Regis University Mission: As a Jesuit Catholic university, Regis seeks to build a more just and humane world through transformative education at the frontiers of faith, reason and culture.

Crest of the West

Slouch Day at Regis University on May 8, 1925 

Founded in 1877, Colorado's Regis University is the only Jesuit, Catholic university in the Rocky Mountains and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. 

Inspired by St. Ignatius Loyola’s vision, Regis’ mission is to educate men and women of all ages and faiths to take leadership roles and to make a positive impact in a changing society. We encourage our students to seek truth, live purposeful lives and attempt to answer the question: "How ought we to live?"  

College of the Sacred Heart to Regis College


Seven years after it was founded in New Mexico as Las Vegas College, Bishop Machebeuf invited our school to move to Morrison, Colorado, near Red Rocks. Renamed as the College of the Sacred Heart, it operated there for three years until a Jesuit-educated man, John Brisben Walker, gifted our establishment land in 1887. The Northwest Denver Campus still operates there today, with a clear westerly view of the Rocky Mountains and Flatirons.  

We renamed ourselves Regis College 35 years later, honoring St. John Francis Regis, the patron saint of lace-workers. St. Regis was known for his service to at-risk women and youth, providing them stable incomes and independence. Originally a boy’s preparatory school, Regis continued to grow and became Colorado’s pioneer in adult education in the 1940s and later in online education in the 1990s.  

Loretto Heights College to Regis University

In the summer of 1988, Loretto Heights College closed its doors 70 years after its founding in Denver by the Sisters of Loretto. Three of its academic programs moved to Regis College and provided the foundation for the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions and the College for Professional Studies, ultimately allowing us to become Regis University in 1991. 

Read more about the Loretto Heights College here.

Our Leadership

Regis University President Father Fitzgibbons 

Our current and 24th president, the Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., is only the third Regis president in the last 40 years, demonstrating an extraordinary tradition of service, leadership and stability. 

Father Fitzgibbons and our Board of Trustees provide guidance for a university now comprising five colleges and offering more than 130 academic programs online and at three campuses in the Denver metro area.

See the full biographies of our leadership here.