New Seahawk Orientation

Welcome to Salve Regina! We are so happy that you are joining our campus community. New Seahawk Orientation will provide you with an educational and engaging introduction to life at Salve Regina. You will meet fellow new students, learn about University resources, and explore the campus and Newport community.

New Seahawk Orientation is mandatory for all new students, including commuter and transfer students. There are several signature events included in New Seahawk Orientation, including the day of service and Convocation. A variety of fun and engaging evening activities will also be offered, including a carnival night, outdoor movie and bonfire on the beach.

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, you will volunteer on or off campus with your First Year Transitions class. If you volunteer off campus, you will know where your service site is ahead of time so you can dress accordingly.


A University tradition that officially opens the new academic year and welcomes new students into the academic community, Convocation is a celebration that marks the beginning of your career at Salve Regina.

New Seahawk Orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate students, including commuter and transfer students. If you cannot attend, contact the Office of Student Engagement at (401) 341-2915 or

If you need special accommodations for New Seahawk Orientation, contact the Office of Student Engagement at (401) 341-2915 or

If you are a new or transferring international student, exchange student or U.S. citizen who grew up overseas, you will attend International Student Orientation from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. You will then attend New Seahawk Orientation after International Student Orientation. For more information, call the Center for Global Education and Fellowships at (401) 341-2372.

Classes for the fall 2022 semester begin Wednesday, Sept. 7.

The room assignment process begins with an online housing application, which provides the Office of Residence Life with the information necessary to assign you a roommate(s) and residence hall room.

Housing applications are available online from May 16 through July 1. After July 1, room and roommate requests are processed. Please note that roommate requests are only granted when all students requesting roommates have indicated the option on their respective applications. In late July, you will receive notification through your Salve Regina email address that your room assignment and roommate information is available.

For more information, contact the Office of Residence Life at (401) 341-2210 or

Textbooks are available to rent or purchase in digital or printed format from the bookstore website. You are encouraged to consider rental or digital options to help lower the cost of textbooks. You may highlight and make notes in both used and new rented textbooks. You may also convert a rented textbook to a purchase any time during the semester by paying the difference between the rental and purchase price.

For more information, call the Salve Regina bookstore at (401) 847-9086.

Santander Bank is nearby and has an ATM in Miley Hall. A second ATM is located in Gerety Hall. It is not affiliated with a bank and charges $1 per transaction.