Academic Advising

Students at Salve Regina are advised by full-time faculty members. Students who indicate a preference for a specific major are assigned an academic advisor in that major who is trained to respond to the needs of first-year students. Students who wish to explore various courses of study before deciding on a major are assigned an advisor who is trained to help them choose a program of study that best fits their interests and goals.

In addition to having a faculty advisor, all new students are placed in a First-Year Transitions (FYT) course that introduces them to learning in a university context and to the various services offered at Salve Regina. The FYT course also facilitates the building of a supportive community of peers to ease the transition to Salve Regina. FYT instructors mentor incoming students, serving as an additional resource in their first year. Current Salve Regina students serve as FYT peer mentors and provide new students with the perspective of what it’s like to be a Salve Regina student.

Transfer students are assigned a faculty advisor within their intended major. Additionally, they are placed in a FYT course designed to introduce them to Salve Regina and deepen their understanding of Salve Regina's mission, as well as to ease their transition to a new university.

Advanced Placement Exams and Dual Credit Courses

Salve Regina will award college credit to students for Advanced Placement (AP) exams or college-level courses taken during high school. Students should indicate AP exams and/or college-level courses taken during high school on the course information form. An AP score of 3 generally earns credit; however, some departments require a score of 4. Students must request official AP scores and official college transcripts be sent to the Office of the Registrar in order to receive academic credit and to avoid taking duplicate courses.

More information on AP courses/scores and academic credit.

Foreign Language Placement

Students who have studied either French or Spanish and who wish to continue studying the same language take a web-based exam to determine their placement. Students who place beyond the fourth semester are exempt from the language requirement. Students who place into the fourth semester need only take one semester of that language. All other students must complete two semesters of the same language.

Students who have studied languages other than French or Spanish for three or more years in high school and who wish to continue studying the same language are placed in intermediate-level courses. Students may choose to begin a language at the elementary level if they did not study that language in high school.

More information on the language placement exam.