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International Undergraduate Admission

We consider you an international student if you do not have U.S. citizenship, a U.S. passport or U.S. permanent residency status (resident alien) and need an F-1 student visa. Our international student community also includes U.S. citizens living overseas. Both bring a unique perspective to the University, and we welcome your application for admission.

Application Deadlines

Fall (September) Admission

  • Early Action I: November 1 – Apply by this date to receive your admissions decision in late December.
  • Early Action II: January 5 – Apply by this date to receive your admissions decision by mid-February.
  • Regular decision: February 1 – This is a priority deadline. Applications are welcome and reviewed on a rolling basis thereafter.

Spring (January) Admission

  • December 1 – International students seeking January entrance should apply in mid-November.

Application Requirements

1. Application and personal statement

Salve Regina uses the Common Application and the application fee is waived for students applying from outside the U.S. Be sure the name you provide is the same as in your passport. The application includes a brief personal statement/essay. You may write on any topic to demonstrate what you think and how clearly you express yourself.

2. Transcript (academic record)

Please submit an official copy of your secondary school transcript (in English) showing the courses and grades/marks you received for the most recent 3-4 years of schooling. If you have any national examination results, certificates or diplomas, please send us official copies (in English) as well.

3. Standardized tests and English proficiency

The submission of SAT and/or ACT test scores is optional except for applicants to the nursing and education programs, who must submit official results. Salve Regina’s College Board (SAT) code is 3759; the ACT code is 3816.

Students whose native language is not English must submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or other recognized test of English ability. The TOEFL destination code for Salve is 3352. While we prefer TOEFL scores of 80 and higher (6.5 IELTS), students with more modest scores (60-79 iBT, 6.0 IELTS) are eligible for admission through our English for Academic Purposes program, which provides English language support in credit-bearing classes with no additional cost.

4. Recommendations

Two letters of recommendation are required; one from a college counselor/advisor and the other from a teacher who has taught you in an academic subject, such as English, mathematics, science or social studies.

5. Passport ID (optional)

To confirm the spelling of your name and date of birth, we ask applicants to submit a copy of their passport photo ID page.

If you have difficulty submitting documents through the Common Application, you may email them to or mail to Office of Admissions, Salve Regina University, 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840-4192 USA.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing credit is generally awarded to students with IB scores of 5, 6 and 7 and AP scores of 3, 4 and 5. Be sure to submit official results as soon as they become available.

Transfer Students: Foreign Credential Evaluation

International students may transfer to Salve Regina from other colleges and universities by completing the requirements for transfer admission and submitting a college report and official transcript(s) of all college-level coursework.

If transferring from a college or university outside the U.S., please have your transcript(s) translated into English and the credits evaluated by a recognized agency such as World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators.


Please keep copies of all the documents you submit for admission. You may need to present these documents at the U.S. Embassy when you apply for a student visa or to U.S Customs and Border Protection officials when you enter the United States.