2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2021  
2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Admission to Salve Regina University is competitive as each year more students apply than the University can accommodate in the class. In reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee looks at a variety of factors including academic achievement, the level of challenge in the academic program, letters of recommendation, essay writing, community/school involvement and leadership. Students are selected without regard to age, race, gender, creed, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or handicap. Requests for financial aid do not impact decisions on admission. Admission to the University does not guarantee entrance into a particular academic program.

The University strongly recommends that interested students visit our beautiful oceanfront campus. The Office of Admissions offers campus tours and information sessions throughout the year. Please check the University’s website for our visit calendar or call the office at 888-GO-SALVE.

First-Year Admissions Procedures

Students are admitted to Salve Regina University for September and January. Priority will be given to applications filed by February 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered only when space is available.

Students should apply online using the Common Application. The Salve Regina website also contains links to all required financial aid forms.

The University notifies students of fall admissions decisions by April 1 (by December 25 for Early Action applicants). Upon acceptance, students must submit a non-refundable deposit no later than May 1 to reserve a space in the entering class.

Early Action

Salve Regina offers an Early Action plan for freshman applicants who wish to receive early notification. Early Action candidates must file an application no later than November 1. An applicant’s file must be completed by December 1 in order to be reviewed and considered under the Early Action plan. Students applying under the Early Action plan will be reviewed based on their academic record through the end of the junior year.

Early Action decisions will be mailed no later than December 25. Students accepted under the Early Action plan will have until the Candidate’s Reply Date of May 1 to submit their non-refundable enrollment deposit. Students who are deferred to the regular pool will be reconsidered after submission of their first semester grades and will be notified no later than April 1. Students who are denied admission as part of the Early Action plan are not eligible to reapply under the regular admissions plan.

Admissions Requirements

All candidates must furnish the following unless a waiver is obtained from the Dean of Admissions:

  • A completed online application with the non-refundable fee. Online applications can be submitted directly from the Common Application (www.commonapp.org) website. Students seeking an application waiver for financial reasons should consult their high school counselor.
  • An official transcript of high school work.
  • Official transcripts from accredited degree-granting institutions attended (for transfer students or students taking college courses in conjunction with their high school curriculum).
  • Results of the SAT or ACT examinations (optional, except for students applying to nursing or education programs).
  • Two letters of recommendation - one from a high school counselor and the other from a teacher.
  • Students interested in majoring in Studio Art must also submit an Arts Supplement through the Common Application.

All candidates for admission must show evidence that they have completed or anticipate completing a level of education equivalent to four years of high school. Successful candidates follow a rigorous college preparatory academic program including English, mathematics, science, social science and foreign language. Candidates for nursing should successfully complete advanced level laboratory science coursework.

Transfer Students

Salve Regina University welcomes applications from transfer students in good standing at an accredited institution. Transfer applicants follow the standard procedures for admission and must submit transcripts from high school and all college-level work. All transfer applicants are required to submit a College Report (available for download from the website) from each institution previously attended. This form attests to student disciplinary standing at former colleges and/or universities. To be considered for admission, students must be in good standing and eligible to return to their prior institutions. Salve Regina asks that transfer students file applications by a priority date of March 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term. This allows enough time for application review and full consideration for housing and financial aid. Transfer applications received after the priority date will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Typically, credit is awarded for all academic courses taken at a regionally accredited institution in which the student has received a grade of “C” or better when coursework is comparable to that of Salve Regina and does not duplicate other courses accepted for credit. All transfer students must complete at least 36 academic credits at Salve Regina and meet all graduation requirements to receive a degree from the University. Students who were not accepted to Salve Regina as freshman applicants are required to complete one year of full-time college work before reapplying as a transfer student.

On-campus  housing for the fall term is granted based on availability with priority given to those that deposit by May 1.  While living on campus has many benefits, some of our students (particularly juniors and seniors) enjoy off campus living too, in the surrounding communities of Newport and Middletown. The Office of Residence Life would be happy to discuss both on and off campus living opportunities with you, and assist you in pursuing either option. For more information, please call 401-341-2210 or email campuslife@salve.edu

Salve Regina has articulation agreements with a number of two-year colleges. Students should consult the transfer admissions counselor for further information.



