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Sacred Heart University (SHU), the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Conn., and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. Over 9,0000 students attend the University's six colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Dr. Susan L. Davis, RN, & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; the AACSB-accredited Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; St. Vincent's College and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education.

Distinguished by the personal attention it provides its students, SHU is recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, award-winning advisement program, cutting-edge technology, championship Division I athletic teams, and nationally recognized community service programs. Situated in Fairfield, Connecticut, the main campus is ideally located one hour north of New York City and 2.5 hours south of Boston in proximity to world-class hospitals, nationally ranked elementary and secondary schools, a high concentration of Fortune 500 corporations and access to the employers in Connecticut's creative corridor. SHU also has international campuses in Dingle, Ireland and the European business center of Luxembourg, a partner campus in Rome, and study abroad options worldwide. Students may spend their freshman fall semester abroad program or participate in short-term and semester programs throughout their four years. Within the six colleges and School of Computer Science & Engineering, School of Social Work and School of Communication, Media & the Arts, students in all majors engage in hands-on education both in and outside of the classroom. Cutting-edge technology in West Campus allows students to apply their skills in real world settings such as the finance lab and trading floor, the iHub, IDEA Lab, incubator space and AI lab. The Center for Healthcare Education features the latest technology available to health professions students. Students in the sciences utilize recently renovated laboratories and state-of-the-art computer labs. A hallmark of a SHU education is the strong connection between students and faculty beginning in the freshman year. Faculty connect with students in interactive, innovative spaces in our academic buildings; through online communities; in joint research projects; in advising sessions and through many academic clubs, organizations and activities. Faculty lead students on study trips across the globe. The University's commitment to experiential learning incorporates concrete, real-life study for students in all majors including research, internships, clinical placements, independent study, service learning and work-study. Drawing on the rich resources in New England and New York City, students are connected with research and internship opportunities ranging from full-time internships at sought-after sites such as Madison Square Garden to research with faculty on marine life in the Long Island Sound. These opportunities help pave the way for a 99.2 percent placement rate for graduating seniors in full-time jobs and graduate study. SHU's experiential learning opportunities are complemented by a rich student life program offering more than 100 student organizations, including Greek life; leadership programs, media organizations such as the TV station, radio station and newspaper; academic clubs and multicultural organizations. The University has a well-respected Division I athletic program and a robust club sports program with more than 1,500 athletes who compete in 32 varsity sports and more than 25 competitive club sports teams. The University's strong performing arts program, led by a Tony-and-Grammy-nominated producer, includes the theatre arts program (also available as an academic major), a choir program with various ensembles, an instrumental music program including marching band, pep band and concert band among other ensembles and a dance program with a variety of ensembles. The campus has a lively atmosphere with over 90 percent of freshmen living on campus and many school spirit, cultural and social events offered throughout the year.

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Overview

Applicants
11,748
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average HS GPA
3.55

GPA Breakdown

15%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 630
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT 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
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
970
with Terminal Degree
453

575
Women
395
Men
110
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other.
  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician.
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other.
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Game and Interactive Media Design.


Students Say

Sacred Heart is a university that’s imbued with a tremendous amount of “school spirit” and “an amazing sense of community.” The university offers a wide range of majors and many students are quick to laud the “strong nursing and business programs.” A number also cheer for the performing arts department’s “professional, conservatory-style Dance program, and Theater Arts Program.” Moreover, students love that the campus is “very modern,” with whiteboard-stacked classrooms that feature “many unique features other schools lack” and “VR for classroom exercises, which enhanced the learning experience.” At Sacred Heart, you’re getting brand-new facilities and “state-of-the-art technology designed to give every student the best experience possible.”

These aren’t bells and whistles; Sacred Heart prioritizes “real work experience” and provides “a lot of networking opportunities that are very valuable.” Undergrads also suggest that small classes help “make the learning experience very personal.” Students also seem to hold their professors in high regard as well. Adjectives like “lively” and “passionate” abound, as do anecdotes about a particular religion teacher who “would literally get up on the desk with so much enthusiasm” so as to “engage us with his humor.” Sacred Heart professors are also defined by their accessibility. As this undergrad shares, “They are always available for extra help and genuinely want their students to succeed.”


