2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 30, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Salve Regina University welcomes applications for undergraduate admission regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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 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

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.  Students who submit supporting documents and complete by February 15 will receive an admission decision by April 1.The deadline to apply for the nursing program and Early Action is November 1, and students who complete by November 15 will receive an admission decision 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. EA is nonbinding and focuses on the academic record through the end of junior year. Students who submit supporting documents and complete their EA application by the November 15 will receive an admission decision by January 1. Students who are deferred at EA will be considered for admission with regular decision applicants and should submit updated transcripts with senior grades.

Candidates for the nursing program should also apply by November 1. Supporting documents must be received by November 15 in order to receive a decision by January 1. Students who are not admitted to nursing may be offered admission to another major at the University (see Candidates for Nursing).

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 (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 ACTresults for nursing, education and from homeschooled students.
  • 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 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

The University welcomes applications from transfer students who are 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. Transfer applicants are also required to submit a College Report from each institution they attended (available at salve.edu/documents/college-report). This Report attests to academic and disciplinary standing, and the student’s eligibility to return to a prior institution. Transfer applications for fall and spring are reviewed on a rolling basis; however, applicants for the spring term are strongly advised to apply by December 1 to allow enough time for evaluation and consideration for housing and financial aid.

Transfer students are welcome to apply for any academic program but nursing, which is a direct entry program for first-year students only. SAT and ACT scores are optional-but required of students applying for the education programs. Education students must gain admission to the University and meet Rhode Island Department of Education requirements for certification in order to continue in the education program.

Typically, credit is awarded for academic courses taken at accredited institutions with grades of “C” or better. Courses must be comparable to offerings at Salve Regina and not duplicate other courses accepted for credit. All transfer students must complete at least 30 academic credits at the University and meet graduation requirements to receive a degree. Students who were not accepted to Salve Regina as freshmen 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 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.  

The University 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 Admissions and Admissions 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 certification that document the funds available to cover their college costs.  The financial certification is required by U.S. law as a prerequisite for the I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility) which is necessary to obtain a student visa. More information can be found online at salve.edu/international-admission/undergraduate-admission.

Candidates for Nursing

Salve Regina is test optional; however, students applying for the nursing program are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Nursing candidates are also expected to have successfully completed advanced-level laboratory science courses and meet admissions standards set by the Rodgers Family Department of Nursing. Applications are due November 1, the same as Early Action. 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. Nursing is a direct entry program and not available to transfer applicants. Additionally, students who matriculate to Salve in another major (including exploratory) are also restricted from this program.

Candidates for Education

Salve Regina is test optional; however, students applying to any education program are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Admission to the education program is considered provisional until the second semester of the sophomore year, when students formally apply to the education major of their choice. To gain formal admission to an education major, 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.

Homeschooled Students

Homeschooled students should follow the regular application process described above, along with the following requirements.

  • Transcripts of all homeschool work and details on the homeschooling 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.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • 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 and required courses in their major, the core curriculum requirements in religious studies and complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence to receive a Salve degree. International students should follow the application procedures found under International Admissions, including English proficiency and financial certification requirements.

Deferred Admission

Students who are accepted to the University may defer their enrollment for up to one year by completing the online deferral form. When deferred students are ready to enroll, they 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 college transcript and College Report in order to be re-evaluated for the semester they plan to enroll. Note: 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 previously applied to the University are welcome to be reconsidered by completing the online Reactivation of Application form. In addition to any previously received documents, students must submit a final high school transcript with their date of graduation. If students have enrolled in credit-bearing courses at another college or university, they must also submit official college transcript(s) and College Report at the time of reactivation. Note: This information may change an admission decision, financial aid or merit scholarship status. Students who were accepted for nursing but completed college coursework elsewhere are not eligible to reactivate their acceptance to the nursing program.


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

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, CLEP and Dual Enrollment

The University has established policies for awarding advanced standing credit to students who meet certain 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.