• Address: 5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, Connecticut 06825-1000

  • Phone Number: (203) 371-7999

  • Website: http://www.sacredheart.edu/


About

Sacred Heart University (SHU) is a 4-years private not-for-profit institution that was established in the year 1963 by the Walter W. Curtis. Over the years, the university has grown to become the second largest Catholic university in New England. It is religiously affiliated to Roman Catholic. The campus comprises more than 300 acres of land including a golf course and former global headquarters of General Electric. The university is also branched at Stamford, Griswold (Connecticut).

The University celebrates learning and discovery with the help of its esteemed faculty, it nurtures students and helps them in achieving both personal and professional success. They also have a diverse community that helps in the student's education. The mission is to educate the students to lead and serve in the world today.

Highlights of the SHU
Establishment Year 1963
Institution Type Private Not-for-profit
Student Faculty Ratio  15:1
Student Population 8,532

Sacred Heart University has a graduation rate of 60%. The university provides all the support to their students to help them earn their degree without any hassle and guide them to reach their goal. It all depends on a student to earn their degree. The institute also has a very less number of dropouts and a very high number of graduates in recent years. But it also takes 6 years for some students to graduate.


Online Education

They are also promoting online education and have both online programs as well as on-campus programs. The university offers undergraduate and graduates degrees through a flexible online format that is accessed by students anytime from the comfort of their own place.

With these courses, the students can study anytime and anywhere at their convenience while not compromising on personal and professional commitment. The classes are taught by the same faculty which conducts the on-campus courses. SHU also provides 24/7 academic and tech support to all their non-traditional students. One can contact the support department anytime via call, mail or chat.

Once enrolled, the students will also be assigned a Student Services Co-ordinator who will help them throughout their online program journey – starting right from enrollment each term, to submission of assignments to graduating and getting a degree.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private Not-For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Fairfield, Connecticut

FAFSA/Federal School Code

001403

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Institutional Accreditation

CIHE

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Programmatic Accreditation

CCNE

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic

Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: http://www.sacredheart.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Accreditation

The university is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC).

Programmatic Accreditation

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - (RN to BSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Campus Life

The university offers over 60 students run clubs and organizations on campus like Accounting Club, American Chemical Society | ACS, American Medical Student Association, College Democrats, Social Work Club. Various clubs in different categories are present Academic clubs, Honor societies, Media clubs, Student government clubs.

  • The athletics teams of the university are great and are always trying hard to bring more titles and awards for SHU. There are various facilities provided to the athletes. Awards and Honors are being presented to the students for their teamwork and dedication towards their sport and team. Various sports like baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer are being played by the students.

  • Residential Life at SHU offers you more than just a place where you study and sleep. Your Residence Hall is a living and learning community designed to help you grow in all aspects of your life at one of the top liberal arts schools. Students find that the residential halls are their home away from home.

  • The university bookstore is dedicated by supporting students with their academic and student life. There are various books, items, apparels, and electronic items, and various types of other electronic and necessary items are available for the students to purchase. Students can even rent books to save some bucks.

Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 15: 1
Total Population 8,532
Student Population Full Time: 5,953 Part Time: 2,579
Gender Division Male: 33 % Female: 67 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 55 %

The College Monk

Female: 64 %

Total Graduation Rate: 60 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

Sacred Heart University (SHU) offers 10 online programs across 4 Majors

Nursing

Offering 5 programs accross 3 degrees

Psychology

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Literature

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Human Services

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

Sacred Heart University (SHU) Acceptance Rate is 57%

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $50
Graduate Application Fee $75

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 10,017
Total Applicants Admitted 5,731
Applicants Enrolled 1,322
Full time Applicants Enrolled 1,322
Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Neither required nor recommended

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Admission Requirements

The Sacred Heart University offers online programs in various disciplines. Each discipline has certain criteria. The students must study them carefully and then proceed to apply if they fulfill all of them. In case of any queries, they can get in touch with the Sacred Heart Admissions team at 877-791-7181 or fill in the information request form on their website.

  1. Master’s of Science in Applied Psychology

The online master’s degree program at Sacred Hearts is a perfect blend of the workplace and behavioral psychology. It empowers the students to help everyone around them to succeed. It offers 3 concentrations – Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Community Psychology, General Applied Psychology. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  • Statement of Professional Goals: Why you wish to pursue the Master of Science in Applied Psychology at Sacred Heart University within 500 words.

