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Center for Student Happiness

Contact Details:

One Center, Two Locations

Success Coaching –  SC 135 | 757.352.4906

Writing and Math Lab – LIB 218
Writing Lab: | 757.352.4925
Math Lab: | 757.352.4641

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Center for Student Happiness (CSH) exists to increase the quality of the student’s experience at Regent University. The heart of CSH is to cultivate a welcoming environment that supports student success. The CSH facilitates new student orientations, success coaching, writing tutoring, math tutoring, webinars, and numerous resources that empower students to take charge of their learning and growth in academics, life, and leadership.

We are so excited for you to start your journey at Regent University! Our goal is to help you connect with the people, information and resources that will help you excel academically, develop spiritually, thrive socially, advance professionally and ultimately change the world for Christ.

Students who participate in orientation generally acclimate better, have a greater sense of connection to their professors and peers, better attend to their responsibilities as a student, and more readily embrace the transformative experience ahead of them.

Explore the links below to learn more about the orientation designed specifically for you. 

Access everything else you need to know — from videos and flyers to schedules, forms and handbooks — through this Orientation Packet.

Choose the orientation experience best for you.

First-year traditional-aged freshmen (23 and younger) will not want to miss these fantastic opportunities to begin friendships, connect with faculty, and experience firsthand why Regent is unlike any other institution.

Regent University Summer Orientation


Freshmen and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend this June event.

  • Enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with other students who will also be starting in the fall semester
  • Preview a night in the Regent Commons residence halls
  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Get your student ID and register for classes

There will also be special sessions for parents about financial aid, business office policies, residence hall living, campus security and safety, and much more.

Regent University Welcome Week


New traditional-aged freshmen (23 and younger) are expected to participate in this August event. For one week following the excitement of Move-in Day you will:

  • Get to know classmates and student leaders
  • Meet professors and learn about key resources
  • Connect with student organizations
  • Enjoy a service opportunity with new friends

Parents are welcome to attend the dinner, the official welcome and family worship, and ice cream social on the evening of Move-in Day.

Already have some college experience? This concise orientation is focused on what you need to know to succeed at Regent. Meet other new transfer students, learn more about how Regent’s faculty and staff will support your success, and answer any lingering questions before classes begin.

Regent University fall start


New traditional students starting in August are expected to participate in Welcome Week.

Students enjoy a chat at Regent University's campus in Virginia Beach.


Keys to Success will help you adapt to Regent’s online learning environment in Blackboard, address your questions and concerns, and acclimate you to the university. Keys to Success is a self-paced, no-cost, non-credit online orientation experience.

Students can access this orientation in Blackboard through the MyRegent Portal within two business days after completing their enrollment agreement. For questions, please contact the Center for Student Happiness at 855.352.4511.

Keys to Success will help you adapt to Regent’s online learning environment in Blackboard, address your questions and concerns, and acclimate you to the university. Keys to Success is a self-paced, no-cost, non-credit online orientation experience.

Students can access this orientation in Blackboard through the MyRegent Portal within two business days after completing their enrollment agreement. For questions, please contact the Center for Student Happiness at 855.352.4511.

As a new international student at Regent – whether online or on campus – all new and transfer F‐1 international students are required to attend or participate in their designated orientation, unless otherwise stated by your school or program.

  • Students studying online will see an online orientation in their “My Courses” section of Blackboard.
  • Students studying on campus and entering in the fall or spring semesters will receive information about a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the semester.

Prior to the orientation, new international students studying on campus will receive a packet and handbook specifically for the international experience. In addition, the comprehensive International Student Orientation Program includes:

  • Legal Information – Learn about maintaining your F-1 visa status while a student in the United States
  • General Information – Materials on programs and services available on campus and in the community
  • Getting Acquainted – Meet other students and people and places on campus
  • Settling In – Trips to local stores, banks, and cell phone providers; a campus tour and library tour

Please contact us with questions by calling 1.800.846.4198, or via email at

Keys to Success will help you as a graduate student adapt to Regent’s online learning environment in Blackboard, address your questions and concerns, and acclimate you to the university. Keys to Success is a self-paced, no-cost, non-credit online orientation experience.

