Sacred Heart University

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5151 Park Avenue

Fairfield, CT 06825

Phone: (203) 371-7999
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U.S. News Rankings

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#33 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Sacred Heart University is a private institution that was founded in 1963. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,092, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 71 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Sacred Heart University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 33. Its tuition and fees are $35,050 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Sacred Heart University (SHU) is distinguished by the personal attention it provides its students and its dedication to the transformation and growth of both its undergraduate and graduate students. SHU is a dynamic University known for its commitment to academic excellence, student involvement, championship Division I athletic teams, cutting-edge technology and community service. The second-largest Catholic university in New England, Sacred Heart continues to be innovative in its offerings to students. Popular, newly launched programs include master's degrees in digital marketing and human resource management. Plans to launch new programs include a master's degree in speech-language pathology in 2014 with an undergraduate minor and post-baccalaureate pre-professional plan of study starting in fall 2013.

The AACSB-accredited John F. Welch College of Business is named after legendary former chairman and CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch. The College of Business offers undergraduate degrees in accounting & information systems, business administration, business economics, finance, marketing and sports marketing. At the graduate level, the College offers a part-time MBA with numerous concentrations, as well as graduate certificates in accounting, corporate finance, global investments, leadership and marketing. SHU has international campuses in County Kerry, Ireland, Luxembourg as well as countless opportunities to study in various countries including Australia, Morocco, Greece, Sweden, Thailand and more.

The University's commitment to experiential learning incorporates concrete, real-life study for students in all majors. Drawing on the rich resources in New England and New York City, students are connected with research and internship opportunities ranging from co-ops at international advertising agencies to research with faculty on marine life in the Long Island Sound. These opportunities help pave the way for a 93 percent placement rate for graduating seniors in full-time jobs and/or graduate study. SHU's experiential learning opportunities are complemented by a rich student life program offering more than 85 student organizations, including comprehensive music programs, media clubs and academic honor societies. The University has a well-respected Division I athletic program with more than 1,200 athletes who compete in 31 varsity sports and competitive club sports teams against colleges and universities throughout the region. The University's strong performing arts program includes the theatre arts program, several choirs and band programs, including marching band, pep band, concert band among other ensembles, as well as an academic minor in performing arts. Consistent with its mission, Sacred Heart is nationally recognized for contributing over 53,000 service hours last year. With more than 6,300 total undergraduate, master and doctoral students enrolled in more than 50 programs of study, Sacred Heart University is truly an innovative community committed to providing transformative opportunities.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1963
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $112,520,372


When applying to Sacred Heart University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Sacred Heart University is $70. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Sacred Heart University is 13:1, and the school has 45.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Sacred Heart University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other; Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other; Psychology; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 58%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 31%
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 18%
Psychology 13%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 6%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5%

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Student Life

Sacred Heart University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,092, with a gender distribution of 37.2 percent male students and 62.8 percent female students. At this school, 51 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 49 percent of students live off campus. Sacred Heart University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,434
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Sacred Heart University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Sacred Heart University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Sacred Heart University, 23 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Sacred Heart University.

Students who have cars on campus 23%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Sacred Heart University, 71.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,593.

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Tuition and fees $35,050 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,514 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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