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Institutional Profile


Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson founder and president of the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN), had an inspired vision of establishing a graduate-level institution that would train mature men and women for the challenge of representing Christ in their professions. In 1977, the vision materialized when CBN University was incorporated as a nonprofit education institution in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In the fall of 1978, students began classes in modest, rented facilities.

By October 1989, CBN University had grown from a School of Communication & the Arts to seven professional schools with nearly 800 students. On January 1, 1990, in recognition of this growth, the board of trustees voted to change the name of CBN University to Regent University. A "regent" is one who represents a king in his absence. For Regent University, a regent is one who represents Christ, our Sovereign, in whatever sphere of the life he or she may be called to serve Him.

Today, more than 10,000 students earn associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the school's campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, or via online learning. Our student body represents 75 countries; and over 22,000 alumni are making an impact in all sectors around the world.

Our academic programs are as rigorous as they are rewarding. Regent student teams regularly win national competitions in their fields of study, and our alumni have been honored for professional achievements in their disciplines.

Likewise, Regent campus buildings, designed within an architectural master plan, reflect a commitment to our nation's colonial heritage but are also equipped with the latest educational technologies.

Certainly, the distinct mission of Regent has drawn students, administrators, and distinguished faculty and guest lecturers from around the world to contribute to its fulfillment. Regent employs 155 full-time and some 500 adjunct faculty, including former Attorney General John Ashcroft, a Distinguished Professor of Law and Government and Admiral Vern Clark (ret.), former Chief of Naval Operations, a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Government. Review Regent University Facts for a closer look at the accomplishments and prominence Regent University shares with schools many times our age.

Beyond milestone events and dates or facts and figures, Regent's mission to combine Christianity and world-class education has kept the university on course. True to its well-established roots, Regent remains a premier educational institution dedicated to combining quality education with biblical teachings. The dramatic changes that have taken place are the result of divine inspiration and unwavering dedication to the mission as reflected in our motto Christian Leadership to Change the World.



  • College of Arts & Sciences

Graduate Schools

  • School of Business & Leadership
  • School of Communication & the Arts
  • School of Divinity
  • School of Education
  • Robertson School of Government
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology & Counseling

Student Profile

Average age: 35

  • Full-time undergraduate students: 28
  • Part-time undergraduate students: 35
  • All undergraduate students: 31
  • Full-time graduate students: 33
  • Part-time graduate students: 40
  • All graduate students: 39

Enrollment status
41% Full-time students, 59% Part-time students

62% Female, 38% Male enrollment

Student body

  • 4% Foreign/International
  • 31% African-American or Black
  • 1% American Indian/Native American
  • 2% Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 6% Hispanic
  • 51% White/Caucasian American
  • 3% Two or more races
  • 2% Unknown/Unreported

Approximately 800 students live on campus

Degrees and Certificates


  • Advancing Leadership
  • Autism
  • Biblical Studies
  • Career Switcher - Alternative Licensure
  • Church Leadership
  • Global Politics
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Leadership
  • Mid-East Politics
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Political Management
  • Practical Ministry
  • Public Administration
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Terrorism and Homeland Defense
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

  • Counseling Studies
  • Education
  • Leadership

Associate's degrees

  • Business
  • Christian Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • General Studies
  • History
  • Information Systems
  • Psychology

Bachelor's degrees

  • Animation
  • Biblical & Theological Studies
  • Biophysical Sciences
  • Business
  • Christian Ministry
  • Cinema-Television
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Government
  • History
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education)
  • International Studies
  • Leadership Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Theatre

Master's degrees

  • Acting
  • Acting and Directing
  • American Legal Studies (LL.M.)
  • Biblical Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Career Switcher with Licensure
  • Christian Education Specialist
  • Christian School Program
  • Cinema Arts/Television Arts
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication
  • Counseling
  • Cross-categorical Special Education
  • Digital Media
  • Directing for Cinema/TV
  • Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Education Licensure
  • Government
  • Human Services Counseling
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leadership and Renewal
  • Leadership in Character Education
  • Management
  • Master Teacher Program
  • Mathematics Education
  • Missiology
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Practical Theology
  • Producing for Cinema/TV
  • Script and Screenwriting
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Student Affairs
  • Television Arts
  • Theatre

Doctoral degrees

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication
  • Counseling Education and Supervision
  • Education
  • Leadership and Renewal
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Renewal Studies
  • Strategic Leadership

Professional degrees

  • Law (J.D.)
  • Missiology
  • Practical Theology


  • Undergraduate: $530 per credit hour
  • Graduate (varies by program): $495-$995 per credit hour
  • Law (varies by program): $650-$1,140 per credit hour


  • 155 full-time faculty
  • Approximately 500 individuals serve as adjunct faculty members throughout the academic year


  • Regent University has over 22,000 alumni representing all 50 states and over 100 countries.
  • The university awards approximately 1,000 degrees each year.

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) of use in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program. Regent University's profile is available here.

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