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Salve Regina University

Salve Regina University
Salve Regina University logo
Motto Maria Spes Nostra
Motto in English Mary, Our Hope
Established 1934
Type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
(Sisters of Mercy)
Endowment $50 million USD[1]
Chairman Board of Trustees Chairwoman Janet Robinson
Chancellor Sister M. Therese Antone, RSM (July 2009)
President Sister Jane Gerety, RSM (July 2009)
Vice-president William B. Hall, Margaret Higgins, Leona Misto, Michael Semenza
Provost Scott Zeman
Dean Laura O'Toole, Ph.D.
Traci Warrington, DBA
Undergraduates 2,026
Postgraduates 577
Location Newport, RI, USA
Campus Suburban
Former names Salve Regina College
Colors Navy Blue, White
Athletics NCAA Division IIICCC, NEFC
Sports 19 varsity teams
Nickname Seahawks
Mascot Seahawk
Affiliations Conference for Mercy Higher Education

Salve Regina University is a university in Newport, Rhode Island. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, the university is a Catholic, co-educational, private, non-profit institution chartered by the State of Rhode Island in 1934. In 1947 the university acquired Ochre Court and welcomed its first class of 58 students. By a 1991 amendment to the Charter, College was deleted as the institution officially became Salve Regina University.

General information

The undergraduate academic programs are based on the liberal arts, offering concentrations in the arts and sciences and in pre-professional and professional programs. The university offers associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees, the certificate of advanced graduate study, and the Ph.D. in humanities. Salve Regina enrolls more than 2,600 men and women from 35 states and 16 nations. Approximately 2,000 are undergraduates and over 1,300 are graduate students. Currently 44 undergraduate majors, 21 graduate and undergraduate certificate programs, 10 master's degree programs, and a Ph.D. in humanities are offered.

Jane Gerety has been President of the University since September 2009.


Ochre Court, Salve's administrative building

Salve Regina is a Latin term which translates as "Hail, (Holy) Queen." Salve was chartered by the State of Rhode Island in 1934. In 1947 the college was given Ochre Court as a gift by the estate of Robert Walton Goelet. It welcomed its first class of 58 students. The students lived and took classes in this building. A small group of Sisters of Mercy resided on a separate floor. Slowly, the college expanded to the 21 historical buildings and 23 modern buildings that make up the current 75-acre (300,000 m2) campus. Enrolled students number over 2,500 and staff 550.

The college became co-educational in 1973 and added graduate programs in 1975. Recognizing changes in technology, the school added distance learning/extension programs in 1985. University status was achieved in 1991, changing the school name from Salve Regina College to Salve Regina University. The Ph.D. program was accredited in 1995.

Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy was established by an Act of Congress in 1996 and is located at Salve Regina.

In 2007, U.S. News ranked Salve 37th in the northern region "Best Universities Master’s" category in its survey of the best institutions of higher education. In 2011, U.S. News ranked Salve 40th in the Tier 1 Regional Universities (North) with an average freshman retention rate of 77.8%.[2]


Mission statement

As a community that welcomes people of all beliefs, Salve Regina University, a Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of Mercy, seeks wisdom and promotes universal justice. The university through teaching and research prepares men and women for responsible lives by imparting and expanding knowledge, developing skills, and cultivating enduring values. Through liberal arts and professional programs, students develop their abilities for thinking clearly and creatively, enhance their capacity for sound judgment, and prepare for the challenge of learning throughout their lives. In keeping with the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy, and recognizing that all people are stewards of God’s creation, the university encourages students to work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful.[3]

Mission integration

Salve Regina's mission preserves the university's Catholic identity and the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy and their belief in the value of education. The integration of the mission's basic principles into the academic curriculum, student-centered programs, and institutional operations supports not only the core value of mercy, but also the shared vision of graduating men and women who positively impact the intellectual, spiritual and cultural lives of their respective communities.[4]

See also the strategic planning document "Enduring Power of a Shared Vision".


Admission is selective. Applicants to Salve Regina had an acceptance rate of 67% in the Fall of 2013. Salve Regina is no longer a rolling admissions office, as the number of applications has risen steadily in the last 5 years.[5] [6]

Nursing admissions

Admission to Salve Regina's Nursing program is relatively selective, with an acceptance rate of only 37%. The nursing program can only accommodate 70 students per year. The average high school grade point average (recalculated on a 4.0 scale at the completion of junior year) was a 3.50. Students accepted to the Nursing program had four or more years of science with no grade lower than a B- in those courses.

