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For Families

We are pleased to welcome you to the Salve Regina community. Our family program is designed to introduce you to the University and to the resources available to your student. The program helps families make the next critical step in supporting their student's successful transition to Salve Regina.

During Orientation, our family program is conducted concurrently with the student program. This program offers family members a wide range of perspectives on life at Salve Regina, serves as the foundation to building a relationship with the University and provides the opportunity to network with other Salve Regina families.

Details for Families


For all June sessions, check-in will begin at 10 a.m. in the Rodgers Recreation Center. Day 1 ends at approximately 6:30 p.m., while Day 2 begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 1:30 p.m. For those attending in January or August, please be advised that these are one-day sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the O'Hare Academic Building.

June Sessions: Day 1

  • Check-in, services fair and lunch
  • Opening prayer, welcome and mission
  • Life in the Salve community
  • Multicultural Programs and Retention
  • Breakout sessions
  • Athletics at Salve Regina
  • Dining Services
  • Information Technology
  • Student involvement opportunities
  • President's reception

June Sessions: Day 2

  • Mercy Center for Spiritual Life presentation
  • The academic experience and services
  • Administrative services session
  • Breakout sessions
  • Family transition
  • Orientation leader-led session
  • Career Development presentation
  • Campus tour
  • Matriculation ceremony and slideshow
  • Check-out

January and August Sessions

  • Check-in and continental breakfast
  • Opening prayer, welcome and mission
  • Life in the Salve community
  • Student support services session
  • Information technology presentation
  • Administrative services session
  • Lunch and services fair
  • The academic experience and services
  • Career development opportunities
  • Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention presentation
  • Closing reception


The cost for two family members is included in the commitment fee. Any additional adult family members or guests attending Orientation will be assessed a fee of $50 per person. This fee covers the cost of meals and materials provided throughout the session. Family members or guests under the age of 12 are welcome to attend Orientation free of charge.

Students will register family members through the Orientation registration form and any applicable fees will be collected at family check-in on the day of your Orientation session. Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Overnight Accommodations (June Sessions)

While students stay overnight in our residence halls during the June Orientation sessions, the University does not provide accommodations for family members and guests. Families are encouraged to stay at one of our partner hotels in the area.

Important Items

Students have been provided with a checklist that details the items they should complete before attending Orientation. Please remind your student to complete the following before attending Orientation:

  • Health form (bring a copy of the form and all necessary documents to Orientation)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved during the year?

The Office of Alumni, Parent and Family Programs provides resources for families who would like to become involved with Salve Regina. For more information, call the office at (401) 341-2363.

What is FERPA?

Your student's educational privacy rights are governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended. Under FERPA, the student is the only person with a legal right to his/her education records, and colleges may not disclose personally identifiable information from student education records - even to parents - without the student's prior written consent. Disclosure includes written and verbal communications.

What are some resources to prepare me for my student's transition to college?

We recommend the following readings to help you understand the college experience:

  • "The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up" by Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore
  • "Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience" by Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay and Wanda Johnson Ingram
  • "You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years" by Marjorie Savage

I want to send my student a gift. Any recommendations?

During the academic year, Sodexo Dining Services offers a variety of ways for you to celebrate and support your student. To send a care package of cookies or healthy snacks or a birthday cake, visit the Dining Services website.