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
Computer Science & Engineering
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.
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|
|Applicants Submitting SAT scores||52%|
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Sacred Heart University is locatedin the town of Fairfield, Connecticut, in New York City.
If you want to see Sacred Heart University for yourself, be sure to 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.
First-Year Applications are Due
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
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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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