  • Candidates should have a minimum overall GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • Two letters of recommendation.

  • Candidates should have a copy of their resume

  • GRE score is not compulsory but it is recommended as additional evidence of eligibility.

  • Preparation Flexibility: Students do not need to have received a bachelor's degree in Psychology to apply to this program as long as they have completed the following four prerequisites:

    • 12 credits of undergraduate psychology courses

    • Preferred 3 of the credits from a natural-science-related Psychology course (e.g., Sensation, Perception, Neuroscience, Cognition, Behaviorism, etc.)

    • A statistics course at the undergraduate level (preferably in Psychology, but could also be math or another social science research course)

    • A research method (preferably in Psychology, but could also be math or another social science research course) is preferred.


Master of Social Work 

This program depends on the students’ level of assistance to vulnerable populations and prepares them to take on leadership roles in social work. This 3 year online MSW degree prepares them for generalist and specialized practice with clients who present varying challenges. The program offers 2 concentrations to choose from - direct clinical practice and direct community practice. But the program integrates components of both in each specialization. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a bachelor's degree (BA, BS, BSW) with at least a 3.0 GPA.

  • Candidates should have a copy of their resume.

  • Personal statement

  • Two letters of recommendation: Must be from an employer, professor, or manager and be no older than 2 years.

  • Online application and nonrefundable $50 application fee.


Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice

The online Post-Master's DNP program serves nurse practitioners, clinical nurse leaders, midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse executives, and educators as well as other masters-prepared nurses. This is ideal for working professionals as it offers great flexibility. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Online application and a nonrefundable fee

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with proof of an MSN or equivalent from an accredited college or institution

  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.2

  • Documentation from the master’s degree-granting institution, on the university’s letterhead, stating the number of supervised clinical hours completed in the MSN program

  • Essay: Why do you want to pursue SHU’s DNP program and which clinical nursing phenomena are you most interested in, and why? Candidates must possess and articulate a focal area of clinical nursing practice or research interest that can be supported by SHU’s doctoral nursing faculty.

  • Copy of current U.S. licensure as a registered nurse, a copy of any additional (current) advanced practice nursing licensure and certification documents.

  • Undergraduate statistics course was taken within the last six years.

  • Two letters of recommendation, one clinical and one academic.

  • Interview by invitation.

  • Professional portfolio with a graded writing sample.


RN to Bachelor to Master of Science in Nursing

If the students have a diploma or associate’s degree in nursing, this program provides them with a faster route to a master’s degree – saving time and money and providing wider scope. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • A current, unencumbered RN license.

  • An ADN or Diploma in Nursing.

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

  • Candidates should submit a copy of their resume.

  • Statement of professional goals.

  • Two letters of recommendation.


Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Sacred Heart University is 57%, that is out of 10,000 applications received only 5,500 students are been accepted. You are also selected based on your performance and past academic records. The university is very selective and chooses students very carefully. 

You can also speak to the students who have already graduated and also know about the institution's operations, acceptance rates, and more based on your marks. SHU receives numerous application every year, but the university accepts only those who are academically strong and can handle the situation really well.


SAT and ACT Requirements

SAT and ACT is the standard exam that is widely used by the university in the United States for college admissions. SAT scores that you need to score to get into SHU are high and you must be very competitive.


GPA Requirements

The average GPA that is required to get into Sacred Heart is 3.0. The university is very competitive and it requires students to put in lots of efforts to get in. In addition to the on-campus programs, you can even choose to study at your home with the distance education programs from the SHU.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Various Aid and Assitance is provided to the students according to the criteria’s. Students have to fill the FAFSA form. The Sacred Heart University federal school code is 001403.

  • Federal Aid provided includes Pell grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), TEACH grant and federal work-study, Federal direct loans, Direct PLUS loans, subsidized loans, and unsubsidized loans. About 17% of the students are being awarded the Pell grants.

  • State Aid provided includes Roberta B. Willis, Minority Teacher Incentive Program (MTIP), Roberta B. Willis Scholarship, Minority Teacher Incentive Program (MTIP) is being provided to the students.

