Regis University Through the Ages

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

At the heart of Regis University's Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions (RHCHP) and College of Contemporary Liberal Studies (CCLS) lies Loretto Heights College (LHC). Founded in Denver, Colorado in 1891 by the Sisters of Loretto, LHC began as Loretto Heights Academy, a Catholic elementary and secondary school for girls.

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. 



Regis University Today

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 three colleges: Anderson College of Business and Computing, Regis College and the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.

Dedicated to providing a Jesuit education to men and women of all faiths and ages, Regis offers more than 130 academic programs online and at three campuses in the Denver metro area. Consistent with our beginnings, we continue to challenge our students answer the same question: "How ought we to live?"  


Native Lands Acknowledgment

Regis University recognizes that Indigenous peoples were the original stewards of the land we stand on today. We respectfully acknowledge this land served as the traditional homeland for the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Apache, Kiowa, and Comanche Nations. It also served as the traditional buffalo hunting grounds for the Ute Nation, which made forays into this territory, from the Western Slope.

As a Jesuit University, we recognize that our presence on this land is due to the forced displacement of Native peoples from their ancestral lands. It is only in publicly recognizing this historical reality are we able to embrace, in the present, our moral and intellectual responsibility and to affirm our commitment to a faith that does justice.