2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 24, 2022  
2018-2019 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. The submission of standardized test scores (SAT, ACT) is optional, but required of applicants to the nursing and education programs and from students who have been homeschooled.  Admissions decisions may also consider individual experiences and particular circumstances unique to each student.

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

First-Year Admissions Procedures

Salve is a member of the Common Application and students should submit their application online at commonapp.org.  Official transcripts for all secondary and post-secondary coursework must be submitted by the student’s high school or college.  A non-refundable application fee of $50 (or official fee-waiver request) must accompany the application.  First-year applicants are also required to submit two letters of recommendation; one from an academic teacher and one from a school counselor (see Admissions Requirements).

The priority deadline to apply for the fall (September) semester is February 1, with notifications released by April 1.  The deadline to apply for the nursing program and Early Action is November 1, with notifications released by January 1.  The deadline to apply for the spring (January) semester is December 1.  Applications received after the deadlines will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.  Students who are offered admission will be asked to submit a non-refundable enrollment fee to reserve their space in the entering class. 

 Early Action and Nursing Applicants

First-year applicants for fall who are ready to start their college applications at the beginning of senior year should apply by November 1 under the Early Action (EA) plan. Candidates for the nursing program must also apply by November 1. Early Action is nonbinding and students must submit all their supporting documents by November 15 in order to receive a decision by January 1. The evaluation of EA applicants focusses on their academic record through the end of the junior year. Students who are deferred at EA will be considered for admission with regular decision applicants and should submit updated transcripts with senior year grades.

Admissions Requirements

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

A Common Application and non-refundable application fee. Applications can be submitted online at commonapp.org. Students seeking an application fee waiver for financial reasons should consult their school counselor.

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

Salve Regina is test optional and only requires SAT or ACT scores for nursing and education programs, and from students who have been homeschooled.

Applicants for studio art must also submit a portfolio.

Students whose first language is not English must submit results from 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 a College Report form (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 form (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 (September) 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 rolling available basis.

All academic programs are open to transfer applicants except the nursing program.  This degree is direct entry only and not available to students who have matriculated into another college or university.  All programs remain test-optional for transfer students with the exception of applicants interested in pursuing a degree in education.  In addition to gaining admission to the University, students considering education also need to meet the Rhode Island Department of Education requirements for certification in order to continue into an education program.

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 salve.edu/transfer.

International Students

Students are considered “international” if they do not have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency status, and need an F-1 visa to enroll for study. The University’s international community also includes U.S. citizens living overseas and all are welcome to apply for admission.

International students are expected to submit a Common Application and all the required documentation described above (see First-Year Procedures and Admission Requirements.).  A detailed description of requirements is also available online at salve.edu/international.  Transcripts, recommendations and national examination results or certificates that are not in English must be accompanied by an official translation.

Students who accept an offer of admission are required to submit an enrollment fee.  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 salve.edu/international-admission/undergraduate-admission.

Candidates for Nursing

Although Salve Regina is test-optional, SAT or ACT scores are required for the nursing program. First-year applicants for nursing must apply by the November 1 Early Action deadline and 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 limited number of spaces in the program. The nursing program is direct entry only and not available to transfer applicants.  Additionally, students who matriculate under another major at Salve (including undecided) are also restricted from this program.

Candidates for Education

Although Salve Regina is test-optional, SAT or ACT scores are required for the education programs. Admission as an education major is considered provisional until the second semester of the sophomore year, when students formally apply for the education program of their choice. 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 or university 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 earned a baccalaureate degree and wish to pursue a second 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 residence to receive their degree. International students should follow the application procedures found under International Admissions, including English proficiency requirements and financial certification.

Deferred Admission

Students who are accepted to the 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 well before the term they plan to enter:  December 1 for the spring (January) semester or April 1 for the fall (September) semester. Students who take college level coursework after deferring will be required to submit an official transcript for those courses and a College Report form in order to be re-evaluated for 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 the University are welcome to be reconsidered by completing the online Reactivation of Application form. In addition to any 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 were accepted for nursing but completed college coursework are not eligible to reactivate their acceptance to the nursing program.


The University will keep all student application documents on file for at least two years. Applicants who have previously attended Salve Regina who are wishing to reactivate their enrollment must contact the Office of Admissions and submit a Reactivation of Application form and any additional documentation (see above).

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 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  section of this catalog. A detailed listing of credits granted and acceptable test scores for advanced standing can be found at salve.edu/registrar/transfer-credit.