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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Which online degrees does Regent University offer?

Regent University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 150+ areas of study areas of study – 106 of these are delivered online! We offer a wide spectrum of online programs ranging from communication, business, education, and theology to law, healthcare, cyber security, and nursing. View our list of online degree programs or call us at 800.373.5504.

Is Regent University accredited and respected?


Regent University holds numerous accreditations from bodies including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Specialty accreditations include American Bar Association (ABA), Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), American Psychological Association (APA), The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Learn more about Regent University accreditations.

Where does Regent University Rank?

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for four years (2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023). We were recognized as the #1 Best Accredited Schools for Online Degree Programs by, 2020.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees: Our programs have been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Best Online Bachelor's Programs in Virginia 10 years in a row (2013-2022). We are also one of only 24 universities nationally “A” rated for comprehensive liberal arts curriculum, according to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2022.

Online Master’s Degrees: The U.S. News & World Report ranked our programs among the Top 5 Best Graduate Online Business (Non-MBA) Programs in Virginia for eight consecutive years and our MBA among the Top 10 Best Online MBA Programs in Virginia. Our programs have also been ranked by it among the Top 5 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for 10 years in a row.

Top Military-Friendly University: Regent has been recognized as a Military Friendly Top 5 School by Military Friendly®, 2023-24, and among the Top 10 Best for Vets Colleges: Online & Nontraditional by Military Times, 2020.

Learn more about Regent University’s rankings. Experience the difference.

How much does Regent University cost?

Regent’s annual tuition is nearly $20,000 less than that of other private institutions, according to U.S. News & World Report, 2019-20. We ranked among the top 5% most affordable private Christian universities in the CCCU Tuition Survey, 2018.

Undergraduate online tuition costs were $395 per credit hour in the 2019-20 school year. Students enrolled in 30 credit hours per year would pay $11,850 for tuition, plus fees.

The cost of attendance for graduate programs varies by program and degree level (master’s or doctoral). Visit Regent University’s tuition and cost charts for program-by-program rates.

We are also committed to serving our military community. Learn more about Tuition Assistance (TA)veteran education benefits, and other military discounts.

Is Regent an online Christian university?

Regent is a premier Christian university that offers degree programs in three formats – online, on-campus in Virginia Beach, and a hybrid format that blends the two. View the programs that are offered online.

What will my diploma say if I complete an online degree?

Your diploma will say your degree title, exactly like that of an on-campus degree.

How do I order my books if I am an online student?

You can order your books online from Regent’s bookstore.

Can I really earn my degree completely online? Would I ever have to come to campus for anything?

If you are in one of our online undergraduate degree programs, you can complete your degree with no on-campus requirements. We do encourage you to join us on-campus when you graduate! You are also welcome to take a campus tour or schedule a personalized meeting with one of your professors if you’re ever in the area. That said, rest assured that your degree can be obtained completely from your home.

Some graduate programs require weeklong or weekend residencies during the summer, fall or within some semesters. These hybrid degrees will require you to attend campus when specified.

What if I have technical questions or need support for my courses?

We are here to walk with you each step of the way. For technical help, contact the IT Help Desk at 757.352.4076 or email For more information, please visit the IT department’s web page.

How do I apply for online degree programs?

The application process is the same for both online and on-campus programs. You will complete your application online, and you can stop, save and return at a later time to finish it, if needed. To begin, simply click on the “Apply Now” button, visit the Apply Now page, or call us at 800.373.5504.

When are online applications due?

New sessions start every eight weeks. However, application due dates vary with each school and graduate or undergraduate degree program, so you’ll want to confirm ahead of time. Your decision and enrollment deposit are due two weeks prior to the start of class. Request information to learn more about your program.  

Find out more about the admissions process.

What are Regent University’s online classes like?

Regent University’s online classes blend the convenience of pursuing your degree where you are, at your own pace, and the experience of being mentored by world-class faculty.

“They have been there for me,” said Kandi Puder, a graduate of the online RN to B.S. in Nursing program, of the faculty. They acted not only as professors but also as counselors and prayer partners.

You can access classes through Canvas in Regent’s online portal. Canvas allows you access your course syllabus, answer discussions, upload assignments and view grades. In many respects, it’s similar to an on-campus course, but you decide when to log on and complete homework, quizzes, and more.

Learn more about what to expect in an online classroom.

How do I attend class online?

Online courses are available through Canvas, Regent’s web-based classroom. Students access Canvas by logging into the MyRegent portal, then view course material, answer discussion posts and submit assignments. Regent’s undergraduate courses don’t require students to be online on specific days or at specific hours, but Canvas gives you the opportunity to log on at a predetermined hour and connect with your professor and classmates in real time.

Are online classes harder than on-campus classes?

Online and on-campus classes require the same amount of work. There is no academic difference.

Can I take classes both online and on campus in Virginia Beach?

For undergraduate courses, often you can register for both online and on-campus courses. We encourage you to choose whatever format works best for you and your schedule. Do keep in mind that the tuition rate varies by program mode, and financial aid may vary as well. Our online programs provide flexible degrees for adult students who are working, but if you are available to take courses on campus, you are welcome to do that as well.

Graduate programs may only be available on campus or online, so you will need to check with your advisor regarding options for both. Degrees classified as hybrids allow you to combine online courses with on-campus courses—including residencies. Again, check with your advisor for details.