Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson founder and president of the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN), had an inspired vision of establishing a graduate-level institution that would train mature men and women for the challenge of representing Christ in their professions. In 1977, the vision materialized when CBN University was incorporated as a nonprofit education institution in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In the fall of 1978, students began classes in modest, rented facilities.
By October 1989, CBN University had grown from a School of Communication & the Arts to seven professional schools with nearly 800 students. On January 1, 1990, in recognition of this growth, the board of trustees voted to change the name of CBN University to Regent University. A "regent" is one who represents a king in his absence. For Regent University, a regent is one who represents Christ, our Sovereign, in whatever sphere of the life he or she may be called to serve Him.
Today, more than 6,000 students earn associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the school's campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, or via online learning. Our student body represents 122 countries; and approximately 20,000 alumni are making an impact in all sectors around the world.
Our academic programs are as rigorous as they are rewarding. Regent student teams regularly win national competitions in their fields of study, and our alumni have been honored for professional achievements in their disciplines.
Likewise, Regent campus buildings, designed within an architectural master plan, reflect a commitment to our nation's colonial heritage but are also equipped with the latest educational technologies.
Certainly, the distinct mission of Regent has drawn students, administrators, and distinguished faculty and guest lecturers from around the world to contribute to its fulfillment. Regent employs 171 full-time and some 400 adjunct faculty, including former Attorney General John Ashcroft, a Distinguished Professor of Law and Government and Admiral Vern Clark (ret.), former Chief of Naval Operations, a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Government. Review Regent University Facts for a closer look at the accomplishments and prominence Regent University shares with schools many times our age.
Beyond milestone events and dates or facts and figures, Regent's mission to combine Christianity and world-class education has kept the university on course. True to its well-established roots, Regent remains a premier educational institution dedicated to combining quality education with biblical teachings. The dramatic changes that have taken place are the result of divine inspiration and unwavering dedication to the mission as reflected in our motto Christian Leadership to Change the World.
- College of Arts & Sciences
- School of Business & Leadership
- School of Communication & the Arts
- School of Divinity
- School of Education
- Robertson School of Government
- School of Law
- School of Psychology & Counseling
Average age: 35
- Full-time undergraduate students: 26
- Part-time undergraduate students: 35
- All undergraduate students: 29
- Full-time graduate students: 31
- Part-time graduate students: 41
- All graduate students: 38
39% Full-time students, 61% Part-time students
62% Female, 38% Male enrollment
- 5% Foreign/International
- 24% African-American or Black
- 1% American Indian/Native American
- 2% Asian/Pacific Islander
- 4% Hispanic
- 53% White/Caucasian American
- 11% Unknown/Unreported
Approximately 728 students live on campus
Degrees and Certificates
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies
- Undergraduate: $530 per credit hour
- Graduate (varies by program): $495-$995 per credit hour
- Law (varies by program): $650-$1,140 per credit hour
- 171 full-time faculty
- Approximately 400 individuals serve as adjunct faculty members throughout the academic year
- Regent University has approximately 20,000 alumni representing all 50 states and over 100 countries.
- The university awards approximately 1,000 degrees each year.
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) of use in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program. Regent University's profile is available here.