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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Sacred Heart is a private, Catholic university located in Fairfield, Connecticut in the New York City Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,130 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Sacred Heart acceptance rate is 60%. Popular majors include Nursing, Athletic Training, and Business. Graduating 70% of students, Sacred Heart alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $45,900.
5151 Park Ave
Fairfield, CT 06825
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Northeast Conference

Sacred Heart University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

SHU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1040-1200
ACT Range
23-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$41,403/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$16,243/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.57 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.65 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.64 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    26%
  • On Campus
    70%
  • Online
    4%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,130Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
844
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Hard working
    31%
  • Rich
    21%
  • Nice
    19%
  • Typical long island personality
    17%
  • Welcoming
    7%
  • Outgoing
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.77 responses
Poll
43%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.92 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 55 responses
Report
  • Engaging
    35%
  • EXPENSIVE
    24%
  • Small
    18%
  • Community
    9%
  • Fake
    5%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Challenging, but rewarding!
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.44 responses
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Flexibility would be the one word I would use to describe the sudden shift to online learning during the Coronavirus epidemic. The university understood that in order to make "distance learning" work that they would have to become flexible, and this approach to online classes paid dividends in the end. Given the short amount of time professors had to adjust to distance learning, they really did a phenomenal job teaching. I actually feel that, given the circumstances, I well this semester because the professors made it a point to be as accessible as possible in order to help everyone through this unprecedented process. I am considering taking online classes at SHU in the future simply due to the fact that they really have it down pat. Would highly recommend the online program to anyone interested!
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I'm limited to 1000 characters, but I could elaborate far past that. Here are the condensed reasons why Sacred Heart is a poor school in comparison to other local colleges/universities:
1. Poor return on investment; limited alumni network and few career connections.
2. CLIQUES; did not expect social cliques after high school, least of all at a mid-sized university. Student Gov, Res Life, and student admissions workers are some of the biggest cliques on campus.
3. PARTY SCHOOL; parties throughout the week, easy access to hard drugs (and I mean hard drugs) and alcohol, will need to party to fit in unfortunately.
4. Student population dominated by New York/New Jersey students. If you are not from Long Island, Westchester County, North Jersey, you will NOT fit in. CT students will ironically feel out of place at an in-state school.

Save your money and go to a public school!
I am currently a rising sophomore, here at SHU. I am African-American and commute rather than live on campus (I live 10 minuets away). I absolutely enjoy everything about this school! The staff, faculty, administration are all so welcoming. They are very helpful and want the very best or you. I appreciate all of the friends I have made and relationships I have built here. They are becoming more diverse each year. Overall, you form a family and grow to love it here.