For the first time in its 40-year history, Regent University placed in the National Universities category of the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges rankings released Monday, September 10.
Regent ranked #201 in the top-tier National University ranking out of 1,800 schools nationwide, placing the university in the top 11% of schools measured. The National Universities category includes top Ivy League schools and other colleges and universities of excellence. Regent was among only eight Virginia schools in the National Universities ranking, including University of Virginia, William & Mary, Virginia Tech, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University and Shenandoah University.
“Regent invested in an ambitious academic growth strategy to provide students with the highest quality education in the most in-demand, career-oriented programs,” said Regent founder, chancellor and CEO, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson. “We also invested heavily in academic student support services to ensure strong retention and graduation rates. Congratulations to the faculty and administrative team that worked diligently together to deliver these historic, measurable results for our students and graduates.”
Each year, U.S. News & World Report determines the Best Colleges list by evaluating universities in up to 16 measures of academic quality. Topics for consideration in the U.S. News methodology include: retention and graduation rates (representing one third of the metric), student-faculty ratio, financial resources, student excellence and selectivity, and peer assessment.
Institutions ranked in the National University category in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list category were among the Carnegie Classification of Institutions represented in the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
“It is an immense privilege for Regent University to be listed among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report,” said Regent’s executive vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño. “This recognition is a testament to the quality of our faculty, the excellence of our students and also the vision of our chancellor, Dr. M.G. Robertson, who founded the university in 1978 to provide an education based on excellence, innovation and integrity.”
Regent’s recent recognition in the U.S. News & World Report best colleges report comes at the cusp of several new initiatives for the university, including the launch of the College of Healthcare Sciences and School of Nursing (August, 2018), as well as Regent’s recent designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.