Students can access this orientation in Blackboard through the MyRegent Portal within two business days after completing their enrollment agreement. For questions, please contact the Center for Student Happiness at 855.352.4511.

Special note: If you are in the Law School pursuing a J.D. or LL.M. please check with your program director for your orientation requirements.

Success Coaching is an opportunity for you to “discover out loud” what God has already placed within you. Regent’s certified coaches will help you to explore the change God has initiated, identify and overcome challenges that may be a hindrance, and put a plan into action toward your life goals and purpose.

Listen to what some of our students have said:

Whether you are a freshman straight out of high school or an advanced learner with significant life experience, our coaches can help you make the most of your Regent experience. This is Christian Life and Leadership Coaching at its best, and we encourage you to schedule your very own appointment today!

Schedule an Appointment

Appointments are available in-person, by phone, or via video chat through the Online Appointment Scheduler. For help with scheduling your appointment, please visit instructions.

Welcome to the Regent University Writing Lab! Specially trained Writing Lab Tutors help students to understand, identify, and apply the foundational and advanced writing concepts and techniques to present their research and ideas clearly and concisely for an academic audience. Professionally trained tutors work with students at all levels and in all disciplines to improve writing style and technique. Writers can improve their writing by scheduling free, individual appointments with a tutor (in-person, over the phone, or online), by registering to attend one of our interactive online writing workshops, or taking advantage of 50+ on-demand videos and other resources about thesis, organization, formatting, style, mechanics, and more.

What We Do

Writing tutors provide free tutoring and other services to all Regent students, staff, and faculty through one-on-one appointments, online workshops, and on-demand resources. The Writing Lab’s mission is to assist writers to become stronger self-editors. We will work with you on any Regent-related writing* to help you achieve this goal and your academic success.

*Presently, the Writing Lab helps only with the clarity and grammar of resumes or cover letters. For specialized assistance, please contact the Office of Career & Talent Management.

Writing Lab Hours

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. (ET)
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (ET)
Sunday: Closed

Regent’s Writing Lab works within a Peer Tutoring Model, which helps you to spot your own errors and style inconsistencies. Writing Labs everywhere find this philosophy of teaching creates stronger, more flexible writers than simply providing editorial or proofreading services. Common topics covered include brainstorming a research question, revising a thesis statement, organizing your ideas, avoiding plagiarism, revising grammar and punctuation, or learning a formatting style (e.g., APA, MLA, or Turabian).

To schedule an appointment, access the online appointment scheduler.

  • Tutoring is available in 40-minute appointments. Students can also schedule appointments up to two weeks in advance!
  • “Walk-In” or “Call-In” sessions (20 min.) are also welcome but are contingent upon tutor availability for local and distance students.
  • Students are allowed one appointment per day and up to two appointments per week. This limit includes both scheduled appointments and walk-in/call-in sessions.
  • Please remember to cancel an appointment in advance, preferably 24 hours excluding emergencies, to avoid no-shows and limiting other students.
  • All students are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Doctoral Services

We train our tutors to assist students at all academic levels and to work with assignments that are longer and more involved. We help doctoral students revise their writing so that it is clear yet elegant. Please schedule your appointments in advance to ensure availability for one or more appointments.

Questions? Please contact the Writing Lab at 757.352.4925 during our office hours or by emailing

Virtual Walk-In hours are open to all Regent students looking to improve on specific writing concepts and willing to learn with a small group. Tutors will answer any questions that you have about formatting, thesis statements, organization, style, grammar, etc. Attend as many as you like. Please note that these sessions will likely run with multiple students. The UWL holds Virtual Walk-Ins via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra at these designated times (updated weekly).

To participate at the designated times, access the Virtual Walk-In hour collaborate session.

