Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT, USA

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Sacred Heart University
3.99 Average Rating

Jaclyn from wolcott, CT

a current student here
22 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I learned more my first semester then I did of two years of high school.
Tips for prospective students
This school has great programs for prospective nurses and physical therapists as well as other professions, so look into the majors and minors offered here.
Great for these types of students
It is small, but there's always something going on. Very convenient!
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juliette from New Britain, CT

a current student here
10 people found this review useful
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Academic Rigor
the projects and research papers keep me busy. by attending classes everyday and doing all your homework keeps you learning more and more each day.
Am enjoying being here
I enjoy the small school environment, students and staff included. Customer service is wonderful.
Bang for the buck
a little expensive, but your getting a high education. small classes make it so much easier. you get to know your staff. you are not a number, you get to know everyone.
Tips for prospective students
don't let the price tag scare you. you will get a great education. sacred heart is a small school. you will definitely have a better chance to graduate. everyone is here to help you graduate. there plenty of scholarships and financial aid.
Great for these types of students
all types of students.
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Allison from Trumbull, CT

a current student here
9 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
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.
Tips for prospective students
This university is a place where each individual's thoughts and ideas are meant to be heard. The most important tip this university gives many of its students is to go in for an interview in the application process. This gives the prospective student a personal look into the University by talking to the dean or assistant dean of admissions, and it gives the admissions department an idea of who the student is as a person. By being provided with the opportunity to have a one on one conversation with an expert on the school, the decision of a possible new student is made easier because he or she can ask questions and get a feel of whether or not they want to attend. The interview is an extremely important part of becoming a student at Sacred Heart, and I would strongly advise each student applying to the university to schedule one.
Academic Rigor
The university strives to challenge each individual student, while at the same time provides support for their needs. The assignments are tough, but classroom learning assistants make themselves available multiple times a week and serve as free tutors. The professors make certain that their office hours are clear and they are also readily available for free extra help. The classes are difficult, but not impossible for a dedicated student.
Dorm Life
All the dorms are located conveniently on campus, students are never more than a 5 to 10 minute walk from the main academic buildings. They are clean and up to date, each stocked with an operating mini fridge and microwave, and on each dorm floor there are study and common rooms. The study rooms have comfortable seating and a quiet atmosphere, and the common rooms have televisions, and a full kitchen. Students never run out of places to study, cook and eat, or just hang out. The dorms that are located furthest away (still no more than 10 minutes) have their own cafeterias so students don't have to walk outside if there is bad weather or it is late at night. Safety is a priority in each building, with security guards at the entrances and exits to make sure no unauthorized visitors get in the dorms.
Food and Dining
The main ingredient in the university's food is variety! The main dining hall on campus serves a plethora of options, including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan, lactose free, and many healthy choices. Students will not have to suffer with eating the same food every day, because between the main campus dining hall, Coyote Jacks Grill, and Mondo Subs, and Outtakes the options can vary from grab and go items such as egg and cheese sandwiches, to sit down dinners like chicken, steak, and pastas. This is not your typical college menu.
What to do for fun
There are endless opportunities for fun at Sacred Heart University. On campus, you can join one of the 25 club sports, play an intramural sport, take free fitness classes, or use the gym on campus. Students can join the one of the 14 band and choral groups on campus, or watch any of these performances at the beautiful Edgerton Center for the performing arts, where both students and musical and theatrical celebrities alike perform. The university has had concerts and performances with David Cassidy, DJ Pauly D, Kid Cudi and many more. There are many free activities on campus set up by the student events team, like t-shirt tie dying, and movie showings. If on campus entertainment isn't enough, students can take party buses to downtown New Haven to nightclubs, and can take the SHUttles to shopping centers and downtown Fairfield.
Bang for the buck
When paying tuition for Sacred Heart, you are paying for much more than a simple education. Students do not have to pay extra money for tutors or helpful workshops on essay writing, math, time management, and many other subjects Tuition not only covers classes and academics, but it covers many activities. Using the gym, complete with basketball courts, wrestling room, tennis courts, and an outdoor running track is not an extra charge. Lectures by authors such as Sebastian Junger are free to students, and there are many free activities in which students get to take home T-shirts, water bottles, personalized banners, and fun photos.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
One of the most unique aspects of Sacred Heart University is the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. It was formally blessed in 2009 and is a new and beautiful part of campus. The famous artist, Fr. Marko Rupnik and his team created two breathtaking mosaics made with hundreds of thousands of tiles. His team comes from all over the world, places like Italy and Romania, to put together these masterpieces.
Great for these types of students
Sacred Heart University is perfect for a student who wants to have a personal experience. There are minimal lecture hall style classes, and most classes are small. It is great for the type of student who is serious about their work because of all the wonderful academic opportunities, and it is equally awesome for the student who wants to have fun responsibly, with all the free and discounted activities on campus.
Clubs and Activities
There are over 40 clubs at Sacred Heart University. They range from things like the accounting club to the dance team, SHU Force. There is something for everyone's taste. These clubs are open and welcoming to every student, at any time, so no one ever feels left out or alienated. They are run by students, for students, so everyone has the best possible time.
Greek Life
There are six sororities and four fraternities at Sacred Heart University. Over 400 students participate in Greek life because it is one of the best ways to get involved. When going Greek at the university, you are not only gaining friends and having fun, you are thrust into academics by having to attend library study hours and keeping up your GPA. You are immediately involved in service projects and supporting other on campus organizations. Plus, with a strict no hazing policy, Greek life is kept safe, and no one ever gets physically or emotionally injured. I joined Greek life, and I have gained upper class friends that serve as mentors to make my college experience easier and more fun!
Campus Safety
Public Safety cars and vans can always be seen around campus, riding around the parking lots and patrolling the dorm buildings. When something happens, emails are immediately sent out and everyone is aware of what is happening. Student ID's are checked at dorm buildings and officers can be seen in the academic buildings. I have never once felt threatened when on campus.
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Connecticut

