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Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate66%

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing private doctoral institutions in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has a campus in Dingle, Ireland, and offers online programs. More than 10,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools:

Arts & Sciences


Media & the Arts

Social Work

Computer Science & Engineering

Health Professions

the Isabelle Farrington College of Education & Human Development

the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology

the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing

and St. Vincent’s College

Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 388 Colleges–2023 Edition, and Best Business Schools–2022 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre.

Sacred Heart University is a private, religious university in the suburb of Fairfield, Connecticut. Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963. The university enrolls around 10,721 students a year, including 6,782 undergraduates.

Sacred Heart University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Sacred Heart University. Sacred Heart University admitted 66% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 13,316 applications received in 2022, 8,750 students were offered admission.

Sacred Heart University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 66%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 93%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 5%
Average GPA 3.6
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 5%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 17.1%

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Sacred Heart University is located in the town of Fairfield, Connecticut, in the suburbs of New York City.

If you would like to see Sacred Heart University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Merritt Parkway to Fairfield, or book a flight to the nearest airport, LaGuardia.

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College Info

5151 Park Avenue https://www.sacredheart.edu/ Fairfield, CT 6825

Campus Setting: Suburban

Sacred Heart University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Sacred Heart University is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Sacred Heart University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1150 - 1280


Math SAT Range

560 - 640


Reading SAT Range

580 - 640

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1280 and Above


1150 to 1280


1150 and Less


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The median SAT score for Sacred Heart University students is 1230. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Sacred Heart University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1150 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1150 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Sacred Heart University.

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Wondering what life at Sacred Heart University is like? There are approximately 10,721 students enrolled at Sacred Heart University, including 6,782 undergraduate students and 3,939 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 29% percent are from CT and 71% percent of students are from other states.


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