International Students

Salve Regina welcomes applications from qualified international applicants who wish to study on a full-time basis. Salve Regina classifies an international student as a student who does not hold U.S. citizenship, a U.S. passport or U.S. permanent residency (U.S. resident alien). International students must follow the admissions procedures listed in this catalog for the freshman or transfer applicants in addition to the following requirements specific to international students: 

  1. All transcripts from non-English speaking countries must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  2. International students whose native language is not English are required to provide results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS, or Pearson’s PTE Academic. 

    International non-native English speakers who attend secondary school where English is the language of instruction may have the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement waived at the discretion of the International Admissions Office. The minimum scores are: TOEFL 80Ibt or 550 Paper-based, IELTS 6.5 or PTE 53. Applicants with scores below these minimums will be considered for admission with a requirement to enroll in two semesters of Salve Regina’s credit-bearing EAP (English for Academic Purposes Program).

Salve Regina University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Non-immigrant alien applicants must comply with all federal regulations in order to receive an I-20 form, including completion of Salve Regina University’s financial certification form.

Candidates for the Nursing Program

Although Salve Regina is test-optional, SAT/ACT scores are required for applicants to the Nursing program. Applicants indicating an interest in nursing must be aware of the additional admissions standards set by the Department of Nursing. Candidates will be evaluated for admission to the University and to the Nursing program at the time of application. Due to the large number of applicants that we receive for a limited number of spaces, admission as a nursing candidate is highly selective.

Candidates for the Education Program

Although Salve Regina is test-optional, SAT/ACT scores are required for applicants to the Education programs. Acceptance to Salve Regina as an education major is considered provisional acceptance into an education program. Students formally apply to the education program of their choice after the completion of the second semester of their sophomore year. To gain formal admission into an education program, students must have a cumulative college grade point average of 2.75 or higher, grades of C or higher in all education courses, and meet all testing requirements as required by the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Home-Schooled Students

Home-schooled students follow the regular application process; however the following is also required:

  • Transcripts of all home-schooled work and details on the home schooling format (correspondence-based or parent/student-based).
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable).
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which can be from a parent/teacher.
  • Results of the SAT or ACT examinations.
  • A portfolio of academic accomplishments including a reading list, course descriptions, and list of extracurricular/community involvement.

Second Degree Students

Students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to pursue an additional baccalaureate degree at Salve Regina follow the regular application procedure for transfer students. These students must complete prerequisites to their major, requirements in their major, and core curriculum requirements in religious studies. Second degree students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in the second degree program at Salve Regina to receive their degree. International students whose nature language is not English are required to provide results of the TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson’s PTR Academic.International non-native English speakers who attend secondary school where English is the language of instruction may have the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement waived at the discretion of the International Admissions Office. The minimum scores are TOEFL 80ibt or 550 Paper-based, IELTS 6.5 or PET 53. Applicants with scores below these minimums will be considered for admission with a requirement to enroll in two semesters of Salve Regina’s credit-bearing EAP (English for Academic Purposes Program).

Deferred Admission

Students who are accepted to Salve Regina University may defer their enrollment for one year. Students wishing to defer should contact the Office of Admissions and submit a form for reactivation.  It is understood that students who defer their admission will not enroll in credit-bearing work at another college.

Reactivation of Application

The University will keep all student applications on file for at least two years. Applicants wishing to reactivate their application must contact the Office of Admissions and submit a form for reactivation. Reactivated applications will be considered after all appropriate paperwork has been received.


Students who have withdrawn from Salve Regina and have attended another college as full-time students for at least one semester must reapply and complete a form for reactivation in the Office of Admissions. Students applying for readmission are subject to transfer admissions procedures as well as any new department guidelines in their majors.

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, CLEP, and Dual Enrollment

Salve Regina University has established policies to award advanced standing to students who meet the established criteria. It should be noted that the chairs of each academic department determine the number of Salve Regina credits and the placement of students who submit requests for advanced standing. Specific requirements for transfer credit and dual enrollment may be found in the Academic Policies  of this catalog. A detailed listing of credits granted and acceptable test scores can be found on the University website.