- Sunday, Sept. 2 - Freshmen and new students arrive
- Tuesday, Sept. 4 - All resident students arrive, Convocation
- Wednesday, Sept. 5 - Fall classes begin
- Wednesday, Sept. 12 - Drop/add deadline
- Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 23 - Fall Festival Weekend
- Monday, Oct. 8 - Columbus Day - no classes
- Tuesday, Nov. 6 to Monday, Nov. 12 - Registration for spring semester courses
- Monday, Nov. 12 - Veterans Day - classes will be held
- Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving break - no classes
- Thursday, Dec. 13 to Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Final exams
- Thursday, Dec. 20 - Christmas break begins
Check-in to the residence halls for new students will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. Check-in for upper-class students will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4. Students should go directly to their assigned residence hall or apartment. Campus Life staff will not be available to assist with check-in until the scheduled time. Questions may be directed to the Office of Campus Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 341-2210, or visit their website.
Suggestions for what to bring:
- Pillow, mattress pad, bed linens (extra long is suggested)
- Toiletries, towels, washcloths
- Shower sandals, shower caddy, bathrobe (for fire drills)
- Alarm clock
- Desk lamp
- Storage containers
- Laundry/cleaning supplies
- Surge protector
- Heavy duty extension cord
- Class supplies, backpack
- 2.5 cubic foot refrigerator (one per room)
- 0.6 cubic foot microwave (one per room)
- Sticky tack
- Iron/ironing board (not to be used in room)
- Telephones (not cordless) and Ethernet wires
- If you have a tent and enjoy the great outdoors, bring it. There will be a few on-campus camp outs this fall. More info on this when you arrive.
Do not bring:
- Cooking appliances (including the George Foreman Grill)
- Electric blankets
- Space heaters
- Air conditioners
- Halogen lamps
- Freshmen are not allowed to bring automobiles
Please note: The lamps commonly known as spider lamps are specifically restricted due to the risk of overheating, which could cause a fire or electric shock.
The bookstore will be open:
- 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2
- 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3
- 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4
- 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 5
- 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8
- 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 11
Normal bookstore hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Hours differ during non-academic periods and will be posted in the bookstore and on the website. The bookstore is located on the garden level of Miley Hall.
Textbooks may be purchased or rented in the bookstore or at www.salve.bkstr.com. The rental program allows students to save upwards of 50 percent on many of the books needed for their courses. Students can highlight and take notes in their rented textbooks and have the option to purchase their books at the end of the term. Textbooks are rented by the semester and are typically due back by the last day of final exams.
The bookstore also offers digital textbooks for purchase or rent through CafeScribe, which offers students the ability to read; highlight and take notes; search, sort and summarize notes with Snap Summary; and collaborate with peers and professors within the textbook itself, sharing notes, insights and information. Features include a "try now, buy later" offer that allows students to use the program free for three days, along with 24/7 customer support. The program costs 40-60 percent less than new textbooks and works on a PC, Mac and/or web-enabled tablet or smartphone. For more information, call the bookstore at (401) 847-9086.
Sunday, Sept. 2
- Student dinner, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Ochre Court
- ThinkFast game show, 9 p.m., Rodgers gymnasium
- Late-night breakfast, 11 p.m., Miley cafeteria
Monday, Sept. 3
- Class of 2016 social featuring music by WSRU, 9 p.m. to midnight, Ochre Court
Tuesday, Sept. 4
- Class of 2016 photo, 11:30 a.m., McKillop Library lawn
- Go Blue BBQ and Salve Spirit Day, 4-8 p.m., Wakehurst and McKillop Library lawns
Wednesday, Sept. 5
- Hypnotist Keith Karkut, 8 p.m., Bazarsky Lecture Hall
Thursday, Sept. 6
- Things for Thursday: Photo water bottles, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wakehurst
Friday, Sept. 7
- Friday Night Live kickoff event, 8 p.m. to midnight, Wakehurst
Saturday, Sept. 8
- Outdoor movie: "The Avengers," 8 p.m., Wakehurst lawn
Save the date
- Club Rush, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, Wakehurst lawn
First-year students will participate in Explorientation from Sunday, Sept. 2 through Tuesday, Sept. 4. New transfer students will participate in a similar program tailored specifically for them. The Office of First Year and Exploratory Programs, along with the offices of Student Activities, Campus Life, Student Affairs and the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, will host a variety of activities and sessions designed to welcome new students to the campus community. Programs will include activities with student mentors, a Class of 2016 social, motivational speaker, late-night breakfast and more.
Click here for the Explorientation schedule.
We are excited for your arrival. At any time, first-year, transfer and undecided students can contact the staff in McAuley Hall, Room 209. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
New and returning international students can contact the Office of International Programs in the Gatehouse.
