2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 24, 2022  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Salve Regina University welcomes applications for undergraduate admission regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, handicap, national origin or financial condition. Admission is competitive and based primarily on academic promise as indicated by secondary-school performance, recommendations, writing ability and extracurricular involvement. Standardized test (SAT, ACT) scores are optional-but required of applicants to the nursing and education programs and homeschooled candidates. Admissions decisions may also consider individual experiences and particular circumstances unique to each student.

Visiting: We invite prospective students and their families to see the Salve Regina campus and facilities firsthand. The schedule of campus tours, information sessions and open house dates is available online at www.salve.edu/visit or by contacting the Admissions Office at 401-341-2908 or admissions@salve.edu.

First-Year Admissions Procedures

First-year applicants must submit their applications online through the Common Application (www.commonapp.org). The priority deadline to apply for the fall (September) semester is February 1 (November 1 for Early Action and for students applying for nursing.) The priority deadline to apply for the spring (January) semester is December 1. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered on a rolling, space available basis.

Students applying for fall will be notified of their admission decision by April 1 (Early Action candidates by January 1). Students applying for spring will be notified of their admission decision on a rolling basis. Students who are offered admission will be asked to submit a non-refundable deposit to reserve their space in the entering class.

Early Action

First-year applicants for fall who are ready to start their college applications at the beginning of senior year are encouraged to apply Early Action (EA). Early Action is nonbinding and the deadline to apply is November 1. Students must complete their EA application by November 15 in order to receive a decision by January 1. EA applicants are evaluated based on their academic record through the end of the junior year. Students who are deferred will be considered for admission with regular decision applicants and should submit their senior year grades. Candidates for nursing must apply by the November 1 EA deadline.

Admissions Requirements

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

Common Application and non-refundable application fee. Applications can be submitted directly from the Common Application website (www.commonapp.org) and students seeking an application fee waiver for financial reasons should consult their school counselor.

Official secondary school transcript (or transcripts of college/university courses taken in conjunction with the high school curriculum).

Standardized test (SAT, ACT) scores are optional-but required of applicants to the nursing and education programs and homeschooled candidates.

Two letters of recommendation; one from a school counselor and one from the teacher of an academic subject.

Candidates for nursing must apply by November 1 (Early Action) 

Applicants for studio art must submit a portfolio of five samples through SlideRoom on the Common Application.

Students whose first language is not English must submit results from the TOEFL, IELTS or other recognized test of English proficiency (see International Admissions).

Transfer students must submit official transcripts of all college and university coursework and College Report (see Transfer Admissions).

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 a student’s 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. Transfer applications for the fall semester will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.  Applicants applying for the spring (January) term are strongly advised to file an application by December 1.  This allows enough time for application review and full consideration for housing and financial aid.  Transfer applications received after that 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 30 academic credits at the University and meet all graduation requirements to receive a degree. Students who were not accepted to Salve Regina as freshman applicants are required to complete one full-time semester of college work before reapplying as a transfer student.

On-campus housing for the fall semester is granted based on availability with priority given to those that deposit by May 1. While living on campus has many benefits, some students (particularly juniors and seniors) enjoy off campus living in the surrounding communities of Newport and Middletown. The Office of Residence Life can provide information on both on and off campus living opportunities, and can assist 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 at 401-341-2908 or transfer@salve.edu, or go online to www.salve.edu/transfer.

International Students

Students are considered international if they do not have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency status (resident alien) and need an F-1 student visa for full-time study. The University’s international community also includes U.S. citizens living overseas and all are welcome to apply for admission.

Salve Regina is a member of the Common Application and international students are expected to submit all the required documentation described above (see First-Year Admission Requirements.) Please provide a translation for any transcripts, recommendations, national examination results or certificates that are not in English.

Students whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or other recognized test of English ability. While we prefer TOEFL scores of 80 and higher (6.5 IELTS), students with iBT scores of 60-79 (6.0 IELTS) are eligible for full admission through the English for Academic Purposes program (www.salve.edu/eap).

Students who accept an offer of admission are required to submit an enrollment deposit. Students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents (non-immigrant aliens) must also submit financial documentation reflecting their family’s financial resources. Financial certification is required by U.S. law to receive a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) and apply for a student visa. More information can be found online at www.salve.edu/international-admission/undergraduate-admission.

Candidates for the Nursing Program

Although Salve Regina is test-optional, SAT/ACT scores are required for applicants to the nursing program. First-year applicants indicating an interest in nursing must be aware of the additional admissions standards set by the Rodgers Family Department of Nursing. Candidates will be evaluated for admission to the University and to the nursing program at the time of application. Admission is highly selective due to the large number of applications for a limited number of spaces.  Candidates for nursing must apply by the November 1 Early Action deadline. Transfer applicants are encouraged to refer to our website or contact our office as we can only review applications when there is space available.  

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

Homeschooled students follow the regular application process; however the following is also required:

  • Transcripts of all homeschooled 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 another baccalaureate degree at Salve Regina should follow the application procedures for transfer students. These students must complete prerequisites for their major, requirements in their major, and core curriculum requirements in religious studies. Second degree students must also complete a minimum of 30 credits in the second degree program at Salve Regina to receive their degree. International students should follow the application procedures found under International Admissions, including English language testing and financial certification.

Deferred Admission

Students who are accepted to Salve Regina University may defer their enrollment for up to one year. Students wishing to defer should complete the online deferral form. All deferred students are expected to complete the reactivation of admission form by December 1 for the spring (January) semester or April 1 for the fall (September) semester they plan to enter. Students who select to take college level coursework after deferring will be required to submit both their transcript(s) and college report(s) in order to be re-reviewed prior to the semester they plan to enroll. This information may change their financial aid or merit scholarship status. Students are generally not able to defer their acceptance to the nursing program.

Reactivation of Application

Students who had previously applied to Salve Regina are welcome to be reconsidered by completing the online Reactivation of Admission form. In addition to the previously submitted paperwork, students will also need to send their final high school transcript with graduation date. If students have enrolled in credit-bearing courses at another college or university, they must also submit their college transcript(s) and College Report at the time of reactivation. This information may change their admission decision, financial aid or merit scholarship status. Students who have completed college coursework are not able to reactivate their acceptance to the nursing program.


The University will keep all student applications on file for at least two years. Applicants who have previously attended Salve Regina who are 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. 

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, CLEP, and Dual Enrollment

The University has established policies to award advanced standing credit to students who meet established criteria. The chair of each academic department determines the number of Salve Regina credits and 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 for advanced standing can be found at www.salve.edu/registrar/transfer-credit.