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Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate64%
Acceptance Rate64%

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 school in the suburb of Fairfield, Connecticut. Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963. The college enrolls around 9,156 students a year, including 6,158 undergrads.

Sacred Heart University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Sacred Heart University. The acceptance rate at Sacred Heart University is 64%. In 2022, 7,515 out of 11,748 total applicants were accepted.

Sacred Heart University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 64%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.6
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 52%

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

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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

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Sacred Heart University is Continuous processing.

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

Sacred Heart University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

550 - 630


Reading SAT Range

570 - 630

Sacred Heart University Tuition & Fees

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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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