See what students say:

Academics

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."

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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.

Overview

Applicants
10,017
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
486 - 622
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
497 - 632
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
473 - 631

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 650

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
802
with Terminal Degree
364

436
Women
366
Men
77
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above

  • 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 Clinical Sciences

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

  • History

  • History, General

  • 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
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • 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


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.

Douglas Manoni
CEO of SourceMedia

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
54%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

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

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
$15,890

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,046

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,953

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
76%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$40,240

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,890

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,570
Required Fees
$250
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
$14,770
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

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,428
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

2.12%
Asian
3.94%
African-American
9.56%
Hispanic
73.41%
Caucasian
7.62%
Unknown
1.30%
International

64% female
36% male
63% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
51%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

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
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
172
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
5

15% join a fraternity
36% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

16% 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: Gay/Straight Alliance Safe Zone Training

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

Army 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

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

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

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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