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Undergraduate Admission

International Admissions

You are considered an international student if you do not have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency and need a visa to come and study with us. We also welcome U.S. citizens living overseas. Both have a global perspective that we value in our campus community.

Application Deadlines

September admission

  • November 1 - Early Action I (non-binding), early decision (binding) and nursing
  • January 5 - Early Action II (non-binding)
  • February 1 - Regular decision

Please note: The deadline for nursing applicants for the 2021 application year has been extended to January 5.

January admission

  • December 1 - International students should apply in mid-November

Applications are welcome after each deadline and reviewed on a rolling, space available basis. Decisions are typically released 2-3 weeks after you complete all application requirements.

Application Requirements

Common Application and essay: Salve Regina is a member of the Common Application and we waive the application fee for international students who check the box in the Salve Regina Questions section. Be sure the name you provide is the same that appears in your passport. The application also includes a brief personal essay. You may write on any topic to demonstrate what you think and how clearly you express yourself.

Transcript (academic record): Submit official secondary school transcripts (in English) showing the courses and grades you received for the most recent 3-4 years of education. If you have any national examination results, certificates or diplomas, please send us official copies (in English) as well.

Two 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. Although it is not necessary, we are happy to take an additional recommendation from a coach, teacher or other individual who knows you.

Proof of English proficiency: If English is not your native language, you must submit results from TOEFL, IELTS or another recognized test of English ability. Exceptions are made for students who have attended a school for three or more years where English is the language of instruction. We prefer a TOEFL iBT of 80 or IELTS of 6.5. An iBT between 60-79 or IELTS of 6.0 is still eligible for admission with English for Academic Purposes, a program that provides English language support alongside University classes during the first two semesters. Learn more about English proficiency requirements.

SAT/ACT standardized tests: Salve Regina is SAT/ACT optional. Students who do not submit scores will not be disadvantaged in the admissions process. Our SAT CEEB code is 3759; the ACT code is 3816.

Studio art portfolio: Applicants for studio art must submit a portfolio consisting of 3-5 creative samples. Once you apply and set up a student status page, you will see the instructions for uploading your work.

Passport ID (optional): Submit a copy of your passport photo ID page so we can confirm the spelling of your name and date of birth.

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. In most cases, IB and AP credit can reduce tuition and the time it takes to graduate.

International Transfer Students

International students applying from other colleges and universities should complete the requirements for transfer admission, including the College Report and official transcripts of all college-level coursework. If you are transferring from a college or university outside the U.S., please have your transcripts evaluated for transfer credit 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 them at the U.S. embassy or consulate when you apply for a visa or to customs and border officials when you enter the United States.

International Scholarships

International students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships using the credentials they submit for admission. Merit scholarships do not exceed tuition, so a contribution is expected each year from family resources, personal funds, sponsorships and outside scholarships to cover the cost of attendance. Need-based financial aid is only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents and requires the filing of the FAFSA form.