Financial aid

Salve Regina offers scholarships, loans, and part-time work-study employment to full-time students and to part-time students accepted as degree candidates. Students with superior academic credentials may be considered for a number of academic scholarship programs provided by the university. Academic scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based on rank in class and SAT or ACT scores, renewable as long as students maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The University offers endowed scholarships and participates in state and federal loan and scholarship programs including the Army ROTC program, as well as a number of private philanthropic programs.


Salve Regina offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and a doctoral degree, as well as a certificate of advanced graduate study.[5] The classes are small and are all taught by professors; no graduate assistants are used for instruction.[2]

Exchange/study abroad programs

The university's Office of International Programs coordinates a number of exchange, direct enrollment and provider programs through which students can experience study abroad for periods lasting from a few weeks to an entire year. Students have studied abroad in a variety of locations, including Australia, Austria, Belize, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program

Salve Regina offers one of the few undergraduate programs in the USA in cultural and historic preservation. The major combines studies in architectural history, archaeology and preservation planning. The campus and nearby sites of historical significance, such as fortifications on Aquidneck Island dating to the American Revolution, are used extensively in the major. The program also operates a summer field school at a former slave plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.

The program is housed in the Antone Academic Center, the former stables of Chateau-sur-Mer, the grand estate built on Bellevue Avenue for a China trade merchant in the mid-19th century. The university raised $6.5 million to convert the 21,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) building into art studios, historic preservation labs, and classrooms.

Global Studies Program

The university's major in global studies offers the most capable and motivated students a unique academic program in which they gain the skills and knowledge necessary for career success in the world of the 21st century. The program has an interdisciplinary curriculum that draws upon the expertise of a number of faculty who work in fields such as anthropology, economics, history, political science, and psychology. Students majoring in global studies do at least one semester of study abroad and seniors complete a directed research project or thesis. Each student in the major also chooses a concentration in either sociocultural identities, international development, a geographic regional focus, or one of the Mercy critical concerns (immigration, earth/environment, identity, non-violence, women, and racism).

Graduate Program in International Relations

Salve Regina University's Graduate Program in International Relations offers students the opportunity to obtain a master of arts degree by taking courses either on campus or online. Twelve courses or 36 credits must be completed for the master’s degree in international relations, with half of the courses coming from the program's core curriculum. Naval War College students may transfer up to 18 credits to the program. Core courses consist of INR511: Philosophical Foundations of Politics; INR512: Justice and Order in International Relations; INR513: Comparative Political Development; INR516: Identity, Harmony, and Conflict; INR531: Just and Unjust Wars; and INR533: International Political Economy. Ideally, core courses should be completed prior to taking electives.


Salve Regina is located in the Ochre Point area of Newport, which is part of Newport's historic district. Newport is world-famous for its opulent "cottages," such as Belcourt Castle, The Breakers, and Marble House. The campus is considered one of the most beautiful in America, and the University has been praised for its restoration efforts.

"A small stroll through the campus of Salve is a tour of the great architectural works of the Golden Age. The protection and sensitive adaptation of these estates and their surrounding landscapes for educational use are examples of preservation at its best." Richard Moe, President National Trust for Historic Preservation[7]

Its 75-acre (300,000 m2) campus borders the famed Cliff Walk and has views of the Atlantic Ocean. It has an active campus life and is within walking distance of Newport Harbor, beaches, and other tourist attractions.


Ochre Court

The main administration offices are housed in the 50-room former summer "cottage" of Ogden Goelet, Ochre Court. The building was used in the beginning scenes of the movie True Lies.

Ochre Court was built in 1892 by the architect Richard Morris Hunt for the banker and developer Ogden Goelet and his wife Mary Wilson Goelet. The estate grounds were designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The exterior is a gothic-style limestone palace that borrows heavily from the detail of the great medieval chateaux of France's Loire Valley. It includes Louis XIII style including high roofs, turrets, gargoyles and tall chimneys. The 50-room building is also remarkable for its sweeping ocean views. The Goelets used the estate solely for Newport's eight-week summer season. It required 27 servants, 12 gardeners, and 8 grooms and coachmen to run it during the season.

In March 1947, Robert Goelet, son of Ogden Goelet, donated this mansion to the Diocese of Providence, who then gave it to the Sisters of Mercy for the establishment of the college.

The entire college was housed in this building for the first few years of its existence. The eight faculty members were nuns who lived in the mansion's servants' quarters. The original 58 women students lived on the third floor and took classes on the second floor. Students ate, studied, and used the library on the first floor. They bought books in the mansion's basement. During this time, the library held about 2,000 books, which had been gathered during the 30's and 40's before the college had a home. The library in Ochre Court was run by Sister Mary Catherine Durkin from 1947 to 1950, then by Sister Marie Therese Lebeau from 1950 to 1971, during which time the library moved to McAuley.

