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If you enroll at Salve Regina University, you’ll be within a small student body - the total number of students enrolled is just under 3,000 and the student-to-faculty ratio is a low 13 to 1. The campus, in its entirety, is actually quite small, though it may not feel like it because of how close it sits to the surrounding community, spread out near the shore of nearby Easton Bay. The student library is close to the main university and Reefe Hall, the student dorm, is just beyond that.

Overview of Salve Regina University

When you go out into Newport, Rhode Island, the town where the college is located, you’ll see that there’s more to it than it might originally seem. Newport is a large suburb on an island just south of Providence, RI. You’ll find museums and beaches where you can relax between your studies, such as The Breakers, which was the summer home of the Vanderbilts and is now a historic house and museum you can visit. Fort Wetherill State Park is across the bay and easily reachable for a day’s relaxation.

Salve Regina University is a private, not-for-profit institution. You may have figured out from the university’s name that it’s affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

If you took Advanced Placement (AP) classes and passed some of the exams, these may help you earn additional credits. So might dual credits, which are credits earned simultaneously with a high school diploma. Make sure you ask about these if you’re interested in giving your college career a boost.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 78%
Year Founded 1934

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,647


Undergraduate Student

Male 667
Female 1,354

Graduate Student

Male 207
Female 419

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Salve Regina Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 1,462
Female 3,426


Male 1,053
Female 2,535

Acceptance Rate74%

Male 72%
Female 74%

Enrollment 651

Male 221
Female 430
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline June 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Salve Regina Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The term for all items charged to you after you enroll is the sticker price. This includes your tuition, books, supplies, room, board, and other charges and fees. At Salve Regina University, this amount (for the 2019-2020 year) came to $61,260, but you may end up with a lower bill than that.

The cost of attendance after financial aid (in 2018-2019) was applied only came to $36,646. This is the average net price. Still, if your family falls below a certain income line, you may still pay less than that. This all depends on how much financial aid you receive. Since financial aid is applied based on your family’s income, you may pay much less than the average student. You will also pay less if you earn extra grants or scholarships through outside programs. For a family earning between $48,001 and $75,000 in 2019-2020, this cost was $29,287.

Of course, financial aid affects all of those amounts. Every beginning student qualified for financial aid. And that percentage of students received an average of $22,599 in grants or scholarships. Just one percentage point less (99%) averaged $21,508 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $36,646
Average Total Aid $22,599
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $14,960

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $41,450
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $41,450
  • Books and Supplies - $1,450
  • Room & Board - $14,960
  • Other - $3,400


Take a look at the most popular degree programs at Salve Regina—one of them may be your own once you enroll. They include business, management, marketing and related support services; health professions and related programs; education; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; and biological and biomedical sciences.

Here are a few numbers that affect Salve Regina’s standings in terms of educational institutions. The 4-year graduation rate is 73% and the 6-year rate is 78%. This is excellent when it comes to this kind of institution. The retention rate is also a good number to keep your eye on; it measures the percentage of first-year students who return to the campus for their second year of school. This is 83% at Salve Regina University.

Does the university offer evening classes? Yes, which means you can take a class or two if you prefer the professors teaching those sections. It also offers distance learning (online) if you have a time conflict with an in-person class. Just make sure you keep up with studies and assignments to keep your grades up.

If you have plans to continue school and earn your master’s degree or an even higher degree, keep in mind that Salve Regina University offers associate and bachelor’s degrees, post baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees (for research and scholarship or professional practice).

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,647

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 104 Total Graduates / 22%
Business Administration and Management, General 44 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 26 Graduates
Accounting 17 Graduates
Finance, General 17 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 98 Total Graduates / 21%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 89 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 9 Graduates
All Education Majors 47 Total Graduates / 10%
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 17 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 14 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 10 Graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 6 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 43 Total Graduates / 9%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 43 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 39 Total Graduates / 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 39 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 30%

Outcome & Salary

Once you complete school and graduate, the hope is that you can earn a decent living. While no one can tell the future, taking a look at how graduates from this school have done before you might help you decide if the cost is worth the outcome. Graduates from Salve Regina University have early-career salaries averaging around $53,000. Their mid-career salary rises to $93,900.

This makes their 10-year salary earnings potential $667,840 and their 20-year potential is $1,606,840. If you subtract the 4-year cost of education (averaging $146,584), you can see that the 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) is $521,256. After 20 years, this will increase to $1,460,256.

The high school graduate who doesn’t go to college earns a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projection, $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $53,000
College Grads Average Salary $66,784
College Grads Mid Career Salary $93,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $667,840
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,606,840
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $146,584
10 Year Projected ROI $521,256
20 Year Projected ROI $1,460,256
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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