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Salve Regina University

Salve Regina University is a university in Newport, Rhode Island. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, the university is a Catholic, co-educational, private, non-profit institution chartered by the State of Rhode Island in 1934.


100 Ochre Point Avenue


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College History


Salve Regina is a Latin term which translates as "Hail, (Holy) Queen." Salve was chartered by the State of Rhode Island in 1934. In 1947 the college was given Ochre Court as a gift by the estate of Robert Walton Goelet. It 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 college expanded to the 21 historical buildings and 23 modern buildings that make up the current 75-acre (300,000 m2) campus. Enrolled students number over 2,500 and staff 550. The college 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 for International Relations and Public Policy was 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 its survey of the best institutions of higher education. In 2011, U.S. News ranked Salve 40th in the Tier 1 Regional Universities (North) with an average freshman retention rate of 77.8%.

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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.



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