Associate's to Bachelor's® Program FAQsGeneral Questions:
How long will it take to complete the program?
The amount of time it will take to complete your Bachelor's degree or Certificate program is within your control but depends upon several factors, including the number of credit hours transferred toward the degree and whether or not courses are taken consecutively. Regis University's College for Professional Studies (CPS) understands that busy adults benefit from learning and scheduling options designed to fit around work, family, and other life expectations. That is why we offer accelerated 8-week terms that give you the flexibility to set your own pace while you are earning your degree. The multiple start dates throughout the year allow you to focus on one or two courses at a time while still finishing your degree quickly and efficiently.
Is Regis University accredited, and where does it rank
among other universities?
Regis University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of the most recognized and transferrable accreditations acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education. Regis University is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Regis University consistently earns a top tier ranking as one of the best colleges and universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
Where is Regis University located?
Regis University has called Denver, Colorado its home for more than 100 years, situated right alongside the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. We have multiple Colorado campus locations lining the Rocky Mountain Front Range for our students' convenience. Additionally, many of our programs can be completed online, allowing students to take courses without ever leaving the comfort of their home or community.
What does it mean that Regis University is a
The heritage and tradition of Jesuit education characterize the Regis University experience and mission, which encourages men and women of all ages to take leadership roles and to make a positive impact in a changing society. By fostering the continual search for truth, values, and a just existence, we are committed to encouraging each student to explore, dream, and discover a lifetime of personal and professional opportunities. Regis University stands proud alongside 28 universities and colleges nationwide, all of which exemplify the 500-year-old Jesuit tradition of academic rigor, intellectual exchange, and faculty commitment to each student's personal development.
What is the academic environment like at Regis?
Our small classes, consisting of 12 to 18 students, are taught by faculty who are experts in their fields. The intimate and collaborative academic atmosphere facilitates interaction among students and professors, turning the classroom into a professional forum to exchange information and ideas. The highly experienced faculty are working professionals who adjust their teaching to the demands of today's workplace, blending theory and experience into a real-world education, giving students a competitive edge in today's marketplace. CPS conveniently offers courses in a variety of learning formats, including campus-based and online classes, enabling our students to choose the format that best accommodates their own specific needs.
What should I do if I have questions?
You can contact an enrollment counselor by phone (800.707.2697) Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. MT, and Friday, 7:00a.m. -5:00p.m. MT. You can contact an enrollment counselor by e-mail any time at AtoB@Regis.edu also.
How many credits can I transfer from my community college?
CPS allows students to transfer up to 90 credits from their community college for most programs. Visit our program and school-specific transfer guides to see what courses transfer, or contact an enrollment counselor to receive a free transcript evaluation. Additionally, you may be able to capitalize on your prior learning experiences and turn them into academic credit through Prior Learning Assessment or standardized testing ( CLEP, DSST).
Does Regis University CPS accept life experience for credit?
Regis University is one of more than 1,500 schools nationwide that awards credit for learning achieved through prior experiences. CPS offers two methods of assessing your prior learning.
- Prior Learning Assessment (Portfolio), which matches your life and work experiences to college course descriptions with the help of a portfolio specialist. You may earn up to 45 credit hours through this program. In the Prior Learning Assessment course (ED202), you will learn how to demonstrate your previous learning for college credit and produce your portfolio.
- Credit-by-Exam programs (CLEP, DSST, and Challenge Exams), which allow you to demonstrate your knowledge in a particular subject area through standardized tests. The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) and The DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) are national testing programs. Challenge Exams have been developed by Regis faculty and are based on specific Regis courses.
There are fees for the portfolio and testing options, but they are generally less expensive than aggregate tuition expenses. Contact an enrollment counselor for more information on any of these options.
If I am earning an Associate's of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree,
can I still transfer to Regis?
Regis recognizes many types of Associate's degrees, including A.A.S. degrees; however, the transfer institution's accreditation determines the type of credits that can be applied toward your Bachelor's degree. Typically, an A.A.S. degree is a technical or vocational credential. Students who are earning an A.A.S. degree have two pathways for a Baccalaureate degree: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.). If you want to earn a B.S., credits from a regionally accredited community college will be counted toward your Core Courses, Foundational Courses, and Electives requirements. You must complete the Technical Occupational Specialty (TOS) credits as indicated on the transfer guide prior to application in order for your technical/vocational credits to be applied toward degree requirements. A student can then be concurrently enrolled to finish the 60-90 credits at the community college while starting on the Bachelor's degree at Regis. If you want to earn a B.A.S., you must earn the A.A.S. degree before applying to Regis because of the TOS credit transfer policy.
