Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent University is situated on seventy acres and boasts beautiful Georgian buildings that house eight schools of study The university offers numerous associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and post-professional certificate programs. Regent prides itself on producing the educational, professional and religious leaders of tomorrow by promoting spirituality and rigorous academic training based on biblical principles. The law school library is extensive and obtained much of its material when the Oral Roberts School of Law closed and donated its library to Regent.
Undergraduate students live in Regent Commons, which is located on campus grounds. First year students that live outside of a twenty-five mile radius are required to live in campus housing but may choose to move off-campus after that. Regent Village is located within a mile of campus and has about two hundred apartments designated to housing graduate students and their families.
There are many student organizations for students to participate in including student divisions of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. There is also the Christian Legal Society, College Republicans, Law Wives Association, Regent Students for Life, Students in Free Enterprise and Student Alumni Ambassadors among others.
There are student governing bodies on campus such as the Student Bar Association that is governed and represented by the Student Senate. The Regent and Undergraduate Council and the Council of Graduate Students are also active governing student bodies on campus. These groups promote leadership and host religious and social events that enrich the lives of students and serve to strengthen the spirit of Christianity on campus.
Regent University offers nearly twenty bachelor’s degree programs and more than ten associate’s degrees in ten different academic departments. Numerous master’s degrees, doctoral programs and professional certificates are also available. Classes are available online and in traditional classroom settings, though students should be aware that some programs are only available on campus. The goal of the university is to produce educated graduates that are ready to apply the principles of Christianity and develop ethical and practical solutions to their professional operations and practices.
Students wishing to earn an associate’s degree from Regent University may choose from more than ten programs including accounting, criminal justice, business and psychology. Associate’s degrees offer students the opportunity to earn a degree in two years in order to start a career or graduates may choose to continue their educations in a baccalaureate program.
Nearly twenty bachelor’s degree programs in areas such as psychology, business, theater and Christian ministry offer students the opportunity to go forth in their fields as qualified, clear thinking professionals or continue their studies in graduate school. Students that earn a bachelor’s degree at Regent are prepared to go out into their fields as leaders that make positive changes in the world around them.
Graduate and Doctoral Programs
The graduate program at Regent University offers eight schools of study from which students may earn a degree. These departments include the School of Communication and the Arts, School of Divinity, School of Education, School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Robertson School of Government, the School of Law and the School of Psychology and Counseling.
All of these programs have multiple master’s programs and all but the school of government and the law school offer doctorate programs as well. All of Regent University’s graduate programs offer exceptional educational opportunities, but two of them stand out as being particularly unique.
The Robertson School of Government offers students the opportunity to study abroad at the prestigious Oxford University’s Hertford College in England. Students go abroad and study religion, contemporary relations and politics in an environment that has produced some of the greatest democratic thinkers in history.
The Regent University School of Law offers several study-abroad opportunities to students who are studying international law. There are three different summer programs from which students may choose. They may opt to study in France, England or Israel. There are also regular semester programs that allow students the chance to study in South Korea, China or Spain. Students have the advantage of studying international law while gaining a new perspective by studying alongside law students from the countries in which they are studying.
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Each school at Regent University requires separate and different application materials but all packets are submitted to the office of Central Enrollment Management (CEM). The office regulates all incoming materials and forwards the complete application packet to the appropriate school. the CEM office also updates students regarding the status of the application packets. There are several different application processes that are dependent upon the student’s matriculating status.
Freshman applicants begin the application process by completing the online application and submitting the application fee. A signed Community Life Form is part of the packet and will be explained in the application. Students will also need to submit official high school transcripts, transcripts from any other institute of higher learning that they may have attended and SAT or ACT scores. A personal essay describing how attending Regent University will help the student realize goals and become a better Christian leader must be submitted.
Once accepted, an enrollment deposit is required and students that live outside of a twenty-five mile radius must live on campus during their freshman year. In order guarantee priority housing, students will also have to submit a housing application and pay the housing deposit by the deadline.
Adult students with a minimum of college credits that are over twenty-three years of age will also need to submit a resume that explains what the student has done since graduating from high school. Adult students may be exempted from the first-year housing policy.
Regent University welcomes students from all over the world. International students that would like to apply should contact the school or visit the website for information regarding application as there are several different documents required depending upon where the student is traveling from.
The first requirement of the graduate programs at Regent University is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Applicants with a degree from a school that is not accredited are considered on a student-by-student basis by the admissions committee of the program to which the student is applying.
Though each graduate school may have additional requirements, the basic requirements to enter a post-baccalaureate program at Regent consists of good undergraduate grades and acceptable scores on graduate exams such as the GRE. Applicants must have goals that are consistent with the mission of the university and a mature spiritual character.
Students should submit the application form required by the program to which they are seeking admittance along with the application fee. The signed Community Life Form and a statement of personal goals is also required. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education and a personal recommendation are required to complete the application packet. Students may also choose to submit a picture. Though not all schools require graduate entrance exams or writing samples, many do. The student should determine what is required by their particular school in order to meet any testing or writing requirements.
Each school will determine how many personal interviews are required and will designate who will do the interviewing. Regent University prefers to do face-to-face interviews but understands that sometimes this is not possible and may choose to do a phone interview at their discretion.
Post-Master’s and Doctoral Program Admissions
Students applying for post-master’s degree and doctoral programs should generally have a master’s degree either in the same field or one that is closely related to the program to which they are applying. In addition to Regent University’s standard application packet, potential students may be required to submit writing samples that demonstrate research skills and each school may require additional documentation at their discretion.
Regent University strives to provide a quality Christian education and offers many financial aid sources in order to make their university affordable to as many students as possible. Financial aid is offered in the form of private and federal scholarships, grants, and federally subsidized loans. Students will need to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid that is available online in January. In order to be eligible for as much aid as possible, students should complete this application early.
It should also be noted that financial information for both the student and family will be required to complete the FAFSA, so applicants should have this information readily available when completing the application. Students will also want to check with the school as there are private scholarships and programs that may require separate application.
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There are no varsity sports programs offered at Regent University; however, there are men’s and women’s intramural soccer and volleyball offered on campus. Students may also choose to participate in community leagues in the Virginia Beach area including softball and baseball. There are also numerous health clubs and fitness centers available within just a few minutes of the university.
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