Salve Regina University

Salve Regina University

name = Salve Regina University

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caption = Salve Regina University Logo
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established = 1934
type = Private
president = Sister M. Therese Antone, RSM
city = Newport
state = Rhode Island
country = USA
undergrad = 2100
postgrad = 500
campus = 75 acres
mascot = Seahawk
website= [ (official website)]

Salve Regina University is a university in Newport, Rhode Island. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, the university is a co-ed, private, non-profit institution chartered by the State of Rhode Island in 1934. In 1947 the university acquired Ochre Court and welcomed its first class of 58 students. By a 1991 amendment to the Charter the name was changed to Salve Regina University.

General Information

The undergraduate academic programs are based on the liberal arts, offering concentrations in the arts and sciences and in pre-professional and professional programs. The university offers associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, and the Ph.D. in humanities. Salve Regina enrolls 2,500 men and women from 37 states and 17 nations. 2000 are undergraduates and 500 are graduate students. Currently 44 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and undergraduate certificate programs, 7 master's degree programs, and a Ph.D. in humanities are offered.

All students are required to perform 10 hours of community service in their freshman year and are encouraged to volunteer throughout their college years.


Salve Regina in Latin means "Hail, (Holy) Queen". Salve was chartered by the State of Rhode Island in 1934. In 1947 the university was gifted Ochre Court by Robert Goelet and welcomed its first class of 58 students. The students lived and took classes in this building. A small group of Sisters of Mercy resided on a separate floor. Slowly, the university expanded to the 21 historical buildings and 23 modern building that make up the current 75 acre campus. Enrolled students number over 2,500 and the staff numbers 550.

The school became co-educational in 1973 and added graduate programs in 1975. Recognizing changes in technology, the school added distance learning/extension programs in 1985. University status was achieved in 1991, changing the school name from Salve Regina College to Salve Regina University. The Ph.D. program was accredited in 1995.

Pell Center of International Relations and Public Policy is established by an Act of Congress in 1996 and is located at Salve Regina.

In 2007, U.S. News ranked Salve 37th in the northern region "Best Universities Master’s" category in their best institutions of higher education survey.



*Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
*Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.)
*Master of Arts (M.A.)
*Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
*Master of Science (M.S.)
*Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
*Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.S.) Awarded to students with double majors in the arts and sciences
*Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
*Associate of Arts (A.A.)
*Associate of Science (A.S.) [ [ News, Events&Media ] ]


*Administration of Justice []
*Art []
*Biology & Biomedical Science []
*Business Studies & Economics []
*Chemistry []
*Education []
*English []
*History []
*Mathematical Sciences []
*Modern Languages []
*Music []
*Nursing []
*Philosophy []
*Politics []
*Psychology []
*Religious Studies []
*Social Work []
*Sociology & Anthropology []
*Theatre Arts []

Interdisciplinary Programs

*American Studies []
*Cultural & Historic Preservation []
*Interactive Communication Technology []
*International Studies []
*Pell Scholars Honors Program []
*VIA; Vital Studies for Whole Life Design []

Exchange/Study Abroad Programs

Programs vary in length from semester, intersession, to summer programs. [ [ International Programs & Study Abroad ] ] The University offers programs in the following locations: Australia, Austria, China, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Washington, D.C. [ [ News, Events&Media ] ]


Salve Regina is located in the Ochre Point area of Newport, which is part of Newport's historic district. Newport is world-famous for its opulent "cottages", such as Belcourt Castle, The Breakers, and Marble House. The campus is considered one of the most beautiful in America, and the University has been praised for its restoration efforts.

"A small stroll through the campus of Salve is a tour of the great architectural works of the Golden Age. The protection and sensitive adaptation of these estates and their surrounding landscapes for educational use are examples of preservation at its best." Richard Moe, President National Trust for Historic Preservation [ [ Fifth Annual Conference On Cultural And Historic Preservation ] ]

Its 75 acre campus borders the famed Cliff Walk and has views of the Atlantic Ocean. It has an active campus life and is within walking distance of Newport Harbor, beaches, and other tourist attractions.

Ochre Court

The main administration offices are housed in the former summer "cottage" of Ogden Goelet, Ochre Court. The ballroom has been turned into a small chapel used by the University. The building was used in the beginning scenes of the movie True Lies. The interior scenes were filmed at nearby Rosecliff, on Bellevue Avenue.

