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Regent University Named #1 Safest College Campus in Virginia

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (July 22, 2021) – Regent University has been ranked the #1 Safest College in Virginia. Regent’s outstanding safeguards were recognized in a new report by YourLocalSecurity, an ADT authorized provider and partner of SafeStreets. In the report, Regent was also ranked the #13 Safest College in the United States.

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“I am excited to report Regent’s excellent safety record and consistent recognition as one of the nation’s safest higher education institutions,” said Dr. Bill Hathaway, executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Regent University. “Our chief of police and his exceptional police force deliver a tremendous safety program and comprehensive campus surveillance around the clock.”

Together with these rankings, Regent’s surrounding city of Virginia Beach was ranked the #1 Safest Large City in America by AdvisorSmith in 2021. Regent students, faculty, and staff enjoy peace of mind with cutting-edge security resources and the diligent work of campus police whose duties include around-the-clock patrols 365 days per year.

Other Regent University security services include:

  • 24/7 police patrols
  • 18 officers sworn in by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 8 emergency call boxes on campus
  • Regent Alert text and email notification systems for emergency and weather alerts
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee who facilitates Regent’s response to potential emergencies
  • CampusShield App by 911Cellular, an emergency communication tool for students that features emergency calling, iReports, Friend Watch, and more.

“We are dedicated to serving and protecting our students, faculty, and staff,” said CBN/Regent University Chief of Police Chris Mitchell, Sr. “We remain committed to the principle of community policing, and the prevention of crime is our primary concern.”

According to, 70% of parents say campus safety is critical when choosing a college for their student. Regent’s extraordinary rating can help prospective students gauge the overall safety of the campus with confidence. Campus safety data was gathered by over a span of three years. Out of 1,000 colleges that met the ranking criteria, 395 schools that submitted crime information to the FBI were evaluated.

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About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University, ranked among top national universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.