-time 17
Full-time 483
Total Enrollment (Fall 2019 as of Nov. 14, 2019) 10,425
Men 3,843
Women 6,582
Total Undergraduate 4,413
Graduate 4,788
First professional 890
Non-degree seeking 334
Full-time students 4,352
Part-time students 6,073
Ethnic minorities represented 48%
Number of denominations represented 40
Number of states represented 50
Number of countries represented 76
Average Age of Students: 37
Full-time undergraduate 28
Part-time undergraduate 38
Full-time graduate 37
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 providing 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 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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Student Financial Assistance


Health and Safety


Student Outcomes

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Common Data Set

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