Important reminders for students
- For advising questions, students should contact their New Student Seminar instructor or faculty adviser.
- The staff in the Office of First Year and Exploratory Programs is here to connect students with their academic adviser, assist them in exploring or changing their major, discuss academic concerns, help them get acclimated to the Salve Regina campus and the services available to them, and provide information regarding the process for declaring a major.
- If students enrolled in a course at another regionally accredited institution this summer, it is their responsibility to have that institution send Salve Regina an official transcript reflecting their grade. The Office of the Registrar will review the transcript along with the transfer of credit approval form they submitted prior to taking the class. Credit will be posted to their Salve Regina transcript accordingly.
- It is never too early for students to start thinking about their major. Students should make an appointment to speak with their academic adviser, a departmental liaison or a representative from the Office of First Year and Exploratory Programs. The Office of Career Development is also available to assist students. Once students have earned 60 credits, they will be required to declare a major in order to register for classes.
- Students should be sure that their most recent address and telephone number are on file. Students should also be sure to check their Salve Regina e-mail regularly. Faculty and staff use students' Salve Regina e-mail accounts as the primary means of communication. Students who have been notified of academic issues via their Salve Regina e-mail account will be considered officially notified.
The McKillop Library is the center for all your information needs. It houses Salve Regina's collection of books, journals, databases, newspapers and DVDs. The library provides access not only to the University's own collection, but to millions of items throughout the state through the Higher Education Library Information Network, Rhode Island's academic library consortium.
The library's Learning Commons provides PC and Mac workstations with Adobe and Microsoft Office products and Internet access. There are areas for group work, as well as quiet study space on the third floor. In addition, there is a browsing collection on the main floor that includes magazines, bestsellers and a large film collection. Visit the library's snack shop and enjoy the views in the many nooks and crannies.
A team of information professions is always available to assist students with their learning needs.
- Sunday - noon to 1 a.m.
- Monday through Thursday - 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Friday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- The library is open 24 hours during the final two weeks of each semester.
For more information, visit the library's website.
The Office of Career Development plays an active role in helping students prepare for their careers. Some of the many resources and topics that the office assists students with include:
- Choosing a major
- Creating an effective resume and cover letter
- Applying for student employment positions
- Job and internship search strategies
- Interview preparation and networking skills
- Graduate school applications
- Salve Regina Gateway, the online system offering full- and part-time jobs, internships, student employment positions, career events and on-campus recruiting activities
For more information, visit the Office of Career Development's website.
Student employment: For students who are receiving federal work-study aid, student employment opportunities will be posted in the Salve Regina Gateway system on the first day of classes, Wednesday, Sept. 5. Students who are new to the student employment program must complete the Student Employment Tutorial 101, which will be e-mailed to students at the beginning of the semester. For more information, call Darlene Fletcher at (401) 341-2405.
The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life fosters the religious and spiritual growth of the Salve Regina community. Through prayer, community service, retreats, celebrations of the sacraments, community events and other activities, students develop and share their gifts and talents, assume leadership roles, form bonds of friendship and strengthen their relationships with one another and with God.
The Mercy Center invites students to the following events:
- Welcoming Mass for the Class of 2016 - Sunday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel
- Opening Mass for the 2012-2013 academic year - Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel
- Freshman Connections Retreat - Friday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Episcopal Conference Center in Pascoag, R.I.
Liturgy in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel:
- Weekday Mass at 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday
- Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. (student liturgy)
- Sacrament of Reconciliation: Contact Father Kris von Maluski before or after Mass, or call (401) 341-2368
For more information about the Mercy Center and its ministries, events and programs, stop by or visit their website.
Extended wireless in the residence halls
This summer, the University is extending its wireless network throughout the residential facilities. Students will now have not only wired connectivity in their rooms, but also wireless connectivity for greater convenience and mobility.
Student technology services center
The Student Laptop Center, located in the McKillop Library, Room 008, is expanding its areas of technology assistance to include the use of wireless networks, application software, mobile devices, the Blackboard Learn learning management system and network credentials, in addition to support in the required or recommended (HP and Apple) laptop programs. Students should stop by the center with any technology-related questions.
User support services
The University Computer Labs is now known as User Support Services. In addition to managing the seven PC and Mac computer classrooms and the more than 70 technology classrooms in Newport and Warwick, the office also provides media services resources for requesting events, training workshops on the use of administrative software and Office products and assistance with multimedia projects, particularly for students and faculty, to be a full user support services area for technology needs of the University community.
Increased Internet bandwidth
This year, the University is doubling its available bandwidth for Internet use. This applies to all of the wireless networks (SRU Community, SRU Guest and SRU MobileDevices) at the University as well as wired connections in the classroom and administrative buildings, the library and dining areas, among others. Salve Regina is also collaborating with the OSHEAN consortium in Rhode Island to implement its Beacon 2.0 federal stimulus grant project, which will provide even greater opportunities to utilize expanded Internet bandwidth capacities at the University.
