Salve Regina University

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Salve Regina University

Salve Regina University

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location students adm. int’l. fresh grad GPA ACT SAT TOEFL
Newport, RI 2,147 73% N/A 84% 73% 3.4 26 1175 84

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, Salve Regina University offers students a transformative, values-based education rooted in the liberal arts tradition. The 80-acre oceanside campus in historic Newport, Rhode Island is located less than two hours from Boston. At Salve Regina, tradition blends seamlessly with progress. They empower students to explore their talents through diverse academic offerings, student organizations, service initiatives, and athletic teams. The collaborative learning environment and vibrant campus community inspire the pursuit of excellence and breach the limits of personal potential.


Salve Regina features a student-faculty ratio of 12:1 and small class sizes averaging roughly 18 to 20 students. With 48 undergraduate majors and 13 master’s degree programs, there are abundant opportunities for students to chart their own paths. Throughout the journey, expert faculty will inspire students to seek new experiences through career exploration, mentorship, and experiential learning. Popular majors include Nursing, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration, Psychology, and Marketing.

Special Highlights

Arboretum at Salve Regina. Salve Regina’s campus has been recognized as a Level II arboretum. The University’s 80 acres feature mostly mature and exotic trees, originally designed by notable landscape architects such as the Olmsted brothers. The ongoing professional care to preserve and protect its 1,200 trees of more than 100 different species, and conservation of this historic landscape distinguishes Salve Regina among liberal arts institutions. With much of the campus publicly accessible, guests are welcome to explore the grounds following curated pathways such as the Wakehurst walking tour to experience the diversity of species that comprise the University’s living laboratory.

Multicultural Programs. The Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention facilitates the engagement of differences in a comprehensive manner that allows students, faculty and staff to learn from one another and to recognize the diversity of perspectives, experiences, and cultures that exist within the University community, the surrounding community, and the nation. Multicultural Education Week is designed to celebrate diverse backgrounds and spark conversations around important topics. Highlights include: featured speakers, panel discussions, a pop-up coffeehouse, and a closing festival.

School Mission & Unique Qualities

The 80-acre oceanside campus is one of the most unique in the country and has been described as a “tour of the great architectural works of the Gilded Age.” Set on seven contiguous estates, it features more than 20 historic structures adapted to meet University needs while also preserving their status as treasures of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The campus provides access to exceptional learning opportunities for students in many disciplines. Viewed as a “living laboratory,” this environment enriches the city of Newport and contributes to the artistic, cultural, economic, educational and historical vitality of Rhode Island.

Student Reviews…

“I have had a pretty good experience with life at Salve Regina University. The professors are very helpful and make time for their students. The class sizes are small so you really get one on one time with the professors.”