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Catholic Profile

Learn. Live. Make a Difference.

Salve Regina University is a coeducational Catholic university founded in historic Newport, Rhode Island, by the Sisters of Mercy. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the University offers a comprehensive education with a liberal arts foundation that fosters the development of each student’s individual talents. More than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled from across the country and around the world. It is home to the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, a multidisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of politics, policies, and ideas. 

Salve Regina’s 80-acre campus is set on seven contiguous Gilded Age estates and features 21 structures of historic significance that have been sensitively adapted to meet University needs while also preserving their status as treasures of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Learning begins in the classroom but knows no boundaries as students explore life on campus, the surrounding community, and the world through year-round educational partnerships, study abroad, and service opportunities. In an ever-changing world where standing still is not an option, Salve Regina continues to evolve to meet the educational and spiritual needs of today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.

Small classes, dedicated faculty members, and rigorous courses cultivate the knowledge and critical-thinking skills required for men and women to succeed. A discipline-based core curriculum reflects the University’s Catholic heritage in the broader context of a liberal arts education, while initiatives such as the Pell Honors Program, the Nuala Pell Leadership Development Program, and nine joint bachelor’s/master’s degree programs offer limitless opportunities for academic challenge and growth.

From traditional residence halls to architecturally significant buildings, students at Salve Regina have the opportunity to live in a variety of unique housing options situated throughout our historic campus. Ocean views, fireplaces, and grand staircases are common features of the University’s residential landscape. Living on campus also provides students a great home base for exploring Newport, Providence, and nearby Boston.

Our student-run Campus Activities Board sponsors a wide range of activities throughout the year, including ski trips, comedy nights, trips to New York City, dances, and more. With more than 50 clubs and organizations, from Best Buddies and Shotokan karate to the American Marketing Association and SRU Dance, students have plenty of options to get involved, meet new friends, and explore new interests.

As a member of the NCAA Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Salve Regina offers 19 varsity sports for men and women, including baseball, basketball, cross-country, field hockey, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball, as well as sailing through NEISA and ICSA. Rodgers Recreation Center houses an aerobics studio, weight rooms, and a fitness center and is the intramural headquarters for fall and spring activities.

Make a difference
There’s no joy like that experienced when helping others. Salve Regina students invest in the local community through a variety of outreach and service programs. Through the Feinstein Enriching America Program, our students volunteer more than 5,000 hours of service each year—from tutoring and mentoring local school children, assisting the elderly, protecting the environment, and providing much needed support to local social service agencies. For all of our students, service is an integral part of the Salve Regina experience.

The growing network of Salve Regina graduates is proving the University’s mission is being practiced every day in locations around the world. Alumni include former New York Times President Janet Robinson; Carol Mutter, the nation’s first female three-star general; Kevin Favreau, a senior official in the FBI; and countless other men and women who have distinguished themselves in fields such as public service, business, education, and health care. Whether moving directly on to graduate school or professional careers, Salve Regina graduates leave campus armed with the tools and values needed to succeed in an ever-changing world.

More than the awe-inspiring ocean vistas, historic mansions, or modern campus facilities, it is the promise of each student’s future that is most important to each member of our community. Salve Regina’s mission echoes that of our sponsoring order—the Sisters of Mercy—to work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful.




Enrollment: 2,100 undergraduates

Faculty: 120 full-time undergraduate teaching faculty

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Application for Admission:
Early Action Deadline: November 1
Regular Decision Deadline: February 1

Annual Costs (2015–2016): Tuition and fees: $36,740; room and board: $13,250

Financial Assistance: 85% of Salve students receive financial assistance; more than 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 opportunities 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, 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.

• The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy sponsors lectures, conferences, and symposiums throughout the year in an effort to encourage focused dialogue on issues and concerns that have a lasting and global impact.

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

• Accounting*
• Administration of justice*
• American studies
• Art (see studio art)
• Art history*
• Biology*
• Business administration*
• Business studies and economics
• Chemistry*
• Cultural and historic preservation* (collaborative option with IYRS School of Technology and Trade in traditional building arts)
• 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 a minor

Additional Minors
• Applied Technology 
• Creative Writing 
• Dance 
• Film 
• Human Services
• Neuroscience 
• Sports Management 
• 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
• Advising programs for professional school admission, including pre-law and pre-med
• 3+3 program with Fordham University School of Law