An individual is considered a transfer student if they have enrolled in any college or university courses after graduating from high school. Each year, approximately 10 percent of our new incoming students have transferred from another college or university. For some students, transferring has always been a part of their educational plan, while others are beginning a new college search for a variety of reasons. There are about as many reasons for transferring as there are transfer students. Whatever your circumstances are, we will do our best to make your transition as smooth as possible, and we will always treat you like an individual.
Requirements for Transfer Admission
You must submit:
- The Transfer Common Application
- $50 application fee
- Official high school transcript
- Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
- One letter of recommendation from a college instructor
- Personal essay
- The Registrar Report (formerly the College Official's Report) from each college/university attended. This form is available electronically through the "Assign Recommenders" section of the Common Application. To print additional copies of the Registrar Report, please download the PDF.
- SAT/ACT scores are optional. Exception: Nursing and education applicants who have earned less than 30 college credits must submit official test scores. Salve Regina's CEEB code is 3759. International students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores.
- A list of courses in progress that are not listed on the transcript.
Once your application and all supporting documents are received, a decision will be mailed in approximately four to six weeks.
Note: If you are currently enrolled in courses, we may ask for a Mid-Semester Grade Report form before making an admission decision. To be considered for admission, students must be in good standing and eligible to return to their prior institutions.
Re-Applying for Admission
If you previously applied to Salve Regina within the past three years, you may reapply by submitting the Request for Reactivation of Application (in place of the Transfer Common Application).
In addition to the Request for Reactivation of Application form, you must submit all updated, official high school and college/university transcripts, SAT/ACT scores if applicable (see policy above) and a Registrar Report from each college/university attended.
If you had applied for admission during your senior year of high school, official final high school transcripts must be sent. Official college transcripts should be sent at the close of each semester.
Students who were not previously admitted to Salve Regina and who wish to reactivate their application must also submit one letter of recommendation from a recent college instructor.
Once your application and all the supporting documents are received, a decision will be mailed in approximately four to six weeks. If you are currently enrolled in courses, we may ask for a Mid-Semester Grade Report form before we make an admission decision.
- Fall admission: March 1 (still accepting applications)
- Spring admission: Dec. 1
- Filing forms for financial aid: March 1
If you have any questions or need additional information, call the Office of Admissions at (888) GO-SALVE or e-mail the transfer counselor.
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Transfer students who have been accepted to Salve Regina will receive an unofficial transfer credit evaluation within approximately three weeks of their admission decision. Transfer credit is typically awarded for academic courses completed at other regionally accredited institutions with a grade of “C” or above when the coursework is comparable to that of Salve Regina and does not duplicate another course for which credit has been granted. Your progress towards a degree can be gauged by how closely the course of study you have taken matches the degree requirements at Salve Regina. Click here for information regarding undergraduate programs and the Core Curriculum.
Enrollment, Orientation and Class Registration
To formalize your enrollment, you must send a $700 commitment fee/housing deposit ($300 for commuters) and the reservation agreement enclosed in your acceptance packet. Transfer students who have submitted an enrollment deposit will work with the director for student transitions to develop a course schedule based on their intended major, transfer credits and program requirements. Click here for a schedule of classes and course catalog.
Information regarding Orientation will be mailed to you once we receive your enrollment deposit. Transfer Orientation is held in late August/early September (typically the week before classes begin) for students entering in the fall semester and mid-January (typically the day before classes begin) for students entering in the spring semester. Orientation is a one-day program that is tailored to the specific needs of transfer students. At Orientation, you will meet with an academic adviser to finalize your course registration. Attendance is required for all students enrolling at Salve Regina for the first time.
On-campus housing for transfer students is available based on space availability and academic class standing. We offer a variety of housing styles from traditional residence halls to townhouse-style living. The city of Newport offers off-campus housing options, many within walking distance of the Salve Regina campus. Students should speak with local independent rental agencies if this is the housing option they prefer.
The availability of on-campus housing for transfer students varies from year to year. We will work closely with the Office of Campus Life to accommodate your request for on-campus housing. If it is not possible to grant your request, we will assist you with finding a local realtor. The rental market for student housing in Newport is large, so most students do not have much trouble finding a residence off campus.
Your eligibility for need-based financial aid is determined by federal Department of Education regulations and University policies governing financial aid programs. To apply for need-based financial aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Salve Regina school code: 003411. The priority deadline for filing financial aid forms for each academic year is March 1. Transfer students who are seeking admission for the spring semester should file financial aid paperwork once they have submitted an application for admission. For more financial aid information or to access the required forms online, visit the Office of Financial Aid.
A Note on Entry to Academic Departments
Students should be aware that it is possible to meet the standards for transfer admission but not the requirements for a specific major. The nursing and education departments both have specific steps a student must take to gain entry to their programs. We will do our best to counsel you as to whether your transfer plans are feasible. However, it is the student’s responsibility to investigate the requirements for their intended major.
Mid-Year (Spring) Transfers
The time period for spring admission is very compressed. Therefore, it is recommended that you submit all of your information as early as possible. Spring admission is not recommended for students who have struggled academically in high school. Housing cannot always be guaranteed for students entering for the spring semester.
Visiting Salve Regina
The Office of Admissions encourages prospective transfer students to visit the University. We offer a full selection of campus tours and information sessions, special admissions events and other visit programs that give you and your family the opportunity to explore Salve Regina. Click here to view our visit calendar.
Transfer students interested in scheduling an individual appointment with an admissions counselor should contact Mary Beth Luzitano, coordinator of transfer admissions at email@example.com or (401) 341-2333. Appointments may include an overview of Salve Regina, the transfer admission process and requirements and general information regarding academic programs. While we are unable to provide an evaluation of transfer credits during individual appointments, students will have an opportunity to ask questions about the transfer process and to discuss pre-transfer course selection.