Center for Student Happiness

Contact Details:

One Center, Two Locations

Success Coaching –  SC 135
757.352.4906

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

csh@regent.edu

M-F: 8 am – 5 pm

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.

Orientation

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.

SOAR (Summer Orientation, Advising & Registration)

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. Register today.

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. Register today.

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.

Fall Start

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

Register now.

Spring Start

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 855.352.4780 or csh@regent.edu.

 

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 855.352.4780 or csh@regent.edu.

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 intladmissions@regent.edu.

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 855.352.4780 or csh@regent.edu.

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

Success Coaching

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.

Click to 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.

Writing Lab

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 to all Regent students, staff, and faculty through 40-minute appointments or 60-90 minute workshops. During appointments, tutors can assist you with any Regent-related writing task, including research papers, book reports, case studies, article reviews, discussion board posts, etc.* All appointments are available in-person in LIB 218, over the phone, or online via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Please visit our “Workshops” tab for more information regarding the workshops we host each semester.

The Writing Lab’s mission is to assist you in learning to become your own editor. Instead of simply reading over your papers for you, our tutors read through papers with you, thus helping 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.

*Presently, the Writing Lab only helps 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: 9 am – 9 pm (ET)
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 am – 11 pm (ET)
Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm (ET)
Sunday: Closed

To schedule an appointment, you must 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 appointments 12 – 24 hours in advance, excluding emergencies, to avoid it marked as a no-show.
  • All students are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Doctoral Services

We understand that your papers are longer and more involved than papers for an undergraduate or graduate-level class. Our tutors are equipped to help doctoral students revise their writing so that it is clear yet elegant. However, you may need more than one appointment to go over a paper. We allow two appointments in a week, depending upon availability. Please schedule your appointments in advance to ensure a slot.


Questions? Please contact the Writing Lab at 757.352.4925 during our office hours or by emailing writing@regent.edu.

“What Can I Expect During an Appointment?”

Oftentimes, students who schedule appointments for the first time arrive not knowing what to expect. We ask that you email a draft of your work to writing@regent.edu along with the assignment instructions so that the tutor can prepare for the appointment. Once you meet with the tutor, he or she will greet you warmly and typically ask about the professor’s expectations of the assignment: Is there a word/page count? When is the assignment due? Are there any special instructions I should know?

The tutor will ask about what you want to focus on during the appointment. Common topics include brainstorming a research question, revising a thesis statement, organizing your ideas, avoiding plagiarism, revising grammar and punctuation, or learning a formatting style (APA, MLA, or Turabian). The tutor will also provide topics he or she wants to cover based on the notes from your draft. Together, you will prioritize the areas of the writing project you would like to cover during the appointment.

If you have a draft, the tutor will ask you to read portions of it aloud (If reading aloud makes you uncomfortable, please let the tutor know, and he or she will read instead). Reading aloud helps both you and the tutor hear the ideas and your writing style within the draft.

After that, you and the tutor will focus your conversation on the topics you prioritized together. The tutors may explain writing conventions, provide handouts to supplement your discussion, or assist you in revising sentences/passages. However, the tutor will respect and trust your decisions on what to revise. You are the author of the work, which means you are in control of what you want to say. Thus, the tutor will help you think critically about what you are trying to communicate and teach you ways to convey these ideas as clearly as possible.

If you find that you are unable to attend your appointment, please cancel it in the scheduler or contact our office at least 12 to 24 hours in advance to avoid having your appointment marked as a no-show. Please be sure to let us know if you could not make your appointment due to an emergency so that we can cancel it for you. This ensures that our services remain available to as many students as possible. If we have not heard from you within 20 minutes after the start of your appointment, we will mark you down as a “no-show.” Please note if you fail to show up for two appointments within a given semester, you will be prohibited from scheduling more appointments within that semester to allow other students to meet with a tutor.

“What Do You Recommend If I have a Longer Paper or Series of Projects?”

Often, 40 minutes is not enough time to go through an entire draft. If you have an assignment that is longer than five pages, your tutor will ask you to focus on specific areas that you would like to go over together. Tutors will help you to identify certain patterns in your writing, so you will be able to leave the appointment equipped to revise the rest of the paper on your own.

If you are working on longer assignments, we encourage you to schedule more than one appointment to go over a longer paper. We allow students to have two appointments in a week, depending upon availability. Please schedule your appointments in advance to ensure a slot.

“What If I Don’t Need 40 Minutes?”

Students do not need to schedule an appointment to use the Writing Lab. Walk-in or Call-in sessions are available for students to speak with a tutor for 15-20 minutes. We encourage students to prepare a few specific questions ahead of time because 20 minutes is not always enough time to go through a longer assignment compared to a scheduled appointment. In addition, walk-in/call-in sessions are taken around scheduled appointments; therefore, we cannot guarantee their availability at any given time.