In March 2000, Ochre Court was designated as an official project of the [8]

McAuley Hall

Having served the University as both residence hall and library, McAuley Hall now houses classrooms, academic departments and offices. Salve Regina acquired the property in 1955 and named it in honor of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy.

Designed by the famed architectural firm of Peabody & Stearns, McAuley Hall is a rambling red sandstone mansion built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and characterized by heavy rustication and rounded arches. Completed in 1883, it is the former centerpiece of tobacco heiress Catherine Lorillard Wolfe’s sprawling Vinland estate.

The grounds of the estate, planned by noted landscape architect Ernest Bowditch, feature a pair of 90-foot, century-old beech trees and a large dolium near the main entrance that was excavated from an Italian garden and dates to 200 B.C. A rose garden near the southern wing was planted by the University to serve as a place for quiet reflection.

McKillop Library

The McKillop Library is a state-of-the-art facility that holds approximately 150,000 volumes and also accommodates the University’s computer labs. Completed in 1991, the library is named in honor of Sister Lucille McKillop, who served as president of Salve Regina from 1973-1994.

The library’s spacious, comfortable atmosphere provides plenty of room for individual and group study, along with a Learning Commons and an electronic classroom for instructional purposes.

Designed by the architectural firm of Robinson Green Beretta, the 70,000-square-foot structure echoes the Gothic lines of Wakehurst to the north. Other ornamental details, such as finials on the library’s gabled peaks, are reflective of other mansions in the Ochre Point neighborhood.


Conley Hall, located near campus on Gammell Road, accommodates sophomore students. Built in 1903 and originally known as Faxon Lodge, the structure was designed by Ogden Codman Jr. for New York stockbroker Frank Sturgis. Salve Regina owned the property from 1969-1986 and reacquired it in 2008.

Watts Sherman

The William Watts Sherman House, one of the greatest treasures of Salve Regina's campus, accommodates sophomore students.

Completed in 1875, the property is one of America's earliest examples of Queen Anne architecture. Designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, the house was built for New York financier William Watts Sherman and his first wife, Annie Wetmore. Richardson combined medieval European, English Renaissance and Colonial American elements to create a fanciful shingle and stucco structure enhanced by decorative woodwork.

The William Watts Sherman House was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Salve Regina acquired the property, located on Shepard Avenue, in 1982.


Built for renowned anglophile James J. Van Alen and completed in 1887, Wakehurst was conceptualized by British architect Charles Eamer Kempe and constructed by local architect Dudley Newton. An exact replica of an Elizabethan manor house in England, Wakehurst is distinguished by its geometric detail. Formal gardens designed by landscape architect Ernest Bowditch recall the green serenity of an English country estate.

Salve Regina acquired Wakehurst from the Van Alen family in 1972. In 2000, the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated Wakehurst an official project of the Save America's Treasures program.

A hub for student activities, Wakehurst also houses classrooms and faculty offices. On the first floor is the Global Cafe, a video game lounge and the fireplace lounge, where many campus events are held. The lower level is home to the student mailroom, the Office of Student Activities and a lounge featuring pool, foosball, air hockey, ping-pong and a big-screen TV.

The second floor features classrooms, a club resource room, the Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Willow and Mosaic offices and a study lounge. The third floor houses offices for the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Antone Academic Center

The Antone Academic Center for Culture and the Arts houses performance areas, studios, offices, classrooms and laboratories for several academic departments and programs, including art, cultural and historic preservation and music, theatre and dance. Dedicated in 2008, the building is named in honor of Sister Therese Antone, who served as president of Salve Regina from 1994-2009.

Creation of the Antone Academic Center involved the unique restoration, renovation and union of two nationally historic and significant carriage house and stables complexes - Wetmore Hall, the original carriage house and stables for Chateau-sur-Mer, and Mercy Hall, the original carriage house and stables for Ochre Court.

While the $9.5 million project was designed to meet all the technological and aesthetic needs of today's academia, the center continues to dazzle with its 19th-century originals: a Belgian block exercise yard with a circular trough at its center, cast iron hardware, Minton tiles, decorative yellow brick flooring, rough-cut sandstone exterior, slate mansard roof and gable dormers.

Young Building/Fairlawn

The Young Building houses the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy and serves as a residence for sophomore students in the Pell Honors Program.

Built during the initial development of Bellevue Avenue in the 1850s, the Queen Anne-style mansion originally known as Fairlawn was commissioned by Boston lawyer Andrew Ritchie and designed by architect Seth Bradford. The property has undergone several alterations over the years, including the addition of a ballroom and the installation of Tiffany stained glass windows in the great hall.

Salve Regina acquired Fairlawn in 1997 and named it for University benefactors Anita O'Keeffe and Robert R. Young. In 1999, the University received a historic preservation award from the Newport Historical Society for the Young Building's restoration.

