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Regis University is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic, Jesuit university in the United Statesmarker. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1877, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Based in Denver, Coloradomarker and set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Regis University comprises three colleges: Regis College, the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions and the College for Professional Studies.

Main Hall at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Carroll Hall from the garden to the north.
Carroll Hall from the side.
DeSmet Hall.
The Townhouses.
A distant view of the athletic fields, Field House, and Main Hall.


Regis University's forerunner was established in Las Vegas, New Mexicomarker by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits. In 1884, the Bishop of Denver invited the Jesuits to move the school to nearby Morrisonmarker where it was opened as Sacred Heart College. In 1887, the school moved once again to its present location and in 1921 adopted the name of Regis College in honor of Saint John Francis Regis, a 17th century Jesuit who worked with prostitutes and the poor in the mountains of Southern France. In 1991, it was renamed Regis University and consisted of three schools: the original Regis College, the College for Professional Studies, and the College for Health Professions.

Regis University, in accordance with its Jesuit heritage, has a long tradition of charitable service working including the well known Father Woody Projects which originate in the Archdiocese of Denver, but are active at Regis; including a well known Father Woody Christmas Party for the homeless.


  • Two nursing students in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions have received the Fuld Fellowship.
  • The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Regis College the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship two times.
  • Four years in succession, Regis University professors were awarded Fulbright professorships.
  • Regis has won the National Parliamentary Debate Championships twice (one of only three schools).
  • Basketball Coach Lonnie Porter holds the record for most victories as a college basketball coach (at any level) in Colorado history with 498 wins. Additionally, the basketball team maintains a 95 percent graduation rate among players.
  • Since 2000, the Lowell campus has been designated an arboretum with more than 500 trees and shrubs, including three championship trees.


Regis College

Regis College is a small, liberal arts, undergraduate (a masters in teaching is available), selective school located on the Lowell Campus. Its approximately 1,600 students are high school graduates from over 40 states.

For the 14th consecutive year, Regis was named a top school in the West at the Master's level by US News and World Report. It was ranked 26th.

Regis College operates a radio station, KRCX. Other media programs include a weekly student-run newspaper, the Highlander. The school also fields 12 varsity athletic teams the Rangers. Regis competes at the NCAA Division II level and is part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Men's basketball coach, Lonnie Porter, [73053] has the record for most won games as a basketball coach in Colorado history (498).

Many students participate in service learning activities by volunteering with various organizations throughout the Denver area. According to current President Fr. Sheeran, the goal of Regis University is to educate "leaders in service to others."

Regis College played host to the rock icon, Jimi Hendrix, as well as the British rock band Queen , that played their first concert in the United States (April 16, 1974).

Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

When Regis absorbed her sister school, Loretto Heights College, the College for Health Professions was born. Regis now operates a nationally-recognized nursing program, and one of the premiere physical therapist programs. The school is divided into four departments: Nursing, Health Care Ethics, Physical Therapy and Health Services Administration. RHCHP offers two doctoral programs in pharmacy and physical therapy.

College for Professional Studies

In 2007, the School for Professional Studies was realigned into the College for Professional Studies, with the mission of providing higher education to working professionals. The College houses the following schools:

Recent capital improvement campaign

In the fall of 2007, Regis completed a landmark five-year, $82.7 million capital campaign billed as "The Campaign for Regis University, Writing the Next Chapter." The school has long owned more property than was used for education at the Lowell campus. This property (formerly a K-Mart) has now been incorporated into the main campus as sports fields and a new parking lot, a new chapel is complete and picturesque Main Hall has reopened its top floors for the first time in decades. The science building and Carroll Hall have also both been renovated.

Notable alumni

Institute on the Common Good

Founded in 1997, by Father Michael J. Sheeran, S.J, the Institute on the Common Good through practices of Regis University in matters of dialogue, discernment, and democratic deliberation. The Institute on the Common Good believes that because of the diversity inherent in the world, focusing on only one specific model or technique for resolving community issues will not allow those communities to build trust and strong relationships nor to develop innovative solutions to challenges faced by those communities. Rigid processes themselves can be deadly to effective dialogue and relationships. As a result, the Institute does not identify a specific set of techniques or steps for its work, but rather attempts to establish a climate or ethos within which the dialogue happens. The Institute on the Common Good’s Transformational Dialogue emerges from roots deep within Ignatius of Loyola’s (and the Jesuit’s) philosophy underlying communal discernment. We continue to build on these roots using some of the latest research in the emerging field of dialogue.

In addition, the Institute seeks to provide the student body with world-renowned speakers as a fresh avenue of education. Examples of such speakers include:
  • Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa,
  • President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica,
  • Robert Bellah a Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Berkley,
  • Elizabeth Dole, former President of the American Red Cross,
  • Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking.
A leading example of social justice in action, the Institute is a prime example of the Jesuit motto of “men and women for others.” Today, the Institute continues to grow and integrate dialogue, discernment and democratic deliberation into the community practice of Regis University.


  1. Regis University: About Regis
  2. Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: List of Member Institutions
  3. Regis University: Schools/Colleges
  4. Regis University
  5. Archdiocese of Denver: Remembering Father Woody
  6. The Henry Luce Foundation: Directory of CBL Professors
  7. Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference: Hall of Fame Profile for Lonnie Porter
  8. Ecological History of Lowell Campus
  9. America's Best Colleges 2008: Regis University: At a glance
  10. About Regis: Loretto Heights College Timeline
  11. U.S. News & World Report: Best Schools for Nursing
  12. The Council of Independent Colleges: Independent Online Newsletter (Fall '07)
  13. Regis Office of Alumni and Parent Relations: Service Learning and Journalism Unite
  14. The Heritage Foundation, Biography: Edwin J. Feulner

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