Salve Regina University

100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI 02840-4192

School Details

Salve Regina University was founded in 1934 and continues today as a private, Catholic institution of higher learning located in the city of Newport, Rhode Island.


This co-educational, non-profit school that was chartered by the State of Rhode Island in 1934. The name Salve Regina means “Hail Holy Queen” in Latin. The school officially opened its doors in 1947 after the Sisters of Mercy acquired the land and the original building, Ochre Court. In the 1970s, the college became co-educational and added graduate programs. In 1991, the school was granted university status and finally added the doctoral programs in 1995. The school now serves a total of around 2,613 students from 41 states and 16 foreign countries. Around 97% of students are at the undergraduate level. Salve Regina University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to award associate’s, baccalaureate, and master's degrees, a certificate of advanced graduate study, and a Ph.D. in humanities.

In addition to the academic courses students are required to complete for their degrees, students are also required to perform 10 hours of community service in their freshman year and are encouraged to continue throughout the rest of their time at Salve Regina. In addition to the traditional on-campus courses, the school offers an online extension studies program and a continuing education program. The class sizes are constructed to allow for more one-on-one instruction from professors to enhance the quality education. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. There is 461 full-time staff and faculty at SRU.

Prospective students of Salve Regina can complete the Common Application. The admission staff is also available to assist in the admission process. Additional required documents for submission include high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, personal statement, $50 application fee, and ACT/SAT scores if applicable.


SRU currently offers 45 undergraduate majors, 12 certificate programs, 9 master’s degree programs, and a Ph.D. in humanities. The undergraduate academic programs are based on the liberal arts, offering concentrations in the arts and sciences and in pre-professional and professional programs. The school offers the following degree programs: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.S.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Associate of Arts (A.A.), and Associate of Science (A.S.).


Salve Regina offers a variety of online and distance education learning opportunities for both traditional and nontraditional students. The following master’s degrees can be completed in a completely online format: administration of justice and homeland security; business administration, humanities, international relations, and management. Additionally, there are two programs that are considered “hybrid” and offer some courses online: the health care administration and management degree, as well as the rehabilitation counseling program. There are three different kinds of online courses available through Salve Regina. Interactive courses are seven weeks in length and have specified start and end dates. These courses are considered asynchronous and therefore, students are not required to be online at the same time. Hybrid courses consist of both online and traditional in-classroom learning. Finally, self-paced courses are started on the first Monday of each month. Students are given four months to complete these courses. Typically, they are organized into three to five learning units.


Only 58% of students live on-campus so room & board costs are excluded for those who live off-campus. Tuition rates are the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Actually around 85% of students are from out-of-state. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all aid applicants are required to fill out. Aid is received either through loans or scholarships. Around 85 percent of students receive some form of financial aid. More than $24 million awarded annually in scholarship and need-based aid.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education    


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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