Director of Admissions
U.S. News & World Report named Regis University a “Top School” among colleges and universities in the western United States, marking the tenth consecutive year Regis has been in the publication's top tier. The University was also recognized as one of the top 100 universities and colleges for leadership in the field of student character development in The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development. Regis University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the fifth-best university in the western United States for the highest proportion of classes with 20 students or fewer.
The University has an American Rhodes Scholar, 2 USA Today College All-Academic Team selectees (in 1993 and 2000), the top female collegiate athlete in NCAA Division II for 199899, 5 Fulbright professors, 2 Fuld Fellows, and a wealth of other national recognition of outstanding academic excellence. More than 90 percent of Regis's full-time faculty members have a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field.
However, Regis University was not always Regis. The school was started in 1877 in Las Vegas, New Mexico, by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits. It was known as Las Vegas College. In 1884, a second venture, known as Sacred Heart College, was started at Morrison, Colorado.
In 1887, Las Vegas College and Sacred Heart College moved to North Denver, where the joint operation became known as the College of the Sacred Heart. The college was renamed Regis in 1921, in honor of St. John Francis Regis, an eighteenth-century Jesuit missionary and saint who was revered for his exemplary work with poor people in the mountains of France.
On July 1, 1991, Regis College became Regis University, with three constituent schools: Regis College, the School for Professional Studies, and the Rueckert-Hartman School for Health Professions. Regis College is the traditional residential school, with 1,250 students, primarily in the 18- to 23-year-old range. The School for Professional Studies focuses on undergraduate and graduate adult higher education. The Rueckert-Hartman School for Health Professions educates men and women to be leaders who are committed to excellence within the health-care professions.
Regis College primarily serves traditional-aged, mostly residential undergraduate students. The college offers a full range of programs in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and education. Students may choose from twenty-four structured areas of study or design their own programs through the interdisciplinary and flexible major plans. A low student-faculty ratio permits small classes and learning formats that encourage critical thinking, thoughtful discussion, and well-developed communication skills. In the college, students receive highly personalized attention from 83 full-time skilled professors and dedicated scholars.
In addition to the undergraduate degree programs listed below, Regis offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in learning and teaching, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in nursing, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree.
Location and Community
A total of 128 semester hours is required for a bachelor's degree. Regis chooses a select group of students for its honors program each year and offers a schedule of undergraduate courses in the summer session. The University's Center for Service Learning actively involves students in community service projects. Internships and study abroad are offered as well. Other academic programs include the writing program, teacher licensure, the Commitment Program, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Air Force University Scholarship Program, and the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (military science).
Regis College has 83 full-time faculty members; 92 percent hold terminal degrees. Ten percent of the faculty members are Jesuit priests, and Regis has no graduate students/teaching assistants on its staff. The college has a 15:1 student-faculty ratio. Some professional staff members and Jesuit priests live and teach on Regis's campus. These committed adults are available for both academic and personal direction for Regis students. In addition, each undergraduate has an individual faculty adviser, who assists students in their academic choices.
Business programs include accounting (major and minor); accounting/M.B.A. (major); business administration, with concentrations in finance, international business, management, management information systems, and marketing (major and minor); economics (major and minor); flexible major; and political economy (major and minor).
Programs in humanities include art history (major), communication (major and minor), English (major and minor), fine arts: visual arts (major and minor), flexible major, French (major and minor), German (minor), Hispanic studies (minor), literature (minor), Spanish (major and minor), women's studies (major and minor), and writing (minor).
The University offers natural sciences and mathematics programs in biochemistry (major and minor), biology (B.A. and B.S., major and minor), chemistry (major and minor), computer science (major and minor), environmental studies/human ecology (major and minor), exercise science (minor), flexible major, mathematics (major and minor), neuroscience (major and minor), and physics (minor).
Programs in philosophy and religious studies include Catholic studies (minor), Christian leadership (minor), flexible major, philosophy (major and minor), and religious studies (major and minor).
Social sciences programs include anthropology (minor), criminal justice (major and minor), education (minor), elementary education (minor), flexible major, history (major and minor), leadership (minor), peace and justice studies (minor), physical education (minor), physical education: coaching/recreation (minor), political science (major and minor), psychology (major and minor), secondary education (minor), and sociology (major and minor).
Preprofessional programs are offered in dentistry, law, medicine, and physical therapy. A dual-degree engineering program is also offered.
Facilities and Resources
The University has two libraries, housing more than 280,000 volumes, 2,100 periodical subscriptions, 150,000 microforms, and a 90,000-slide art history collection. Its CARL online catalog is a comprehensive index to the collections and provides 10,000 databases, document delivery options, and full-text online journals. The main library, which includes media services, provides network ports at every place that a student studies for ease of access to the Internet and the Regis database.
The Coors Life Direction Center houses the Office of Career Services and Academic Internships, Personal Counseling, Disabilities Services, the Fitness Program, and the Health Center.
The Student Government at Regis is led by the Executive Board. The board is supported by the Senate, which comprises class representatives. The student leaders serve on University committees, plan entertainment, help determine student policy, and oversee more than thirty student organizations.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Admission Requirements / Application
Requirements for freshman admission include high school graduation or its equivalent and evidence of college-level competency, as shown in high school courses, grades, ACT or SAT test scores, a personal essay, and recommendations. The new ACT writing component is not required. Freshmen should present a minimum of 15 academic units. Successful candidates must have a satisfactory high school or college record in order to be admitted.
Completed applications for admission should be submitted to the Director of Admissions. Applications may be submitted any time after the beginning of the year. The Office of Admissions usually notifies each applicant regarding the decision within four weeks after the completed application and supporting documents have been received by the Office of Admissions.