On March 6, 1934, the state of Rhode Island granted a charter to the Sisters of Mercy of Providence for a corporation named Salve Regina College. Beyond noting that Salve Regina was to exist “to promote virtue, and piety and learning,” there were no specific directives. The charter left all educational options to the sisters.
In 1947, following more than a dozen years of careful preparation, a turn-of-the-century Newport mansion was gifted to the college corporation. The acquisition of Ochre Court, a 50-room French chateau, enabled Salve Regina to welcome its first class of 58 students that fall.
Salve Regina became coeducational in 1973 and achieved university status in 1991, at which time the school’s charter was amended to change the name of the corporation to Salve Regina University.
Mission of the University
As a 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.
Accreditations and Memberships
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 of Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Ste 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514, (855) 886-3272, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits the undergraduate 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, 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.
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.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
As a Catholic institution of higher learning under the sponsorship of the Sisters of the Mercy, Salve Regina University exists to provide educational opportunities for students who choose to live a more perceptive and fulfilling life. The University’s purpose is to prepare men and women for responsible lives by imparting and expanding knowledge, developing skills, and cultivating enduring values. It encourages students to develop their abilities for thinking clearly and creatively, to enhance their capacity for sound judgment, and to prepare for the challenge of learning throughout their lives.
Students are expected to treat all members of the University community with respect and civility and to exercise guaranteed freedoms in a responsible manner consistent with the goals and traditions of the University. Students should acknowledge the interdependence of the University and the surrounding community and should take responsibility for their learning and collective welfare. Upon enrollment, the student becomes a member of the academic community and thereby accepts both the rights and responsibilities associated with that membership.
It is the student’s responsibility to know the policies, procedures, standards, and regulations which affect student rights; and it shall be the student’s responsibility to obtain and act appropriately on such information. Ignorance of the information made accessible to the student shall not be cause to waive policies, procedures, standards, and regulations.