Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in suburban Fairfield, Connecticut. It was founded in 1963 by the Rev. Walter W. Curtis, the Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport. The university's campus stretches over more than 60 acres of suburban land.

The schools and colleges under SHU include the following:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Education & Health Professions
  • John F. Welch College of Business
  • University College

The university's sports teams are known as the Pioneers. The official mascot of SHU's sports teams is Big Red the Pioneer. Men's teams at SHU participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball and wrestling. Women take part in basketball, bowling, cross country, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball. The University also has a cheerleader squad.

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Contacting Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Ave
Fairfield , CT 06825-1000
General Phone: (203) 371-7999

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Sacred Heart University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching403education, elementary/middle school admin, reading teaching
Business and Management340business management, accounting, accounting technology, finance, business and related services
Therapy and Counseling163psychology, physical therapy
Liberal Arts127Spanish language, English, general studies, economics, political science, sociology, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy87athletic trainer, occupational therapy, rehabilitation
Nursing and Emergency Medicine62registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Security and Law Enforcement49criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety
Media42communication studies, communication and journalism
Science39biology, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering38computer and info science
Art Studies19art studies
Family and Social Work13social work
Religion and Philosophy13philosophy, religion, religious studies, religious education
Law3legal assistant, legal professions
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Sacred Heart University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree85227
Associate's degree254
Master's degree44213
Post-master's certificate733
Award of less than 1 academic year01
Doctor's degree211

Sacred Heart University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Sacred Heart University had a total enrollment of 5,801 students (5,197 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 67%
Graduate 33%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 4%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 29%
20-21 26%
22-24 14%
25-29 8%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York39%
New Jersey12%
Rhode Island2%
New Hampshire2%
(International Students)1%

Sacred Heart University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %

Sacred Heart University Room and Board (2007)

Sacred Heart University offers campus housing for 2,370 of its 5,197 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Fairfield, Connecticut for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Connecticut Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Sacred Heart University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal481579
SAT Math491587

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Sacred Heart University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,990
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,990
Room and board $ 11,330
Room charge $ 8,582
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,748
Books and supplies $ 700
Other expenses $ 1,700

Financial Aid:
Sacred Heart University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 140300)

Sacred Heart University Faculty

Sacred Heart University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*0*
Associate professorcalendar year0*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*9$70,942
Instructorcalendar year1*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$101,28713$73,680

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$100,89210$96,240
Associate professoracademic year36$78,78330$74,037
Assistant professoracademic year39$64,99331$61,749
Instructoracademic year10$49,40818$52,333
Lectureracademic year1*3$55,167
All faculty totalacademic year103$74,04092$67,448

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Sacred Heart University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northeast Conference
Basketball Northeast Conference
Baseball Northeast Conference
Track Northeast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports243256

Sacred Heart University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Finance, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Reading Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies, Other
Religious Education

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Sacred Heart University Apart:

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Top 12%Sacred Heart University Dorm rooms per full-time student
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 12%Sacred Heart University % of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 14%Sacred Heart University Number of degree programs
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 17%Sacred Heart University Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 19%Sacred Heart University % of degrees in business and management

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
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