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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 (2022-23)2,307
Associate degrees25
Bachelor’s degrees641
Master’s degrees1,160
Doctoral degrees291
First Professional degrees190



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.


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), and State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

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  • Founded in 1977 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, 2023.
  • The RN to B.S. in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Regent University are 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, 2022, for the tenth 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, 2022. It has ranked among the top 5 for 10 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, 2022.
  • Regent University is one of only 24 universities nationally “A” Rated for comprehensive liberal arts curriculum (American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2022).
  • Regent is among the fastest-growing private universities in the nation.
  • Regent University’s School of Law was ranked among the 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 150 graduate and undergraduate areas of study on campus and online and has prepared over 31,000 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®, 2022.
  • Regent is a Yellow Ribbon school and a Green Zone campus.
  • Regent was ranked the #1 Safest College in Virginia and the #13 Safest College in the United States, 2021, by YourLocalSecurity.
  • 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 645 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 (CAE-CD) for the B.S. in Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency (NSA). It is among only four percent of universities in the nation to receive this merit, NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, 2018).
  • 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 TimesBest-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

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.

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.

  • 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

The university offers over 150 graduate and undergraduate areas of study on campus and online and has prepared over 34,000 alumni to succeed in their careers and make a positive difference in the world.

Total Faculty (as of Nov. 10, 2023)917
Student-to-Faculty Ratio18 to 1
Undergraduate ratio20 to 1
Graduate ratio16 to 1
Total Staff (as of Nov. 10, 2023)553
Total Enrollment (Fall 2023 as of Nov. 10, 2023)10,207
Total Undergraduate4,299
First professional925
Non-degree seeking318
Full-time students4,646
Part-time students5,561
Ethnic minorities represented48%
Number of denominations represented36
Number of states represented50
Number of countries represented52
Average Age of Students:38
Full-time undergraduate28
Part-time undergraduate37
All undergraduate students32
Full-time graduate39
Part-time graduate44
All graduate students42

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.

Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information

Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information

General Institutional Information

Teacher Preparation Program Report

Student Financial Assistance

Health and Safety

Student Outcomes

  • Retention Rate
  • Completions and Graduation Data
  • Job Placement Rates
  • Job Placement Rates for Graduates
  • Graduate and Professional Education Placement for Graduates
  • NSSE Results
  • Students’ Right-to-Know Annual Report
    The Student Right-to-Know Act requires all institutions participating in Title IV federal student aid programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) to disclose information regarding their graduation rates and campus security. The Department of Education requires that this information be reported to several external organizations each year and the primary federal entity charged with collecting and reviewing education data in the United States is the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Student Right to Know information is updated annually through this reporting and is available for public review on the College Navigator website here.
  • House Bill 886 (HB886)
    In accordance with House Bill 886 (HB886), please find Regent University’s list of recent job placement and postsecondary education data.