2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 16, 2022  
2020-2021 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. A non-refundable application fee of $50 (or official fee-waiver request) must accompany the application followed by several required supporting documents (see Admissions Requirements). The University offers several admission plans for first-year applicants: 

November 1 - Early Decision (binding), Early Action I (non-binding) deadline and all Nursing candidates. Applicants should submit all supporting documents by November 15 to receive a decision by January 1.

January 5 - Early Action II (non-binding) deadline. Applicants should submit all supporting documents by February 1 to receive a decision by February 15.

February 1 - Regular Decision deadline. Applicants should submit all supporting documents by February 15 to receive a decision by April 1.

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.
  • Official transcripts for all secondary and post-secondary coursework.
  • Counselor evaluation letter.
  • Teacher recommendation (preferably from an academic subject).
  • Salve Regina is test optional and only requires SAT or ACT results for nursing, education and from students who have been homeschooled.
  • Applicants for nursing must apply by the November 1 Early Action I deadline.
  • Applicants for studio art must 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.

Early Decision

First-year applicants for September who are certain that Salve Regina is their first-choice university are strongly encouraged to apply by November 1 for Early Decision (ED).  Students who submit all supporting documents by November 15 will be notified by December 15. Because Early Decision is binding, you must complete the Early Decision Agreement in your Common Application account. Any student admitted in the ED round must commit to enrolling at Salve Regina by submitting a nonrefundable enrollment deposit and withdrawing any remaining applications to other schools by January 15. Students who are deferred at Early Decision will be considered for admission with regular decision applicants and should submit updated transcripts with the mid-year grades.

Early Action and Nursing Applicants

First-year applicants for September who are ready to start their college applications at the beginning of senior year are encouraged to apply Early Action (EA). Early Action is non-binding, and there are two rounds for consideration. Under EA I, students must apply by November 1 and submit all supporting documents by November 15 to be notified by January 1. Under EA II, students must apply by January 5 and submit all supporting documents by mid-January to receive an early notification. Students who are deferred at Early Action will be considered for admission with regular decision applicants and should submit updated transcripts with the most current grades.

Candidates for nursing must apply by the November 1 Early Action I or Early Decision deadline and have all supporting documents submitted by November 15 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 below, Candidates for Nursing).

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. 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.

Transfer credit is awarded to matriculated students on the basis of official transcripts received from regionally accredited postsecondary institutions. Qualifying grades at the undergraduate level are “C” or above. Grades of C- or lower, P, or S are non-transferrable. Courses must be comparable to offerings at Salve Regina and not duplicate other courses accepted for credit. Final determination of transfer credit acceptance is ultimately made by the registrar and department chairs. A formal transfer credit evaluation is completed for every admitted transfer student and sent via email within two weeks of your acceptance. 

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 who 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 residencelife@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 are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents and need a student visa to enter the country for study. The University’s international community also includes U.S. citizens living overseas and all are welcome to apply for admission.

International students can apply for admission by submitting the same Common Application and required supporting documents as first-year applicants or transfer applicants (see above). A detailed description of requirements is also available online at salve.edu/international. Any transcripts, recommendations, certificates and national examination results that are not in English must be accompanied by an official translation.

Students accepting an offer of admission are required to submit an enrollment deposit. International students who need a visa are also required to submit financial certification detailing sufficient financial support to cover college expenses. This financial certification is required by U.S. immigration and is the first step in obtaining a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility). The I-20 is necessary to schedule a visa appointment through the SEVIS system. 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 by the November 1 Early Action I or Early Decision deadline and all required supporting documents must be submitted by November 15 to receive a decision by January 1. 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 students or students who matriculate to Salve in another major (including undeclared/exploratory).

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 indicating 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.