Regent University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||12|
|Avg years at University||2.7|
|Research Quality||B- (6.4)|
|Research Availability||C+ (5.7)|
|Research Funding||D+ (3.4)|
|Graduate Politics||B- (5.8)|
|Not Errand Runners||B (6.7)|
|Degree Completion||C (4.4)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||C (4.9)|
|Sufficient Pay||C- (4.2)|
|Education Quality||B (7.0)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B+ (7.5)|
|Useful Research||B (6.7)|
|"Individual" treatment||B+ (7.5)|
|Campus Beauty||A+ (9.8)|
|Campus Maintenance||B+ (7.7)|
|University Spending||C+ (5.3)|
|Scholastic Success||B (7.2)|
|Surrounding City||B+ (7.8)|
|Social Life/ Environment||C- (3.6)|
I came here under the assumption that this was a university. You know, where collegiate professors will challenge the mind and take us above and beyond where our logic currently lies. In my 5 years, this was fulfilled by only one, and I repeat, ONE faculty member who truly challenged all of his students. He later was fired and I am sure some leader praised Jesus over the fact that a great professor (as well as some other professors) were just let go.
Meanwhile, the visionary simply lays in his bed and dreams of the next million dollars he is going to make -- or the next politician he is going to rant at on television.
Additionally, during my entire program, (besides the course I mentioned above), I taught myself. My professors literally only emailed to say praise some students and bash other students -- publicly. Their responses to questions were simple -- so simple that you didn't need a degree to write them. And this accounted to both online and on-campus courses.
In other words, this is not a university!!!!!!
This is a playground for those who want to fake school. Most of which grew up in the Christian bubble and sang hymnals while taking a crap.
I believe that Christianity isn't limited to one political party, but if you are anything other than Republican -- WATCH OUT!!! You may be CRUCIFIED if you dare try to liberate anyone with your "demonic" beliefs!
In other words, Bible Schools don't lie and say they are a university -- yet this university does. It is just a bunch of religious nuts playing flag football and walking around with egotistical attitudes and pictures of Jesus. If only I could do it over all again...I would totally go somewhere else.
Another problem with the COMM program is that they have too much of a focus on their online program. To the point where I was forced to take a required class, only offered online (as an on-campus student) because they weren't OFFERING an on-campus option. What was crazier was that there were about 30 some people registered for this class, most of them being on-campus students. I CHOSE to move 600 miles away from my hometown and live on-campus for 1) the experience and 2) because I absolutely suck at taking online classes and avoid them like the plague if I can.
Also, don't expect ANY of your films to get in the "endowed films" made unless they have a highly "redemptive" theme. Just FYI.
Ok, so on to the university in general. First point: I do not recommend going to this school unless you identify yourself with the conservative, right-winged Republican party. Otherwise...you won't have a very good time here. And that's all I have to say about that.
Second: Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT live in on-campus housing as a graduate student. For one, you won't have the option, at least not if you want to live alone (not until they build another dorm, anyway). Regent Housing is the biggest slap in the face, most ridiculous excuse for a living situation I have ever been in in my entire life. And I once lived in a neighborhood where my house was robbed three times in three months, and our neighbors' at gunpoint.
In my time at Regent Housing, I was:
- written up by an RA because my 40-something neighbor who did not like me because I ONCE fell asleep while watching TV at a LOW volume (even though she talked to me about it the next day and I apologized and it never happened again) complained to him anyway and also lied and said that I run my dishwasher in the middle of the night,
- had my entire family's Christmas gifts withheld from me by the housing office because the girl at the desk forgot to send out a package notice, meaning my entire family got their Christmas gifts late AND I had to ship them to them at extra cost to me,
- a "security policy" was put into place in my 2nd year, requiring all residents to check in their guests from the hours of 8pm-12am, and for us to show our ID badges to an undergraduate "security personnel" standing by the front door (which was the only door in the building not on lockdown from the hours of 8pm-8am)
- was deceived by university housing after first year when they integrated undergraduates into the first two floors, but neglected to inform us that they would be converting the ENTIRE building to undergraduate-only dorms the following year, which would have allowed me to find an off-campus apartment a year earlier and live in said apartment for 2 YEARS rather than 6 MONTHS (and a MUCH HIGHER RENT).
And I'm leaving out the MANY times I've had to call maintenance over broken air conditioners, light sockets, or the MANY times I've had to call IT because the cable/internet was out. Or the per semester "inspections" that housing conducts to make sure the students are complying with "health and safety regulations" i.e. the excuse to barge into your home and make sure you don't have any beer in your fridge or candles on your coffee tables, because we all know people in their mid-twenties are far too irresponsible to be trusted with candles. If you REALLY want to come to Regent, save yourself an academic year(s) of hell and live off-campus. You will THANK me.
I've since taught as an Adjunct Professor at two Christian universities (courses: The Life of Christ; Church History; Paul and Spiritual Development and New Testament Introduction).
Regent's divinity program very successfully trained me as a pastor as well -- whether theologically, practically or even in the biblical languages.The experience of attending Regent was phenomenal, both for my wife (who was able to work for CBN) and for me.
Some prof. cannot even express themselves & literally you have to teach urself so they're absolutely useless. The communication dept is on a serious need of a makeover. If u don't mid wasting your money w/ a bunch of homeschool students and prof. who can't really teach, this is ur school. Otherwise, get to a film school that is worth your money.
Faculty must love what they are doing. They return e-mails immediately. They don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call you if they have a question or want to encourage you. (Unheard of!)
The university encourages extra-curricular activities and hosts numerous lecture series bringing in international notables.
The campus is absolutely beautiful. You should check out the web site or stop by for a visit. The atmosphere is captivating and the proximity to the ocean, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown provide ample opportunity for excursions.
And for those of us on financial aid.... it does not go unnoticed that Regent has my financial aid check ready and waiting the first week of school.... every semester. Thank you! (It sometimes took weeks for my undergrad institution to get fin aid processed)
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