Ochre Court was built in 1892 for banker and developer Ogden Goelet and his wife Mary Wilson Goelet by the architect Richard Morris Hunt. The estate grounds were designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The exterior is a gothic-style limestone palace that borrows heavily from the detail of the great Middle Ages Chateaux of Frances Loire Valley. It includes Louis XIII style including high roofs, turrents, gargoyles and tall chimneys. The 50-room building is also remarkable for its sweeping ocean views. The estate was the summer cottage for the eight week Newport's summer season only. It required 27 servants, 12 gardeners and 8 grooms and coachmen to run it during the season.

March 1947, Robert Goelet son of Ogden Goelet, donated this 50 room mansion to the Diocese of Providence, who then gave it to the Sisters of Mercy, for the establishment of the school.

The entire college was housed in this building for the first few years of its existence. The eight faculty members were nuns who lived in the mansion's servants quarters. The original 58 women students lived on the third floor and took classes on the second floor. Students ate, studied and used the library on the first floor. They bought books in the mansion's basement. During this time, the library held about 2,000 books, which had been gathered during the 30's and 40's prior to the college having a home. The library in Ochre Court was run by Sister Mary Catherine Durkin from 1947-1950 followed by Sister Marie Therese Lebeau who ran the college's library 1950-1971, during which time the library moved to McAuley.

In March 2000, it was named a Save America's Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation [ [ Save America's Treasures - Official Projects ] ]

McAuley Hall

Inspired by Longfellow's poem about Vikings, "The Skeleton in Armor", the original owner Catherine Lorillard Wolfe called her home Vinland. Designed by Peabody & Stearns [ [ View Local Work Of Peabody & Stearns To Be Analyzed ] ] in 1880, it was built in the Romanesque Revival style. It features carved belt courses and window casings with decorative motifs derived from 1,000-year-old Celtic manuscripts in its red sandstone. Ernest Bowditch designed the landscaping. [ [ View Did You Know The Design Of Mcauley Hall Was Inspired By A Longfellow Poem? ] ] In 1896, Vinland was sold to railroad tycoon Hamilton McKnown Twombly and his wife, Florence Vanderbilt Twombly, whose brother Cornelius Vanderbilt II, owned The Breakers next door. In December of 1955, Vinland Estate was donated to Salve Regina by their daughter Florence Burden.

The estate includes the main structure (a mansion with about 50 rooms) and a great number of outbuildings including a gatehouse, carriage house and potting shed. The Vinland mansion was renamed McAuley Hall, after Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy order. [ [ McKillop Library- On Display in the Library ] ] The library was then moved from Ochre Court into McAuley Hall, which is where it was able to grow in terms of volumes and staff. The library was housed on the first and second floors of McAuley, along with faculty offices on the second floor and student residences on the third floor. The library remained in McAuley Hall until the building could hold no more. All the available space had been used and there was a need for an updated information system. It was not the type of building that could be massively renovated due to its historic nature. There was an obvious need to create a modern building to house the library and its collections. Thus McKillop Library was conceived, planned, and built. [ [ McKillop Library- On Display in the Library ] ] The main building is now used for faculty offices, student meetings and limited classes.

McKillop Library

Built in 1991, the library includes over 150,000 equivalent volumes, Macintosh and Pentium PC labs and research technology equipped with national and international databases and Internet and World Wide Web connections. Labs include multi-media options, and a Multi-media Center allows production of interactive presentations.

McKillop Library was named after former President Sr.Lucille McKillop who was most noted for her reign in Salve Regina university for overcoming $1 million deficit to making the college into a financially viable university offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses. During her tenure, enrollment more than doubled to 2,300. The college won university status in 1991 and now has 2,589 students from 42 states and 17 nations. Sr Lucille McKillop was an amazing women who was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Medal of Honor, Compassionate of Merit in the rank order of Officer Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem; National Conference of Christians and Jews Inc. Brotherhood Award; Mercy Higher Education Colloquium Award for Excellence and Leadership in Higher Education; Rhode Island Distinguished Service Star awarded by Gov. Bruce G. Sundlun; and the Hope Award of the Rhode Island Commission on Women.

Carey Mansion

The Carey Mansion (Cecilia Hall) was used for the exterior shots of "Collinwood" in the TV series Dark Shadows. The Carey Mansion is leased by the University from Martin Carey, and it remains one of the largest mansions to still be owned by an individual rather than the university or the historical society. Cecilia Hall refers to the music chamber in the mansion; used for musical practice and performance. St. Cecilia is the patron of musicians. The former stables of Carey Mansion are used as a dormitory known as Seaview.


Seaview was built in 1880 as a stable for Carey Mansion.