  • The scholarships of the SHU are President's Excellence Award, Trustee Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa, Transfer Scholarship are being awarded to the students. About 98% of the students are being offered the institutional grant.

  • Military Aid - Aid like Post 9/11 GI Bill is being offered to the students.

About 68% of the students are being awarded student loans.

Total Average Aid in the form of Grant or Scholarship - $39,134.

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $4,332 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. February 15th, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $1,175 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. February 15th, 2019
TEACH Grant $1,175 Undergraduate or Graduate. Students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school. 3.25 CGPA. February 15th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct PLUS Loans $24,423 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. Dependent students. February 15th, 2019
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,385 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. February 15th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized loan $5,385 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. February 15th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work Study Varies U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. Satisfactory academic progress. February 15th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Grants and Scholarships

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Roberta B. Willis $1,818 Undergraduate Studdent. Connecticut residents. February 15th, 2019
Minority Teacher Incentive Program (MTIP) $5,000 Minority group members who are enrolled as undergraduates in Connecticut teacher preparation programs. February 15th, 2019
State Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Roberta B. Willis Scholarship $5,250 Undergraduate Connecticut residents. Minimum SAT scores of at least 1800 or ACT score of at least 27. Varies
State Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Minority Teacher Incentive Program (MTIP) $2,500 Minority group members who are enrolled as undergraduates in Connecticut teacher preparation programs. February 15th, 2019

Data Source: http://www.sacredheart.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
President's Excellence Award $14,642 Enrolled Full time. High Grade Point Average. Varies
Trustee Scholarship $14,642 Enrolled Full time. High Grade Point Average. Varies
College Scholarship $14,642 Enrolled Full time. High Grade Point Average. Varies
Phi Theta Kappa $14,642 Membership for Phi Theta Kappa. Minimum GPA of 3.5. Varies
Transfer Scholarship $14,642 Minimum of 30 transferable academic semester credits. Minimum of 3.25 transfer GPA. Varies

Data Source: http://www.sacredheart.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Post 9/11 GI Bill $24,070 Individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001. Honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Varies
Yellow Ribbon Program Varies Eligible for the maximum benefit rate (100%) under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Must not be on active duty or a spouse transferee of an active duty member. Varies
Montgomery GI bill Varies For active duty or selected reserve members of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Varies

Data Source: http://www.sacredheart.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $32,703
$30,001 - $48,000 $35,366
$48,001 - $75,000 $38,552
$75,001 - $110,000 $39,345
Over $110,000 $40,274

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 17% $4,128
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 99% $15,033
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 16% $5,801
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 98% $14,017
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 68% $11,047
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 67% $5,370
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 39,134
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 82 $15,791
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 51 $20,371
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 31 $8,255

Data Source: http://www.sacredheart.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Library

The library consists of services like borrowing, interlibrary loan, distance student borrowing guide, citation, ebook and searching for databases, ebooks, journals, and other academic materials.

Quick search is the platform available to browse books online by just providing the keyword. Students can search for all the resources and information needed to enhance their academic skills.

The library provides services like media, computer lab, tutoring, and catalogs. Using the library the students can renew books, reserve study rooms, honors study rooms, off-campus access.

Rankings

According to the US News, the university is ranked in various categories, they are mentioned below.

  • Sacred Heart University is ranked 35th in 'Regional Universities North'.

  • The university is ranked 17th in 'Best Colleges for Veterans'.

  • The university is ranked 64th in 'Best Value Schools'.

FAQ's

  Is SHU accredited?

Yes, SHU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).

  What is the graduation rate of the Univerisity?

The graduation rate of the University is 60%.

  What is the student-faculty ratio of the university?

The student-faculty ratio of the University is 15:1.

  Does the university offer online programs?

Yes, Sacred Heart University (SHU) offers 10 online programs across 4 Majors.

  What is the address of SHU?

SHU is located at 5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, Connecticut Zip Code - 06825-1000.

  How much does the application form cost?

The application cost of the university is $50 for undergraduates and $75 for graduates.

  Is the university a Historically Black College?

No, University does not come under Historically Black College.

  Is financial aid offered by the university?

Yes, University offers financial aid such as scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs options.

  How many people go to University?

The total number of students attending SHU is 8,532.

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