History, Affiliations and Rankings
Situated in the heart of Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, Regent University was established in 1977. Started as Christian Broadcasting Network University, the university was founded in 1977 by Pat Robertson with a vision to enhance the skills and knowledge of the students keeping Christian values in mind. The name of the university was changed to Regent University in 1990. A Regent is described as “ the one who represents Christ, our Sovereign, in whatever sphere of life he or she may be called to serve Him." As the number of students increased, Regent University started opening new schools and residential facilities on campus in Virginia Beach in 1985. Regent University’s sports team is affiliated with the NCAA.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Regent University has one main campus located at Virginia Beach which is around 70 acres. It is designed as Historicist Neo Georgian Architecture but has a state-of-the-art facility including clubs, sports facilities, spacious study environment, cafeterias, modern lecture classrooms, IT facilities, etc. Today, Regent University has eight schools including the CHEA (School of Education), TEAC (School of Education), ACBSP and ASEL (School of Business and Leadership), ABA (School of Law), CACREP and CoA (School of Psychology and Counseling), ATS (School of Divinity) and is a member of NASPAA (Robertson School of Government). Through these eight schools, Regent University offers a wide range of programs at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels in the field of Business Administration, Theological & Ministerial Studies, Management & Operations, Psychology, Communication & Media Studies and Public Administration fields.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Regent University is also known for its distance learning and online programs for those who cannot pursue on-campus education. RU has a number of research centres in which students are encouraged to carry out independent research under guidance. The University’s “2020 Vision” and associated strategy was undertaken to embed equality into all of its functions. Regent University’s notable alumni include Cheryl McKay, M.A., Screenwriter & Book Author; Mark Batterson, D.Min., New York Times Best-Selling Author and Lead Pastor; Jay Sekulow, J.D., PhD, Chief Counsel – American Center for Law & Justice; and Charles Martin, PhD, New York Times Best-Selling Author.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Regent’s alumni live in 141 countries and 90 countries are represented here. Regent recently received a Silver Award for Equality and Inclusion from the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion. The University strives to protect students against unlawful treatment based on protected characteristics by ensuring that all students are aware of their responsibilities in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion. As a multicultural community, there are many religions, faiths and beliefs represented among the University's staff and students, which contribute to the rich environment of the university and is also committed to providing a supportive and safe environment for students who identify as LGBTQIA+. The top companies that hire alumni from Regent University include but are not limited to Anthem, Inc, Sentara Healthcare, Old Dominion University, Norfolk Public Schools and Liberty University.