Watts Sherman

The house was built in 1876 by William Watts Sherman and his first wife Annie Derby Rodgers Wetmore. Designed by Henry Hobson Richardson in a Shingle style. Richardson is known for designing the Trinity Church in Copley Square, Boston.

The William Watts Sherman House is generally regarded as a stepping-off point for what later became known as the Shingle Style in American architecture. It features a masonry stone first floor with small half-timbered panels, textured stucco, and diamond-panel windows above. It is known for its massive chimneys and unifying broad gable roof with weathered wood shingles. It borrows from English Queen Anne country house style with combined elements that include medieval European, Renaissance English and Colonial American items. The interior is has rooms clustered about a spacious central stair hall. Renderings were done by Stanford White.

In 1949, a Baptist Church acquired the house and turned it into a nursing home "Baptist Home of Rhode Island" An utilitarian annex was added onto the house in 1969. Salve acquired the property in 1982. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a 19th century American architectural landmark.


Wakehurst was conceptualized in 1882 and built for James J. Van Alen between 1884 and 1887. It was designed to replicate Wakehurst Place, an Elizabethan manor house built in Sussex, England in 1570, that still stands today. Charles Eamer Kempe drew the original plans. Dudley Newton supervised the construction including the assembly of certain rooms that were created and built in England. The building of these rooms, the English Jacobean Long Hall, Dutch Renaissance den, and Bruges dining room, introduced the concept of the "museum room." The dining room was also the first actual neoclassical room by Robert Adam to be imported to America. The grounds of Wakehurst were created by landscape designer Ernest Bowditch. It mimics an English country estate with footpaths winding a large variety of trees and end at formal gardens. The slate roof made of Vermont slate is unique in American architecture.

The home represents a vintage transition in scale between the more humble summer cottages of the Civil War era and the grandiose mansions which were to come. [ [ News, Events&Media ] ] In 2001, it was designated an official project Save America's Treasures [ [ Save America's Treasures - Official Projects ] ] by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. [ [ News, Events&Media ] ]

The university purchased Wakehurst in 1972. It is currently is home to the university's Student Center, as well as the English and Cultural and Historic Preservation departments.

Wetmore Hall

Wetmore is the former carriage house and stables for the Chateau-sur-Mer estate. In March 2006, it was recognized as a Department of Interior National Historic Landmark. [ [ News, Events&Media ] ] It is currently being renovated as a center for visual art and cultural and historic preservation on the university's campus. The university received a Champlin Foundations grant in 2005 assist with the renovation of Wetmore Hall. Once restored, it will house the Cultural and Historic Preservation program, including its Community Preservation Laboratory dedicated to assisting individuals and organizations in the greater community in need of historic preservation research and expertise. Wetmore will also house the Department of Art, including its studio major of Interactive Communication Technology (ICT), as well as publicly accessible presentation areas. [ [ News, Events&Media ] ]

Built in 1852-53 by Seth Bradford for William Shepard Wetmore, the Carriage House and Stables complex was the most significant "service building" of the Chateau-sur-Mer estate. Between 1876 and 1883, plans for alterations to the Carriage House may have been completed by Richard Morris Hunt, who was designing alterations to Chateau-sur-Mer at the time. [ [ News, Events&Media ] ]

The convert|15000|sqft|m2|sing=on Carriage House and Stables complex had engineering systems that were significantly advanced, technologically, for the nineteenth century. Many of these engineering systems remain intact such as complex and still-functioning systems of ventilation and heating and cooling. The Carriage House retains a high level of decorative finish throughout its interior, including cast iron hardware, Minton tile in the stable stalls, and decorative yellow brick flooring laid in black grout. The exterior of the structure is characterized by rough-cut sandstone laid in a random horizontal fashion, with a slate mansard roof, gable dormers, and unique features such as a Belgian block courtyard laid in a concentric circular pattern. [ [ News, Events&Media ] ] Noted exterior features include large wooden doors.

Young Hall/Fairlawn

The three-story brick and wood frame structure built for Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ritchie of Boston was part of the initial development of Bellevue Avenue during the 1850s. Wrought iron gates and a mosaic-tiled floor at the front entrance lead to the Great Hall with its carved staircase. The dining room, paneled in dark carved wood under an ornamental ceiling, was used to seat up to 100 guests. Benjamin Harrison's Vice President, Levi P. Morton, bought the property in the late 1860s and commissioned Richard Morris Huntto build a ballroom on the south side. The room was added in 1870 expressly for the visit of Ulysses S. Grant shortly after he became President. [ [ Virtual Tour ] ]