Founder's Hall

Founders Hall, a Colonial Revival house completed in 1890, accommodates sophomore students. Designed by the famed architectural firm of Peabody & Stearns, Founders Hall once served as the main residence for the Althorpe estate.

Built for John Thompson Spencer, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, the structure incorporates formal Georgian details with the informal ambience of a seaside villa. Salve Regina acquired the property, located on Ruggles Avenue, in 1964.

Satellite campuses

Additional satellite locations include the Center for Adult Education, 144 Metro Center Boulevard, Warwick, R.I.; Kent County Memorial Hospital, Warwick R.I.; Newport Hospital, Newport R.I.; and Women & Infants Hospital, Providence R.I.

Campus Heritage Preservation Plan

Salve Regina University was the first New England institution to receive a Getty Grant Program award to develop a Campus Heritage Preservation Plan. The Campus Heritage Preservation Plan includes a detailed review of 21 buildings comprising seven contiguous 19th-century estates that distinguish Salve Regina's historic campus. The plan includes full existing conditions reports, restorative plans and, where appropriate, comprehensive recommendations and plans for adaptive reuse. The plan has been integrated as the key component of several classes in the Cultural and Historic Preservation Program, as well as affording students countless opportunities for independent study.

In addition to the Getty Grant Program, Salve Regina's efforts have resulted in awards from the Newport Historical Society, the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Save America's Treasures Program, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation Society of Newport County, and The Victorian Society.


Salve Regina University Athletics compete on the NCAA Division III level. The University is a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) and New England Football Conference (NEFC). The university offers 10 varsity sports for women (soccer, field hockey, tennis, cross country, basketball, ice hockey, volleyball, softball, track and field, and lacrosse), eight for men (football, cross country, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, tennis, baseball, and lacrosse), and one co-ed sport (sailing).

In addition, the university has a successful club sports program. The men's rugby club competes at the Division III level in the National Small College Rugby Organization [2] Championship. In 2010 Salve Regina Rugby had an undefeated season finishing with ten wins, zero losses. In 2011 Salve Regina Rugby had another undefeated season finishing 17-0 and winning the NSCRO National Championship, its first in school history.

The highly regarded co-ed sailing team competes in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). Sailing was named a varsity sport over the summer of 2008.

While every sports program has been successful in its tenure, Men's tennis has become an athletic institution at Salve Regina University. Under the strong leadership of coach Brian Shanley the Seahawks have notched 10 Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships and twice ranked runners up since Shanley took over as head coach in 1995.[9]

Former Salve Regina baseball player Damian Costantino holds the NCAA record (for all divisions) for consecutive games in which he had at least one hit, at 60 games. Costantino passed former professional ball player Robin Ventura of Oklahoma State (58 games) in 2003.[10]

An Athletic/Wellness Center is located on campus. It has varsity and intramural sports as well as health and fitness programs. Student-athletes have the opportunity to occasionally compete at historic Newport athletic sites such as Cardines Field, home to one of the longest-running amateur baseball leagues in the country or the grass courts of the Newport Casino at the Tennis Hall of Fame.

The University's Rodgers Recreation Center is the pre-season training home of the Boston Celtics.

Notable alumni



Law enforcement

  • Chief Rick Stone - Chief of Police. United States Department of Justice "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" and the most highly decorated officer in Dallas Police Department history, including the Medal of Valor. Master of Science degree, 2010.

Accreditation and memberships

The university is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

The art program is among just 10 at liberal arts universities accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredits the Nursing Program, which is also approved by the Rhode Island Board of Nurses Registration and Nursing Education. The Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education programs are interstate-approved.; students completing these programs qualify for certification in approximately 45 states. The Social Work Department offers a baccalaureate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Business Studies program is accredited by the International Association for Collegiate Business Education. The Master's program in Rehabilitative Counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

Other Memberships:

American Council on Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of College and Universities, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, College Entrance Examination Board, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, National Association of College Admission Counselors, National Catholic Educational Association, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Council of Independent Colleges, Council on Rehabilitation Education, Mercy Higher Education Colloquium, Association of Mercy Colleges, Council on Social Work Education

See also


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  5. ^ a b News, Events&Media
  6. ^ Applying to Salve Regina University
  7. ^ Fifth Annual Conference On Cultural And Historic Preservation
  8. ^ Save America's Treasures - Official Projects
  9. ^ Athletics at Salve Regina University
  10. ^ Derewicz, Mark (2003-03-11). "Costantino's hitting streak breaks record". Baseball America. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
  • Text VersionPresident Reagan reads first-hand account of 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, written by Salve Regina Alumnus: , , (Chaplain Arnold Resnicoff)
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