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Orientation and Week of Welcome

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Our new students typically participate in a two-day Orientation program in the June timeframe, along with a two-day Explorientation program just before the fall semester begins. Both programs are designed to help students meet people, learn about Salve Regina and its campus and prepare for a successful first year in college. This year, our Orientation and Explorientation programs will be combined into a Week of Welcome, which will be held Sept. 3-8.

Week of Welcome

Week of Welcome will provide new students with an educational and enjoyable introduction to life at Salve Regina. They will meet fellow students, learn about University resources and policies, and explore the campus and Newport community. There are several signature events included in this week, including the day of service, Convocation and the involvement fair. A variety of fun and engaging evening activities will be offered throughout the week, such as trivia and an outdoor movie.

During Week of Welcome, students will be assigned to groups of 20 or fewer based on their First Year Transitions course. They will stay in this group throughout the week, and will be accompanied by one or two peer mentors and/or an Orientation leader. We have identified indoor and outdoor spaces across campus where groups of this size can take part in programming while maintaining social distancing.

Activities will be offered in-person and virtually, and are subject to change based on current social distancing and group size guidelines from the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Week of Welcome Schedule

Day of Service

Salve Regina considers participation in community service a visible way to live the University's mercy mission. During the day of service, new students will volunteer on campus with your First Year Transitions class. There may also be opportunities to volunteer off campus with community partners located throughout Aquidneck Island. Students who volunteer off campus will know where their service site is ahead of time so they can dress accordingly. All students will receive a day of service T-shirt.

Involvement Fair

Salve Regina's student organizations, athletic teams and academic departments come together during the involvement fair to promote their passions. The involvement fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 10 on the Gerety Hall lawn, and will also be offered virtually.

Students can learn more about ways to get involved, talk with current club members and athletes, and sign up for any program that interests them. This is the easiest way to connect with a huge cross-section of the Salve Regina community.

See the full list of student organizations.

Orientation Leaders and Peer Mentors

Orientation leaders and peer mentors are dynamic student leaders who will work closely with new students throughout Week of Welcome. These sophomores, juniors and seniors exude Salve Regina spirit and are passionate about helping students transition into the University community.

During the fall semester, peer mentors co-facilitate the First Year Transitions course with an instructor, and help new students make connections and find their place on campus.

Meet our Orientation leaders.

Online Orientation

Our online Orientation program helps students connect with the Salve Regina community before they arrive on campus. Students learn more about the offices and resources available to them and take a virtual tour of campus. New students should complete all Orientation modules by Aug. 1.

To access the online Orientation:

  • Visit orientation.salve.edu
  • Click "Create New Guest Account"
  • Register with your Salve Regina email address

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Engagement at (401) 341-2915 or sruorientation@salve.edu.