In 1881, McKim, Mead and White designed second story family rooms over the ballroom. It was during this period of renovation that the stained glass Tiffany windows were added to the Great Hall. I. Townsend Burden bought the house nine years later and commissioned Peabody and Stearns to design a curved porch. Fairlawn remained a private residence until the 1920s. It has served as a preparatory school and a junior college and was returned to residential use after the 1960s. Acquired by the university in 1997 to house the Pell Center of International Relations and Public Policy, it has recently been restored and renamed in memory of Anita O'Keeffe Young and Robert R. Young. The university received the Newport Historical Society's Historic Preservation Award in 1999 for the restoration of this building. [ [ Virtual Tour ] ]

Founder's Hall

Summer home of Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson Spencer, is a designed in a Colonial Revival style. The architectural firm of Peabody & Stearns adapted formal Georgian details like pedimented dormer windows, a fan light entrance and roof trim to the informal ambiance of a seaside villa. It was purchased by the university in 1964. [ [ Virtual Tour ] ]

atellite Campus

Additional satellite locations include St. Mary Academy Bay-View, East Providence, R.I., Kent County Memorial Hospital, Newport Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital

Campus Heritage Preservation Plan

Salve Regina University was the first New England institution to ever receive a Getty Grant Program award to develop a Campus Heritage Preservation Plan. The Campus Heritage Preservation Plan includes a detailed review of 21 buildings which comprise seven contiguous 19th century estates that distinguish Salve Regina's historic campus. The plan includes full existing conditions reports, restorative plans and, where appropriate, comprehensive recommendations and plans for adaptive reuse. The plan has been integrated as the key component of several classes in the Cultural and Historic Preservation Program, as well as affording students countless opportunities for independent study.

In addition to the Getty Grant Program, Salve Regina's efforts have resulted in awards from Newport Historical Society, White House Millennium Council and National Trust for Historic Preservation's Save America's Treasures Program, Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Preservation Society of Newport County, and The Victorian Society.

The Annual Salve Regina University Conference on Cultural and Historic Preservation is attended by a national audience.

Cultural and Historic Preservation Major

The university also has a major in cultural and historic preservation, which combines architectural history, archeology and preservation planning. Dr. James C. Garman is the archaeologist and anthropologist who runs the program as well as being a noted author. The campus and its surrounding areas are used extensively throughout this discipline.

The program is housed in Wetmore Hall, part of the newly christened Antone Center for Fine Arts, the former stables of Chateau-sur-Mer, the grand estate built on Bellevue Avenue for a China trade merchant in the mid-1800s. The university is in the process of raising $6.5 million to convert the convert|21000|sqft|m2|sing=on building into art studios, historic preservation labs and classrooms.

Kathleen Styger '06 and Michelle Styger '07 as interns for the Preservation Society of Newport County conducted extensive research for descriptions on the interior of the Chateau-sur-Mer estate as part of the National Historic Landmark nomination submitted to the Department of Interior. This resulted in its recognition as a National Historic Landmark. This work provided the necessary research towards the reconstruction and reuse of Wetmore Hall, the former stables for Chateau-Sur-Mer [ [ View Wetmore Receives National Historic Landmark Designation ] ]


Salve Regina competes on the NCAA Division III level and is a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) & New England Football Conference (NEFC). The University offers 10 varsity sports for women and 8 for men. The women's sports include soccer, field hockey, tennis, cross country, basketball, ice hockey, volleyball, softball, track and field and lacrosse. The men's sports include football, cross country, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, tennis, baseball, and lacrosse.

In addition to the varsity sports program, the school has a successful club sports program. The men's rugby club competes at the Division III level in the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU). The highly regarded co-ed sailing team competes in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). For reasons unspecified, the sailing team was named a varsity sport over the summer of 2008.

While every sports program has been successful in its tenure, Men's Tennis has become an athletic institution at Salve Regina University. Under the strong leadership of coach Brian Shanley (Providence College) the Seahawks have notched 10 Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships and twice ranked runners up since Shanley took over as head coach in 1995. [ [ Athletics at Salve Regina University ] ]

Athletic/Wellness Center is located on campus. It has varsity and intramural sports as well as health and fitness programs. Student-athletes have the opportunity to occasionally compete at historic Newport athletic sites such as Cardines Field, home to one of the longest-running amateur baseball leagues in the country or the grass courts of the Newport Casino at the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Financial Aid

Salve Regina offers scholarships, loans, and part-time work-study employment to full-time students and to part-time students accepted as degree candidates. Students with superior academic credentials may be considered for a number of academic scholarship programs provided by the University. Academic scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based on rank in class and SAT or ACT scores, renewable as long as students maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Partial scholarships are awarded annually to five sophomores and five juniors with the highest GPA's in their classes. The University offers 11 endowed scholarships and participates in state and federal loan and scholarship programs including the Army ROTC program, as well as a number of private philanthropic programs.


