Salve Regina University

Newport, RI 02840
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Salve Regina University is a private institution in Newport, Rhode Island. The Sisters of Mercy founded the university in 1934 and the first students were admitted in 1947. The first class contained 58 students. For the 2017 school year, the university admitted close to 3,000 students. Salve Regina University is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and became coeducational in 1973. However, women still comprise 70% of the student body. The campus includes 21 historic buildings located on 7 Gilded Age estates. In 2002, the university received a grant to develop a heritage preservation plan to help preserve the historic buildings. 

Salve Regina University offers traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN programs. All three programs are accredited by the CCNE. The RN to BSN program offers flexible scheduling and a hybrid learning experience, making it easier for registered nurses to earn their BSN. The courses include online and on-campus learning. The DNP program also uses a hybrid format and two separate tracks – a standard DNP program and a BSN to DNP pathway. The traditional BSN program includes a combination of classroom instruction and clinical placements at local hospitals and healthcare facilities. After completing the BSN program, students should be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students2,823
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate84%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 7 83
Master's degree 0 12

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1956 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
12/01/1960 - 06/30/2013
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/25/2013 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates --

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,280/credit
In State Students$1,280/credit
Out of State Students$1,280/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$565/credit
In State Students$565/credit
Out of State Students$565/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $57,600 $57,600 $57,600
ADN 70 $89,600 $89,600 $89,600
BSN 125 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
FNP 50 $28,250 $28,250 $28,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of Salve Regina University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 21% $4,355
Other Federal Grant 17% $558
State Grant & Scholarships 4% $5,274
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 99% $19,677
Federal Student Loans 77% $5,693
Private Loans 24% $18,617


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$22,379
$30,001 to $48,000$23,518
$48,001 to $75,000$23,913
$75,001 to $110,000$27,938
Over $110,000$32,259

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Rhode Island state board of nursing.
Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

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