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About Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University is a private, religious school in an suburban setting in Fairfield, Connecticut. Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 and now enrolls around 9,156 students a year, including 6,158 undergrads.

Sacred Heart University's endowment was valued at $167.594 million in 2021. The institution spends around $9,631 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 13 undergraduate students for every full-time Sacred Heart University professor.

2021 Sacred Heart University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 64%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 85%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 26
Tuition $42,800

2022 Sacred Heart University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University offers early decision and early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Sacred Heart University is on December 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!
85% of applicants that applied early decision in 2020 got in to Sacred Heart University.

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Sacred Heart University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Sacred Heart University. In 2020, Sacred Heart University accepted 64% of applicants. Out of 11,748 applications received in 2021, 7,515 students were offered admission.

Sacred Heart University Waitlist 2021

Sacred Heart University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Sacred Heart University?

Sacred Heart University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Sacred Heart University, applicants must submit the following items.

Sacred Heart University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements interview for Early Decision candidates
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Sacred Heart University

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Sacred Heart University is 3.6 out of 4.0. The mean ACT score for Sacred Heart University students is 26.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Sacred Heart University.

Does Sacred Heart University Require Test Scores?

Sacred Heart University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 52% submitted the SAT. 11% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Sacred Heart University

Yes! Sacred Heart University provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Sacred Heart University students are active in the school's Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, Inter Resident Council and Student Nursing Association. Campus Spring Concert, President's Gala, and and Pack the Pitt are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Sacred Heart University.

Financial Aid at Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University meets 59% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $23,352 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Sacred Heart University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Sacred Heart University

About 83% of students who start at Sacred Heart University return the next year. Out of the 1,267 students who started at Sacred Heart University as first-time freshman, 867 graduate within four years.

Around 73% of students who started at Sacred Heart University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Sacred Heart University Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 10% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $54,730 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $46,843 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Sacred Heart University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Sacred Heart University a good school for you?

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Where is Sacred Heart University Located?

Sacred Heart University is located in the suburban setting of Fairfield, Connecticut, less than an hour from New York City.

If you want 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.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Sacred Heart University and Fairfield are like without leaving home.

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College Info

5151 Park Avenue Fairfield, CT 06825

Campus Setting: Suburban

Sacred Heart University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Sacred Heart University is Dec 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Sacred Heart University is Aug 1.

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


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Sacred Heart University ACT Scores


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23 - 28

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Sacred Heart University is 26. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Sacred Heart University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Sacred Heart University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

550 - 630


Reading SAT Range

570 - 630

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Sacred Heart University is like? There are approximately 9,156 students enrolled at Sacred Heart University, including 6,158 undergraduate students and 2,998 graduate students. 87% percent of students attend school full-time, 36% percent are from CT and 64% percent of students are from other states.


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