Regent University Student Achievement

Building leaders who will make a positive difference in their families, communities, careers and the world is a hallmark of Regent University. That’s why we place high importance on each student’s intellectual, social, and spiritual development. We invite you to explore the data below as an overview of our success in cultivating successful graduates.

Regent has identified the following goals and outcomes related to student achievement.

  1. Goal 1: Students will efficiently progress through the curriculum of their academic programs.
    1. Outcome 1.1: Students will complete their courses.
    2. Outcome 1.2: Students will retain in their program.
    3. Outcome 1.3: Students will maintain a quality GPA between the first and second year.
  2. Goal 2: Students will effectively complete their programs.
    1. Outcome 2.1: Undergraduate students will graduate within six years.
    2. Outcome 2.2: Graduate students will graduate within the timeline established by Regent faculty or accreditation standards.
  3. Goal 3: Students will demonstrate proficiency after graduation.
    1. Outcome 3.1: Students will pass applicable licensure exams.
    2. Outcome 3.2: Students will obtain a job upon graduation.

University-wide Data

Regent University’s leadership uses enrollment data to improve persistence and provide direction on how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of students’ experiences. The University uses three variables to evaluate enrollment data: course completion rates, retention, and graduation rates. Graduation rates are expressed in the school-specific tabs located on this webpage. Additionally, the University also measures the job placement rates and licensure exam pass rates for graduates.

The University-Wide Course Completion Rates table indicates the percentage of students who completed all online and on-campus courses at the University, regardless of level. Regent tracks course completion rates by the number of students enrolled in a single course multiplied by the number of courses in which each student is enrolled.

The threshold for the University-wide course completion rate is 85%.

University-Wide Course Completion Rates

Term Course Completion Rate Threshold
Fall 2017 77% 85%
Fall 2018 82% 85%
Fall 2019 87% 85%

Retention rates evaluate students’ progression towards graduation. These data are analyzed from a variety of approaches, to include headcount and credit hour, while analyzing by school and college.

The threshold for first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen is 75%.

Undergraduate Retention Rates

Terms Retention Rate Threshold
Fall 2016 to Fall 2017 78% 75%
Fall 2017 to Fall 2018 77% 75%
Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 78% 75%

Regent University utilizes the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) to benchmark placement outcomes. The threshold target is 75%. Beginning in 2017, Regent began reporting employment rates for bachelor’s and master’s students separately.

“Employed” is defined as graduates who have obtained full-time or part-time employment.

  2016 2017 2018
NACE Regent NACE Regent NACE Regent
Bachelor’s Master’s All Graduates Bachelor’s Master’s Bachelor’s Master’s Bachelor’s Master’s Bachelor’s Master’s
Employed + Additional School 84.9% 87.3% 90.6% 81.2% 86.4% 86% 93% 82.7% 86.2% 92% 93%
Continuing Education 21.4% 7.1% 6.9% 17.5 7.3% 12% 5% 19.2% 8.9% 19% 7%
Employed 63.5% 80.2% 83.6% 63.7% 79.1% 74% 88% 63.5% 77.3% 73% 86%

Regent University offers programs in the following disciplines that lead to licensure: law, counseling, psychology, and different genres of teaching. For these disciplines, Regent measures student achievement by comparing the percentages of students who pass these exams to a standard (i.e., state, national, or accreditor). These standards are established by the Regent schools that house the academic programs.

School of Law: Virginia Bar Exam

The Virginia Bar Exam pass rate shows the percentage of first-time, Virginia Bar Exam test takers from the following graduating classes who took the Virginia Bar Exam and passed. The threshold pass rate is the state pass rate for first-time, Virginia Bar Exam test takers.

Graduates who take the Virginia Bar Exam for the first time in a year other than the year they graduate are included with their graduating class. Accordingly, the bar pass rate for a graduating class can change as more students from that graduating class take the Virginia Bar Exam for the first time. The state average figure in the table below only includes students who took and passed the Virginia Bar Exam for the first time in the identified year. It does not include first-time test takers who complete the Virginia Bar Exam in subsequent years.

  Regent University State of Virginia*
2017 94.1% 76%
2018 77.4% 76%
2019 83.8% pending

*Data for the state-wide pass rate is from The Bar Examiner webpage.

