The university was founded by Pat Robertson in 1978 as Christian Broadcasting Network University, and changed its name to Regent University in 1989. A satellite campus located in Alexandria, Virginia, was sold in 2008. Regent offers an extensive distance education program in addition to its traditional on-campus programs. Through its eight academic schools, Regent offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 30 courses of study. Regent University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and The Association of Theological Schools.
The College of Arts & Sciences houses many undergraduate majors designed for traditional and distance students. Regent’s College of Arts & Sciences (formerly the School of Undergraduate Studies) offers associates and bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Biblical and Theological Studies, Business, Christian Studies, Christian Ministry, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, General Studies, Government, History, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Mathematics, Organizational Leadership and Management, Psychology, and Religious Studies. Furthermore, five bachelor’s programs are offered exclusively on-campus: Animation, Cinema-Television, Mathematics, Theatre and Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education).
Regent University’s Virginia Beach campus is 70 acres (280,000 m2) with historicist neo-Georgian architecture. The University Library Building houses the school’s libraries while Robertson Hall is home to the Schools of Divinity, Government, Law and Undergraduate Studies. The Communication & Performing Arts Center, home for the School of Communication & the Arts, is a 135,000-square-foot (12,500 m2) building with two theaters, a production studio, sound stage, screening theaters, and a backlot. The Student Center is a 31,000-square-foot (2,900 m2) facility includes a bookstore, student organization offices, dining hall, computer lab, and student lounge. The Administration Building, along with administrative offices, includes the School of Education. The Classroom Building accommodates the schools of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship and Psychology & Counseling.