Everything About Sacred Heart University (SHU)

Everything About Sacred Heart University (SHU)

Established in 1963, Sacred Heart University is a private institution, the second-largest Catholic university in New England. It is the first university in England to be staffed by laity. It was founded by the most reverend Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

  • More than 5,348 full-time undergraduates, 810 part-time undergraduates, 2,998 full- and part-time graduate students are enrolled in the university.
  • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, the university provides personalized attention to its students.
  • With more than 80 programs offered by Sacred Heart University, the most popular programs include Science, Nursing, Management, Marketing, and Psychology.
  • SHU also offers 60+ study abroad programs in 30 countries of the world. It offers the only American-accredited MBA program in Luxembourg.

Sacred Heart University is one of the top 10 fastest growing Catholic Colleges as per the Chronicle of Higher Education. SHU has been recognized with numerous accolades in the past, with the Princeton Review, crediting them as being one of the best 385 colleges and among the best 248 business schools in the UK and #10 happiest students. 

Sacred Heart University Rankings

A snapshot of the Sacred Heart University ranking by various reputed ranking agencies is given below:

US News and World Report 2021 Rankings:

  • #217 in National Universities 
  • #340 in Top Performers on Social Mobility 

Niche 2021 Rankings:

  • #95 of 164: Best Catholic Colleges in America
  • #475 of 943: Top Private Universities in America
  • #599 of 1,336: Safest College Campuses in America
  • #118 of 564: Best Colleges for Kinesiology and Physical Therapy in America
  • #151 of 789: Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance in America
  • #163 of 630: Best Colleges for Criminal Justice in America
  • #213 of 1,401: Best College Athletics in America

Forbes Rankings:

  • #370: Top Colleges 2019
  • #241: Private Colleges


University Type


Establishment Year



Fairfield, Connecticut

Campus Setting


Mode of Program

Full-time, part-time, online

Total enrollment


Mode of Application


Average GPA


Student-faculty ratio




Sacred Heart University Campus

  • The main campus of Sacred Heart University is located in the suburban setting of Fairfield, Connecticut spreading over 100 acres.
  • The University owns additional 200 acres of land close to the campus a part of which has been turned into a golf course and the other part is the West campus.
  • The University has satellite campuses in Stamford teaching Physician Assistant Program and Griswold teaching graduate education programs.
  • SHU students get the opportunity to be a part of over 100 social, academic, leadership, media, multicultural, and performing arts clubs and organizations.
  • The university also has a Greek Life program with fifteen sororities and fraternities and over 1,800 active participants.
  • Sacred Heart University Pioneers participate with 32 NCAA Division I athletic teams and over 30 intercollegiate sports teams.
  • The campus is in the proximity of Manhattan and Boston being located within 60 and 150 miles from both, respectively.

Sacred Heart University Residence

  • Sacred Heart University offers students the option of on-campus living.
  • 92% of entering freshmen live on-campus provided accommodation.
  • The halls are divided on the basis of the student's year of study i.e. freshmen residences, sophomore, and then junior and senior residence halls.
  • The freshmen students are assigned one of the residence halls from:
    • Elizabeth Ann Seton hall
    • Thomas Merton hall
    • Angelo Roncalli hall
    • Jorge Bergoglio hall
    • Toussaint hall
  • There are 5 sophomore residence halls namely:
    • Scholars commons
    • Christian Witness Commons
    • Pioneer garden apartments
    • Oakwood garden apartments
    • Elie Wiesel hall & Pier Giorgio Frassati hall.
  • The juniors and the seniors have their own apartment options they can choose from to reside in.
  • Basic amenities provided in the residences include beds, dresser, cables, AC/heating, Wi-Fi, desks and chairs, and additional supplements as per the residence.
  • The laundry is all billed on the students’ card and does not require the student to pay additionally.

Sacred Heart University Courses

  • Sacred Heart University offers over 80 programs, in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate, and more, offered through their nine colleges and schools.
  • The university offers programs in nursing, arts, and sciences, business and technology, health professions, education, communication, media & arts, computer science and engineering, and more.
  • Popular majors at SHU are nursing, exercise science, psychology, marketing, and management.
  • Master’s degrees are offered in various subjects, like, MBA, Master’s in Accounting, Master’s in Broadcast Journalism and Media Production, Master’s in Computer Science and Information Technology, and more.
  • SHU also offers 20 study abroad programs spanning over 17 countries.
  • The University also offers accelerated bachelor's and certification programs.

Top Programs in Sacred Heart University


Fees Per Annum

M.Sc Computer Science and Information Technology




Master in Social Work


Master in Public Administration


M.A Criminal Justice


Sacred Heart University Application Process

Sacred Heart University welcomes applications from international students for the fall and spring semesters. International students have to fulfill additional requirements for admission.

How to Apply?

The process for admission to the Sacred Heart University can be completed online.

Application portal: UG: Common application/ Sacred Heart portal; PG: Sacred Heart Online Application

Application fee: UG: Common Application - 50 USD; Sacred Heart portal – free; PG: 50 USD

Application deadline: International students must follow the deadlines are given below:


Application deadline


December 1


December 1 (Early decision binding)
December 15 (Early decision non-binding)
February 15 (Regular decision)

Admission requirements: The following documents are required at the time of admission:

  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Letter of Recommendation from individuals other than family members
  • SAT or ACT scores (optional)
  • GRE or GMAT scores (for master’s programs)
  • Resume
  • Essay/Personal statement to study in the UK
  • Educational agent release form
  • English proficiency scores
  • Passport copy
  • Official bank letter showing at least 60,800 USD

The international students’ I-20 would be released when they are accepted, and the university has received all the documents.

