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Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT, USA
3.99 Average Rating

Sacred Heart University is a Catholic liberal arts institution in southwest Connecticut and the first Catholic university in the nation to be staffed by non-clergy members. The second largest Catholic university in the Northeast, Sacred Heart is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. As a Catholic school, SHU celebrates mass five days per week at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. For athletically inclined students, SHU fields 31 men’s and women’s teams known as the Pioneers.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Roman Catholic
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town

0
100
60%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
No
ACT
No
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. December 1, 2019
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. December 15, 2019
Fall Regular Decision February 15, 2020

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
27%
Out-Of-State Students
62%
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
8,543
Total Number of Undergrads
5,603
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
36%
20-39 Students
62%
40-99 Students
1%
0
100
58%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
64%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
14:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$39,973
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$41,420
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$41,420
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$15,310
Books and Supplies
$1200

Aid & Grants

0
100
59%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
17%
Average Aid Per Year
$15,472
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
17%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,003
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$14,642

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
65%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$10,810
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$19,500
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$270
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
36%
64%
Student Organizations
193
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
48%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Pioneer
School Colors
Red/White
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Northeast Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
New York
Boston
Hartford
Philadelphia
San Francisco
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
10%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$61,800
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What Students Are Saying

3.99 Average Rating
Excellent opportunities here with an amazing sense of community. I was able to obtain two Business degrees in 4 years while working because the school really does care about it's students and caters to you. I was extremely well prepared for the real world and my career after graduating.
Brittney from Port Washington, NY
Sacred Heart University was my number one college for as long as I can remember. Being accepted was the best feeling and the school did not disappoint me. Sacred Heart University is a smaller college but is truly a great school.
Connecticut
The environment on campus is amazing. Everyone is so friendly. The school is small and easy to get around.
Madeline from Suffern, NY
sacred heart is an excellent liberal arts institution! as a current student majoring in biology i am not only getting a great education as far as my major classes, but an all around education! sacred heart university has provided it's students with excellent staff, superb education and provides the tools for students to become well rounded successful adults.
Carina from Stratford, CT
Sacred Heart University is a closely knit private school focused in on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and they live up to this tradition exceptionally. In each of its core classes, and in every learning opportunity students take part in, they are reminded to question their core values and life's purpose. Its wide range of academics, sports, and extracurricular activities make the school a place where students can express themselves in other than just the classroom.
Allison from Trumbull, CT
The school is beautiful and very clean. The students, faculty and staff are all very personable and always willing to help. The campus is safe and there are a lot of safety features in place to make students feel even safer.
Rebecca from Newport, RI

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