Regent is one of the few schools that is able to offer a small college advisor to student ratio. In all aspects of the College Advising Program, advisors consider the developmental needs of each grade level and student.
Preparation for college is certainly a part of the academic objectives at Regent, but ultimately Regent’s mission is to prepare students to live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and man. This may include but is not limited to: college or university study, a gap year to travel or work as a missionary or volunteer, active duty military service, licensing or certification for a trade or skill, or direct to the workforce. To assist students and parents as they prayerfully make this decision, we come alongside with resources and support.
College advising starts before high school & continues Throughout the four years
The college advising process begins in the spring of the 8th grade year when students are provided with an overview of high school and information about class selection for the freshman year. Early in the freshman year, students and parents meet with the advisors for pre-college planning that includes Regent’s college advising philosophy, criteria for college admission, college prep timeline, and testing information. Pre-college advising education continues in the same way, with another student and parent meeting, during the sophomore year. At this time, we also review information provided the freshman year, discuss testing (PSAT, Pre-ACT, SAT, and ACT), and help the students understand the college admission process.
Individual meetings (advisor and student with parent, if desired) are scheduled during the spring of the junior year. This meeting provides information about the senior year and class selection. The status of the college search and campus visits is discussed for preparation of completing college applications.
The advisors also offer an informational meeting with for rising seniors in the summer before school begins. “College , It’s Appening” (CAPP) provides information and resources about the resume, the college essay, and the college application. During the college application season, we are available to seniors as they continue to submit applications and apply for scholarships. We encourage at least one meeting with every senior during the admission cycle.
Students are equipped with resources to help guide their decision
Regent offers an online college planning portal called SCOIR. On this personal portal, Regent students can search for colleges based on specific needs and interests, organize applications and deadlines in one place, and see upcoming college representative visits.
Other college advising services available involve the dissemination of information about college fairs, extracurricular activities, summer enrichment, ACT and SAT test dates, AP tests, scholarships, and FAFSA; the coordination of daytime visits by a number of colleges and universities; and the provision of the forms needed from Regent for driver’s permits. A College Advising bulletin board offers a variety of information including a spotlight on Christian universities.