Salve Regina University

Salve Regina University

Event Types Welcomed

  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Salve Regina University, a private, non-profit institution, opened in 1947. Its breathtaking 75-acre campus borders the famed Cliff Walk in one of Newport, Rhode Island’s historic districts.

Salve Regina University is rich in history. From the Dalai Lama to the Boston Celtics, The International Henry James Society and local non-profit Community organizations, we have hosted a fantastic array of large and small events over the years. As a Catholic institution, Salve Regina has Our Lady of Mercy Chapel available for wedding ceremonies that can be reserved by graduates, current students, staff, and faculty. The university also has private event and conference space available for affiliate groups, with luxurious social gatherings such as wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners available for scheduling at Ochre Court. The Office of Conferences and Events assists with the logistical planning and scheduling for any conferences, events and weddings ensuring that each event planned on Salve Regina University’s campus is a success.

Let us host your next Newport, Rhode Island event!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 400 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 80
  • Largest Theatre Style: 384
Ochre Court
Ochre Court was built in 1892 by Richard Morris Hunt as a summer home for the Goelet family, wealthy socialites from New York City.
With it's sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, flagstone terraces and ornate interior, Ochre Court is the perfect venue for your Wedding ceremony, Conference, Reception or meeting.
O'Hare Academic Center
Snuggled against the Cliff Walk, O'Hare offers spacious and bright classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology as well as lecture halls, lounges and a sunny patio and lawn perfect for oceanside BBQ's and picnics.
Antone Academic Center
Our newly restored Antone Academic Center includes classrooms, lecture halls and art Gallery and a Black Box Theatre.
This is a superb building for meetings with break-out sessions, small luncheons and a Gallery-themed reception.
  • 39,000 Sq. Ft.
  • 100 Banquet Style
  • 50 Classroom Style
  • 150 Theatre Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Our Lady of Mercy Chapel
Brand new to our campus in 2010, Our Lady of Mercy Chapel is beautifully adorned with exquisite John La Farge stained glass windows and reminiscent of the American Arts and Crafts movement.
Seating is 'in-the-round' ideal for your wedding ceremony or private mass.
McKillop Library

Salve Regina's 71,000 square foot library blends innovative technology focusing on today's electronic era. This spacious sunlit space provides a repository for 120,000 conventional printed vloumes, over 700 periodicals as well as equipment that can provide access to advanced information. Computer terminal throughout the library link users with databases, private viewing and audio stations and immediate access to compact discs, videotapes and special reference collections.

  • 71,000 Sq. Ft.
  • 50 Banquet Style
  • 40 Classroom Style
  • 75 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Young Building / Pell Center
 This three-story brick and wood frame structure is as well known for its history as its design. Wrought iron gates and a mosaic-tiled floor at the front entrance lead to the Great Hall with its beautiful 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 Hunt, designer of Ochre Court, to build a ballroom on the south side. The room, with its mirrored panels and frescoes above the double doorway, was added in 1870 expressly for the visit of Ulysses S. Grant shortly after he became President.

Set at the edge of campus on the famed Bellevue Avenue, The Young Building is perfect for a  Conference, Dinner or Reception.
You can book the entire building which includes residential rooms, a boardroom as well as two elegant rooms that can be used lecture-style or for a gala dinner.
  • 24,865 Sq. Ft.
  • 100 Banquet Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
  • 100 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout

Wakehurst was the home of international sportsman, political figure and anglophile James J. Van Alen. The mansion, conceptualized in 1882, was built 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.
Wakehurst is used as the Salve Regina Student Center and features a covered terrace and a sunken garden.

Casino Theatre
The Stanford White designed Casino Theatre stands today as one of the finest examples of Victorian Shingle Style architecture in the world.
Oscar Wilde and Orson Welles performed here; now the theatre is used for Private functions, cocktail receptions and NewportFilm.
“We look upon Newport as a living laboratory,” said Sister M. Therese Antone, Salve Regina’s Chancellor. “Using the renovated theater for educational purposes makes a lot of sense.”

  • 300 Theatre Style
  • 300 Conference Style
McAuley Hall
Longfellow's poem about Newport Vikings,"The Skeleton in Armor," inspired the architecture and decor of McAuley Hall.
Spacious, sunny classrooms, a large Great Hall and terrace, McAuley is an ideal location for a Conference offering break-out rooms, and ample reception space.
Rodgers Recreation Center
The main level houses a gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and other activities as well as a student lounge and Hall of Fame area. The below-grade level contains a weight and exercise room, aerobic studio, training room, locker rooms and offices, meeting rooms and storage facilities.

