Regent University Online Reviews
Regent University is one of the best universities for Christian Studies. Although the university offers most career choices the religious studies program is outstanding. The class choices were vast and exceptional for those entering into the ministry of Jesus Christ. I learned from some of the best and brightest professors. Not only are the tops in their field, they help you absorb the information, not just for rote learning. What I have learned has equipped me with knowledge that will take me to the next level of learning in order that I may offer my giftedness to those who wish to learn the vastness of Christ and all that he offers those who follow him. Although I attended Regent University online it was no problem reaching out to the professors for help. There was usually less than a twenty four hour turnaround for answers to my questions. I also had the opportunity to message some of my instructor and the help was immediate. I would highly recommend Regent to anyone who wishes to further their education in any field of study. The university has excellent services and the campuses are nestled in to a beautiful area in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Not only are the campuses beautiful they are state of the art. Each hall is easily accessible to those with disabilities and staff there are always willing to go the extra mile for their students. I could not have asked for a better education than that at Regent.
I was recruited by them after inquiring about an online degree that allowed one to study abroad. I was assured that i was able to continue taking courses year round like the school I was currently attending ( as to not fall behind in my degree plan) I was assured that the online course schedule was nearly exactly the same as the current school. EVERY single on of these was inaccurate. I would have had to pay nearly 3xs tuition (campus) to study abroad, the financial advisor assigned to me completely forgot to budget in my summer classes, thus resulting in me falling an entire semester behind and the course schedules required me to log on nearly everyday, and the professors are not understanding. (which as an adult in a full time career was impossible.) Every 6 weeks or so i would receive a call about my financial aid not being completed and me owing money, or that they needed my transcripts (which i had to send 5 times in a matter of 6 months...seriously y'all NOT and exaggeration). Ultimately I transferred out in less than a year back to my previous school. I figured it was a fluke, bad staffing so getting ready for grad programs I figured I would try them out again, especially being a Christian school...they have been blowing up my phone excited for me to start just to tell me that I owe another school money and they can't accept me....even though they did for undergrad. Anyway just a forewarning online is NOT the way to go with them, and be ready to babysit your finances and coursework.
This school is a joke. They get you to sign up and don't tell you about the extra class that you have to take. I started attending Regents after recieving a Masters from a SUNY, all online. All schools now a days use pretty much the same things as it comes to black board and other online tools. However, Regents, if you have a masters or not, requires you to take this class that is a complete waste of time, especially if you are taking another Masters degree. I will not be graduating from this school, I will be looking for another.
This online Masters program is challenging, but very rewarding! The courses force you to study. They have the entire online program very well formatted and thought through. I work full time, so online is the best for me. Im so proud that I have graduated!
So far the classes have been okay. Some things I don't like is sometimes there is no constience. Example most online schools have all discussion boards due on a certain day to cause less confusion. At regent one class it may be due Wednesday and the other Friday. The price is a little higher compared to a lot of non profit schools. Most schools only charge one technology fee per school year not every semester. The technology fee is also outrageous at $300 a semester. Whereas most colleges are around $75-$100 per academic calender.
I applied to this school as a graduate student and was immediately contacted by an advisor. Initially, my advisor appeared to be very thorough, she called very often, and the feedback she gave was always positive. I submitted ALL the required documentations, essays, etc and she all but assured me that I would get in. There was a delay with one of my transcripts from my former college, they were late in sending it in. In the interim, my application was denied. I called the school to find out the exact reason for the denial, called the advisor for her trusted feedback but never heard from her or anyone else from the school again. I sent emails, but I was shunned and ignored. It's so obvious that they're only concerned with you .. if you could potententially make them money. They see you as potential PROFIT and nothing else. If you can't make them money, you're tossed to the side without getting as much as a response to your call or email. It's sad because they claim to represent Christ.
I attended Regent University through their online program offered using Blackboard. Having an option for proactive college studies that I could do at home during this time was an amazing opportunity for myself. Within my own state I did not have options at the time to attend a quality school towards a vocation in Christian Ministry, but Regent allowed me to still pursue that goal. The program itself was great, assignments and work are on the student's own time in 8 week long, accelerated classes, and the degree earned is the same as one could get through a residential, on-campus degree. I had very many great professors during my time, and what I learned (both in general education and for my Major) sculpted and shaped me in a tremendously great way. The costs of the university using this method of education were also much more affordable, around ten thousand a year. I highly recommend Regent University for any student seeking college education, without the ability to relocate to a post-secondary campus location. Now with my B.A. degree in Christian Ministry from Regent, I have been inspired to seek a Master of Divinity degree towards my vocation in Discipleship Ministry.
It is better to attend classes in person than using the online option through Regent University. There is no check and balances in regards to how teachers personalize humility. We are paying institutions to teach us. When you are face to face with a professor, it is very difficult to personalize humility, and often teacher find it a responsibility to get a student in the right direction. Whereas, online, there is no feeling of responsibility to do what is right since there is no moral obligation looking them dead in the eyes. 2 out of 4 teachers took advantage of this, and made their courses very difficult in completing.
I began the online Master's in Journalism at Regent in 2014. I found only about 2/3 of the classes have been beneficial, which for as inflexible and tight a degree it is, was incredibly discouraging. The Journalism Technology Tools class was at a first-year undergraduate level. The Internet Marketing and Story, Pop Culture, & Worldview courses were taught in an approach irrelevant to the degree. What perhaps was most discouraging was the amount of required time towards peer responses. The bar for Regent's program seems to be set very low. While I would spend time to respond to classmate's work, I'd often in return get, "U rite perty. You is done a good job!" Not that any of it mattered, as beyond mandatory responses, we weren't required to really interact or even follow up to responses. Its a sloppy attempt to facilitate a classroom dynamic when there is none. Throughout the courses, however, I did enjoy the rigor of many of the assignments. I was satisfied with the challenges some of the writing courses presented. However, the final year was a chore as I lost my two favorite professors, Dr. Michael Patrick and the late Dr. Bruce Swaffield. In the end, I was left with a degree that I felt I earned but was dissatisfied by the process. If I were to pursue another online degree, I'd look elsewhere.
it was very satisfying. Hard at times, but very worth the effort.