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Sacred Heart's curriculum is challenging yet useful. Everything taught is applied to the community outside of Sacred Heart. Most teachers form a personal relationship with their students which makes it helpful to ask for extra help if there isn't clarification on a certain subject.
Am enjoying being here
Your peers will be exceptional and genuine. The majority you befriend will be life long friends.
Bang for the buck
Tuition and books are pricey but the education received is worth it
Tips for prospective students
If you are able to manage the time between school work and leisure you will have a great experience. It's important to organize and not fall behind with school work because staying on top of school work will give you more time to be with friends, participate in sports, work for money or volunteer.
Great for these types of students
Sacred Heart is a great school for students who are active in volunteering throughout the community; there are many different volunteer activities to choose from. Also, Sacred Heart is a great school for students who like one-on-one attention from their professors and advisers.
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Erin from Glenwood, NJ

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
SHU has great professors that give you personal attention.
Am enjoying being here
There is so much to do on campus and lots of activities. There is also a lot to do in Fairfield and on the weekends.
Bang for the buck
You do get your money's worth at SHU. As a junior in the business program, you get free golf lessons and free tuition for the Ireland and Luxembourg study abroad programs.
Tips for prospective students
Visit SHU and walk around during the school year.
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Rebecca from Newport, RI

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
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.
Tips for prospective students
This school is the best school to go to. You will not regret your decision to go here.
Academic Rigor
The academics are very good. They are challenging enough to keep me interested and make me strive to do better.
Dorm Life
The dorms are very accommodating and offer students the ability to live in SHU housing for four years.
Food and Dining
The food here is amazing. There is always choices and good food in the multiple eateries.
What to do for fun
The school has many activities to do including trips to New York and Boston, comedians, and concerts such as Fetty Wap, Eli Young Band, Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Sammy Adams, and Flo Rida. They also have D1 athletics that are free for students to attend and are always well represented by the students.
Bang for the buck
This school is worth every penny.
Clubs and Activities
There are so many clubs to join. If the school does not have a club you want they are willing to help create a new club for interested students.
Campus Safety
The campus is very safe. There is an app to help with safety as well as blue light boxes and public safety officers walking around campus daily. There is also fairfield police officers on campus 24/7.
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Brittney from Port Washington, NY

a past student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
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.
Tips for prospective students
Apply with strong grades, however personalizing your applications really help. Sacred Heart has a strong pride in it's community, and if they realize you want to be an active member it will only help you
Dorm Life
I'm unsure as to why SHU doesn't advertise it's excellent dorms. I've travelled to visit friends all over the country and we have one of the nicest dorming facilities I've ever seen. All new, with moulding, cleaning services, etc.
Food and Dining
Sushi bar, brick oven pizza, salad bar, omlette pancake stations, and new Student Center ... no complaints! Food can get costly though, as they go by item vs. meal.
What to do for fun
Many options: mall is right by, 10 minutes from the beach, but close to New Haven and Manhattan if you want to go into a city for the night via train.
Bang for the buck
Although I had a great experience at SHU, it is very expensive.
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Connecticut