The Regis University policy states that A.A.S. students will be evaluated on a course by course basis; students must have received a grade of C- or better, and the course content must be comparable. For institutions that are not regionally accredited, only the technical/vocational coursework will be evaluated for transferability. Any student is also welcome to obtain a free unofficial transcript evaluation after completion of 30 credit hours, regardless of the pathway. Your enrollment counselor will guide you, so it is important to contact them early in the transfer process.
When should I apply for admission to the Associate's to
Apply to Regis University as soon as possible so you can maximize all the benefits available to you. Students who are accepted into Regis can start working with an advisor on a degree plan from the start. Applying and being accepted will lock in the degree program requirements. By applying early you will have two options: starting Regis coursework right away or deferring your first course start date. Your Regis advisor can guide you through the rest of your community college coursework and advise you about portfolio and testing out of classes immediately also. This is a great way to expedite earning your degree and will help ensure a seamless transfer of your community college coursework toward your Bachelor's degree.
How do I apply for admission to start working with an advisor?
Regis University accepts applications for admission year-round, and we offer multiple start dates throughout the year. On our Admissions Requirements page, we outline the requirements for Undergraduate Admission, including admission to the undergraduate Teacher Education degree program, and provide links to the online application forms, admissions essay instructions, and a copy of the current academic calendar. If questions arise at any point during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact an enrollment counselor for assistance.
What are the tuition rates, and what types of financial aid
or scholarships are offered?
CPS undergraduate tuition rates for the 2013-2014 academic year can be found by visiting our Tuition page. Our Scholarships page includes information about our financial aid options in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships.
When will decisions be made on scholarships?
The scholarship committee typically meets the month following the scholarship deadline to determine recipients and will notify candidates by mail mid-August.
Who can I appeal to in reference to the scholarship requirements?
The requirements of the scholarships are firm in order to be fair to all applicants. There are no appeals for the scholarship requirements. However, if there are questions as to a student’s eligibility or understanding of the scholarship requirements, the student should call his or her enrollment counselor.
Can I fax my scholarship application?
At this time, original letters of recommendation and transcripts are required; therefore, facsimile copies will not be accepted.
Can you tell me if Regis has received all of my paperwork required for the scholarship (i.e. transcripts, recommendations, etc.)?
The student can mail their application paperwork with a return receipt requested by the mail service. In addition, the student can confirm with his or her previous institutions that the transcripts were sent to Regis University.
When I apply for scholarships, can you use my official
transcripts that you received when I was admitted or do you need a separate copy?
Due to FERPA regulations, the Scholarship Selection Committee does not have access to a student's official transcripts that have been entered into the Regis system. Consequently, you will need to submit a separate copy of your official transcripts if they are required as part of the scholarship application.
I applied and was admitted to Regis a year ago,
but I've only been taking classes at my Community College with a
consortium agreement and haven't taken any Regis classes. Am I still
eligible to apply for scholarships?
Yes. As long as you have not yet taken a course at Regis, you are still eligible to apply for the community college scholarships. Students can start classes summer semester and still apply for the scholarship in July of that same year – however, while students are permitted to enroll and take classes summer semester, scholarships will be awarded during the month of August for classes starting fall or spring semester.
I am not a CPS student; can I still apply for these scholarships?
Applicants for CPS, RHCHP, or Regis College are all eligible for the Community College Scholarship or the Provost Scholarship. The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is only for CPS students.
Can I still apply for the scholarships, even though I have already started taking courses at Regis?
The scholarship is only for new students to Regis University. Students can start classes summer semester and still apply for the scholarship in July of that same year – however, while students are permitted to enroll and take classes summer semester, scholarships will be awarded during the month of August for classes starting fall or spring semester.
I will not have the required 60 transfer credits by the July 18th scholarship deadline, but will by fall semester. Can I still apply for this year’s scholarship or should I wait to apply until next year?
The goal of the scholarship is to have students finish their studies at the community college before starting with Regis University. An associate degree is usually a minimum of 60 credits hence the requirement. If a student is currently enrolled in classes at an accredited institution which will give the student a total of 60 or more credits by fall semester, the student can apply now for the scholarship.
If I do not start at Regis University immediately do I lose the scholarship?
The scholarship is awarded for the current academic school year which entails: Fall Semester 2013, Spring Semester 2014, and Summer Semester 2014. Eligibility to keep the scholarship is 6-9 credit hours each semester (dependent on scholarship type).
Can I receive more than one of these scholarships?
No, scholarships cannot be “stacked.” Additionally, scholarships may replace, but will not be awarded in addition to other Regis University scholarships.
What is considered commitment to the community?
A scholarship is awarded based in part on two essays provided by the student. One essay is the student’s personal statement as to why he or she would like to continue his or her education at Regis. The other essay is a description of the volunteer work, community service activities, academic honors earned, and/or any leadership roles held. These are areas of example of commitment to the community.
Who can I contact for additional questions about general scholarship information?
Students should contact his or her enrollment counselor. They will be able to answer questions or be the resource between other Regis departments.