Characterized by the personal attention it provides its students, Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, Connecticut is a Catholic liberal arts university. With more than 50 academic programs for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students in the arts, sciences, business, education, and health professions, Sacred Heart University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, cutting-edge technology, championship Division I athletic teams, and award-winning community service program.
Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), SHU is the second-largest Catholic university in New England. A vibrant residential University with 4,100 full-time undergraduates and approximately 7,000 total undergraduate and graduate students, the University's academic programs are housed in its five distinctive colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, AACSB-accredited John F. Welch College of Business, NCATE-accredited Isabelle Farrington College of Education, College of Health Professions, and University College.
Exemplified by its mission, Sacred Heart University is dedicated to the holistic development of its students through active, engaged learning that educates the whole person mind, body, and spirit. Hands-on learning through research, internships, clinical placements, service learning, and study abroad programs encourages students to apply their skills and knowledge outside the classroom, contributing to a 98% job and graduate school placement rate for graduating seniors.
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.”
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.”
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