New My Salve portal
The University is preparing to launch a new My Salve portal for its students, faculty and staff. The new portal, which is built on the Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 platform, will provide greater efficiencies in obtaining pertinent information and greater opportunities for communication among members of the University community.
My WebCourses will have a new look and feel this academic year. Salve Regina will be using the newest Blackboard Learn software, which has a cleaner, more modern design. New features for students include the ability to send e-mail from inside a course and receive e-mail notifications of new announcements, discussion postings, content or grades. Instructors now have a rich array of tools available - such as embedded videos and collaborative blogs and wikis - allowing students to experience different online learning activities. Not all courses will use the software. Your professor will let you know if your course is using My WebCourses.
The facilities department is now using SchoolDude, a software program for requesting repairs on campus. To request repairs or report problems, click here and use the code 137699840.
SchoolDude will ask for your Salve Regina e-mail address. First-time users will also need to enter their name and phone number. From there, students should complete the form specifying what they need done using the dropdown menus for location, etc. The last step is to put in the password, which is always "Salve." After the form is submitted, the system will send e-mail updates as the request is accepted and completed.
If necessary, students will still be able to reach the facilities department via phone, however the office will be unable to confirm receipt of their call. For after-hours emergency repairs, call the Office of Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 or (401) 341-5500.
Please note: Cox Communications supplies all of Salve Regina’s residence halls, apartments and houses with cable TV and high-speed Internet. Students who experience issues with these services should call the Cox support line at (866) 402-0901.
Freshman residents are not permitted to have automobiles on campus or within the city of Newport during the academic year. The fines and sanctions for violating this policy are listed in the student handbook.
Upper-class students are assigned parking in the vicinity of their residence halls. There is a one car/one space policy in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The intent of this policy is that resident students are not permitted to use their vehicles for on-campus transportation during that time. At other times, resident students may use their vehicles for on-campus transportation. Resident students who park on a city street or in other campus parking lots are subject to ticketing for violating this policy. Commuter students are not permitted to use resident lots. All violations carry a fine of $50. Repeat violators will be towed.
All vehicles parked on Salve Regina property must have a valid permit.
Parking permits will be available in the Rodgers Recreation Center lobby from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Friday, Sept. 7. A valid registration and proof of insurance is needed to purchase a permit. Parking permits cost $75 per year.
All students must have a valid parking permit by Monday, Sept. 10. Failure to have a valid permit may result in ticketing and towing.
Free transportation is provided for students with a valid Salve Regina ID.
Two RIPTA trolleys run simultaneously through campus. Monday through Friday, the outbound trolley leaves the Gateway Center for campus at 7:40 a.m., while the inbound trolley leaves from the corner of Ruggles and Bellevue avenues at 7:38 a.m. and then goes through campus. On Saturdays, the outbound trolley begins its route at 8:40 a.m., while the inbound trolley begins at 8:54 a.m. On Sundays, both trolleys begin their routes at 9:40 a.m.
Students with valid IDs may also use any statewide RIPTA service such as Providence or Kingston. Trolley and bus schedules can be obtained at the Office of Safety and Security, the Office of Campus Life, Miley Hall, Wakehurst and the O'Hare Academic Center.
An on-campus shuttle that operates between residence halls, academic buildings, the Rodgers Recreation Center and the McKillop Library is available daily from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. Additionally, off-campus shuttle service operates daily from 8 p.m. until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday following a prescribed route through the city of Newport.
Students are encouraged to bring bicycles to campus as an alternative mode of transportation. Although it is not required, students are encouraged to register their bicycles, free of charge, with the Office of Safety and Security. Students should be aware that bicycles with motors attached, including small scooters, are strictly prohibited.
There are approximately 15 bicycle racks positioned throughout campus, and bicycle storage rooms are located at Hunt and Reefe halls and New Residence. Bicycle locks are recommended. In addition, all RIPTA buses, with the exception of the local trolleys, are fitted with racks that hold two bicycles.
Health Services seeks to encourage good health practices and provide programs for disease prevention and clinical care for all members of the Salve Regina community.
Students can make appointments with nurse practitioners beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be scheduled by calling (401) 341-2904. Students with medical emergencies should call the Office of Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325.
First-year students who have not returned their health forms to Health Services should do so as soon as possible.
During the fall semester, all first-year students participate in an education program called MyStudentBody as part of the New Student Seminar. This two-part, computer-based course is a prevention program being used by many colleges and universities around the country to address abuses related to alcohol and drugs. MyStudentBody empowers students to make well-informed decisions and help them better cope with their peers' drinking and drug-related behaviors. Students will be informed through the New Student Seminar as to when they may begin the online program.