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Welcome to Salve Regina! We are so happy that you are joining our campus community. Our Week of Welcome program 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.

Week of Welcome programming is mandatory for all new students, including commuter and transfer students. There are several signature events included in Week of Welcome, including the day of service and Convocation. A variety of fun and engaging evening activities will also be offered, such as trivia and an outdoor movie.

During Week of Welcome, you will be assigned to a group of 30 or fewer students led by an orientation leader. We have identified indoor and outdoor spaces across campus where groups of this size can take part in programming. All activities will be offered in-person.

Family Orientation

Our virtual orientation program was designed to help families take the critical next steps in supporting their student's successful transition to Salve Regina. The program featured a panel of University staff, students and alumni parents, along with breakout sessions and quick presentations on topics essential to the transition.

Missed the orientation program? Click the button below to access the recording using the password sGKqMdq3.

Family Orientation

Online Orientation

Our online orientation will help you connect with the Salve Regina community before you arrive on campus this fall. You’ll learn more about the offices and resources available to all students and take a virtual tour of campus.

Online Orientation

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.

What if I can’t attend Week of Welcome?

Week of Welcome 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

Who should I contact if I need special accommodations?

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

I am an international student. Do I need to attend Week of Welcome?

If you are attending Salve Regina as an international student or scholar, you are required to attend International Student Orientation from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. You will attend Week of Welcome after International Student Orientation. For more information, call the Office of International Programs at (401) 341-2372.

When does the fall semester start?

Classes for the fall 2021 semester begin Wednesday, Sept. 8.

What is my room assignment for the fall?

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 17 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

What about textbooks?

Textbooks are also 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.

Is there a bank on campus or nearby where I can open an account?

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.