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Regent Earns Top Conservative College Ranking

| April 5, 2010

Young America's Foundation (YAF) ranked Regent as a "Top Conservative College" for 2009-2010. The list places Regent as one of 14 leading institutions that strengthen the conservative values of its students through its mission and programs.

"The YAF ranking is very significant for Regent, which prides itself on being conservative and Christian," said Dr. Charles Dunn, dean of the Robertson School of Government. "It delivers a one-two punch for student and faculty recruitment to our university."

Dunn explained that prospective students often look to rankings when choosing a school, and YAF is one of the oldest and best-known conservative organizations in the nation, "a vanguard for young students."

"In addition to identifying Regent as a friendly environment for conservative Christian students, the ranking will also appeal to prospective faculty who are looking for the same thing," he said.

YAF's list was initially created in response to parents' and students' frequently asked request of recommending schools for the conservative college experience. According to YAF's Web site, the colleges selected encourage students to explore conservative ideas and authors. They also offer coursework and scholarship in conservative thought and emphasize principles including smaller government, strong national defense, free enterprise and traditional values. The 2009-2010 colleges on the list appear in alphabetical order on YAF's Web site.

YAF also noted Regent's signature events, which include The Ronald Reagan Symposium, featuring nationally and internationally known scholars who speak on topics such as "The Future of Conservatism" and "The Future of American Culture"; Clash of the TitansĀ®, an annual debate between leading political heavyweights on topics such as the war in Iraq, presidential elections, peace in the Middle East and the American economic crisis; and the monthly Executive Leadership Series, which brings a cross-section of influential to campus.

YAF, which is not a college rating organization, recommends the Top Conservative College list to serve as a starting point for students researching conservative institutions.


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