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CHANGE THE WORLD FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
Regent's online undergraduate and graduate degree programs provide students with a best-in-class education grounded in faith. Earn a degree on your own time from anywhere, while receiving instruction from the same prestigious professors who teach at our campus. Learn more about Regent's exceptional academic standards and see why U.S. News & World Report ranked the university in the Top 10 for Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2013 and why Regent is recognized nationally as one of only 22 universities in the U.S. to receive an "A" rating by ACTA.
WHY STUDY ONLINE?
Online degree programs allow students to earn a prestigious degree without the time and location constraints that come with traditional, on campus classes. Some of the many reasons to study online include:
You have the flexibility to log in and complete coursework around your busy schedule, from anywhere you choose. Avoid the hassles of commuting, coordinating your class schedule or leaving a job, and instead focus on earning your degree at a pace that's right for you.
As an online student, you have the same world-class professors who teach at our Virginia Beach campus (along with equally rigorous courses). The faculty members who teach these classes offer instruction from a Christian perspective, and they provide feedback throughout each course that's both prompt and helpful to your degree progress.
Access periodicals, hundreds of research databases and more through Regent University's online library. Have a question or concern? The Regent C.A.R.E.S. program is unique in that it offers 24/7 help with technology and information-related questions, as well as emotional and spiritual support.
Find writing resources and coaching through the Writing Center; locate online workshops through the Center for Student Development; or take advantage of guest-speaker audio, chapel videos and more. You also have opportunities to study abroad.
Quickly prepare for professional advancement and new opportunities, whether you are maintaining your military career or transitioning into civilian life. Regent is privileged to be a member of Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP). Find out more about our opportunities for military students.
WHAT IT'S LIKE
Similar to an on campus degree program, you have a set course list for each semester, class assignments and supportive professors — all with the flexibility to earn your degree while balancing a busy schedule.
Online students participate in each course with an average of 17 other classmates. A faculty member, skilled at catering to an online audience, oversees each course and guides you through the learning process.
You choose when to access the course and work on assignments throughout each week. Blackboard is the information gateway where you'll log in and find course materials, grades, syllabi and other resources.
Like in a traditional classroom setting, you may have the opportunity to interact with fellow students via chat (instant message). Threaded discussions prompt you to exchange ideas with your classmates and collaborate on group projects.
Professors may offer weekly assessments to help you keep on pace. These could be quizzes, questionnaires or other course-related work.
Homework, exams and other assignments can be directly completed online through Blackboard. If you have questions, professors are easily accessible by email, Blackboard or phone.
You should expect the same amount of study and participation time for each online course that you would for a traditional one. Though there are scheduled deadlines, you get to decide when and where throughout the week you'll access materials and complete assignments.
As a Regent student, you're connected to an entire community of online learners pursuing degrees from a range of backgrounds and experiences. This adds richness to the learning environment. Additionally, when you receive your degree, you'll join the ranks of almost 20,000 Regent alumni.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
Regent offers a range of fully accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Choose from over fifty degree programs within the College of Arts & Sciences and Regent's seven graduate schools.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Tools for Successful Online Students
You should be familiar with general computer usage and have basic technology skills in order to participate in online courses. If you haven't purchased a computer, you can check the Information Technology website for recommendations.
In order to log on to your Regent online classroom, check your student email and register/pay for classes, you need to have regular Internet access. Using search engines is also a valuable skill for research and writing assignments.
When you register for classes, Regent will issue you an email account. You should know how to compose and check emails including how to send/receive attachments. You will also need the capability to download items like PDFs or Microsoft Word documents.
Having the ability to communicate via the written word is especially important for online students. You will have different interactions than you would in a physical classroom, but online students have more time to carefully craft responses and ensure that their messages and assignments are clearly understood. To further this purpose, you should be familiar with Microsoft Word.
Regent uses Blackboard, a socially integrated, user-friendly platform that allows you to access your classes from anywhere. This virtual classroom makes it easy for you to view all of your course materials, grades, discussion forums and exams. It can also push information to your mobile device.
Although not all courses or programs utilize this software, it can work in conjunction with Blackboard to create a virtual classroom. You simply log in at a predetermined time along with other students, and the professor gives a lecture, walks through PowerPoint presentations and answers any questions.
This secure site allows you to register and manage accounts entirely online. Pay tuition, check grades and transcripts, and update any personal information safely.
My Regent Portal
You also have access to your own individualized Regent homepage. This page can be customized to display the information you choose and allows you to sign on to Blackboard, Genisys and Regent email all at once.
You won't have someone standing over you, reminding you to turn in assignments on time. Students who do well online are good at managing their time, not procrastinating or trying to finish work the day of a deadline, and completing both study sessions and assignments independently.
ONLINE STUDY TIPS
Check out these useful suggestions for taking online courses
Log in daily
to keep on track with announcements, assignments, etc.
or concerns immediately; don't wait until you're behind.
Utilize all resources
Regent offers, such as the online library.
Prepare to communicate
primarily through writing.
Share your experiences
in education, life and work, and respectfully listen to others.
Understand online learning
can often differ from a traditional classroom.
about the program and each course you take.
Review the syllabus
to get an idea of the course's pace and required materials.
Find a quiet place
and carve out time to study online.
lecture notes and all other materials posted online.
on what you read - it helps with retention.
what you learn to discussions, assignments and exams.