This year, Regent University earned the distinction as “number one” for Military Friendliness in the Private Institutions category by Military Friendly, a division of Victory Media, in its annual rankings of United States schools and employers.
Regent received the distinction for exceeding the Military Friendly® benchmarks such as academic policies and compliance; admissions and orientation; culture and commitment; financial aid and assistance; graduation and career; and military student support and retention.
Senior director of traditional and military admissions Bob Habib is thankful for the recognition, though he knows the heart behind which his admissions team and the staff of Regent’s Office of Military & Veterans Affairs serves military service members and veterans goes beyond seeking prestigious rankings.
“The values of Regent – integrity, excellence and innovation – directly tie in with the values of the military services, like honor, service and commitment,” said Habib. “It’s natural that we, as a Christian institution, walk the extra mile and remove some of the barriers that our military affiliated students face.” Of Habib’s team dedicated to serve Regent’s military population, nearly all have military experience. Further, every branch of the United States Armed Forces is represented. “It’s not a prerequisite,” said Habib. “But we want our staff to understand the challenges that come with military life. Who better to speak into that than those of us who have been through the process ourselves?”
Habib explained that the students he sees on campus are “worth investing the extra mile.” He sees his job as a way of honoring the commitment and sacrifice of those who serve and protect, whether active duty, veterans, spouses or dependents.
“We want to be focused on their success in the classroom,” said Habib. “We want them to succeed academically, socially and spiritually.”