University joins other prominent Jesuit schools in more distinctive category

April 17, 2019

Regis University was bumped up to a higher, more prestigious category in the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Regis joins the prestigious ranks of fellow Jesuit universities Gonzaga University, Creighton University, Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco in the Doctoral Professional Universities category. Regis is the only private university of the 129 in this cohort that is located in the Rocky Mountain region.

Regis, Colorado’s Jesuit university offering more than 130 programs online and on four campuses, previously was in a “Master’s Large” category with 754 schools. With its new classification, Regis is now the peer of other doctoral-granting institutions. Regis confers doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and nursing practice.

“This change in classification reflects the level of scholarly work that we have come to expect from our faculty,” said Provost Janet Houser. “We have long believed we belong in the company of these excellent Jesuit institutions, and this reclassification confirms it.” 

The Carnegie Classification is a descriptive measure of universities to help with policy decisions and research on higher education. It categorizes universities by the numbers, kinds and levels of degrees they award.  It is revised every three years. This is the first time in 30 years that Regis has changed classifications.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 27 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit