I have just applied to Salve Regina for the fall of 2010. Naturally, I'm anxious about my chances. Anyone who has experience would help. I have a 92.74 unweighted GPA with all honors courses junior and senior year plus 2 current AP's. My SAT score is a 1900 (630 R, 580 M, 690 W). My rank is 26 out of about 180-190 students. Any feedback helps, thanks.
I'd say you're pretty much in. I also had an A GPA, an SAT score comparable to yours, and some APs. Salve isn't known as a particularly "intellectual" school (many of the students here, even the ones older than me, shock me with their ignorance on a regular basis), so admissions jumps at the chance to take anyone who can boost our averages. If you're applying for the more competitive nursing program though, you might be subject to a stricter selection process. Still, I'd say don't worry about it.
Salve is not on a rolling basis. This means that we do not have a specific time frame in which we guarantee to have reviewed and sent a decision out by based on the day your application was complete.
The main reason why some students may receive their decisions before others are due to the fact that there are multiple layers to this process. For one, every student and every high school is different. So, every application deserves individualized attention that may require more time than others. Also, different admissions counselors on staff utilize different ways of organizing and reviewing their own load of applications. Finally, a submitted common application does not make a complete application. For instance, it may be taking longer for the supplementary materials (transcript, SAT scores, letters of recommendations, etc.) to arrive in our office and get processed into our system. At Salve, no application is reviewed until all of these have been received.