Transfer Applicants

You are considered a transfer student if you have enrolled in any college or university courses after graduating from high school. Each year, approximately 10 percent of our new incoming students have transferred from another college or university.


  • Transfer Common Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
  • One letter of recommendation from a college instructor
  • Personal essay
  • Transfer Registrar Report from each college/university attended, also available through the "Assign Recommenders" section of the Common Application.
  • SAT/ACT scores are optional, except for nursing and education applicants who have earned less than 30 college credits. Salve Regina's CEEB code is 3759. International students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores.
  • A list of courses in progress that are not listed on the transcript.

Once your application and all supporting documents are received, a decision will be mailed in approximately 4-6 weeks.

Note: If you are currently enrolled in courses, we may ask for a Mid-Semester Grade Report before making an admission decision. To be considered for admission, students must be in good standing and eligible to return to their prior institutions.

Priority Deadlines

  • Fall admission: March 1
  • Spring admission: Dec. 1
  • Filing forms for financial aid: March 1

For more information, call the Office of Admissions at (888) GO-SALVE or email the transfer counselor.

Student athletes should obtain a release form from their athletic director before contacting Salve Regina coaches.

Additional Information for Transfer Students

Re-Applying for Admission

If you applied to Salve Regina within the past three years, you may reapply by submitting the Request for Reactivation of Application in place of the Transfer Common Application.

In addition, you must submit all updated, official high school and college/university transcripts, SAT/ACT scores if applicable (see policy above) and a Transfer Registrar Report from each college/university attended.

If you applied for admission during your senior year of high school, official final high school transcripts must be sent. Official college transcripts should be sent at the close of each semester.

Students who were not previously admitted to Salve Regina and who wish to reactivate their application must also submit one letter of recommendation from a recent college instructor.

Once your application and all the supporting documents are received, a decision will be mailed in approximately 4-6 weeks. If you are currently enrolled in courses, we may ask for a Mid-Semester Grade Report before we make an admission decision.


Transfer students who have been accepted to Salve Regina will receive an unofficial transfer credit evaluation within approximately three weeks of their admission decision. Transfer credit is typically awarded for academic courses completed at other regionally accredited institutions with a grade of “C” or above when the coursework is comparable to that of Salve Regina and does not duplicate another course for which credit has been granted.

Enrollment, Orientation and Class Registration

To formalize your enrollment, you must send a $700 commitment fee/housing deposit ($300 for commuters) and the reservation agreement enclosed in your acceptance packet. Transfer students who have submitted an enrollment deposit will work with the director for student transitions to develop a course schedule based on their intended major, transfer credits and program requirements.

Information regarding Orientation will be mailed once we receive your enrollment deposit. Transfer Orientation is held in late August/early September (typically the week before classes begin) for students entering in the fall semester and mid-January (typically the day before classes begin) for students entering in the spring semester. At Orientation, you will meet with an academic adviser to finalize your course registration. Attendance is required for all students enrolling at Salve Regina for the first time.


On-campus housing is available based on space availability and academic class standing. We offer a variety of housing styles from traditional residence halls to townhouse-style living. The city of Newport offers off-campus housing options, many within walking distance.

The availability of on-campus housing varies from year to year. We will work closely with the Office of Campus Life to accommodate your request for on-campus housing. If it is not possible to grant your request, we will assist you with finding a local realtor. The rental market for student housing in Newport is large, so most students do not have much trouble finding a residence off campus.

Financial Aid

Your eligibility for need-based financial aid is determined by federal Department of Education regulations and University policies governing financial aid programs. To apply for need-based financial aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Salve Regina school code: 003411.

The priority deadline for filing financial aid forms for each academic year is March 1. Transfer students who are seeking admission for the spring semester should file financial aid paperwork once they have submitted an application for admission. For more financial aid information or to access the required forms online, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Entry to Academic Departments

It is possible to meet the standards for transfer admission but not the requirements for a specific major. The nursing and education programs both have specific steps a student must take to gain entry to their programs. We will do our best to counsel you as to whether your transfer plans are feasible. However, it is your responsibility to investigate the requirements for your intended major.

Mid-Year (Spring) Transfers

The time period for spring admission is very compressed. Therefore, it is recommended that you submit all of your information as early as possible. Spring admission is not recommended for students who have struggled academically in high school. Housing cannot always be guaranteed for students entering for the spring semester.

Visiting Salve Regina

We encourage prospective transfer students to visit the University. We offer a full selection of campus tours and information sessions, special admissions events and other visit programs that give you and your family the opportunity to explore Salve Regina. Click here to view our visit calendar.

If you are interested in scheduling an individual appointment with an admissions counselor, contact Mary Beth Luzitano, coordinator of transfer admissions, at or (401) 341-2333. Appointments may include an overview of Salve Regina, the transfer admission process and requirements and general information regarding academic programs. While we are unable to provide an evaluation of transfer credits, you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the transfer process and to discuss pre-transfer course selection.