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.

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

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Overall

From The School

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.

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

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
89%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


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


Maria Fenn
President and Managing Director, National Peanut Board

Michael Kinney
Former CFO, Kraft Foods Int'l

Frank R. Martire
President and CEO of Fidelity Information Services, Inc.

Kevin Nealon
Actor

John Ratzenberger
Actor

William Roberti
Former CEO, Brooks Brothers

Craig Rydin
Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Yankee Candle

Overview

From The School

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.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
70
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
$15,942

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,500
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 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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

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
4,997
Out of State
60%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
27

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

Overview

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.

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
53%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
73
First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
86

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

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

Green Rating
61

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
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Key Stats

9,114
Applicants
4,997
Size
57%
Acceptance Rate
1090
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists