Sacred Heart University

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Basic Information

Address: 5151 Park Avenue Fairfield, CT
Phone Number: 203-371-7999
President: President John J. Petillo

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School Type: Roman Catholic, non profit
Degrees Offered:


School Setting:

Known for the personal attention it provides its students, Sacred Heart University is recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, award-winning advisement program, cutting-edge technology, championship Division I athletic teams and nationally-recognized community service programs.
The school's main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut is just one hour north of New York City and two and a half hours south of Boston.
The University's 18-hole golf course is just 15 minutes away. Undergraduate students study at SHU's international campuses in Dingle, Ireland, and Luxembourg.

School Size: 8,543
Classroom Size: 20.9
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1

Sacred Heart University comprises more than 300 acres of land, including an 18-hole golf course and the former global headquarters of General Electric, now named West Campus. The main campus of the University sits on more than 100 acres in Fairfield, Conn. - located less than 60 miles from Manhattan and approximately 150 miles from Boston. The University-owned golf course is located in Milford/Orange, Conn. The recently acquired West Campus will be used as an innovation campus to expand the School of Computer Science and Engineering and develop STEM field programs. Certain elements of the Jack Welch College of Business, including the new hospitality management program, the Isabelle Farrington College of Education, will be moved to the site.

Housing Availability:

Housing is available for undergraduate students.

Housing Type: Residence halls, suites, apartments

Tuition: $41,150 Fees: $270

Disability Services:

Sacred Heart University is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students regardless of disability status. The Office of Special Learning Services provides instructional accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


Accounting Club, American Chemical Society, Biology Club, Business Administration Club, Criminal Justice Club, Economics & Finance Club, Education Club, English Club, Exercise Science & Human Movement, Fashion Club, History Club, Marketing Club, Math Club, Natl Student SLH Association, Phil/Rel Studies/Theology, Politics & Intl Studies, Pre-Law Club, Pre-OT Club, Pre-Physician's Asst Club, Pre-PT Club, Psychology Club, SHU PR Club, SMILE (Geriatrics Club), Social Work Club, Sports Management Club, Sports Media Club, Student Academy of Audiology, Student Athletic Training Organization, Student Nurses Association, Active Minds on Campus, American Medical Student Association, American Sign Language Club, Arabic Club, Art Club, Athletic Trainers Club, Ballroom Dance Club, Band Council, Best Buddies Build On, Celtic Club, College Democrats, College Republicans, Commuter Council, Computer Club Entrepreneurship Club, Environmental Club Film Club,Gay/Straight Alliance, Health Science Club, Heart Attack, Her Campus Sacred Heart, Inter Resident Council Italian Club, Ivory Ella, La Hispanidad, Lighthouse Christian Community, Love Your Melon, Media Club, Media Studies Association, Multicultural Club, Pioneer Magazine, Real Estate Club, Residence Hall Association, Rock Climbing & Hiking Club, Rock Music, SHU Box Multimedia Network, SHUsine Culinary Club, Spectrum Newspaper, Student Alumni Association, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, The Pulse, To Write Love On Her Arms, WHRT-Student Radio, Yearbook (Prologue), Accounting Club, American Chemical Society, Biology Club, Business Administration Club, Criminal Justice Club, Economics & Finance Club, Education Club, English Club, Pep Band, SHU Capoeira, Winter Guard, Alpha Delta Pi Beta Theta Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Delta Upsilon, Delta Zeta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta,Kappa Phi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Sigma Sigma, Pi Kappa Phi, Theta Phi Alpha, Zeta Tau Alpha, Omega Phi Kappa, Orientation Leader, Pioneer Leadership Program, SHU Peer Education Pioneers Organizations, Muslim Student Association, Student Ambassadors, Student Union Managers, Study Abroad Health and Safety, United Campus Alliance,v4 Heart Harmony, Concert Choir, Pioneer Band, S.H.U. L.O.V.E., SHU Dance Ensemble, Theater Arts Program, Are You Autism Aware, El Salvador Delegation, Habitat for Humanity, Hearts United, Operation Smile, Peace Corp Club, Service Learning, Veterans Club, Volunteers on Campus, S.E.T, Student Government


Cheerleading, Men's Baseball, Men's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Men's Fencing, Men's Football, Men's Golf, Men's Ice Hockey, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Soccer, Men's Tennis, Men's Track & Field,Men's Volleyball, Men's Wrestling, Women's Basketball, Women's Bowling, Women's Crew, Women's Cross Country, Womens Equestrian, Women's Fencing, Women's Field Hockey, Women's Golf, Women's Ice Hockey, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Rugby, Women's Soccer, Women's Softball, Women's Swimming, Women's Tennis, Women's Track & Field, Women's Volleyball, Club Baseball, Club Cross Fit, Club Cycling, Club Field Hockey, Club Figure Skating Club Football Club Baseball, Club Cross Fit, Club Cycling, Club Field Hockey, Club Figure Skating Club Football, Club Football, Club Gaming (Co-ed), Club Golf, Club Ice Hockey, Club Kickline, Club Men's Basketball, Club Men's Bowling, Club Men's Lacrosse, Club Mens Rugby, Club Men's Soccer, Club Men's Volleyball, Club Running, Club Sailing, Club Softball, Club Tennis, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Club Weightlifting, Club Women's Basketball, Club Women's Lacrosse, Club Womens Rugby, Club Womens Soccer, Club Women's Volleyball, Dance Team


Accounting, Art & Design, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Business Economics, Chemistry, Coastal and Marine Science, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Computer Gaming, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Digital Communication, English, Exercise Science, Finance, Game Design and Development, General Studies, Global Studies, Health Science, History, Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Arts, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Neuroscience, Nursing - 1st Professional, Nursing RN-BSN, Philosophy, Political Science, Professional Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Management, Theater Arts, Theology and Religious Studies

Study Abroad:

SHU's study abroad program offers a variety of opportunities around the world for SHU and visiting students -- with programming that supports a broad range of educational, professional and personal objectives. SHU has over 60 programs in 30 countries around the world, including 2 of its own global campuses. Student can study abroad on a short-term program from one to six weeks, a semester program, or even an academic year. Depending on the program, students can start studying abroad as early as their freshman year and up to the first semester of their senior year. Most of programs offer a variety of content courses in English, so students can choose to take major/minor/gen-ed./and elective courses abroad, or choose to study something completely new.

Computer Capabilities:

Sacred Heart provides Internet access and email services and accounts to all students. Computer equipment/network access for students is provided in residence halls, libraries, computer labs and student centers.

Admissions Requirements:

Rigor of secondary school record, academic GPA, volunteer work and work experience are very important to getting accepted. Class rank, application essay, recommendations, interview, extracurricular activities, talent, character and level or applicant’s interest are important to getting accepted. 

Application/Transfer Deadlines:

Application closing date: 2/15
Early decision: 12/1
Early action: 12/15

International Students:

Undergraduates: 75 Graduates: 307 Total: 382

Mission Statement:

Sacred Heart University, rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, embraces a vision for social justice and educates students in mind, body and spirit to prepare them personally and professionally to make a difference in the global community.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Sacred Heart University aspires to achieve prominence through innovative teaching and learning while cultivating a campus community that is recognized as caring and creative.
The core values of Sacred Heart University are its guiding principles.
They define what the University stands for and are, therefore, of intrinsic value to the University community. Flowing from the long tradition of Catholic universities, the University's core values are the following:
• Preservation, transmission and development of the Catholic intellectual and liberal arts traditions.
• Commitment to excellence in all that we do.
• Pursuit of truth and knowledge as intrinsically valuable through teaching and scholarship.
• Promotion of the common good of society.
• Recognition of the dignity and worth of every human being.
These core values guide the University's operating practices, business strategies and cultural norms. Sacred Heart University is committed to these values for the long term.

Summer Sessions:

Sacred Heart's beautiful campus in Fairfield, CT, is a vibrant community in the summer.
Summer promises to bring world-class SHU faculty and students dedicated to fulfilling their academic dreams together. Sacred Heart's Summer Sessions allow visiting students the chance to take one or more courses.

Current SHU students can take a class or classes to get ahead or explore a new interest.
Visit Sacred Heart's website to learn more.

Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Kevin Nealon, Suzanne Greco, Frank Martire, Jeff LeBlanc

Social Media:

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