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


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

Kevin Nealon
Actor, Comedian

Suzanne Greco
President and CEO of Subway

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

Douglas L. Kennedy
President and CEO, Peapack-Gladstone Bank

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

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

Overview

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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
$18,503

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,140

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,740

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$45,630

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,433

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,800
Required Fees
$270
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
$15,960
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

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,158
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

2.06%
Asian
4.67%
African-American
12.46%
Hispanic
72.90%
Caucasian
3.92%
Unknown
1.47%
International

66% female
34% male
64% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Students Say

When they first arrive on campus, Sacred Heart students are generally pleased to discover just how “selfless” and “supportive” their classmates truly are. “Every day when I go to class, a fellow student is always holding open the door for me.” Another undergrad explains, “There is an enthusiasm that you can’t fake that comes from the President all the way down to the students. People here genuinely care for others.” It’s an active concern too, or as one student puts it, “We push each other to do the best we can in school and in sports.” As a result of such “happy, positive, and hardworking” peers, it’s not hard to find common ground, though students still marvel at how easy it is to meet people. “Whenever I walk down the hall there is always someone I know... so you have to be ready to say hello or give a smile.” Those looking for diversity should know that “even though most students are from the Northeast, I still believe that we are all very different and bring unique ideas to the table, which makes for an overall great campus environment. “

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Out of all the things you’ll learn at Sacred Heart University, the one thing you might forget is what boredom is. Undergrads assert that “there are countless clubs and organizations to get involved in, activities at all hours of the day, and there is so much spirit here!” One student’s typically packed (and far from complete) list of experiences goes as follows: “I go to Greek life talent shows, tie-dye shirts, make mugs, play with therapy dogs, [and] participate in dodgeball [and] cornhole games.” A number of students also enjoy giving back and you’ll often find undergrads working with “the school’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter” or even embarking on “service trips to places like Mexico, Puerto Rico, and South Dakota.” Having a bunch of D1 athletes also means that there are plenty of games to watch, as well as various high-quality performing arts. And if you’re intrigued by fraternities or sororities, you’ll be glad to hear that “a large population of students here participate in Greek life.” Of course, these undergrads are also happy to indulge in simple pleasures too. For example, once it snows, it’s not uncommon for students to “go sledding [or start] snowball fights.” Finally, undergrads like to visit “downtown Fairfield, which is only 15 minutes away from campus [and has] tons of restaurants and shops.”

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Beth Skudzienski

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

https://www.sacredheart.edu/offices--departments-directory/jandrisevits-learning-center/office-of-student-accessibility/documentation-guidelines/learning-disability/

Documentation Required for ADHD

https://www.sacredheart.edu/offices--departments-directory/jandrisevits-learning-center/office-of-student-accessibility/documentation-guidelines/attention-deficithyperactivity-disorder-addadhd/

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
164
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
3

32% join a fraternity
55% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

13% 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

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Gender Sexuality Alliance Safe Zone Training

Minority Support Groups: For more information please visit: https://www.sacredheart.edu/sacred-heart-life/diversity--inclusion/multicultural-clubs/

Air Force 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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Lenovo, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Robert Gilmore
Director of Campus Experience

Address
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Phone
203-371-7881

Email
vist@sacredheart.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bobby Valentine Health & Recreation Center
Edgerton Center for Performing Arts
Linda E. McMahon Student Commons
Frank and Marisa Martire Center for the Liberal Arts
Chapel of the Holy Spirit
JP's Diner - first on-campus diner in New England serves up typical diner fare to students - open late. Outtakes - a great spot for students to grab a quick snack or bite to eat. Serves Starbucks coffee. Red's - on campus pub open for students ages 21 and older. Center for Healthcare Education - state-of-the-art facility for nursing and health profession students. William Pitt Athletic & Convocation Center West Campus

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
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Day visits. Admitted students only.

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. Through roundabout, onto Park Avenue, campus entrance on the right.

Local Accommodations
Best Western, Fairfield, CT Marriott Hotel, Trumbull, CT AmeriSuites Hotel, Shelton, CT Marriott Courtyard, Shelton, CT Hilton Hotel, Shelton, CT


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