English language requirements

International students must submit one of the following test scores to prove the proficiency of the English language:


Minimum Requirements

TOEFL (Internet-based)


TOEFL (Paper-based)








Sacred Heart University Cost of Attendance

  • The cost of attendance for Sacred Heart University includes tuition fees and cost of living.
  • The tuition fee depends on the choice of program and level of study. A summary of tuition fee for undergraduate and graduate programs have been given below:



Full-time undergraduate tuition

22,040 USD/semester

Graduate Programs


985 USD/credit

Master of Education

785 USD/credit

Master of Arts Broadcast Journalism and Media Production

1,000 USD/credit

Master of Science in Computer Science & Information Technology 

945 USD/credit

Master of Science Digital Marketing 

985 USD/credit

The cost of living in the U.S. mainly depends on personal preferences and lifestyle. An estimate of such expenses have been given below for reference:

Expenditure Item


Residence halls

5,615 – 6,115 USD

Meal plans

280 – 3,136 USD

Athletic and Recreation Fee

135 USD

Health Insurance

2,464 USD

Sacred Heart University Scholarships/Financial Aid

  • All international students receive financial aid through scholarships awarded for studying in the U.S.
  • The international applicants classify for merit scholarships exclusively.
  • Few merit scholarship options are:
    • President’s excellence award
    • Trustee scholarship
    • College scholarship
    • Conley award
  • The amount for all these awards ranges from 7,000 USD to 17,500 USD.
  • Scholarships are offered at the time of admissions on the basis of transcripts and class rank in high school. These are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • The awards would be renewable for eight semesters, provided the student maintains the required cumulative GPA established for their specific scholarship.
  • Students are offered part-time employment in the form of a work-study program. According to the university regulations students are allowed to work for 15 hours per week. The hourly pay rate is 11 USD in Connecticut which is planned to increase to 12 USD from September 2020.

Sacred Heart University Alumni Network

Sacred Heart University alumni network has more than 44,000 members across 58 countries. Members are eligible to avail the following alumni benefits:

  • Lifetime email account
  • No application fee for graduate programs
  • Pioneer pride program
  • On-campus resources (transcripts, etc.)

Few notable alumni of the University include:

  • Pope Francis - Head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State
  • Kevin Nealon - American Comedian
  • Lydia Hearst - Model
  • Jeff LeBlanc - American singer-songwriter

Sacred Heart University Placements

Center for Career & Professional Development helps students with job search skills development, networking events (job fairs), internships, graduate school options, professional development coaching, finding part-time and summer jobs.

  • Sacred Heart University hosts a career fair named ‘Connect to Careers-The Advanced Technology Pipeline to Employment’.
  • Sacred Heart partnered with the non-profit organization Connecticut Centre of Advanced Technology to help foster connections with various businesses.
  • The representatives of companies present at the career fair were Inline Plastics, Exago, East Rock Software, Tri-Star Industries, Bridgeport Worldwide, and MindTrust.
  • Sacred Heart University posts online job postings via Handshake, SHU online job bank, and job search management for graduates and alumni.
  • The average salary as per Payscale for Sacred Heart graduates is USD 72,316
  • The average salary by the job designations is given below:
    • Physical Therapist (PT): USD 71k
    • Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General): USD 82k
    • Information Technology (IT) Manager: USD 101k
    • Human Resources (HR) Manager: USD 103k
    • Graphic Designer: USD 42k
    • Software Engineer: USD 77k
    • Senior Accountant: USD 77k

A Financial graduate from Sacred Heart University gets the highest salary worth USD 90,000 as per Emolument. This is followed by Consulting, Accounting & Professional Services professionals with USD 80,000 as per Emolument.


Ques. How to apply for Undergraduate International Admissions at Sacred Heart University?

Ans. Students can apply through SHU International Application or the Common App. The application fee for the former is waived and the latter is USD 50.

Ques. What are the deadlines for Undergraduate International Admissions?

Ans. For Spring entry (January) it is December 1. For Fall entry (late August) the Early Decision is December 1, Early Action 1 is December 15 and Early Action 2 is February 1. After February 1, rolling admissions take place.

Ques. What is the undergraduate tuition fee at Sacred Heart University?

Ans. The full-time undergraduate tuition is USD 22,040/semester.

Ques. How to request accommodations?

Ans. Students can complete an accommodation intake form via their secure portal with a SHU username and password.

Ques. What are the English language requirements for Graduate Admissions?

Ans. English Language Proficiency exam scores are necessary for non-native English speakers. Students can submit TOEFL 80+, IELTS 6.5, and Duolingo 110.

Ques. Are scholarships available at Sacred Heart University?

Ans. Yes, merit scholarships are available for all new undergraduate admissions.

Ques. What is the application checklist for a full-time undergraduate transfer student?

Ans. The student must submit the Sacred Heart University application or Common Application with official transcripts, AP exam scores 4/5, one letter of recommendation directly sent to SHU with a non-refundable fee of USD 50.

Ques. Are GRE/GMAT scores required for Graduate programs at Sacred Heart University?

Ans. No, GRE/GMAT scores are not required. However, a student can submit it to support the application.

Ques. What are the MBA requirements at Sacred Heart University?

Ans. A student must submit an online application with a non-refundable fee and have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, official transcripts, a written personal statement, two LORs, and a professional resume.

Ques. What is the area of concentration in an MBA at Sacred Heart University?

Ans. The area of concentration available in MBA at Sacred Heart University is Accounting (Fairfield), Business Analytics (Fairfield), Finance (Fairfield and Luxembourg), Management (Fairfield and Luxembourg), and Marketing (Fairfield)

Ques. What graduate programs are offered in Computer Science Engineering?

Ans. The Graduate Programs are in the disciplines of Cybersecurity, Computer Science Information & Technology, and Education Endorsement.

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