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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I considered an international student at Salve Regina?

Salve Regina classifies an international student as a student who does not hold U.S. citizenship, a U.S. passport or U.S. permanent residency (U.S. resident alien) and who needs an F-1 student visa. This includes students who are living and/or studying outside the U.S. and students who are living and/or studying in the U.S. at the time of their application for admission.

Does Salve Regina offer conditional admission?

Yes, Salve Regina can offer conditional admission to those students who meet academic qualifications, but need additional English language instruction. Click here for more information.

Are interviews required for admission?

Interviews are not required for admission to Salve Regina. However, the opportunity to interview is available to those students who wish to supplement their application and seek more information from an international admission representative. Interviews are offered on or off campus while an admission representative is traveling and by Skype or phone. To coordinate an interview, email

How do I submit application materials?

  • The Common Application and Salve Regina supplement should be submitted online through
  • All official transcripts should come directly from a school official through an online upload either in Common Application, Docufide, Naviance or other electronic transfer program. A school official, counselor or principal can email transcripts directly to Students can also have their official transcripts mailed with a signature or stamp across the seal of the envelope to ensure its authenticity.
  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted by Common Application, through Naviance or by email.
  • SAT or ACT scores will only be accepted as official if they arrive directly from the testing agency.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores will only be accepted as official if they arrive directly from the testing agency.

Is the PTE, TOEFL or IELTS required?

For non-native English speakers, proof of English proficiency can be demonstrated using the following methods:

  • Minimum PTE Academic score of 53
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT or 550 paper-based
  • Minimum IETLS score of 6.5
  • A 550 or higher on the critical reading section of the SAT will automatically waive the PTE, TOEFL or IELTS requirement.
  • Non-native English speakers who attend secondary school where English is the language of instruction may have the PTE, TOEFL or IELTS requirement waived.

For questions related to PTE, TOEFL or IELTS requirements, email

Applicants with scores below these minimums will be considered for admission with a requirement to enroll in two semesters of Salve Regina's credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes program.

Applicants with English proficiency scores significantly at or below Salve Regina's required minimums (PTE 43, TOEFL 70, IELTS 4.5) will be considered for conditional admission. The University does not offer a full ESL program, therefore, students who are conditionally admitted should attend an ESL program of their choice for one or two semesters and submit updated PTE, TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet Salve Regina's minimums to gain full admission.

SAT or ACT scores will also be required for full admission into nursing and education programs.

Click here for admissions requirements for master's degrees.

Does Salve Regina have an English as a Second Language program?

No, Salve Regina does not have a full-time ESL program. However, we do have an English for Academic Purposes program that allows students to ease into their full-time degree studies and receive English language training as well as information pertaining to the American education system.

What do I do if my transcripts are not available in English?

Please have your transcript translated into English, word for word, line by line. Please submit the official in the original language and the official translation.

What do I do if my secondary school or university only provides one official transcript?

Please submit an official photocopy. It should be stamped by an official at your school or by an EducationUSA adviser.

Is the SAT or ACT required?

The submission of standardized test scores is optional at Salve Regina unless you are considering a major in education or nursing. Students who decide not to submit scores will not be at any disadvantage during the admission process. All applicants are eligible for merit scholarship consideration whether or not they submit SAT or ACT scores.

If you would like your SAT or ACT scores to be considered in the review, please be sure to tell us so on the Salve Regina supplement on the Common Application. Salve Regina only looks at the critical reading and math sections of the SAT. Click here for more information on Salve Regina's standardized testing policy.

Will I receive credit for the IB or AP courses I have taken in high school?

Many International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses are awarded credit at Salve Regina depending on the score you receive. The Office of the Registrar has further details about transfer credit policies.

Please remember to have the International Baccalaureate Organization or the College Board send Salve Regina your official score reports. Salve Regina does not award credit without an official score report.

What mailing address do I use to submit documents for my application?

Please mail documents to:
Office of International Programs
Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Ave.
Newport, Rhode Island
USA 02840

After I've sent my application, how long will it take to get an admission decision?

Remember that your application must be complete before it is placed in line to be reviewed. Until all required materials have been submitted, an application cannot begin its journey through the admissions process.

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. For those applying after official deadlines, please expect 2-3 weeks from the time of completion and submission to receive your admission decision.

Can international students work in the U.S.?

International students who are in F-1 status are eligible to work on campus in approved available positions for up to 20 hours per week as a privilege of the F-1 student visa when school is in session. The majority of on-campus student positions at Salve Regina are 10 hours per week during the academic year. During approved breaks, students can work full time in an on-campus position. Students who are not in F-1 status are not eligible to work on campus.

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