Sacred Heart University Visit Report by BmacNJ

Visit to Sacred Heart University in August 2019 by BmacNJ
(Member since August 23 2019 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:

Information Session: Yes - Really not that informative. Received more info walking around campus, picking the brains of students. 11,500 applicants, 57% acceptance rate, Test Optional, Merit Aid $8-17k School caters to Nursi

Campus Tour: Yes - Nicely manicured but lots of construction. New dorm and new athletic center both under construction Campus reminded me of corporate business park. Parking lot in front of every building. No open space


Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Overly friendly students working open house to the point you could tell it was fake. Not many regular students around campus on Sunday morning. Cafeteria was empty

Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Staff was friendly and welcoming. Answered any questions that were asked. Just felt that they didn't try to sell the school. Had to pull info from them.

Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Landscaping was nice-no views of anything other then other buildings, which were on top of each other. Not much open space. Ton of construction. Many buildings off campus students need to take shuttle

Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Buildings were all newer, clean and well maintained. Several newer buildings under construction. Off campus academic buildings recently acquired from GE and renovated.

4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Typical double with 2 beds, desks, dressers. Microfridge provided. Laundry included, printing included, no cars for freshman, WIFI campus. Guaranteed 4 years, but some freshman dorms off campus

3 - Good
3 - Good
Didn't see anyone in guard shack, didn't see any patrols. Campus seemed to be fenced in. Blue light campus. Shuttle bus to downtown, train, mall, and supermarket

Overall Campus Impression:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Was really expecting and hoping for more. Overwhelmingly white female campus. Everyone we spoke to was a nursing major. Nothing around nearby off-campus.


Area Immediately Around Campus:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Campus is right off the Merritt Parkway and sits on the border of Bridgeport. Not close to downtown Fairfield. No stores nearby. Trumball Mall is mile away. NYC is 90 minutes by train

3 - Good
3 - Good
Fairfield is a nice city, 90 mins from NYC by train, has many shops, restaurants and bustling downtown as well as a nice beach area. However, SHU is no where near this area of town

Campus Visit Notes for Sacred Heart University

Visit Description:

From the view of a non nursing major, the Sacred Heart was a disappointment. The open house/information session was well organized and had hundreds of student ambassadors on hand to assist. They were over the top friendly. Admissions presentation was geared toward the nursing major and the success they have had over the past 10 years. 100% of nursing students pass there certification tests and 98.6% have job placement. That was pretty much the extent of any selling points the Admissions presentation went over. Campus tour lasted about 45 mins. Freshman dorm we saw was a male triple. Extremely tight, why that room was chosen was beyond me. Laundry and printing included, WIFI and cable ready dorms. The school is 65% female and was very apparent.

The main academic building was where first and second year students take the majority of classes. I know theres an extensive core from my research, but it was never mentioned during any part of the day. The ambassadors answer was "like a math, religion and science class"
Apparently there are several academic buildings on the old GE headquarters that were recently renovated. They are located a half mile from campus and students have to take a shuttle to them. They weren't part of the tour. There is a campus shuttle that goes to downtown Fairfield, supermarket, mall and off campus academic buildings.
A new Athletic Center is under construction and I'm sure it will be nice. It will house student gym, rock wall, bowling alley. They have D1 sports but there was no mention of them and there was no tour of any of the sports facilities.
New upperclassman dorms are also under construction. No additional information was given on them as to if they were going to be apartment style.
The freshman meal plan consists of 150 swipes and $850 in SHU money per semester. There are 2 cafeterias and 2 Starbucks on campus. There is also a new Diner on campus but wasn't part of the tour. The cafeteria was pretty empty. In fact the campus was pretty dead other then the open house participants.

Not once during the entire day did anyone mention the cost of tuition, fees, room and board. I tried to figure it out on website and only guesstimate its between $55-60k per year. Nothing was mentioned with regards to merit aid during any presentation, however I was able get info out of an admissions employee that it ranges from $8-17k per year.
The school is test optional, average SAT score for class of 2023 was 1215 average, ACT 26
11,500 applicants with 57% acceptance rate, 1500 freshman class
TEST OPTIONAL, got 2 different answers on % of students who utilize 25 and 40%, so I'm guessing somewhere in the middle of that.
They use the Common App and CSS profile
Not sure about Study Abroad
Not sure what average class size is
Not sure what Facutly:Student ratio is
Not sure about internship opportunities
Left with more questions then answers