Sacred Heart University (SHU)

5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT

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SHU is a nonprofit private institution located in Fairfield, CT and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's curriculum. Over 6,200 students enroll at Sacred Heart University per year.

Students can choose from a few areas of study, including:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Health And Clinical Professions

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Roughly 60 percent of all applicant were accepted at this school, with 20 percent of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $36,000 annually, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should check the school's net price calculator to find what your personalized cost of attendance would be. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus for around a cost of $10,000 annually. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements.

The SHU "Pioneers" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Fencing (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division I-AA)

To see a full list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please take a look at the school's website at

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the students SHU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Sacred Heart University is around 8,200 students, with undergraduate students making up about 63% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $37,000-$44,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • For part-time students, charges are between $600-$720 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid100%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships99%$15,043
Receiving Student Loans70%$10,200

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Sacred Heart University may offer services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Sacred Heart University is approximately 70%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years63%
Graduating in 5 Years5%
Graduating in 6 Years1%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Sacred Heart University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Northeast Conference)
  • Basketball (Northeast Conference)
  • Track and Field (Northeast Conference)
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Northeast Conference)
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Bowling
  • Equestrian

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Sacred Heart University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Sacred Heart University for official up-to-date information.

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