Please note that all students are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct. To schedule an appointment, you must access the online appointment scheduler.


Questions? Please contact the Writing Lab at 757.352.4925 during our office hours or by emailing writing@regent.edu.

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 One: Learn 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 Papers: When 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 Summaries: Do 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.

Resources

FAQs

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.

Actually, no. The Writing Lab is not an editing service. Our mission is to assist you in learning to become your own editor. Instead of simply reading over your papers for you, our tutors read through your papers with you, thus helping 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 services.

Since we serve the entire Regent community, our tutoring appointments are limited in availability. Throughout the term, students are usually limited to one appointment per day, though they can have up to two appointments in the same week. Another reason for limiting daily appointments pertains to the revision process itself. After meeting with a tutor, students typically have much work to do, and revision takes time to do right. In order to facilitate this process effectively, students are therefore limited to one appointment per day unless approved by our staff. Extenuating circumstances do occur, after all.

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.

Yes and no. When you schedule your appointment through the online scheduler, you can select which tutor you would like to make the appointment with. However, we cannot guarantee you will have the appointment with the tutor you select. Sometimes, tutors need off for various reasons, and we have to switch the appointment to another tutor. In addition, we encourage students who use the Writing Lab regularly to utilize the services of multiple tutors in order to receive the most benefit from the Writing Lab’s services. Since the Writing Lab desires to help students become better self-editors, appointments may be switched to different tutors in order to ensure students do not become too reliant on the assistance of a single tutor.

The answer is early and often. Students at universities everywhere typically view Writing Labs as emergency rooms for their bleeding papers, papers marked red by their apparently very angry professors. When students use this method of service, the damage is already done and the grade already received. This “after-the-fact” approach proves disastrous for students who could have benefited from services much earlier. Also, the ends of semesters are very busy at the Writing Lab, and students waiting to the last minute to request tutoring may find themselves on waiting lists, lists sometimes two-weeks long. By the time an appointment is available, the paper is already due. Thus, thinking of the Writing Lab as a kind of preventative medicine approach makes life easier on everyone. The Lab is open and available for appointments year-round.

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.

Math Lab

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.

Resources

Handouts

Overview & Practice

Schedule Appointment

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 writing@regent.edu at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment.

Schedule your appointment now »

Questions? Please direct your inquiries accordingly to:

 

Online Appointment Scheduler – Video Tutorial
Online Appointment Scheduler – Troubleshooting Tips

CLEP

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: www.collegeboard.com. The Regent University College of Arts & Sciences will accept up to 30 CLEP credits. See our CLEP transfer guide »

Regent offers CLEP exams most Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for the Fall semester. To schedule an exam, please complete the following:

  1. Prior to registering for or scheduling a CLEP exam, please verify that you have an active account with CollegeBoard.
  2. Ensure you have the approved form of identification that is required for admittance to a CLEP examination. Review the list of valid ID’s and check-in requirements.
  3. Register for a CLEP exam via “My Account” powered by CollegeBoard. You will select the specific exam, pre-pay, and purchase study materials (optional, but recommended) via My Account. Once this is complete, you will receive a CLEP Exam Registration Ticket, which is valid for six months. Please note that this is a separate payment from the registration fee for scheduling the CLEP exam at Regent University.
    NOTE: Completing this step does not schedule you to take the exam at Regent. You must complete the next step(s) to schedule a test date.
  4. If you need an ADA accommodation, please contact clep@regent.edu or 757.352.4144 at least one week prior to your desired test date. Please do not schedule an exam until you have verified that your requested ADA accommodation can be made at this test site.
  5. Schedule your CLEP exam at least one week prior to your desired exam date. The nonrefundable $20 registration fee must be paid prior to scheduling an exam and is valid for only one test date. If you are unable to make your scheduled test date due to extenuating circumstances you may submit an appeal to request that your registration fee to be used for a second date. Please forward all appeals to clep@regent.edu.
  6. Upon submitting your schedule request, you will receive an email receipt for your scheduled registration payment.
  7. Please allow 2-5 business days for your scheduling request to be processed. You will then receive an email confirmation for your requested exam date. Please note that you must be confirmed prior to check-in to take an exam.
  8. On the day of your exam, please arrive at Regent University Library Suite 218 (LIB 218) at least 20-25 minutes prior to your scheduled test time. Failure to arrive at least 20 minutes prior may result in forfeiture your test date and registration fee.
  9. Please bring the following items to present on the test day:

SCHEDULE NOW

If any scheduling conflicts arise, students are allowed to reschedule their CLEP testing date once free of charge. After their first reschedule, students must register again in order to schedule for a CLEP test. Please note that all fees are non-refundable.

Questions? Contact clep@regent.edu or call 757.352.4144.

To search for other local CLEP testing facilities, please visit www.collegeboard.com/clep.

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.