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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 small institution with an enrollment of 4,794 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Sacred Heart acceptance rate is 60%. Popular majors include Nursing, Athletic Training, and Psychology. Graduating 60% of students, Sacred Heart alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $45,900.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Northeast Conference
Address
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

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.

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

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Cost

Net Price
$36,393/ 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
$15,472/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.54 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.58 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,794Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
621
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Hard working
    33%
  • Rich
    23%
  • Nice
    20%
  • Typical long island personality
    18%
  • Welcoming
    5%
  • Diverse
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
90%
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.74 responses
Poll
44%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.89 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • Engaging
    34%
  • EXPENSIVE
    26%
  • Small
    20%
  • Community
    10%
  • Fake
    6%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
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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As a commuter, I've been concerned about a harder time finding friends, being treated differently, or fearing of missing out. SHU taught me that the difference between me and someone who dorms is where we sleep. I have been accepted by an overwhelming amount of students who are now my friends, and by being involved in many clubs such as soccer, Love your Melon, and Students Nursing Association. Professors take pride in their lectures of teaching and do anything they can to help you pass class. The school provides a plethora of tutors that you can meet up with for free! If struggling with a paper, you can send it to online writing lab where another professor can look at it and provide advice to edit it before the it’s due! The best place to eat is Lindas, where you have meals ranging from burgers to salads to personal pizzas and sandwiches. Everything on campus is within walking distance. There is always some fun activities going on throughout the day on campus.
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Our Nursing program is what Sacred Heart University is known for. We have an increasing reputation for the Business program.
The staff is great, they make us want to push ourselves. There are resources all over campus. If you need help signing up for classes anyone will help. All students seem to care for one another, it's a door-holding community. Everyone here wants us to succeed.

SHU is my home!
Sacred Heart University invites students into a small tight knit community feel. On this campus, there are endless opportunities to get involved in organizations that foster leadership skills. In addition to great extra curricular activities, each member of the faculty and staff go above and beyond for their students. I believe this coincides with the small community environment. Each professor I have come across has genuinely wanted the best for their students. One thing that I would change about SHU is the limited amount of scholarships offered to graduate students in need.