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Founded in 1934, Salve Regina University. is a Private college. Located in Rhode Island, which is a city setting in Rhode Island, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,124 full time undergraduate students, and 622 full time graduate students.
The Salve Regina University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 127 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Salve Regina University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at SRU are considered Selective, with ,24% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
85% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 49% were in the top quarter, and 18% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Salve Regina University.
94 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.
62 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
93 Students rated campus food 2.6 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.
95 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.
94 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 74 % gave the school a 5.0.
93 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.
93 Students rated local services 4.5 stars. 62 % gave the school a 5.0.
94 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
38 Students rated Salve Regina University
I love this school! I am not admitted into the school yet, but I went on a visit to the nursing program and it is amazing. The simulation lab is so hands on and I could really see myself learning so much from this school. The campus is right on the water and right near Newport which is such a cute town with restaurants, shops, and lots of things to do.
Salve Regina University is a beautiful campus with a great staff. I am attending the school this fall and I can't wait to start college there. Their academics are very intriguing to me and the business program interested me the most out of all the colleges I applied to. SRU is a great school overall and I would recommend people to go if they have the major they are looking for.
I am currently in my first semester at Salve Regina, and I enjoy every second that I am here. The class sizes are limited to under 30 students, which allows the professors to get to know you personally and can assist you in being successful. The campus is beautiful, classes are located in the Newport Mansions over-looking the beaches, and the buildings are modern. As for class content, I always finish my classes feeling as if I know more, and can accomplish more, I feel ready to take on my future. Lastly, the community between students, professors, and staff is closely intertwined. The small school allows you to really get to know who you walk by everyday, which makes the place feel more like home.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Salve Regina University is 68%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I would tell students to go to a college where they feel most at home. Spend the night with a friend who goes there to see if you like the extracurriculars. Attend a class and see if you feel like you would be able to succeed at a college like this one. I would make sure that you are far enough from home that you are not tempted to be there all of the time, but to be close enough where you can go back easily if you need to. I would tell people not to live with a friend from highschool because friendships change and this will prevent you from growing on your own.
like an extension of highschool
The one thing i feel that is the worst is I wish that more people got involved in events on campus. I feel that there could be more spirit then there is. Not many people go to sporting events or other events dealing with campus. I feel if there was more emphasis we would have more school spirit, be a closer school, and have more fun as a community.
People that shouldnt come to this college:
People from outside of New England. Everyone goes home on the weekends.
People that want a diverse college experience. Most people are narrow minded.
People that really like school spirit.
The location, it's gorgeous. It's the main reason I decided to come to school here.
A person looking for an undergraduate experience focused on individual attention, close friendships, and the opportunity to stand out as a leader should attend Salve Regina. Just like everything in life, college is what you make of it--if you are involved you will succeed and have a great time. A small community such as Salve, provides the perfect opportunity to make lasting professional as well as personal connections. If you are looking to make a name for yourself, Salve Regina University is the school for you.
I like the academics. Everyone does what they are supposed to for the most part. Most students enjoy partying on the weekends.
Being a small campus in a small city that allows you to know the majority of the school's population.
The food is not very good.
The gorgous campus
cant meet new people
I think every school has its share of shallow trust-fundees who care more about parties and delaying the real world than getting an education. So I don't think that's a fair criticism of Salve because it's just a general trend. I think the main issue is that Salve students are just not fundamentally curious and are not engaged in their own education. Most Salve students seem like the type who got decent grades in high school, but never raised their hand in class and never pushed themselves---and they overwhelmingly still don't. As a former teacher’s assistant, I know the effort it takes to create lesson plans and class projects to get students involved. It sucks when these plans are met with complete lack of enthusiasm, not necessarily because the professors' ideas aren't innovative or engaging, but because of an overall lethargy in the classroom. One Salve professor suggested that it might be due to Catholic elementary/high school educations many students have before coming to Salve, which traditionally emphasize order and discipline as opposed to open discussion. This lack of involvement translates into other aspects of student life, like clubs, activities, sports, lectures, and events, which are often poorly attended and disorganized in spite of the attempts of a few dedicated individuals.
Professors at Salve will know your name, and class sizes at their very largest are in the 40s. Most departments contain only 2-5 faculty members. This has pros and cons; your professor will get to know you well, learn your strengths and weaknesses, and be able to write you personalized recommendations for jobs or grad school applications. There are problems, however, in that the low number of faculty means a low number of classes outside of the 101-type basics. There are also problems if you don't like one of your major's professors, or if that professor leaves/retires, because there are few other options.
