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Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Conn., and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University's five colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; the Jack Welch College of Business; and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education.

Distinguished by the personal attention it provides its students, Sacred Heart University (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 AACSB-accredited Jack Welch College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, College of Nursing, Isabelle Farrington College of Education, School of Computing and School of Communication and Media Arts, students in all majors engage in hands-on education both in and outside of the classroom. Cutting-edge technology in the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center allows students to apply their skills in real world settings such as the Finance Lab & Trading Floor, full-size television studios and a motion capture lab. The new 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 such as SHUSquare for freshmen; in joint research projects; in advising sessions and through many academic clubs, organizations and activities. Faculty lead students on study trips across the globe and on excursions to locations such as Washington, D.C. for political science students and the New York Stock Exchange for finance students. 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 95 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 160 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 27 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
9,992
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.48

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 27

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
858
with Terminal Degree
414

485
Women
373
Men
86
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
72%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

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.
  • Finance, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Technology.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Computer Engineering, General.

  • 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.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other.

  • 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.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • 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.

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


Students Say

Students heap praise on this small Catholic university located in Fairfield, Connecticut, a place where “academics meet real-world experiences.” Sacred Heart University is a Catholic school, but students underscore that “we do not force religious teachings upon the student body; rather, we offer a helping hand in times of despair as well as times of fortune.” One of Sacred Heart’s points of pride is being known as a “door-holding” school: “We all hold doors for each other, help each other out, and look out for one another.” With an undergraduate population of a little less than 5,500, students say,“The student body is one of the most tight-knit groups of people [they] have ever been a part of.” The school’s proximity to New York City, Hartford, and Stamford provide opportunities for real-world experiences outside the classroom, and students say the “internship and job opportunities we have here are unique and amazing.” Specific programs of note for students include the “business, nursing, and health professions programs,” with one student declaring that the choice to attend SHU was down to the school’s “fantastic nursing program.” Professors are “enthusiastic, encouraging, and helpful” on the whole, and students appreciate that some “also allow students to engage with their research which then will allow kids to get published.” Beyond the coursework, one student says that professors at Sacred Heart have “opened my eyes to how the world works.”

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.

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
67%
Graduate in 5 years
72%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

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

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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
$16,566

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,376

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,952

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$42,033

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,600

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,150
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
$15,310
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
5,603
Foreign Countries Represented
26

Demographics

2.04%
Asian
4.55%
African-American
10.52%
Hispanic
73.56%
Caucasian
5.35%
Unknown
1.35%
International

64% female
36% male
65% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Students Say

“The entire mood here is very upbeat,” gushes one Sacred Heart student, and another adds that “door holding symbolizes us because we care about those around us and are very genuine people.” When it comes to school spirit, Sacred Heart has it in spades. As one student puts it, “Sacred Heart University exemplifies school spirit and hospitality to every single student that walks [through] our campus.” To sum it up, “The entire student body is one giant family.” Much of the student body from the Tri-State area but students stress that Sacred Heart is “all about embracing diversity and cultivating a caring, safe, and academically prosperous environment.” The school is a “tightly-knit community where people are excited to try new things and professors encourage students to branch out.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
52%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

Students Say

It’s easy to keep busy at Sacred Heart, as “there’s always something happening on campus and on the weekends thanks to [the] Student Life department.” Students say that when their peers are not “studying or working, they are volunteering their time in the volunteer program.” Fairfield is “a great college town so there is a ton to do off campus,” and for those who want to venture a little farther, New York and Boston aren’t too far away. Greek life plays a role on campus but students seem to consider it just one more thing in a long list of potential things to do at Sacred Heart, rather than the only activity available. According to one student, “If you’re not the biggest partier, SHU is a great school for you.” One popular watering hole on campus is Red’s, “the oncampus pub,” where “senior students enjoy nightlife in town” and which also has “all-age nights where no alcohol is served and it is open to students of any class year.” When students want a break from campus, especially “when the weather is nice, students hang out at the beach, get some ice cream, and often are dining downtown.” As the school continues to expand—something students praise—parking is a growing issue that students hope the administration will address.

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dr. Ardiana Sula

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

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
181
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
4

16% join a fraternity
37% 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

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Gay/Straight Alliance Safe Zone Training

Minority Support Groups: For more information please visit: http://www.sacredheart.edu/campuslife/activitiesprograms/clubs/multiculturalclubs/

Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Yale University

Sustainability

61/99

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
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
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.

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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