Salve Regina University Athletics - Why Salve Regina?

The Salve Regina CampusAerial image of the Salve Regina University campus in Newport, Rhode Island
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Salve Regina University, a private, non-profit institution, opened in 1947. Its 80-acre campus borders the famed Cliff Walk in one of Newport, Rhode Island’s historic districts. Offering what the National Trust for Historic Preservation has described as a “tour of the great architectural works of the Gilded Age,” the campus is set on seven contiguous estates and features 21 historic structures that have been sensitively adapted to meet University needs while also preserving their status as treasures of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

A Salve Regina Snapshot
• Salve Regina means “Hail, Holy Queen”
• Salve Regina draws a student body of 2,758 students from 35 states and more than 20 countries
• The faculty-student ratio is 1:13 and the average class size is 18 to 20
• Salve Regina’s challenging liberal arts curriculum offers more than 40 majors, seven Master’s degree programs, two doctoral programs and a dozen graduate and undergraduate certificate programs
• Salve Regina offers over 200 study abroad programs in 45 countries
• Salve Regina opened its doors to 58 women in 1947 and became co-educational in 1973
• “Seahawk” nickname, adopted in 1996, currently applies to 19 varsity sports teams

Salve Regina University logo Freshmen
Early action (non-binding): November 1, 2016
Regular action: February 1, 2017
Transfer: March 1, 2017

• Salve Regina University uses the Common Application for Admission.
• Admission to Salve Regina is competitive. We receive approximately 5,500 applications a year for an incoming class of 575.
• We review everything that we ask you to submit: your high school transcript, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular activities. Evaluating all of these factors helps us to select which students best fit Salve Regina academically and personally. Submission of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) is required for Nursing and Education applicants and is optional for all other programs.
• 85 percent of students receive some form of aid. The FAFSA form is required to apply for financial assistance.
• For more information, contact the admission office at 800-GOSALVE (401-341-2908 outside the U.S.) or e-mail

The Recruiting Process
If you are interested in competing for one of Salve Regina's 19 varsity programs, your first step should be to contact the respective head coach, who will send a recruiting questionnaire or direct you to Salve Regina's online recruiting forms.

You should also begin the application process. While there is no formula for gaining admission to Salve Regina, successful applicants present strong academic credentials, evidence of highly developed talents or interests, motivation and character.

The Salve Regina Admissions Office can answer most of your questions regarding the application process.