Making a Difference Salve Regina University

Written by CIT Consultant Tiffany Kolb

Salve Regina University, inspired by the Sisters of Mercy, emphasizes social justice and aims to make the world a better place. The institution offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including popular fields like psychology (with advanced professional opportunities), business, nursing, and education. The university also boasts strong programs in the arts, history preservation, and biology, focusing on hands-on learning and research.

The campus itself is both spectacular and cozy. The Admissions Office is housed in one of the elaborate Newport Mansions, which was gifted to the Sisters of Mercy of Providence in 1947. The spectacular marble mansion and the other campus structures, both new and old, are situated on the Pacific coastline. Student housing for the 2,800 undergrads includes traditional dorms and upper-level residence halls in historic buildings. The juxtaposition of tradition and history alongside ambition and change sets an empowering backdrop for students who engage daily in active personal growth.

Salve Regina is an excellent fit for B students, late bloomers, and those looking to make a meaningful impact. The university supports student exploration and career development through its Compass Program, which helps students discover their passions and develop adaptive resilience. This program includes the “Compass Summer,” a two-week immersion program where students can engage in various hands-on learning and explore topics such as archaeology and preservation, field ecology, and historical and modern sports.

The university has a holistic admissions process, evaluating applicants for merit-based scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $32,000. There is also a limited number of full-tuition scholarships available for up to 20 underrepresented students each year.

For pre-professional advising, Salve Regina offers dedicated advisors for pre-health and pre-law students, ensuring they receive the guidance needed for future careers. The university boasts a high success rate, with 90% of graduates either employed or enrolled in graduate school shortly after graduation.

Salve Regina attracts students from various regions, especially those near water bodies, including the West Coast, Carolinas, Washington D.C., Texas, and the lake regions of Ohio. Despite being a Catholic institution, it is noted for its very liberal Catholic environment, with approximately 25% of the student body identifying as Catholic.