Sacred Heart University

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School Overview

Founded in 1963, by Reverend Walter W. Curtis, Sacred Heart University (SHU) is a Catholic affiliated university located in the suburbs of Fairfield, Connecticut. While there are many higher education institutions that were founded by the Roman Catholic church, Sacred Heart University was first Catholic affiliate university to be staffed entirely by laity. With exception of Boston College, SHU is the largest Catholic university in New England. It has an total annual enrollment of 6,000 students and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in more than 40 fields of study. It is ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges list.

General Information

Admission Office

5151 Park Avenue

Fairfield, CT 06825

(203) 371-7880

Fax: (203) 365-7607

Contact: Karen Guastelle

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

5151 Park Avenue

Fairfield, CT 06825

(203) 371-7999

Total undergrads: 4,274

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 980

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,239

Graduate enrollment: 1,684


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 81%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Design/Visual Communications B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B,C
Banking/Financial Services A
Business – General A,B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B,C
Investments/Securities C
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Communications Technologies

Communications Technologies – General B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Technology B


Teacher Assistance A

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Kinesiotherapy B
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Preoperative/Surgical B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Sacred Heart University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (203) 371-7999
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT 06825-1000
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 9,156
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 72%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 6,045 (66% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $43,070
Out-of-state Tuition: $43,070
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $18,130

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Sacred Heart University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Sacred Heart University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 51
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 6145
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 233
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2122
Education 32
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 82411
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 112
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 21
Physical Sciences 11
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 21
Grand total 2353733

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Sacred Heart University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $43,070
Out-of-state $43,070
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $30,427
Out-of-state $30,427

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,461 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,446 99% $18,130
Student loan aid 1,002 68% $11,262

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 5,443 91% $16,941
Federal student loans 3,632 61% $6,542

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Sacred Heart University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Sacred Heart University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 11,717 3,957 7,760
Percent admitted 100% 58% 67%
Percent admitted who enrolled 14% 13% 14%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Sacred Heart University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 9,156
Undergraduate enrollment 6,158
Graduate enrollment 2,998

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Sacred Heart University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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