Transfer Applicants

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.


  • Transfer Common Application
  • $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. 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 4-6 weeks.

Note: 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: Dec. 1
  • Filing forms for financial aid: March 1

Transfer applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after these deadlines. For more information, call the Office of Admissions at (888) GO-SALVE or email the transfer counselor.

Student athletes should obtain a release form from their athletic director before contacting Salve Regina coaches.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Transfer students are eligible for academic merit scholarships as well as need-based financial aid. Transfer applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships through the application review process, and recipients are notified in their acceptance packet. Awards are renewable for the remainder of the undergraduate degree and range from $6,000 to $20,000 yearly depending on your individual review. Amounts may be prorated for students who choose to live off-campus.

Salve Regina is also proud to offer Phi Theta Kappa honor society students merit awards of up to $23,000 per year (if living on-campus) and $19,500 per year (for commuter students). Students should indicate if they are members on their Common Application to be eligible.

All students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at to be considered for additional need-based awards. Financial aid packages are emailed and mailed shortly after acceptance to any student with a FAFSA on file. Please be sure to submit the correct academic year FAFSA. For example, the 2017-2018 FAFSA should be submitted for any student considering enrolling for the fall 2017 or spring 2018 semester.

Important Information Regarding On-Campus Housing

Transfer students accepted to Salve Regina for the spring semester are welcome to request on-campus housing. On-campus housing will be assigned on a space available basis. We cannot guarantee housing for mid-year transfers at this time, but we will provide timely communication from Admissions and Residence Life on our ability to accommodate requests. Transfer students who choose to pursue off-campus housing may contact the Office of Residence Life.

On-campus housing for the fall term is granted based on availability, with priority given to those that deposit by May 1. While living on campus has many benefits, some of our students (particularly juniors and seniors) enjoy living off campus in the surrounding communities of Newport and Middletown. The Office of Residence Life would be happy to discuss both on- and off-campus living opportunities with you, and assist you in pursuing either option.

Important Information Regarding 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 undergraduate departments and programs webpage.

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

Additional Information for Transfer Students

Re-Applying for Admission

If you applied to Salve Regina within the past three years, you may reapply by submitting the 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.

Students who were not previously admitted to Salve Regina and who wish to reactivate their application must also submit one letter of recommendation from a recent college instructor.

Once your application and all the supporting documents are received, a decision will be mailed in approximately 4-6 weeks. If you are currently enrolled in courses, we may ask for a Mid-Semester Grade Report before we make an admission decision.


Transfer students who have been accepted to Salve Regina will receive an unofficial transfer credit evaluation within approximately three weeks of their admission decision. Transfer credit is typically awarded for academic courses completed at other regionally accredited institutions with a grade of “C” or above when the coursework is comparable to that of Salve Regina and does not duplicate another course for which credit has been granted.

Enrollment, Orientation and Class Registration

To formalize your enrollment, you must send a $700 commitment fee/housing deposit ($300 for commuters) and the reservation agreement enclosed in your acceptance packet. Transfer students who have submitted an enrollment deposit will work with the director for student transitions to develop a course schedule based on their intended major, transfer credits and program requirements.

Information regarding Orientation will be mailed once we receive your enrollment deposit. Transfer Orientation is held in late August/early September (typically the week before classes begin) for students entering in the fall semester and mid-January (typically the day before classes begin) for students entering in the spring semester. At Orientation, you will meet with an academic adviser to finalize your course registration. Attendance is required for all students enrolling at Salve Regina for the first time.

Financial Aid

Your eligibility for need-based financial aid is determined by federal Department of Education regulations and University policies governing financial aid programs. To apply for need-based financial aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Salve Regina school code: 003411.

The priority deadline for filing financial aid forms for each academic year is March 1. Transfer students who are seeking admission for the spring semester should file financial aid paperwork once they have submitted an application for admission. For more financial aid information or to access the required forms online, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Entry to Academic Departments

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 a student 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.

Mid-Year (Spring) Transfers

The time period for spring admission is very compressed. Therefore, it is recommended 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.

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 are interested in scheduling an individual appointment with an admissions counselor, contact Christina Berardi, coordinator of transfer admissions, at or (401) 341-2623. 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.