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Transfer Applicants

Undergraduate Admissions

You are considered a transfer student if you have enrolled in any college or university courses after graduating from high school. Each year, approximately 10 percent of our new incoming students have transferred from another college or university.

Students affected by a recent school closure should contact the Office of Admissions at (401) 341-2908 or Our team of experienced counselors is happy to provide a fee waiver for the Common Application and walk you through the process of applying. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and we are committed to providing quick decisions and transition support to impacted students.

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  • Transfer application (complete one of the options below).
  • $50 application fee.
  • Official high school transcript.
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended.
  • One letter of recommendation from a college instructor.
  • Personal essay.
  • The College Report from each college/university attended (formerly known as the Registrar’s Report).
  • SAT/ACT scores are optional, except for students applying to an education program. Note: this requirement can be waived for education applicants who are uncomfortable or unable to sit for these tests. Our CEEB code is 3759. International students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores.
  • A list of courses in progress that are not listed on the transcript.

Once your application and all supporting documents are received, a decision will be mailed in approximately 1-2 weeks. Student athletes should obtain a release form from their athletic director before contacting Salve Regina coaches.

If you are currently enrolled in courses, we may ask for a mid-semester grade report before making an admission decision. To be considered for admission, students must be in good standing and eligible to return to their prior institutions.

Priority Deadlines

  • Fall admission: Rolling
  • Spring admission: Rolling
  • Filing forms for financial aid: March 1

Applications are accepted on a rolling, space-available basis after each deadline. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (401) 341-2908 or

Mid-Year (Spring) Transfers

The time period for spring admission is very compressed and we recommend that you submit all of your information as early as possible. Spring admission is not recommended for students who have struggled academically in high school. Housing cannot always be guaranteed for students entering for the spring semester.

Entry to Academic Programs

It is possible to meet the standards for transfer admission but not the requirements for a specific major. For example, the education program has specific steps you must take to gain entry to their program. We will do our best to counsel you as to whether your transfer plans are feasible. However, it is your responsibility to investigate the requirements for your intended major.

Entry to the Nursing Program

Salve Regina welcomes transfer applicants for all majors except nursing. If you are interested in a career in the health care industry, we encourage you to consider a degree in biology, chemistry, psychology, health care administration, social work or other related areas. For more information about career opportunities through these programs, visit our program finder.

If you are currently pursuing licensure as a registered nurse, we hope you will consider our continuing education program in nursing (RN-BSN).

Re-Applying for Admission

If you applied to Salve Regina within the past three years, you may reapply by submitting a request for reactivation of application in place of the Transfer Common Application. In addition, you must submit all updated, official high school and college/university transcripts, SAT/ACT scores if applicable (see policy above) and the College Report from each college/university attended (formerly known as the Registrar’s Report).

If you applied for admission during your senior year of high school, official final high school transcripts must be sent. Official college transcripts should be sent at the close of each semester.

If you were not previously admitted to Salve Regina and you wish to reactivate your application, you must also submit one letter of recommendation from a recent college instructor.

Once your application and all supporting documents are received, a decision will be mailed in approximately 1-2 weeks. If you are currently enrolled in courses, we may ask for a mid-semester grade report before we make an admission decision.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Final determination of transfer credit acceptance is ultimately made by the registrar and department chairs. A formal transfer credit evaluation is completed for every admitted transfer student and sent via email within two weeks of your acceptance. Only courses submitted on an official transcript with a grade of C or higher, from a regionally accredited institution, are eligible for transfer. To learn more about course equivalencies before your acceptance to Salve Regina, we encourage you to search our transfer credit database.

Visiting Salve Regina

We encourage prospective transfer students to visit the University. We offer a full selection of campus tours and information sessions, special admissions events and other visit programs that give you and your family the opportunity to explore Salve Regina.

If you would like to schedule an individual appointment with an admissions counselor, contact Rita Winthrop, coordinator of transfer admissions, at or (401) 341-2627. Appointments may include an overview of Salve Regina, the transfer admission process and requirements and general information regarding academic programs. While we are unable to provide an evaluation of transfer credits, you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the transfer process and to discuss pre-transfer course selection.