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.

The Mission

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.

Accreditation and Membership

The University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by NECHE 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 NECHE 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 NECHE should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington MA 01803
(781) 425-7700

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits the undergraduate and graduate Nursing programs 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. Salve Regina is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design. The Business and Economics program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. The master's program in Rehabilitation Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

The University is a member of the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, 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, Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 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.

Accessibility of Programs and Services

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.

The Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services provides support services and reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities so as to provide them equal access to all Salve Regina University programs and services, regardless of disability. The office also provides students with an opportunity to realize their full potential by developing students' self-awareness and self-advocacy skills, and provides them with local and state information and resources.

Specific accommodations are based on the nature of a student's disability as determined by the documentation provided along with an intake interview. These accommodations may include, but are not limited to, extended time for exams, note-taking assistance, e-print and/or audio texts, FM transmitters, service animals, accessible housing and/or classroom locations, assistive technology, assistance with course registrations or other accommodations.

To arrange disability accommodations students must:

  1. Provide documentation of the disability to the Office of Disability Services. Students may bring documentation in person to the Disability Services Coordinator, or may mail documentation to:

    Office of Disability Services
    100 Ochre Point Ave.
    Newport, RI 02840-4192
    Fax: 401-341-2912
  2. Make an appointment by calling (401) 341-3150, to discuss accommodations appropriate to the student's disability and receive accommodation forms for faculty.
  3. Provide professors with notification forms indicating the need for disability accommodations. 

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