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University Facts


Best regional university in the north
(U.S. News & World Report)


Best undergraduate teaching in the region
(U.S. News & World Report)


Best value in the region
(U.S. News & World Report)

Why Salve?

  • 98 percent of graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees within six months of Commencement

  • Collaborative mentorship and research opportunities rarely seen in undergraduate education

  • Hands-on learning, fieldwork and internship experiences throughout Aquidneck Island’s living laboratory

  • Leadership development programs provide tools to create positive social change

  • A variety of unique housing options situated throughout Salve’s historic campus

  • Two nationally ranked athletic teams in 2019 (men’s ice hockey and men’s rugby)

  • Only collegiate arboretum in Rhode Island, featuring 1,200 trees and more than 100 species


Undergraduate and graduate degree programs


Certificate programs


Study abroad programs in 45 countries

What is Salve?

  • A Catholic, coeducational university founded by the Sisters of Mercy
  • Salve Regina means "Hail Holy Queen"
  • First class of 58 students welcomed in 1947
  • Coeducational since 1973, university status achieved in 1991
  • 46 undergraduate majors and 14 master’s degree programs
  • 12 combined bachelor’s/master’s programs
  • B.S. in nursing for licensed registered nurses
  • Doctoral programs in humanities, international relations and nursing
  • Circle of Scholars lifelong learning program
  • 20 men’s, women’s and coed varsity sports
  • Nearly 70 student organizations


Fall 2020 enrollment


Full-time faculty and staff


Degrees awarded in 2019-2020

Who is Salve?

  • 2,150 undergraduate students and 621 graduate students
  • Students hail from 40 states and 24 nations
  • 75 percent of students are from out of state
  • 53 percent of undergraduates live on campus
  • 27 percent of the Class of 2020 studied abroad
  • More than 460 students participate in intercollegiate athletics
  • Students logged 10,261 community service hours in 2019-2020
  • 13:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 78 percent of faculty hold the terminal degree in their field


Acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean


Year that Newport, Rhode Island was founded


Structures of historic significance on campus

Where is Salve?

  • Situated near the I-95 corridor less than two hours from Boston
  • Oceanside campus set on seven contiguous 19th-century estates
  • 52 buildings in the heart of Newport's Ochre Point-Cliffs historic district
  • Off-site location at the Center for Adult Education in Warwick
  • Movies filmed on campus include “True Lies” and “Irrational Man”


Undergraduates receiving scholarships and/or financial aid


Average GPA for the most recent freshman class


Awarded annually in scholarships and need-based financial aid

Admission and Aid

  • Fall freshman class (2020): 4,972 applications, 3,710 accepted, 549 enrolled
  • Test optional except for students applying to the nursing and education programs
  • Tuition and fees: $42,920
  • Room and board: $15,400
  • More than $44 million in grants and scholarships awarded annually by Salve Regina
  • More than $4.5 million in grants and scholarships awarded annually by federal and other external sources
  • Average undergraduate financial aid award in 2019-2020: $23,000 (scholarships and grants from all sources)
  • Endowment (as of June 2020): $63.2 million