The Writing Lab offers a variety of workshops throughout the year. The workshops are offered multiple times throughout the semester. Interested in attending? Click here for dates of the upcoming workshops and to register. Descriptions of the workshops are provided below:

Avoiding Plagiarism: Do you struggle with knowing how to correctly paraphrase? Wonder what constitutes as plagiarism? The answers may surprise you.

MLA Formatting: Need help with your citations? Come learn the basics of the 8th edition of MLA Formatting Style.

APA Formatting Level One: Learn general APA formatting requirements as well as how to correctly format the title page, running head, headings, citations, and the reference page.

APA Formatting Level Two: Are you already familiar with the basics of APA? Take your APA to the next level by polishing your writing tone, abstract, and citations.

Turabian Formatting Level OneLearn general formatting requirements as well as how to correctly format the standard title page, footnotes, and the bibliography page.

Turabian Formatting Level Two: Come further your studies by learning the research expectations in your field and how to present them – including formatting your thesis/dissertation title page, tables of contents, and page numbers.

10 Most Common Errors in Grammar & Punctuation: Recognize and resolve some of the most common grammar and punctuation errors in academic writing.

Writing Quality Research PapersWhen faced with writing a research paper, do you feel lost and don’t know where to begin? Learn the steps to producing a quality research paper.

Writing Clearly: We offer hands-on practice for developing, organizing, and presenting your position with a clear writing voice.

Writing Academic SummariesDo you struggle to write without “To be” verbs? Come learn how to write actively, fulfill the requirements of an A.S., and earn Extra Credit for UNIV 500.



The Writing Lab receives numerous questions about our service each year. Below are some of our most common:
Please note that all students are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct.

The answer is early and often. By scheduling early and often, you start the writing process on the right track for success! The Writing Lab also tends to book up quickly, especially around finals week, so scheduling early will help ensure you receive great assistance. Waiting too long to receive help with a paper could lead to insufficient time to make the needed revisions that help your assignment shine.

The Writing Lab is a high-quality tutoring service, not an editing or proofreading service. Our mission is to assist you to become a stronger self-editor. Our time-tested U-I-A methodology will help you learn and apply concepts to your current paper and future assignments while spotting your own errors and style inconsistencies.

We must limit students to one appointment per day and two appointments per week to serve all Regent students well. Further, students should spend quality time revising and editing their assignment after meeting with a tutor. In rare circumstances, a staff member may approve more than one appointment per day to a student.

Our staff and tutors strive to provide as much consistency of experience as possible for students using Writing Lab services. However, due to the nature of writing and reader experience, perspectives will differ, though not markedly. For instance, some of our tutors are trained in specific disciplines and will naturally notice areas of your writing that some other tutors trained in other disciplines will not, or at least not as quickly. Tutors are encouraged to be honest and fair regarding the manner in which they relate to your writings, and not all experiences will be the same. Variations in feedback can, in fact, be quite beneficial to the student since no single tutor can spot everything in one session. That said, our tutors are trained according to the same basic standards of grammar and punctuation, style, formatting, and composition pedagogy. Thus, while not every tutor will interpret your work the same, the variations in the kinds of advice tutors can offer are actually somewhat limited. The job of the student at this point is to assess what the tutors experienced as readers and decide if their concerns are warranted. Remember, you are the expert in your topic as the primary researcher or creative author.

In order to assist the needs of successive students, tutors are required to limit appointments to 40-minutes. This allows them to prepare for the next appointment by taking a quick breather and having time to review the materials submitted by the next student. Tutors glean over these materials for potential areas of revision, make notes, and then meet with the student prepared to work. Back-to-back appointments without interruption wear down tutors’ mental acuity, and sessions with students are much more effective when tutors are mentally prepared before each appointment.

Although you are free to choose the tutor with whom you would like to work, we cannot guarantee tutors will be available when you select your appointment nor can we guarantee that scheduled staff may change. Thus, we encourage students who use the Writing Lab regularly to utilize the services of multiple tutors to receive the most benefit. While each tutor receive the same expert training, they each have a unique perspective to help you with your writing.

