Admission Requirements


Due to site requirements for experiential learning, the number of students we accept into the nursing program is limited to ensure clinical placement. Students must apply by the early action I or early decision deadline of Nov. 1 to be considered for this program.

In general, a competitive first-year applicant for the nursing program has met the following standards:

  • Successful completion of four years of high school science, including biology, chemistry and an upper-level science such as anatomy and physiology, physics, AP biology or AP chemistry
  • Strong standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Competitive high school GPA and class rank

Please note: For all 2022 applicants, the submission of SAT or ACT scores is optional at Salve Regina. This also applies to students applying to the nursing program, as we realize there are unique challenges for testing this year. Students who do not submit scores will not be disadvantaged in the admissions process. For the fall 2022 incoming class, the deadline to apply for the nursing program has been extended to the early action II deadline of Jan. 5.

Nursing majors are expected to maintain a GPA of 2.7 for progression and graduation in the program. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C or Pass in the required courses of anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology and statistics as well as the nursing courses themselves.

Transfer and Second-Degree Applicants

We welcome transfer applicants for all majors except nursing. If you are interested in a career in the health care industry, we encourage you to consider a degree in biology, chemistry, psychology, healthcare administration, social work or other related areas. For more information about career opportunities through these programs, visit our program finder.

If you are currently pursuing licensure as a registered nurse, we hope you will consider our continuing education program in nursing (RN-BSN).