Well, so much for my goal of blogging once a week throughout the summer.
We are well into our 7th week of school now and things are a happenin’!
Emily is in her senior year and she just turned in her first college application. She has decided that this is the only school she will apply to for the fall of 2015 as it is the one she really wants to go to. It is the least expensive private school out of the 3 that she chose. And she stands a good chance of getting a hefty scholarship. More about that later.
The school that she has chosen is Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. She wants to be a film major and they have a great program, according to all of her research. She wanted to stay away from Hollywood and hold onto her convictions, so she knew she wanted to pursue her dream at a private Christian college.
The school’s founder is Pat Robertson. Ok, we’re not thrilled with that. But they are a non-denominational school and there is a lot more that we ARE thrilled about. It is a small school with a 19:1 teacher to student ratio. Their motto is “Christian Leadership to Change the World”. We want our kids to have an education, but not necessarily just for the education itself. Our desire and prayer for them is that they will learn in order to grow as Christian disciples and then that they would go out into their generation and make a difference for Christ. Emily’s desire is to learn the world of film and to hopefully use that in some form or fashion to affect her world. She’s still praying and waiting to see how the Lord leads in that area.
We like the meaning of the university’s name. A "regent" is defined as one who represents a king in his absence. “For Regent University, a regent is one who represents Christ, our Sovereign, in whatever sphere of life he or she may be called to serve Him.”
Besides being on HSLDA’s Tier 1 for homeschool-friendly universities, here are some more interesting facts:
- Founded in 1978 and located on 70 acres in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent consists of seven graduate schools and one undergraduate school.
- Regent is nationally recognized as a Top 25 Best University by U.S. News & World Report, 2014, for its online bachelor's programs, and is the highest-ranked Online Graduate Education Program in Virginia for Faculty Credentials and Training. Regent is also ranked #8 in Online Programs for Veterans, and ranked #1 online for MBA Faculty Credentials & Training, 2013.
- Regent is recognized as a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report, 2015.
- Regent University is recognized nationally as one of only 22 universities in the U.S. to receive an "A" rating by ACTA.
- Regent University School of Law's faculty were recognized among the Top 10 Faculty in the nation by The Princeton Review, 2013.
- Regent University School of Law's Moot Court team finished Top 2 Globally
at the University of Oxford's Price Media Law Moot Court Programme, competing against teams including the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.
- The university offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees on campus and online, with approximately 18,660 alumni as of September 2014.
- Regent was named to G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines' 2014 list of Military-Friendly Schools.
- More than 630 Hampton Roads Teachers of the Year received their degrees or certificates from Regent's School of Education and the school has yielded a 95 percent pass rate in the School Leadership Licensure Assessment.
- Regent has been the recipient of more than 360 national and international film awards by the School of Communication & the Arts.
- The School of Psychology & Counseling received an 100-percent match rate for fourth-year Psy.D. student internships in 2014, well above the national average.
- Regent offers international study programs in England, France, Italy and Israel.
- Five university faculty members have been named Fulbright Scholars.
So, we’re checking out this school and going down the road as far as the Lord will give us peace and will continue to open doors. There are no perfect schools, but we are proud of what Emily has stuck to as she has considered each school. We see her being very focused and diligent in trying to make a wise and mature decision.
In a lot of ways, this is a long-shot. But we were encouraged last week as I spoke with someone in the admissions office about Emily’s transcripts. I asked her to check and make sure that they had received Emily’s SAT scores and she said they had and then told me that Emily should definitely apply for their Scholar’s Weekend. It requires a 2nd (separate) application with an essay and a resume, etc. (Emily had chosen to participate in their early application process which waived the application fee and the required essay. She should know within 2 more weeks if she has been accepted.) Of all that apply for the Scholar’s Weekend, 25 applicants will be chosen to attend the weekend of February 5-7. Each of those 25 students will be awarded $40,000 ($10,000 a year scholarship funds). Then those 25 students will compete that weekend through essay writing and interviews for 4 full-ride scholarships and 1 full-ride plus room scholarship. To qualify for the weekend, the applicant must 1) be accepted for admission to the university for fall of 2015, 2) be a high school senior, 3) have a GPA of 3.8 or better, and 4) have a 1200 or above combined verbal and math SAT score. Emily meets all of those!
So . . . will you pray with us as Emily works on this next application and essay and getting everything turned in by January 4th? We know it is still a long-shot, but she has a good fighting chance, and we are ok with whatever the Lord has in store for her. If she did get invited out for Scholar’s Weekend, they would pay for all room and board for the weekend for her and a parent (“wined and dined” at the prestigious Founders Inn Resort & Spa!), we would just have to get ourselves out there and back.
We’re hanging on for the ride.
Just another Miles’ Adventure.
It’s an AMAZING life!
PS. More about our school days later . . . .I hope.