Frequently Asked Questions

Admission FAQ

What does the admissions committee consider when reviewing applicants?

We review everything that we ask you to submit: your high school transcript, standardized test scores when applicable, personal statement, letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities. Evaluating all of these factors helps us select students that best fit Salve Regina academically and personally.

What is the average GPA for accepted students?

The average GPA was a 3.20 (B/B+) for our most recent freshman class. Like most college admissions staffs, we recalculate your GPA on a 4.0 scale, taking only college preparatory core academic subjects into consideration. We don’t include classes like physical education, general music and art (with the exception of honors and AP), and other electives. We do give added weight to honors, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.

How many applications did Salve Regina receive last year? What was the percentage of applicants accepted?

Admission to Salve Regina is competitive. From an applicant pool of 5,000 for the most recent freshman class, we admitted just over 3,000 students. In the past three years, our acceptance rate has averaged 65 percent.

I am applying into the nursing program, are there specific criteria I should be aware of?

Admission to the nursing program is highly selective, and only 40 percent of nursing applications are typically admitted. The average SAT score (combined critical reading and math) of students recently offered admission was an 1150 with a minimum 500 scored on each section. Students who chose to take the ACT had an average composite score of 26. The average high school GPA (recalculated on a 4.0 scale at the completion of junior year) was a 3.50. Students accepted to the nursing program had four or more years of science with no grade lower than a B- in those courses.

How important is my personal statement? Does someone actually read it?

Since the purpose of the personal essay is for us to get to know you better, it's very important. The Common Application offers five options for your essay. Since you know that your personal essay is in fact read, take pride in what you submit - edit it yourself, and then have it proofread and critiqued by a teacher, parent or friend.

Are interviews a part of the admissions process at Salve Regina?

We do not conduct formal interviews at Salve Regina. However, our admissions counselors are available to meet one-on-one with you on campus, at your high school or while they are traveling in your area.

When is the admissions application deadline?

The Early Action (non-binding) admissions deadline is Nov. 1. The regular action priority deadline is Feb. 1. Those who submit an application for Feb. 1 will receive a decision by April 1. Any application postmarked after Feb. 1 will be reviewed on a space available basis.

After I’ve sent my application, about how long will it take for me to get an admission decision?

Early Action decisions are mailed shortly before the holiday break in December. For those that apply by our regular decision deadline of Feb. 1, decisions will be mailed by April 1.

To be considered for financial aid, which forms must I fill out?

To apply for financial aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for this form is March 1. For more financial aid information or to access the required forms online, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Test Optional FAQ

Will I be at a disadvantage if I decide not to submit standardized test scores?

No. There is no negative impact on your application should you decide not to submit test scores.

Can I be considered for a merit scholarship if I do not submit test scores?

Yes. All applicants are eligible for merit scholarship consideration whether or not they submit SAT or ACT scores.

Are there any exceptions to this policy?

Yes. Students applying to the nursing and education programs are required to submit SAT or ACT scores, as are homeschooled students. International students with a native language other than English are required to submit their TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of their admissions application. International students who have taken the SAT or ACT may submit those scores in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS.

How do I indicate that I do not want my test scores to be considered for admission?

When completing your Common Application, you must complete the required member's page, which includes a question about whether you wish us to consider your test scores. If you do not complete this question, your scores will be used. If you do not complete the question and you do not submit scores, your application will be considered incomplete until the scores have been received or until you notify us in writing of your preference. If you indicate that you do not wish us to consider your test scores, but you have applied to either the nursing or education programs, we will (a) use any scores that have been submitted, or (b) consider your application incomplete until the scores have been received.

What if I have already submitted test scores and do not want them to be considered?

If you have already submitted test scores or they appear on the high school transcript and you prefer not to have the scores considered, the scores will not be used as part of the application review process if you have indicated that preference on the Common Application supplement.

What if I change my mind after I have submitted my application?

If you have already submitted your application, you must notify us in writing of any changes by emailing sruadmis@salve.edu or faxing (401) 848-2823.

How does this affect transfer students?

Transfer students applying for nursing or education must submit official test scores if they have earned fewer than 30 credits.

Does this change the way that Salve Regina evaluates my application?

The most important part of our application review process has always been and will continue to be your day-to-day performance in a strong curriculum. Our best applicants have always been those who challenge themselves beyond the minimum requirements. We also consider your personal statement, letters of recommendation and interests and extracurricular activities.

Why would I choose to submit standardized test scores if they are not required?

If you feel that your test scores provide further evidence of your ability to succeed at Salve Regina, you may wish to submit them. However, if you do not feel your scores are indicative of your academic ability, you may not wish to submit them. You will not be penalized if you decide not to submit scores.