International students choose Salve for many of the same reasons that U.S. students do: great teaching, great facilities and a great location. 

Salve's 80-acre campus and arboretum (32 hectares) sits on seven 19th-century estates overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, a historic seaport community known for its music and film festivals, International Tennis Hall of Fame and longtime association with the America’s Cup regatta—less than two hours from Boston. The University has 2,100 undergraduate and 600 graduate students from over 20 countries, and ranks among top tier regional institutions.

There are more than 40 academic programs, a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and two newly-renovated academic centers offering the best in technology-supported classrooms, science labs, art studios and performance spaces. The University also offers internship and study abroad opportunities, an honors program, research projects, combined bachelor’s/master’s degrees (including a fifth-year MBA) and more than 70 student organizations, publications, performance groups and intercollegiate teams.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Newport, Rhode Island
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 68%
  • Average ACT range: 23-27
  • Average SAT range: 1100-1240
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include:  Accounting/Finance; Art History; Arts; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Communications; Criminal Justice; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; English; Environmental Sciences; History; International Relations; Languages; Law; Liberal Arts; Literature; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Medical Sciences; Nursing; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology; Theology/Religion
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $58,150


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Women's Equestrian; Women's Field Hockey; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Ice Hockey; Women's Ice Hockey; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball

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