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Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate66%

Sacred Heart University Admissions

Sacred Heart University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Sacred Heart University is 66%. Out of 13,316 applications received in 2023, 8,750 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Sacred Heart University, the application fee is $50.

Students who apply to Sacred Heart University for fall should hear back from Sacred Heart University by April 1.

Sacred Heart University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Sacred Heart University's admissions stats.

Sacred Heart University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18.6%
Mean SAT Score 1230
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 17.1%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3.6%
Waitlist No

Sacred Heart University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Sacred Heart University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes December 1 December 15
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 15 January 31

Considering Applying Early to Sacred Heart University?

Sacred Heart University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by December 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 15. Sacred Heart University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31.

The early decision acceptance rate at Sacred Heart University is 93%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 66%.

Sacred Heart University accepts about 5% of early action applicants and 66% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Sacred Heart University admitted 213 of the 230 students who applied early decision. Last year, Sacred Heart University admitted 5,484 of the 11,19 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Sacred Heart University Admissions

Transferring to Sacred Heart University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Sacred Heart University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Sacred Heart University

Wondering what factors are considered by Sacred Heart University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Volunteer Work Very Important
Work Experience Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Sacred Heart University for more information on admission factors.

Sacred Heart University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Sacred Heart University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Sacred Heart University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Other Requirements
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Sacred Heart University?

Students admitted to Sacred Heart University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 21.7% submitted a class rank. At Sacred Heart University 18.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 46.5% were in the top 25% and 78.3% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Sacred Heart University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 36.7%
3.75 and 3.99 13.8%
3.50 and 3.74 21.4%
3.25 and 3.49 10.1%
3.00 and 3.24 11.5%
2.50 and 2.9 6.5%
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Sacred Heart University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 17.1% of Sacred Heart University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3.6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Sacred Heart University?

To be competitive with other Sacred Heart University applicants, you should aim to score between 1150 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Sacred Heart University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1150, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Sacred Heart University student is 1230.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Sacred Heart University students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Sacred Heart University students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

To be most competitive at Sacred Heart University, you should strive to earn between 26 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Sacred Heart University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Sacred Heart University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

More Information on Transferring to Sacred Heart University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Sacred Heart University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 15. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Sacred Heart University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Sacred Heart University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Sacred Heart University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Sacred Heart University.

Does Sacred Heart University accept transfer credits?

✅ Sacred Heart University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Sacred Heart University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Sacred Heart University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Sacred Heart University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Sacred Heart University?

❌ No, Sacred Heart University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Sacred Heart University's acceptance rate?

✅ Sacred Heart University has an acceptance rate of 66%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Sacred Heart University?

✅ Sacred Heart University's early decision acceptance rate was 93% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Sacred Heart University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Sacred Heart University was 5% in 2021.

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Sacred Heart University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Sacred Heart University? Sacred Heart University is a somewhat selective institution. The Sacred Heart University acceptance rate is 66%. This means that the institution accepts 65 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1150 to 1280


1150 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

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.

Sacred Heart University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Sacred Heart University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.65. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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