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.
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
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.
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.”