From the School

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.


From The School

Sacred Heart University believes in a personalized process in evaluating students for admission. The Admissions Office utilizes the Common Application and also requires high school transcripts and a letter of recommendation. A campus visit and tour are strongly encouraged for all applicants, and an interview is required for Early Decision candidates. Sacred Heart University will consider SAT or ACT scores if students elect to submit them; however standardized test scores are not required. The Common Application is available online beginning August 1, 2014. To schedule a visit to campus, call 203-371-7881 or go to


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
468 - 606
SAT Math
487 - 623
ACT Composite
21 - 28


Early Decision
December 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Volunteer Work
Work Experience


From The School

Academic Programs

Sacred Heart's unique "Major in Success" program offered through the Career Development and Placement Center provides individual and group career counseling that helps students identify and match their talents, interests, and values with research on corresponding majors and careers. This program is open to all undergraduate students, and is geared towards undeclared students as well as students who are considering changing majors or career paths.

Undergraduate students in the AACSB-accredited John F. Welch College of Business participate in the Welch Experience, an integrated professional and academic program which includes experiential learning opportunities such as internships and study abroad, career planning, advising and mentoring programs, and research opportunities.

Thomas More Honors Program students enjoy a student-directed learning experience complete with a multitude of experiential learning opportunities that extend beyond the customary classroom environment. Students in the Honors Program benefit from a diverse and dynamic learning community in which they are both students and teachers to one another.

SHU's international campuses in Luxembourg and Ireland demonstrate the University's commitment to global education, and along with dozens of other University-approved sites, provide students with seamless opportunities to study abroad year-round and worldwide.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Sacred Heart University offers degrees at the Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral levels. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on campus, and offers undergraduate programs in Art & Design (concentrations in Graphic Design, Illustration and Studio Art), Biology (concentrations in Ecology & Conservation, Molecular & Cellular, Neuroscience, and Traditional Biology), Catholic Studies (minor), Chemistry (concentrations in Biochemistry and Traditional Chemistry), Communication Studies (concentrations in Advertising Media/Public Relations and Sports Media), Computer Science & Information Technology (Tracks in Game Design & Development and Information Technology and a concentration in Network Security), Criminal Justice, Digital Communication, English (concentrations in Literature and Writing), European Studies (minor), French (minor), History, Irish Studies (minor), Italian (minor), Latin American Studies (minor), Mathematics, Media Arts (concentrations is Film, Television & Media and Journalism), Middle Eastern Studies (minor), Music (minor), Performing Arts (minor), Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, and Women's Studies (minor), as well pre-professional advising programs including Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Law, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Osteopathic, Pre-Physician's Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Veterinary studies.

The AACSB-accredited John F. Welch College of Business offers undergraduate programs in Accounting, Management (concentrations in Entrepreneurship & Family Business, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing), Business Economics, Finance, Marketing (concentrations in Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Digital Advertising), and Sport Management. The Welch College of Business offers an MBA program with an accelerated five-year BS/MBA option and MBA concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing.

The NCATE-accredited Isabelle Farrington College of Education has Elementary Education Certification and Secondary Education Certification programs available at the undergraduate level (leads toward Connecticut state certification with reciprocity in 39 states). Many undergraduate education students elect to pursue the Five-Year Program, whereby candidates graduate from SHU in four years with a bachelor's degree in an academic subject-area major and during the fifth year, continue working towards earning Connecticut Teacher Certification while completing their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and interning at a local school district, which provides tuition reimbursement for 33 graduate school credits.

The College of Health Professions offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs including undergraduate programs in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Health Science, Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology, as well as combined undergraduate/graduate programs in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.

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.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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

John Ratzenberger

William Roberti
Former President and CEO of Brooks Brothers

Craig Rydin
Former CEO of Yankee Candle


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

2013-15 full-time undergraduate tuition and fees is $35,500. Room and board is an additional $13,822. Board only (for commuter students) ranges from $1,800 to $5,000 depending on the meal plan.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to admitted undergraduate students and may include need-based aid and/or merit-based aid for academic and athletic achievement. Participation grants for select performing arts and community service programs are also awarded. To be considered for federal and state financial assistance students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), while the CSS Profile must be completed for consideration for institutional grants/scholarships.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
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

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)

Direct Lender


From The School

SHU's academic and experiential learning opportunities are complemented by a rich student life program offering over 80 student organizations including popular performing arts groups (band, choir, dance and theatre arts), media groups, spirit groups, national Greek letter organizations, intramural and club sports, community service organizations, ministry groups, leadership programs, student governance groups, multicultural organizations, and academic honor societies. Cultural events abound on campus, including fall and spring concerts, the Student Affairs Lecture Series which brings renowned guest speakers to campus, and professional-quality theatrical, musical, and dance performances at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.