Admissions is selective with an acceptance rate of 52% and an average combined SAT score of 1125 (critical reading/math sections only). On average, of the 570 freshmen, a third of them ranked in the top 20% of their high school classes.

University strongly recommends that students accomplish the following 16 units in their secondary schooling: four in English, three in mathematics (algebra and geometry), two in laboratory science, two in foreign language, one in history and four in electives. Students who have not completed the recommended units may have to take additional coursework.

Salve Regina is no longer a rolling admissions office as the number of applications has risen steadily in the last 5 years. The new deadlines are November 1 for Early Action and February 1 for Regular Admission while still maintaining a March 1 priority deadline for financial aid. [ [ Applying to Salve Regina University ] ] [ [ News, Events&Media ] ]

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

"As a community that welcomes people of all beliefs, Salve Regina University, a Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of Mercy, seeks wisdom and promotes universal justice.

"The university through teaching and research prepares men and women for responsible lives by imparting and expanding knowledge, developing skills, and cultivating enduring values. Through liberal arts and professional programs, students develop their abilities for thinking clearly and creatively, enhance their capacity for sound judgment, and prepare for the challenge of learning throughout their lives.""In keeping with the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy, and recognizing that all people are stewards of God’s creation, the university encourages students to work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful.""


Mission Integration

Salve Regina's mission preserves the university's Catholic identity, and the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy and their belief in the value of education. The integration of the mission's basic principles into the academic curriculum, student-centered programs, and institutional operations supports not only the core values of mercy, but also the shared vision of graduating men and women who positively impact the intellectual, spiritual and cultural lives of their respective communities.


See also the strategic planning document "Enduring Power of a Shared Vision" []

Famous Alumni

Janet L. Robinson, President & CEO, The New York Times Company

Michael Lombardi, Actor, Rescue Me

General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC, Commander, Central Command

General Charles E. Wihelm, USMC, Commander, Southern Command

Vice Admiral John D. Stewart, Superintendent, United States Merchant Marine Academy

Lt General Allen G. Peck, USAF, Commander/ President, Air University

Lt General George J. Trautman, III, USMC, Deputy Comandant for Aviation, United States Marine Corps

Lt General Glenn F. Spears, USAF, Deputy Commander, United States Southern Command

Lt General Jack L. Hudson, USAF, Commander, Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center

Lt General James J. Lovelace, USA, Comander, Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Central Command

Lt General Stanley A. McChrystal, USA, Comander, Joint Special Operations Command

Lt General Martin R. Steele, USMC, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies, and Operations, United States Marine Corps

Major General Antonio M. Taguba, USA, Deputy Commander, Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Central Command

Major General James W. Nuttall, ANG, Deputy Director, Army National Guard

Major General Timothy R. Larsen, USMC, Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Japan

Major General Ronald G. Richard, USMC, Commander, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Major General Robert S. Dickman, USAF, Director, National Reconnaissance Office

Major General Howard J. Mitchell, USAF, Director of Operations, Air Force Space Command

Rear Admiral Cynthia Dullea, USN, Deputy Commander, Navy Medince National Capital Area

Accreditation and Memberships

The university is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process.

The art program is among just 10 at liberal arts universities accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredits the Nursing Program which is also approved by the Rhode Island Board of Nurses Registration and Nursing Education. The Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education programs are interstate-approved. Students completing these programs qualify for certification in approximately 45 states. The Social Work Department offers a baccalaureate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Visual Arts programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Business Studies program is accredited by the International Association for Collegiate Business Education. The Masters program in Rehabilitative Counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

Other Membership:

American Council on Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education,
American Association of College and Universities, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, College Entrance Examination Board, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, National Association of College Admission Counselors, National Catholic Educational Association, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Council of Independent Colleges, Council on Rehabilitation Education, Mercy Higher Education Colloquium, Association of Mercy Colleges, Council on Social Work Education


External links

* [ Salve Regina University website]
* [ Cecilia Hall]
*Hugh D. Auchincloss Middle East Book Collection at Pell Center of International Relations and Public Policy housed at the McKillop Library at Salve Regina University []


* [ His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits Salve Regina]
* [ A nun in high places: Sister Therese Antone]
* [ "Newport Through Its Architecture", the first book from the Salve Regina University Press, received the "Award of Merit" from the American Association for State and Local History]
* [ University partners with the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (Quantico, VA)]

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