Sacred Heart University campus

Overview

Applicants
9,257
Acceptance Rate
59%
Average HS GPA
3.42

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
24%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
478 - 611
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
483 - 634
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 626
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

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
762
with Terminal Degree
335

421
Women
341
Men
78
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Exercise Physiology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Development
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Public Relations/Image Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Superintendency and Educational System Administration
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Science
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • High School/Secondary Diplomas and Certificates

  • Regular/General High School/Secondary Diploma Program

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Historic Preservation and Conservation

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General


Students Say

A fantastic institution, Sacred Heart University brilliantly combines the "community" feel of a small school with the "first class" facilities often associated with larger universities. Moreover, as a Catholic college, Sacred Heart deftly balances "service [with] learning." Academically, while SHU has many "amazing" departments, students rush to highlight the business, health science and dance programs. Undergrads here also appreciate the fact that the university does "a great job of opening up study abroad experiences regardless of major." As one grateful student explains, "Nursing can do a full semester in Ireland which is unheard of in most nursing schools."

Inside the classroom, undergrads are privy to "excellent" professors who "really know how to bring the subjects to life and bring relevancy to the topics being learned." They also tend to be "very passionate about what they do" and excel at making "students feel important." One thrilled student further explains, "The professors here really try to get to know you. They learn about your goals and work hard to help you to achieve them." Perhaps even more impressive, they "remember you even after you have finished their class. They will always stop and say hi to you in the hallway." Finally, a psychology major adds, "Professors go above and beyond when you need it…They genuinely care about your success and happiness, and are always willing to meet…sometimes even mak[ing] special arrangements to [see] you [outside of] office hours."


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Frank R. Martire
Executive Chairman of the Board of Fidelity National Information Services

Brian Hamilton
Chairman of Sageworks, Inc.

Douglas Manoni
CEO of SourceMedia

Gary Levin
President and CEO of Levin Financial Group

Dianne Auger
President and CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation

William Roberti
Former President and CEO of Brooks Brothers

Craig Rydin
Former CEO of Yankee Candle

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
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
$15,547

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,991

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,933

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$47,715

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,547

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,050
Required Fees
$250
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,790
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,450
Comprehensive Fee

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
5,205
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

2.27%
Asian
3.88%
African-American
8.46%
Hispanic
70.96%
Caucasian
11.54%
Unknown
1.21%
International

64% female
36% male
61% are out of state
85% are full time
15% are part time

Students Say

Sacred Heart students have the utmost respect for their peers. Indeed, when asked to describe their classmates, many undergrads quickly note that they're "kind and considerate." This might stem from the fact that SHU is known as a "door holding school." An English major helpfully clarifies, "Each door I go through, someone holds it for me and each door I leave, I hold it open for them." In other words, you can rest assured that this is a "friendly" community. Sacred Heart students can also be described as "genuine" and "motivated." The majority are bursting "with school spirit" and boundless enthusiasm. And though many students "tend to be wealthier and preppy," thankfully "the university as a whole encompasses all types of people." As another English major beautifully concludes, "Whether you are in theatre or the captain of the [Division I] football team, we are a family here at SHU."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
50%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Undergrads at Sacred Heart lead active, hectic lives. As a marketing major immediately shares, "If people need a break from school work, or just want to have some fun on campus, there is always an opportunity to do so!" More specifically, we're told that "many students are involved in either a sport or a performing arts program which means there are rehearsals and practices throughout the day or multiple times a week." Additionally, "there are a lot of community service opportunities." And we'd be remiss if we neglected to mention that the student activities office brings some great entertainment options to campus including "mind readers and magicians and hypnotists." There's also plenty to take advantage of off-campus as well. For starters, "when the weather is warm, a lot of students visit the beach in Fairfield." Sacred Heart also sponsors a number of trips "to NYC and Boston that include tickets to shows or museums." And, of course, many Sacred Heart undergrads simply love that "the mall is in close proximity to the school." All in all, you have to work pretty hard at being bored at SHU.

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

18% join a fraternity
33% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

15% 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)
19 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
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: Yale University

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
Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center
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

Contact Email Address for Visit
gilmorer@sacredheart.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not 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 Marriott Courtyard, Shelton, CT Hilton Hotel, Shelton, CT