SHU's robust school spirit is embodied by the University's successful Division I intercollegiate athletics program. Among the largest Division I programs in the country, the Pioneers compete in 31 varsity sports: Baseball (w), Basketball (m/w), Bowling (w), Cross-Country (m/w), Equestrian (w), Fencing (m/w), Field Hockey (w), Football (m), Golf, (m/w), Ice Hockey (m/w), Lacrosse (m/w), Rowing (w), Soccer (m/w), Softball (w), Swimming (w), Tennis (m/w), Track & Field: Indoor/Outdoor (m/w), Volleyball (m/w), and Wrestling (m), who are supported by the talented Cheerleading Team and Dance Team. Students also participate in Club Sport teams: Baseball (m), Basketball (m/w), Bowling (m), Dance (w), Field Hockey (w), Figure Skating (w), Golf (co-ed), Gymnastics (co-ed), Ice Hockey (m), Lacrosse (m/w), Rugby (m/w), Running (co-ed), Sailing (co-ed), Soccer (m/w), Softball (w), Tennis (co-ed), Volleyball (m/w), Weightlifting (co-ed), and Wrestling (m) which compete against the junior varsity and club teams of colleges and universities across the region.

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



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


From The School


Sacred Heart University's campus location offers the best of both worlds: a safe, suburban campus located on 71 acres in beautiful Fairfield, Connecticut and a central location between the urban centers of New York City (55 miles) and Boston, MA (150 miles). With 92% of first-year students residing on campus, the atmosphere at SHU is an intimate residential campus with easily accessible academic and student life facilities, Division I and club sporting events, and other activities which are continually running on campus such as concerts, lectures, poetry readings, game nights, art exhibits, spiritual activities, and theatrical performances.

Drawing on the rich resources in New England and the Metro-New York area, students are immersed in enriching activities throughout the year including group events in NYC such as Broadway shows, and trips to historical Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Metro-North Railroad and the Port Jefferson ferry serving Long Island are each just a ten minute drive from campus. The University's shuttle system provides free service to the local transportation centers as well as popular downtown Fairfield, the nearby shopping mall, movie theatres, and other shopping and recreational attractions, in addition to offering trips to student-favorite spots such as the culturally rich city of New Haven, and the beach during late spring and early fall.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Highlights of SHU's on-campus facilities include:

State-of-the-art motion analysis, independent living, human performance, athletic training, acute care, ambulatory care and clinical skills laboratories supporting SHU's health sciences programs
A model science classroom, educational technology laboratory, and the "Book Ends" literacy clinic which offer Education exposure to stimulating teaching environments
State-of-the-art biology and chemistry laboratories in the newly-renovated science wing
Cutting-edge studio and lab space for dedicated use by Art and Design students including an illustration studio, painting and drawing studio, graphic design studio, foundations studio and fashion design studio
The new 46,000 square-foot Linda E. McMahon Commons offers a new bookstore, student dining hall, informal lounge spaces, outside seating, a presentation room, and a new career counseling center
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit gained international recognition after its dedication in September 2009
The William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center, a three-level complex with a sports arena, weight-training facilities and health clinic.
A new Welch College of Business and Department of Communications and Media Studies building which will be completed in Spring 2014.

Off-Campus Opportunities

SHU students enjoy a multitude of social, recreational, and professional opportunities in Fairfield County, which is considered by many to be among the most desirable places to live in the nation. The area's rich New England history featuring miles of stunning coastline, beaches, nature preserves, sports stadiums, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and cultural exhibits are all complemented by dozens of local, national, and multinational corporations and easy access to New York City via Metro-North Railroad.

Fairfield County boasts the third-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., world-class hospitals, nationally-ranked elementary and secondary schools and countless additional sites for students to intern and gain relevant work experience. In fact, SHU's PioneerLink internship and job database includes over 6,000 employers, and 80% of graduating seniors report participation in at least one internship, practicum or field experience, which contributes to the University's 98% placement rate of graduating seniors in jobs and graduate school.

Serving those in need is an integral part of the University's mission, and SHU students, faculty, and staff contribute over 53,000 hours of volunteer service to the local, national, and international community each year. Through the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs, students are encouraged to contribute their time and energy as volunteers in local schools, shelters, and community centers, and participate in Spring Break Mission Trips around the country as well as internationally.

Student Organizations & Activities

Highlights of SHU's on-campus facilities include:

State-of-the-art motion analysis, independent living, human performance, athletic training, acute care, ambulatory care and clinical skills laboratories supporting SHU's health sciences programs
A model science classroom, educational technology laboratory, and the "Book Ends" literacy clinic which offer Education exposure to stimulating teaching environments
State-of-the-art biology and chemistry laboratories in the newly-renovated science wing
Cutting-edge studio and lab space for dedicated use by Art and Design students including an illustration studio, painting and drawing studio, graphic design studio, foundations studio and fashion design studio
The new 46,000 square-foot Linda E. McMahon Commons offers a new bookstore, student dining hall, informal lounge spaces, outside seating, a presentation room, and a new career counseling center
The Chapel of the Holy Spirit gained international recognition after its dedication in September 2009
The William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center, a three-level complex with a sports arena, weight-training facilities and health clinic.
A new Welch College of Business and Department of Communications and Media Studies building which will be completed in Spring 2014.

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.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

16% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

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

Men's Sports (Pioneers)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Pioneers)
20 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: Gay/Straight Alliance Safe Zone Training

Minority Support Groups: information please visit

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of New Haven


Green Rating

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Lenovo, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Robert Gilmore
Director of Campus Experience

5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825


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

Information Sessions

Year-round on weekdays, weekends

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Must be accepted first.


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
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