Food & Beverage Options

Miley Cafeteria
Each Miley Cafeteria Dining station and menu program has been designed to deliver a variety of foods creating a dining experience suited to every taste and preference.
Both lunch and dinner offer a full salad bar, deli bar, vegan/gluten free station, pizza station and an entree stations.
Save room for the dessert bar!

Catering options

Sodexo Catering
Our in-house catering services provide high quality cuisine and excellent service whether you are having a gala dinner, light luncheon or continental breakfast.
We will also pack a boxed lunch if you decide to picnic oceanside!


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 500
Founders Hall
  • 14 Rooms
  • 35 Beds
New Residence
Completed in September of 2003, the New Residence houses 150 in suite-style rooms. This residence hall is air-conditioned and has an elevator.
  • 96 Rooms
  • 201 Beds
Carlough Cottage
This free-standing cape-style house sleeps has five bedrooms and sleeps ten. Carnlough has a full kitchen, living room and a charming deck.
  • 5 Rooms
  • 10 Beds
Hunt and Reefe
Hunt and Reefe Halls each have 43 bedrooms housing 143 guests each.
Overlooking the Vanderbilt estate, the Breakers, both residence halls have complete handicapped accessible rooms, elevator and lounges.
  • 43 Rooms
  • 143 Beds
Watts Sherman House
 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this roomy summer villa is one of 19th century America's architectural landmarks, as well as one of the greatest treasures of Salve Regina's campus.

  • 41 Rooms
  • 81 Beds
Wallace Hall
Wallace Hall's massive, arched entranceways for horsedrawn rigs remain a distinguishing feature of this stucco and timber residence hall.
Some of the rooms feature loft bedrooms and spiral staircases.
  • 21 Rooms
  • 44 Beds
Hedges Cottage
Once a stable, this residence has been carefully restored and is a delightful cottage for a small group.
  • 7 Rooms
  • 16 Beds
Moore Hall
Moore Hall, a Queen Anne Revival style home was planned specifically for wooded areas and seashore settings. Just a few steps fromthe sea, this beautiful residence hall is a gem on our campus.
  • 12 Rooms
  • 31 Beds
Young Building
Acquired by the university in 1997 to house the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, it has recently been restored and renamed in memory of Newport residents and longtime benefactors Anita O'Keeffe Young, sister of Georgia O'Keeffe and Robert R. Young. The university received the Newport Historical Society's Historic Preservation Award in 1999 for the restoration of this building.
Young is the perfect place to host your Conference as well as your guests.
  • 21 Rooms
  • 50 Beds

Featured Amenities

  • In-House Catering
  • Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


100 Ochre Point Ave,
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Nearby Airport

  • T. F. Green Airport - 30 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Logan International Airport - 45 minutes

Nearby Cities

Providence – 33|Boston – 70 / New York City 180

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes


Salve Regina University in Newport, RI offers high technology classrooms. Internet access is available in meeting rooms, classrooms and guest rooms. Wireless internet access is available in lobby areas, the library and cafeteria. Audio Visual department is located on campus. Business and graphic services are also available. Wireless connections are available throughout campus; however, it is recommended that wired internet connections be used in the dorm rooms. Please be sure to bring your own Ethernet cable. Connection to Salve Regina’s network is not allowed unless your PC or Mac has anti-virus software installed (including up-to-date virus definitions). Additional information and help for connecting to the internet will be provided at check-in.


....Johanna Mancivalano and Mariann Maida pulled together innumerable logistical details. Thier skill was apparent by the lack of issues we encountered....
US Department of Justice
"...the response from our guests was unanimous praise for the lovely setting and the wonderful luncheon buffet. Ochre Court is indeed a stunning place to hold our conference. Your gracious staff assured a perfect day..."
Rhode Island Tree Council
"....our volunteers and interns really enjoyed the accommodations! We appreciated your help with parking and evacuation vans"
US Women's Open


Conference and Event Services
The Conference and Event Department will support you from planning your event to arrival and departure.
Our staff is available to assist you with all of your Event requirements.


State-of-the-art Technology
There is internet/computer access available at the McKillop Library as well as a computer station in the lobby of the O'Hare Academic Center, the lobby of McAuley Hall and the lobby outside of the Miley Hall Cafeteria.
Complimentary printing is available at the McKillop Library during normal business hours: Monday - Tuesday, 8am to 6pm and Wednesday - Friday, 8am to 5pm.
Teachers Stations are available in most classrooms.
Our technology department will provide service to you individual needs and be on hand to assist you.