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
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.
Tips for prospective students
Sacred Heart is really big on volunteer work, so the more you can do the better your application will stand out. Be yourself on your application and include all your accomplishments.
Academic Rigor
Sacred Heart definitely has some difficult classes. There is nothing that cannot be handled, but students need to be prepared to have time management in order to be able to balance everything there is to do. Within the first month or so it shouldn't be hard to adjust to the professors and work.
Dorm Life
Living on campus my freshman year was a great decision. I loved having my own place and meeting some of the most amazing people. While at times I experienced a little bit of home sickness, there are many breaks to enjoy some time at home.
Food and Dining
The food is pretty good and there's a variety. Now that there is a new student center, Flik on main campus is not the only place to grab food. The student center uses dining dollars and has restaurant type food. Flik on main campus takes swipes now and has a buffet of pretty much everything. Outtakes is next to Flik on main campus and is like a mini store with Starbucks, frozen goods, and snacks.
What to do for fun
Sacred Heart has so many things to offer. There are so many clubs, groups, and activities to keep busy. The Pitt Center always has Zumba, Yoga, and other workout classes to keep in shape, volunteer programs, language clubs, and so much more. There is literally something for everyone.
Clubs and Activities
There are so many different clubs and activities on campus. There is something for everyone, all you have to do is look!
Greek Life
Greek Life is one of the best things about campus. It is definitely the best decision I made freshman year to go Greek. Greek Life on campus is very close, and not only is there a close relationship within sororities and fraternities, but among all of Greek Life. I highly recommend Greek Life for anyone. It's a great way to feel at home on campus and make many friends.
Campus Safety
I have never once felt nervous living on campus. Because the campus is a pretty good size, there isn't any building that is too far away from the other. Even walking from one side of campus to the other at night I have never felt scared. Public Safety is usually parked at night on various parts of the campus and the blue boxes are available in case of emergencies.
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Madeline from Suffern, NY

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The environment on campus is amazing. Everyone is so friendly. The school is small and easy to get around.
Tips for prospective students
Definitely take time to do research on the school and ask a lot of questions.
Academic Rigor
If you do not do the work it is easy to fail. However,the teachers do not overwhelm you with work so you are stressing out.
Food and Dining
The food and dining on campus are amazing. Once the student center opens there will be even more options for places to eat.
What to do for fun
The student events team always has something planned for the students to do. It could be tye dye or magician anything like that.
Clubs and Activities
There are so many clubs and activities availble to you. My favorite clubs are Students Events Team and the Health Science Club. My favorite activity is Relay for Life.
Greek Life
There are 5 sororities and 3 fraternities available to join on campus.
Campus Safety
Campus Safety is seen all around campus. We have a blue box system. For that all you have to do is press the blue button on the box and a public safety officer will be to you in 30 seconds.
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Carina from Stratford, CT

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
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.
Tips for prospective students
prospective students should be prepared for a tough but thrilling experience at sacred heart! the school's common core classes really engage students to learn in all aspects of life. students should be prepared to use critical thinking skills. there are many volunteer opportunities. prospective students should be ready to engage socially
Academic Rigor
sacred heart challenges the students to think critically and to look at all aspects of knowledge. the work that students have to put in is great and the outcome of that work is greater! academic rigor is one thing that i know every student feels that sacred heart has and i do not mind one bit. education is of great importance!
Dorm Life
the dorm life is great! i have lived here two years and have had the opportunity to meet the most amazing people. there is a good amount of diversity and everyone that i have met has been accepting to all cultures. the buildings are always clean and the rooms are a very nice size.
Food and Dining
the food at sacred heart is good. of course everyone has there preferences but the food here is as close to a home cooked meal you can get! the staff here is excellent though and they always look for suggestions on making everything better.
What to do for fun
there are many activities to do for fun. sacred heart puts on two concerts, one each semester, and the are a lot of fun. there are shows put on by the greeks and clubs. there are many clubs to join. anything that you like to do for fun i guarantee that sacred heart has it!
Bang for the buck
sacred heart is a bit pricey but it is absolutely worth it. so far in my two years here i have learned so much. education is important to me and the academics here are amazing. the professors know what they are doing and know how to engage students. the dorm life is great i love living here and my experience here has been a good one.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
we have a place called the outpost pub at sacred heart. night time activities take place here such as shows and parties. the outpost pub is a place for students to socialize and have a great time!
Great for these types of students
if you are a social person sacred heart is great! there are so many great people and activities to engage students into the social life. for students that are looking to get the best education this school is for you. the academics are tough but that is part of great education! sacred heart will not let you down when it comes to getting a good education.
Clubs and Activities
there are many clubs to join at sacred heart. i have joined the latin culture club, umoja and a couple of others and they are fun and allow me to volunteer which i love. there are also many club sports so that if you are not on a sports team or have never played a sport you can play in a club sport. this is awesome because it gives everyone an opportunity to engage in an activity!
Greek Life
i am not a greek myself but the greek life here sure is something! we have 3 fraternities and 6 sororities, one of them being a great national sorority chi omega! the greek life members are always coming up with new great activities and they raise a lot of money towards their philanthropy and towards a lot of other things. we have greek olympics here at sacred heart where they have fun games and competitions. prospective students would love the greek life.
Campus Safety
campus safety is extremely important. here at sacred heart we have the best public safety officers. i have always felt safe here. public safety is always there when they are needed.
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