Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

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At Salve Regina University, our capacity for compassion and service unite our campus pursuit of a more just and merciful world.

Our long-established Sisters of Mercy and Catholic liberal arts traditions broaden minds, appreciate differences, and celebrate the exploration of purpose and potential. The stunning beauty and historic charm of Newport and our distinctive coastal campus serve as a one-of-a-kind backdrop for academic inspiration and imagination. At Salve Regina, we journey together with a desire to serve others and a willingness to overcome adversity and change as we strive to continuously deliver a modern and meaningful approach to academic discovery, teaching, and learning.

Since our founding Sisters of Mercy welcomed the first class in 1947, we’ve grown to a community of more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students who proudly carry forward our mission to work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful in their personal and professional lives. Fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, we are committed to fueling the imagination and encouraging the academic ambitions of our bright and curious students.

Salve Regina empowers students to explore their talents through diverse academic offerings, student organizations, service initiatives, and athletic teams. With 46 majors, 42 minors, and options to pursue combined bachelor’s/master’s degrees, we offer today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders unlimited opportunities to discover their passions and purpose. Our liberal arts and professional programs transform students through innovative experiential learning, faculty-mentored research, and academic exploration. With dedicated faculty and small classes that deliver a big impact, our students develop the skills required to grow and succeed in a global landscape. 

Our vibrant campus community offers endless possibilities through an extraordinary academic experience. See where the world will take you at Salve Regina.


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Ranked #31 among “Best Universities North” with recognition for Best Undergraduate Teaching, Social Mobility, and Best Value | U.S. News & World Report

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Ranked #18 “Most Transformative College” | Money magazine

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Named one of the “50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America” | Conde Nast Traveler

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Ranked in the top 8% nationally for long-term return on investment | Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce

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Named a 2021 “Hidden Gem” college | College Raptor

Salve Regina’s mercy mission drives our community to act with compassion through our unique Navigator Leadership Development program. This four-year program uses the Social Change Model of Leadership Development with a curriculum that emphasizes putting empathy into action using nautical themes. In the first year, entitled “Anchor,” students focus on the individual aspect of leadership, exploring a person’s beliefs and values. The second year, “Crew,” focuses on the group aspect of leadership by teaching collaboration and engagement in civil discourse. Year three, “Port,” connects students to the larger community, while year four, “Sail,” helps launch seniors into global change through an impact project.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Would I do it all over again? Definitely. Because every experience has brought me to this point—everything that happened at Salve, everything that I learned, and everything that I’m learning now. I couldn’t be more grateful for my time at Salve.”

    • Noe Mercado ’14
      medical researcher fighting to find a coronavirus vaccine
  • “If I hadn’t jumped into all that Salve offered, I wouldn’t be in the position that I am as someone with only two years of experience in a position that usually requires 10 years of experience. You’ll find professors that are going to really help you excel.”

    • Thomas Wagner ’18, ’19 (MS)
      cyber security officer at Lockheed Martin
  • “A lot of the classes and the focus was, ‘How can we teach you to be a global citizen—what it means to be human?’ I formed my teaching values, and that’s something that I can directly attribute to my time at Salve.”

    • Leeanne Soprano ’13
      Spanish teacher in Rhode Island
  • “I’ve mentored students at big universities, and their entire academic schedule is devoted to science. At Salve, I took courses in philosophy and literature, and I was introduced to other conversations like environmental justice. It helped me become a complete student.”

    • Dr. Gabrielle Corradino ’11
      interior climate science fellow with National Geographic