Sacred Heart University campus

Overview

Applicants
9,114
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average HS GPA
3.39

GPA Breakdown

26%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
23%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
468 - 606
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
487 - 623
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 28

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Early Action
December 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
733
with Terminal Degree
320

407
Women
326
Men
72
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Irish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology, General
  • Exercise Physiology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management and Services
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Communications Technology/Technician

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • General Literature
  • Writing, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textile Marketing Management

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Nursing Science
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Computer Games and Programming Skills

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Graphic Design
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other


Students Say

Sacred Heart University in Connecticut provides students with everything: “above average academics, numerous student events, and opportunities for students not found many other places.” The “Catholic intellectual tradition” here is all about “educating the entire individual, be it academically, spiritually or through important experiences” such as studying abroad and exclusive internship opportunities. The focus on tying the tight-knit community and religion into education is a main reason that students seek SHU out, not to mention the benefits of more than thirty Division I programs, country-leading volunteer programs, and a gorgeous campus. “When I toured there I fell in love right away,” says a junior criminal justice major.
Professors “engage the class on a regular basis” and “provide useful examples that relate to the subject matter.” They are “for the most part very enthusiastic, approachable, smart and cool” and “usually willing to give extra help or guidance.” There are no huge lecture halls at SHU, which “makes every class have so much more opportunity for actual education.” All students must complete the multidisciplinary Common Core curriculum, which is a series of four classes that incorporate the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Some say that classes could stand to be a bit more rigorous, but “if you look for lively academic discussion, you will find it (eventually).”
The school is “great with communing messages to students” and the “very e-mail driven school” makes assistance and answers easy to come by. Everyone is more than satisfied with SHU’s overall appearance, and “the constant renovations…help make the school more up to date and modern.”

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Raffaela Marie Fenn
Former President and CEO of National Peanut Board

Michael J. Kinney
Former CFO of Kraft Foods International

Frank R. Martire
Former CEO of Fidelity Information Services, Inc.

Kevin Nealon
Actor

John Ratzenberger
Actor

William Roberti
Former President and CEO of Brooks Brothers

Craig Rydin
Former CEO of Yankee Candle

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,798

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,037

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,003

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$45,746

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
78%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,798

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,920
Required Fees
$250
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,997
Out of State
60%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
18

Demographics

2.16%
Asian
3.57%
African-American
7.46%
Hispanic
70.17%
Caucasian
15.14%
Unknown
1.06%
International

64% female
36% male
60% are out of state
85% are full time
15% are part time

Students Say

Sacred Heart is a “door holding” school; “it may seem silly but it is nice to know that someone is always willing to help you out,” says a student. Diversity is definitely lacking, as most everyone is “white,” “preppy and usually from middle to upper class,” “Catholic,” and “from New England, New York, or New Jersey.” Playing sports and taking part in Greek life are popular pursuits among the SHU population. Name brands abound, so “don’t be surprised when you pull into campus and the girls (and guys) are getting out of their Range Rovers with Starbucks in their hand and a Michael Kors bag.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
53%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

Students Say

The campus ministry outreach is “extremely strong” (as are the volunteer programs, which are “top in the country”), and this “really provides a sense of community.” “Everything is just happy and everyone is so supportive of one another,” says a student. Students “care a lot about their studies” so “the library is always packed.” There is a lot to do on campus that is “free and really fun”: every couple of weeks there is a bingo night, which “is popular because you can win some really good prizes,” and the Student Events Team throws annual Fall and Spring Fests. “I am never disappointed by the options I have when it comes to events outside of class,” says a student. Fairfield’s proximity to New Haven and New York City also provides a welcome dose of culture.
The “public safety that patrol our school are on duty 24 hours a day,” and the classrooms “are up to date” (all have been redone within the past two years), but “the food on campus definitely needs improving,” as does the parking situation. Unsurprisingly for “a huge jock school,” the “kids here like sports” and the typical SHU student “is involved in multiple activities across the spectrum.” “Between sports, clubs, Greek life, and community service it is very easy to find people you click with,” says a student. Most students at SHU “have a lot of school spirit,” and “people enjoy going to games and being active.” “A lot of people like to go to parties or clubs” on weekends when work is done, but it “is definitely not something that is forced upon other students.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
110
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
4

16% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

29% participate in intramural sports
28% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Pioneers)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Fencing
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Pioneers)
20 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Academic
Health
LGBT Support Groups: Gay/Straight Alliance Safe Zone Training

Minority Support Groups: information please visit http://www.sacredheart.edu/campuslife/activitiesprograms/clubs/multiculturalclubs/

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of New Haven

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Lenovo, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Robert Gilmore
Director of Campus Experience

Address
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Phone
203-371-7881


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pitt Health and Recreation Center
Edgerton Center for Performing Arts
Linda E. McMahon Student Commons
Ryan-Matura Library
Chapel of the Holy Spirit

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Fairfield Beach
Downtown Fairfield
New York City
SoNo Arts District (South Norwalk)
Westfield Shopping Center/Trumbull Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 10am, 12pm, 2pm Sat 10am + 12pm and select sundays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year-round on weekdays, weekends

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Must be accepted first.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle buses, taxis, buses, MetroNorth, Amtrak; LaGauardia, JFK, Westchester, New Haven and Bradley Airports.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Merritt Parkway (Route 15). Exit 47. Turn left at stop sign onto Park Avenue. Campus entrance on right at 2nd traffic light.

Local Accommodations
Best Western, Fairfield, CT Marriott Hotel, Trumbull, CT AmeriSuites Hotel, Shelton, CT Hilton Hotel, Shelton, CT Marriott Courtyard, Shelton, CT