Students are not competitive, intellectual conversations outside of class are rare, and class participation is like pulling teeth; I genuinely feel bad for most professors who address questions to the class. The honors program used to be a joke, but due to new administrators it is in fact improving, and I look forward to hearing where it goes.
The school is known for nursing and teaching, but I know both Nursing and Education majors who mentioned lack of resources and other limitations that left them feeling less prepared than students in other programs. The graduate program here is very weak (Salve is not a research university) and graduate students rarely interact with undergraduates. Most of them are local retirees or housewives who decided to go back to school. This is unfortunate, because graduate students are an excellent resource for undergraduates who are interested in further education.
I am a Cultural/Historic Preservation major, which is a unique field rarely taught at the undergraduate level. If it weren't for this program and my dedication to it, I would certainly have left Salve. In my opinion, it may be the only major at Salve worth putting up with all of Salve's other problems. Even so, it has its own shortcomings. For those who want to work in the Newport mansions, the Newport Preservation Society (which manages them) does not have the best relationship with Salve, and even though they have the perfect learning tools, many specialists, and active programs, they are not generous about working with students.
Salve is not the place for "undecided" students who don't know what they want, which is curiously most freshmen. Salve is too small to have enough variety for students to fully investigate what they'd like to commit to. I am extremely dedicated to my field and am near the top of my class, but in spite of the small class size and close relationship with professors, I received very little guidance and had to struggle on my own to find scholarships, internships, conferences, grants, summer programs, etc. I constantly felt limited by the lack of variety in classes and local internships that left me unable to explore my fullest potential in my sub-specialty. Students who aren't on their game constantly will be left at a significant disadvantage in comparison to their counterparts at other schools. It made me a stronger person to do all that work in the end, but the amount of stress, frustration, and easily-avoidable missed opportunities was not worth it.
Student organizations are generally lacking in variety, attendance, and resources. As a small school, there isn't a lot of funding for extracurriculars. This is compounded by the fact that so many students leave for the weekends, which deters the administration from further investing in activities when the current ones are often ignored. One thing that disappointed me was the false advertising Salve distributed to new students, listing all the clubs and activities on campus. The list included many organizations that hadn't existed for years (ie horseback riding, which ended in the early 90s but was being advertised until 2010). SRU Dance is a large group that does a dance show each semester with a lot of student participation, and there's also a theatre group that performs each semester as well, and is small enough for almost everyone to get a part. Other than the major clubs, though, each one seems to be led by one or two charismatic leaders and is constantly under threat of being disbanded for low participation.
Our sports are D3 (the lowest level), so there isn't much of a school sport fan base or really competitive programs. I guess it would be good if you preferred a more laid-back, hobby-level of playing sports. There are no fraternities or sororities on campus, which is odd because I can see them easily catching on among the type of students who go to Salve. I've been to other schools and am not the biggest fan of Greek life, but I think it could actually benefit Salve by bringing more people together in a community that is otherwise disjointed and lacking in traditions or major annual events.
What's the best thing about this school? Easily the landscape: surrounded by the Newport mansions. But I think the school unfairly exploits this quality, because the time of year when Newport is "nice" (beach weather, tourists, scenic gardens) only overlaps with the school year for maybe 3 out of the 9 months you're there. The rest of the time it's basically what you'd expect from a New England seaside resort town in winter: windy, slushy, and mostly deserted. A lot of the nightlife and shopping closes for the season, leaving little to do. As a result, half the students leave for the weekends, which creates kind of a vicious cycle because then the school then sees no demand to organize more on-campus weekend activities, which in turn means more students leave, etc. I know it is not the school's responsibility to keep students entertained at all times. I personally founded and participated in several clubs, but found their quantity and quality totally inferior to extracurriculars offered at other schools.
Newport is actually a diverse city, but most students don't know that because campus is situated in the wealthiest area. The upper-class neighbors are irritated by the student presence, which puts a lot of restraint on our ability to be students because noise, street art, etc are "out of keeping" with the landscaped mansion theme and the image Newport wants to present to tourists. By mid freshman year, most students develop Salve-itis, which is almost indistinguishable from mono: you eat and sleep a lot, become apathetic, neglect your social life, and don't get out much. School pride is almost nonexistent and most people transfer. On another college review site, only 42% of almost 100 students interviewed said they would go to Salve if they could do it all over again.
In all, Salve is a small school that doesn't offer many of the touted small-school benefits. Newport job and internship resources are scarce, the administration is not particularly caring. and extracurriculars are weak at best. For students who want to learn, state schools have about the same quality of education. For students who want to party (or who just want to experience the life of a student), there is even less going on.
There is no Greek life.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
99% of students
attending Salve Regina University receive some sort of financial aid.
25% were awarded federal grants.
While 75% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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