Why Regent

Regent University is one of the nation’s leading academic centers for Christian thought and action, with associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees available worldwide. We offer affordable, high-quality degree programs, but what sets Regent apart is our mission to prepare men and women to excel both in mind and spirit. Our students, faculty and administrators share a calling, founded on biblical principles, to make a difference as Christian Leadership to Change the World.


  • Ranked among “Top Tier” National Universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023 and 2024.
  • Topped the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, 2023, for the eleventh year in a row.
  • Ranked among the Top 10 Best Online MBA Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report for nine consecutive years, 2015-2023.
  • Ranked among the Top 5 Best Online Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA) in Virginia for nine consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report, 2015-2023.
  • Ranked among the Top 10 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for eleven years in a row, U.S. News & World Report, 2013-2023.
  • “A” rated for campus safety by Niche, 2023. Learn more about the measures Regent takes to maintain campus security.
  • Regent University is recognized nationally as one of only 23 universities in the U.S. to receive an “A” rating by ACTA.
  • More than 850 Hampton Roads Teachers of the Year received their degrees or certificates from Regent’s School of Education.
  • Regent has been the recipient of more than 500 national and international film awards by the School of Communication & the Arts.
  • Ranked among the Top 10 Best for Vets Colleges: Online & Nontraditional by Military Times, 2022. Also recognized as a Military Friendly Spouse School.
  • Recognized among Military Friendly Top 10 Schools by Military Friendly®, 2023-2024.

Leadership & Influence

When the late Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, Regent Founder, Chancellor & CEO established the university in 1977, he envisioned a high-caliber institution that would attract a leadership team that would be superior both in professional experience and academic credentials. Today, that vision is being fulfilled. Distinguished faculty and guest lecturers include John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General; Mark Martin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina; Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes, Inc., and others. Regent also highlights notable and inspiring alumni through Regent Stories.

Fast Facts

  • Founded: 1977
  • Unique campus culture:America’s premier Christian university
  • Enrollment (Fall 2023): 13,000+
  • Alumni (May 2023): 35,000
  • Graduates (2022-23): 2,479
  • Degrees and programs: More than 150 areas of study, on campus and online
  • Student-to-Faculty ratio: 19 to 1
  • Number of countries represented: 76
  • First-Class Guest Lodging: The Founders Inn and Spa sits adjacent to campus, within walking distance. Call 757.424.5511 and request a special Regent Student discount.
  • Institutional Accreditation:  Regent University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Regent University. Read more about accreditation.

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