#5 Best Private Colleges in Rhode Island

Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island

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Salve Regina University overview
Location Newport, Rhode Island
Online salve.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Salve Regina University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Salve Regina University is a private Catholic university located in Newport, Rhode Island, near the coastal amenities of Narragansett Bay and within a short driving distance of Providence. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1947, the university is set across a scenic 80-acre campus renowned for its historic Gilded Age mansions and ocean views, reflecting a commitment to preserving architectural heritage. The university emphasizes a liberal arts curriculum and is noted for its programs in nursing, administration of justice, and rehabilitation counseling. Salve Regina accepts a majority of its applicants, with a selective admissions process. The university provides housing options for students, including both traditional residence halls and more unique living situations in restored historic buildings. Salve Regina's athletic teams, known as the Seahawks, participate in Division III of the NCAA, though the institution is not predominantly recognized for its athletic programs.

In the most recent statistical year 5,562 prospective students applied, and 3,867 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 592 enrolled in the school.  2,292 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 580 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $45,250 plus fees of $750. Salve Regina University is ranked 330 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Salve Regina University is rated within the top 38% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Salve Regina University overview
SAT 1130/1280
ACT 25/29
GPA 3.52

Applications Accepted

Salve Regina University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Salve Regina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,550
Other Fees$750
Room and Board $16,500
Budget for Other Expenses$3,730
Total One Year Cost$67,780

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$54,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

73% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Salve Regina University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 23%
Education 18%
Health Professions 10%
Psychology 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 6%

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