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Regent University is a large private university in Virginia that has an affiliation with the Christian Church. Pat Robertson founded the university in 1977 as the Christian Broadcasting Network University, which he named after the television network he ran. The university changed its name in 1990 to reflect the idea that its students are regents and committed to spreading the word of their faith and religious beliefs. Though Regent University only offered courses in communications during its early years, it later turned those programs into its School of Communication and the Arts after added more programs to its curriculum. Robertson continues working for the university and is now its chancellor.

The university created its own Center for Professional Studies to meet the needs of nontraditional students. Adult learners and students who work full-time can attend classes on weekends and weeknights. The university also has its own online campus and offers a number of programs that let students complete all their degree requirements online. The campus is also home to a luxury hotel and spa that lets students gain practical business experience while in school. Nearly 10,000 students attend Regent University, and nearly 1,000 of those students are nontraditional students.

Regent University Accreditation Details

Regent University has all the different types of accreditation that you should look for in a college. Not only does it have regional accreditation, but it also has program accreditation for certain programs that award degrees to students. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges granted Regent University regional accreditation, which means that the university can offer degrees at both the undergrad and graduate levels. It also has approval from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The specialty accreditation it has applies to its programs in business, law, clinical psychology, counseling, theology and education. The groups that granted it specialty accreditation include:

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

American Bar Association

American Psychological Association

Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

Regent University Application Requirements

As Regent University has both a traditional campus and an online campus, you need to decide which one you want to attend before you apply. The university has different applications available for adult learners, transfer students, students who need a few credits and those who want to take college classes while in high school. You should select the application that best describes your current situation.

The university looks at factors like whether you have leadership experience, if you have a commitment to your education and whether you have any extracurricular interests. It also looks for those who completed a specialized type of curriculum in high school. This curriculum should include four years of literature or English classes and three years of math, science, social science and foreign language classes. The university recommends that students take algebra I and II as well as geometry before applying for admission.

You can request more information about a specific program before you apply, and you also have the option of speaking with an admissions counselor online, over the phone or in person too. University counselors can tell you what the school looks for and schedule a campus tour for you. The online application used by Regent University asks about your education background, the names, address and occupations of your parents and about your hobbies and interests. Once you finish the application, the university will ask for a test score from the ACT or SAT and a transcript from your high school before it will process your application.

Tuition and Financial Aid

You can take between 12 and 18 credit hours in a semester, which makes you a full-time student, for less than $8,000. Those taking a smaller number of credits pay $530 per credit hour. Regent University charges different rates based on the school you attend though. These rates are valid for those taking classes from the College of Arts and Sciences. Many of the other departments and colleges charge $650 per credit. You must also pay fees of around $300 to $350 each semester. Textbooks and other supplies cost extra.

Regent University awards more than $18 million in grants and scholarships every year to qualifying students. If you need financial aid, you must use the right school code on the FAFSA and file that form during the winter or spring before classes start. Grants and loans are both available for qualifying students from the state and federal government. The university has endowed scholarships that go to students who have more need than others. There are also a number of scholarships for students enrolling in specific departments. You can ask for a scholarship application and view the requirements of each scholarship program online.

Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Sciences Secondary Education

Some of the top programs offered by Regent University are available through its College of Arts and Sciences. Several of these programs are teacher education programs that prepare students for working as educators and help them meet the requirements for getting a teaching license in Virginia. These students complete a minimum of 123 credits. One of the more popular programs is a Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Sciences Secondary Education, which prepares students for working as teachers in middle and high schools.

Students must take 21 credits of history classes like western civilization, US history and the history of Virginia. You'll also take a class on research methods and how to think critically about the research done by others. Up to 18 of the credits you take will come from government classes, and the university requires that you take 16 credits of social sciences classes too. To ensure that you're ready for working with your future students, the university requires that you take at least 36 credits of professional studies classes too.

These classes include practicum courses as well as fieldwork courses. You can spend a semester or more working in a local school as a teacher. The university gives you one credit for the portfolio you create based on your work. Regent University also offers a course on education technology that shows you how to use new forms of technology in the future classes that you teach.

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