Students do not need an appointment to use the Writing Lab. Walk-in sessions are available, though these are much briefer in length and are intended to encourage students to sign up for regular appointments. In addition, walk-in appointments are taken around scheduled appointments. Therefore, we cannot guarantee their availability at any given time.

Students with registered disabilities are able to receive accommodations from the Writing Lab on a case-by-case basis. The Writing Lab will contact Disability Services to learn what accommodations we can provide for you. Based on the details, we will work with you to ensure that you receive support to help you succeed in your academic endeavors. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Disability Services to learn what a reasonable accommodation is for your specific needs.

Welcome to the Online Math Lab! The Math Lab assists undergraduate students enrolled in MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 164, MATH 201, MATH 211, and MATH 212. Math students should make great use of the resources provided below, which are course and chapter-specific. These will assist students to develop a greater fundamental understanding of the material being taught in their math class. In addition to contacting your instructors for support during their office hours, students can receive additional support by scheduling individual online appointments through Smarthinking.



Overview & Practice

To schedule an appointment, you must access the online appointment scheduler and follow these steps:

  1. Enter your Regent username and password.
  2. You will see a calendar labeled “Central Scheduling.”
  3. Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of the calendar. Choose “New Appointments.”
  4. Choose the appropriate “Service” from the drop-down menu above “Available Time Slots” calendar (i.e., Success Coaching, Math Lab, or Writing Lab).
  5. Click “Previous” or “Next” on the right side of the screen to change available weeks.
  6. The times and names not labeled “Booked” are available appointments. Click on a name to schedule it. Note: If all the times slots are booked, you may place yourself on the waiting list. Note: If all the times slots are booked, you may place yourself on the waiting list.
  7. Please read the “Additional Information” section in order to know how to prepare for your appointment.

Note: If you are scheduling with the Writing Lab, you must send a copy of your writing assignment to at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment.

Questions? Please direct your inquiries accordingly to:

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)  is a great way to earn college credits and help your wallet relax. For more information, please go to the CLEP website: The Regent University College of Arts & Sciences will accept up to 30 CLEP credits. See our CLEP transfer guide »

Regent’s CLEP testing center is currently a Limited Testing Center. This means that only Regent students can take CLEP tests at this center. Students must schedule tests at least five (5) business days in advance. To register to take a CLEP Exam at Regent, fill out the registration form. Then, purchase the CLEP Exam you want to take at Exams will be proctored on Fridays at 9 am and Thursdays at 6pm through July 7th and then on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 am through August 12th for the Summer 22 semester. 

The total cost of the exam includes both the $90 CLEP test fee through College Board and the $20 Regent Administration Fee. The Admin Fee is paid when you request an exam date and is non-refundable.

CLEP Test Policies:

  • Test-takers must arrive 20 minutes prior to their test time for registration. Students who arrive late will forfeit their scheduled seat or will need to re-schedule their exam at the discretion of the CLEP Administrator.
  • All test-takers must wear a mask to the testing center and during their exam.
  • Students will need their Regent student ID card to access the library.
  • In addition, students must bring their CLEP Exam ticket, approved form of identification, and Regent testing center confirmation email.
  • Exams cannot be taken without meeting the criteria above! Failure to follow these policies will result in loss of the Administrative fee and the scheduled seat to take an exam.
  • Student conduct during the process of registering and taking the test is subject to Regent’s academic honor code.

When students register to take a CLEP exam at the Regent University test site, they are required to pay a nonrefundable $20 fee. If students do not show up on time to their scheduled test date, they automatically forfeit their test date and registration fee. However, Regent University recognizes that emergencies occur that may keep students from keeping their test date. In those cases, students can submit an appeal form to refund their $20 or apply it towards a make-up test date. Submitting the form does not automatically guarantee that students’ appeals will be accepted. Regent University reserves the right to approve or deny any request based on their investigation of the report. Please allow 2-5 business days for the processing of any appeals.

Submit an appeal.