Graduate Licensure Exams

  20162017 20172018 20182019 Threshold
Clinical Psychology Licensure Requirements (EPPP national exam and other state requirements)¹ 81% 89% 75%
Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination 97% 97% 96% 80%
National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification 91% 100% 100% 80%
School Leaders Licensure Assessment2 85% 85% 93.7% 80%
Reading for Virginia Educators 100% 100% 100% 100%
Reading for Virginia Educators, Reading Specialist 100% 100% 100% 100%
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment 100% 99.4% 100% 100%
  1. The APA requires the School of Psychology and Counseling (SPC) to track the number of graduates between two and 10 years ago who became licensed psychologists. APA does not require updated licensure rates after the tenth year. Therefore, SPC stops tracking EPPP licensure after the tenth year.
  2. Pass rates apply to all students who took the SLLA assessment in these academic years, not just graduates.

Clinical Psychology Licensure Requirements (EPPP national exam and other state requirements)1 2

Outcome 20092019
The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago 149
The number of these graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years 132
Licensure percentage 89%

1The APA requires the School of Psychology and Counseling (SPC) to track the number of graduates between two and 10 years ago who became licensed psychologists. APA does not require updated licensure rates after the tenth year. Therefore, SPC stops tracking EPPP licensure after the tenth year.

2Additional information about student admissions, outcomes, and other data for the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology is available on the School of Psychology & Counseling webpage.

Freshman in Good Standings

Students in good academic standing maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

Year Percentage of Freshman in Good Standing Threshold
Fall 2016 84% 85%
Fall 2017 82% 85%
Fall 2018 83% 85%

 

Percentage of Graduate Students with at least 3.0 GPA or higher

Year Graduate Students with Cumulative GPA 3.0 or Above Threshold
Fall 2017 88% 85%
Fall 2018 87% 85%
Fall 2019 87% 85%

 

Percentage of J.D./LL.M. Students with at least 2.0 GPA or higher

Year J.D./LL.M. Students with Cumulative GPA 2.0 or Above Threshold
Fall 2017 96% 85%
Fall 2018 95% 85%
Fall 2019 97% 85%

College of Arts & Sciences: Undergraduate Six-Year Graduation Rates

Regent University annually reports undergraduate graduation rates to external audiences based on the Common Data Set (CDS) definition, consisting of the cohort of full-time, first-time, bachelor’s degree-seeking students. This number includes students who enrolled during the summer term preceding the fall term.

Graduation Rate Threshold
Fall 2011 Cohort 61% 55%
Fall 2012 Cohort 58% 55%
Fall 2013 Cohort 58% 55%

Graduate Schools

Regent reports a limited number of graduate-level graduation rates to external entities such as U.S. News & World Report. These graduation rates are based on a specific cohort of online, degree-seeking students enrolled in the M.A. in Organizational Leadership, MBA, or M.Ed. programs.

In addition, the University monitors the graduation trends of all graduate programs. A cohort approach is used to evaluate graduation trends because most graduate programs specify that students must complete their programs between five and 10 years. Each program has its own graduation threshold based on historical and recent metrics that are reviewed by the school or college dean, and by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Graduation Rates by Program in the SBL

M.A. in Organizational Leadership Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 57 45 78.9% 65%
2009–2010 54 39 72.2% 65%
2010–2011 73 49 67.1% 65%
M.B.A. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 23 16 69.6% 65%
2009–2010 39 34 87.2% 65%
2010–2011 57 48 84.2% 65%
D.S.L. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 47 40 85.1% 65%
2009–2010 55 44 80.0% 65%
2010–2011 50 38 76.0% 65%
Ph.D. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 43 26 60.5% 60%
2009–2010 56 42 75.0%
2010–2011 71 37 52.1% 60%

School of Communication & the Arts

M.A. in Communication Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 46 35 76.1% 75%
2009–2010 40 31 77.5% 75%
2010–2011 34 29 85.3% 75%
M.A. in Journalism Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 16 14 87.5% 70%
2009–2010 12 9 75.0% 70%
2010–2011 15 11 73.3% 70%
M.A. in Theatre Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 17 11 64.7% 65%
2009–2010 10 7 70.0% 65%
2010–2011 11 8 72.7% 65%
MFA in Film-Television Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 22 18 81.8% 85%
2009–2010 21 15 71.4% 85%
2010–2011 11 10 90.9% 85%
MFA in Acting Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 10 8 80.0% 85%
2009–2010 11 11 100.0% 85%
2010–2011 11 11 100.0% 85%
Ph.D. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 11 9 81.8% 60%
2009–2010 14 11 78.6% 60%
2010–2011 21 16 76.2% 60%

