Founded by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Salve Regina was established as an independent institution in the Catholic tradition to provide higher education to women and men. Salve Regina College was chartered by the State of Rhode Island in 1934 and, after acquiring Ochre Court in 1947, welcomed its first class of 58 students. By a 1991 amendment to the charter, the name was changed to Salve Regina University.
The undergraduate academic program is rooted in the liberal arts, offering majors and minors in the arts and sciences, interdisciplinary and professional programs. The University offers associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, and the Ph.D. in Humanities.
Salve Regina enrolls 2,500 men and women from 35 states and 16 foreign countries and boasts over 14,000 alumni.
As an academic community that welcomes people of all beliefs, Salve Regina University, a Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of Mercy, seeks wisdom and promotes universal justice.
The University, through teaching and research, prepares men and women for responsible lives by imparting and expanding knowledge, developing skills and cultivating enduring values. Through liberal arts and professional programs, students develop their abilities for thinking clearly and creatively, enhance their capacity for sound judgment, and prepare for the challenge of learning throughout their lives.
In keeping with the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy, and recognizing that all people are stewards of God’s creation, the University encourages students to work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful.
Accreditation and Membership
The University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited College or University is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 3 Burlington Woods Dr., Suite 100, Burlington MA 01803, (781) 425-7700, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits the Nursing program which is also approved by the Rhode Island Board of Nurses Registration and Nursing Education. The Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education programs are approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Rhode Island is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). Students completing these programs qualify for certification in 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam. The Department of Social Work offers a baccalaureate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Visual Arts programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Business Studies program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. The master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).
The University is a member of the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the National Association of College Admission Counselors, the National Catholic Educational Association, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Council on Rehabilitation Education, the Mercy Higher Education Colloquium, the Association of Mercy Colleges, and the Council on Social Work Education. The University participates in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its regional subdivisions.
Accessibility of Programs and Services
Salve Regina University is committed to providing equal and integrated access for students with disabilities to all of its educational, residential, social and recreational programs. Disability services to students at Salve Regina University, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations and assistance in order to participate fully in University programs.
The Office of Disability Services:
- provides support services and reasonable accommodations that allow all students equal access to Salve Regina University programs, regardless of disability;
- provides students with the opportunity to realize their full potential by developing self-awareness and self-advocacy skills; and
- provides students with disability-related information and information about resources-local, state and federal-to assist them in their academic and/or life goals.
Depending on the nature and severity of disability, the types of accommodations and support students with disabilities may be entitled to receive include, but are not limited to: academic accommodations (extended time exams, note-taking assistance, etc.), accessible housing and classroom locations, assistive technology, assistance with course registration and other accommodations.
To arrange disability accommodations students must:
Provide documentation of the disability to the Office of Disability Services at the Academic Development Center. Students may bring documentation in person to a Learning Services Specialist, or may mail documentation to:
Academic Development Center
100 Ochre Point Ave. Newport, RI 02840-4192
- Make an appointment with the Learning Services Specialist by calling (401) 341-3150, to discuss accommodations appropriate to their disability and receive accommodation forms for faculty;
- Provide professors with notification forms indicating the need for disability accommodations.
Students in need of accommodations for physical, mobility or sensory disabilities are also asked to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 401-341-2145 to make arrangements for accommodations outside the classroom. Students are advised to provide notice of their disability needs well in advance of their arrival on campus to assure that their needs are appropriately met. Please see the University’s web site (www.salve.edu) for more complete information.