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Learn. Live. Make a Difference.

As a private institution known for its student-centered, personal approach to higher education, Salve Regina University provides a learning experience that augments the advantages of a liberal arts foundation by cultivating the knowledge and skill sets inherent in professional programs of study. In keeping with our Mercy mission and Catholic intellectual tradition, Salve Regina graduates have proven to be engaged, globally aware citizens committed to making a positive impact on society as well as in their chosen fields. 


Lead by example
Whether campaigning for student
government, coordinating an exposition of students’ creative and academic works, organizing a dance marathon fundraiser, or interning for a community organization, our students have an array of academic, athletic, and extracurricular leadership opportunities available. 

Through his field work, Social Work major Jacob Fernandes ’17 experienced personal as well as professional growth and honed his own leadership skills. “Salve challenged me to pick something that’s a little out of my comfort zone,” he said. “I’ve been working at a center for victims of abuse, where I co-lead a weekly meeting with children who have witnessed domestic violence. Just by setting a good example, I feel like I’m helping them learn to regulate their own behavior. We try to make it fun, but there’s a really important point behind it.”


Rise to the challenge
Our students are inspired to tackle real problems with creative solutions. Whenever possible, they go out of the classroom and into the community. They visit schools to teach children the basics of money management; they work in hospitals to raise awareness for veterans; they develop business plans, social media marketing strategies, and cost analysis data for local businesses; they examine issues involving the local watershed and monitor the health of bird populations. They ask the questions, they find out what the challenges are, and then they design programs to address those needs.

In addition to her involvement with swim club, Mercy in Motion, orchestra, and the chemistry club, Siobhan Meeken ’17, a Biology major/Chemistry minor, has found that the hands-on experience gained as an undergraduate organic chemistry research assistant is invaluable. “Going into college, I never expected that I would see a significant change within myself,” she said. “However, between studying abroad in New Zealand, spending two summers as a chemistry researcher, and encountering individuals from varying walks of life with different viewpoints on a daily basis, Salve has presented me with countless opportunities that have helped me become a more independent, well-rounded individual.”


Why Salve?
Salve’s rigorous academic programs and foundational liberal arts curriculum are the perfect launching pad for students to design an educational program based on individual interests and goals. Abigail Verille ’18, a double major in Business and Administration of Justice, found the University’s innovative Cybersecurity program to be the perfect fit for her professional aspirations. “The decision to come here was easy, especially as I plan to pursue my master’s degree in Homeland Security through the five-year plan,” she said. “Salve has allowed me to create an educational experience that reflects my own goals and passions.” 

Drawing inspiration from our oceanside environment, our campus community engages not only in academic innovation and excellence but also in empowering others by turning empathy into action. We believe that true leadership works in harmony with justice and that it is our responsibility to prepare our students for the leadership challenges of modern life. Our purpose is education. Our promise is to make a difference. 



Enrollment: 2,100 undergraduate 

Faculty: 120 full-time undergraduate teaching faculty 

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1 

Application for Admission:
• Fall (September) Admission:
- Early Action Deadline: November 1
- Regular Decision Deadline: February 1 

• Spring (January) Admission:
- December 1

Annual Costs: (2016–2017) Tuition and fees: $37,820; room and board: $13,650

Financial Assistance: 85% of Salve students receive financial assistance; over 65% receive need-based grants. Financial aid eligibility is based on the financial situation of each individual family. Salve Regina also offers academic scholarships to students who excel in high school. 

Athletics: Salve Regina is a member of the NCAA (Division III) and offers 19 varsity sports for men and women. Many opportunities for recreation, intramural activities, and club sports are also available. 

Clubs and Activities: Students can choose from more than 50 on-campus organizations. 

Career Planning: Salve Regina offers individual counseling, workshops, interest inventories, networking opportunities, and other resources to help our students identify interests, abilities, values, and goals that relate to their career or graduate school choices. 

Academic Points of Pride
• More than 25% of Salve Regina students study abroad through approximately 200 short-term and semester-long study programs in over 40 countries. 

• Based on recent surveys of graduates, 96% are employed in professional positions or attending graduate schools such as Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Syracuse University, University of Edinburgh in Scotland, University of Notre Dame, and University of Pennsylvania within one year of graduation.  

• Through the Center for Business Outreach, more than 290 students participated in classroom projects creating business plans, social media analysis, marketing strategies, and customer surveys for area businesses. 

• 100% of the Class of 2015 Chemistry majors are either employed in their field or attending graduate school.

• Students get hands-on experience in excavation through a collaborative summer field school sponsored by the Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program at South Carolina’s historic Charles Towne Landing.

• 75% of our Biology and Chemistry majors conduct research with faculty members and have the opportunity to present at national conferences.

• History came alive for students as they spent their spring break expanding their understanding of the civil rights movement by climbing aboard a southbound bus to explore the key sites of the era and interact with significant participants in one of the most important social movements of our time.


• Accounting*

• Administration of Justice*

• American Studies 

• Art (see Studio Art) 

• Art History* 

• Biology* 

• Business Administration* 

• Business Studies and Economics 

• Chemistry* 

• Cultural and Historic Preservation* 

• Early Childhood Education 

• Economics* 

• Elementary Education 

• Elementary and Special Education 

• English Communications* 

• English Literature* 

• Environmental Studies* 

• Financial Management 

• French* 

• Global Business and Economics* 

• Global Studies* 

• Health Care Administration and Management* 

• History* 

• Marketing* 

• Mathematics* 

• Medical Technology 

• Music* 

• Music Education 

• Nursing 

• Philosophy* 

• Political Science* 

• Psychology* 

• Religious and Theological Studies* 

• Secondary Education* (in combination with Biology, English, French, History, Mathematics, or Spanish) 

• Social Work 

• Sociology and Anthropology* 

• Spanish* 

• Special Education* 

• Studio Art* (concentrations in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Interactive Media Arts, Painting, and Photography) 

• Theatre Arts* 


* Available as both a major and minor


Additional Minors
• Applied Technology  

• Creative Writing  

• Dance  

• Film  

• Human Services 

• Neuroscience  

• Special Education  

• Sports Management  

• Studio Art 

• Theatre Arts  

• Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 


Special Academic Programs
• Study Abroad 

• Pell Honors Program 

• Interdisciplinary VIA program 

• Joint bachelor’s/master’s degree programs

• Nuala Pell Leadership Development Program

• 3+3 program with Fordham University School of Law

• Advising programs for professional school admission, including pre-law and pre-med