See what students say:


Carrying on Catholic traditions and teachings for 60 years, Sacred Heart University is beloved by students for its high levels of engagement with students, the community, and with hands-on work in the classroom. For instance, in biology and anatomy labs, one student had to “train [a fish] in order to apply what I was learning in class,” and exercise science labs feature advanced equipment like BioDex (a robotic measuring instrument that measures muscle strength) and Bod Pods (to measure body fat and lean body mass) “that allow you a unique lab experience.” Students praise the experience: “I’ve learned multiple clinical skills…that I know I will use during my career.” They also get a kick out of the experiential learning emphasized in study abroad programs: “Rather than sitting in a classroom and learning about ancient burial tombs, we actually took a scenic walking trip up the green hills of Ireland and saw the tombs in person.”

Many students have favorable opinions regarding the faculty at Sacred Heart. Professors are “very passionate about teaching and always want their students to succeed.” And they earn kudos for compassion. As one student attests, “My questions are always answered and my professors are very understanding when I have personal situations in my own life.”

Student Body

At Sacred Heart, “Everyone here welcomes you like family!” This sentiment stems from a variety of students who attribute it to a close-knit “community of peers” and a willingness to be “very accepting...even if there are differences.” They also chalk it up to an overall outgoing demeanor and suggest that the school’s medium size might actually drive students to participate in order to have “a big campus community” because when you “get involved and meet people [it makes] it seem bigger.” Other words frequently used to describe the student body include its “positive attitude” and good manners—“We are a door-holding campus”—and motivation to get involved in “loving and helpful” ways. As one student describes it, “I believe that no institution has students that love their school more than we do,” a sentiment that’s seemingly only grown in response to the pandemic. “Students have been even more kind and understanding of each other. It is a great community!”

Campus Life

Students at Sacred Heart continually mention opportunity, whether that’s being active in recreational or intramural sports, getting involved in the mentorship of younger students and high-schoolers through programs like Best Buddies or buildOn, or pursuing additional academic interests like the new neuroscience club or SHU Innovate, which helps students discover technology and its social and ethical implications. It’s rare to find a program that students aren’t enthusiastic about, no matter how specific: “I am on the Irish Dance Ensemble, one of the greatest teams I’ve been a part of.” And of course, there’s a strong ministry outreach, described by some as “the soul and heart of campus,” which “makes every single person feel welcome.” In short, “SHU is fun. Class, work, fraternity. I love it here.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Robert Gilmore
Director of Campus Experience

5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825



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

Information Sessions

Year-round on weekdays, weekends

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Contact Admissions Office

Day visits. Admitted students only.


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


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



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