School of Divinity

M.A. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 65 48 73.8% 60%
2009–2010 75 62 82.7% 60%
2010–2011 74 47 63.5% 60%
M.Div. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 90 44 48.9% 50%
2009–2010 103 60 58.3% 50%
2010–2011 114 67 58.8% 50%
D.Min. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 14 9 64.3% 50%
2009–2010 18 7 38.9% 50%
2010–2011 19 12 63.2% 50%
Ph.D. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 No New Students Enrolled 50%
2009–2010 6 6 100.0% 50%
2010–2011 9 3 33.3% 50%

School of Education

M.Ed. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 242 163 67.4% 65%
2009–2010 267 185 69.3% 65%
2010–2011 306 227 74.2% 65%
Ed.S. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 9 7 77.8% 80%
2009–2010 10 9 90.0% 80%
2010–2011 22 17 77.3% 80%
Ed.D. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 39 18 46.2% 50%
2009–2010 37 23 62.2% 50%
2010–2011 38 22 57.9% 50%
Ph.D. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 No New Students Enrolled 50%
2009–2010 1 1 100.0% 50%
2010–2011 1 0 0% 50%

Robertson School of Government

M.A. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 69 54 78.3% 70%
2009–2010 80 64 80.0% 70%
2010–2011 77 58 75.3% 70%

School of Law

LL.M. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 2 2 100.0% 75%
2009–2010 2 2 100.0% 75%
2010–2011 2 1 50.0% 75%
J.D. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 153 125 81.7% 75%
2009–2010 156 136 87.2% 75%
2010–2011 166 137 82.5% 75%

School of Psychology & Counseling

M.A. in Counseling Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 52 48 92.3% 85%
2009–2010 43 39 90.7% 85%
2010–2011 49 45 91.8% 85%
M.A. in Human Services Counseling Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 15 12 80.0% 75%
2009–2010 23 20 87.0% 75%
2010–2011 24 18 75.0% 75%
Ph.D. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 19 15 78.9% 85%
2009–2010 20 19 95.0% 85%
2010–2011 18 14 77.8% 85%
Psy.D. Started Finished Graduation Rate Threshold
2008–2009 22 21 95.5% 85%
2009–2010 17 17 100.0% 85%
2010–2011 23 19 82.6% 85%

Graduate School Data

The graduate student retention rate is calculated based on the number of degree-seeking students who started their degree programs in either the fall, spring, or summer cohorts, and returned or graduated within the next academic year. Each graduate school has established its own retention threshold based on historical and recent institutional metrics. As indicated in the following tables for each graduate school, each retention threshold was met from 2015 to 2019.

School of Business & Leadership Retention Rates

Cohort Started Returned or Graduated Retention Rate Threshold
2016–2017 570 480 84% 65%
2017–2018 665 535 80% 65%
2018–2019 598 484 81% 65%

School of Communication & the Arts Retention Rates

Cohort Started Returned or Graduated Retention Rate Threshold
2016–2017 216 182 84% 75%
2017–2018 259 220 85% 75%
2018–2019 302 251 83% 75%

School of Divinity Retention Rates

Cohort Started Returned or Graduated Retention Rate Threshold
2016–2017 530 447 84% 70%
2017–2018 534 450 84% 70%
2018–2019 520 443 85% 70%

School of Education Retention Rates

Cohort Started Returned or Graduated Retention Rate Threshold
2016–2017 449 399 89% 80%
2017–2018 429 381 89% 80%
2018–2019 419 373 89% 80%

Robertson School of Government Retention Rates

Cohort Started Returned or Graduated Retention Rate Threshold
2016–2017 125 104 83% 70%
2017–2018 107 92 86% 70%
2018–2019 120 95 79% 70%

School of Law Retention Rates

Cohort Started Returned or Graduated Retention Rate Threshold
2016–2017 320 278 87% 85%
2017–2018 315 289 92% 85%
2018–2019 411 365 89% 85%

School of Psychology & Counseling Retention Rates

Cohort Started Returned or Graduated Retention Rate Threshold
2016–2017 309 284 92% 85%
2017–2018 370 342 92% 85%
2018–2019 463 415 90% 85%