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Undergrad Profile

Distinguished by the personal attention it provides its students, Sacred Heart University (SHU) is known for its commitment to academic excellence, Division I athletics, cutting-edge technology, and community service. With 8,300 students enrolled in more than 60 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs, this dynamic university is an innovative presence within Catholic higher education.

SHU’s location in Fairfield County, Connecticut, means proximity to world-class hospitals, nationally ranked elementary and secondary schools, a high concentration of Fortune 500 corporations, and access to the employers in Connecticut’s “creative corridor,” along with a central location between New York City and Boston.

Campus life
The SHU student body thrives on involvement outside the classroom, including 32 NCAA Division I sports; 27 club sports; a vibrant performing arts program with band, dance, theatre, and choir; Greek life in 13 organizations with more than 1,000 students; media groups; and more than 80 clubs and organizations.

National and international recognition includes a top-tier U.S. News & World Report ranking; The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges”; The Princeton Review’s “Best Business Schools”; Bloomberg's "Best Business Schools"; and selection by Colleges of Distinction.

Internships and job placement
Many majors at SHU require an internship for graduation, and SHU’s extensive network of recruitment partners allows for students in all majors to gain experience through internships, field placements, and practicums. Students also intern in New York City throughout the school year and in their home states during summer breaks. Approximately 95% of our graduating seniors are attending top graduate and professional schools nationwide or are employed in full-time positions within the first year following graduation.  

The Catholic tradition
As the second-largest Catholic university in New England, SHU provides students with an education rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition. The spiritual heart of the campus is the stunning Chapel of the Holy Spirit, which provides a place of celebration and gathering for people of all faiths.

Accelerated graduate degrees
Recognizing the value of a graduate degree in today’s marketplace, SHU offers an array of accelerated bachelor’s-master’s degree programs in each of our colleges, which allows students to earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees within five to six years.

Buildings and facilities
Sacred Heart continues to invest in building state-of-the-art facilities for students on its growing campus. The Martire Business and Communications Center and a new residence hall recently opened, a new Center for Healthcare Education will open in the fall, and construction is underway on our new upper quad, which will expand the campus by 16 acres.




Programs of Study
• Accounting
• Actuarial Science (minor)
• Art & Design
- General Art for Education
- Graphic Design
- Illustration
- Studio Arts

• Athletic Training
• Biology*
- Ecology & Conservation
- Molecular & Cellular
- Neuroscience
- Traditional

• Business (minor)
• Business Economics*
• Chemistry*
- Biochemistry
- Traditional

• Civic Engagement, Civil Society & The Common Good (minor)
• Coastal & Marine Science
• Communication Studies
- Advertising Media/Public Relations
- Sports Media
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science*
- Computer Gaming Design & Development
- Information Technology
- Network Security

• Creative Writing (minor)
• Criminal Justice*
• Digital Communication
• Digital Marketing (minor)
• Ecology & the Global Community (minor)
• Education+
• Elementary Education Certification
• Engineering 3+2 Dual-Degree Program
• English*
- Literature
- Writing

• Equality, Wealth & Philanthropy (minor)
• European Studies (minor)
• Exercise Science
• Fashion Merchandising (minor)
• Finance
• French (minor)
• Game Design & Development
• Geriatric Health & Wellness (minor)
• Global Studies*
• Graphic Design (minor)
• Health Science*
• History*
• Honors*
• Hospitality, Resort & Tourism Management
• Illustration (minor)
• Information Technology
• Irish Studies (minor)
• Italian (minor)
• Latin American Studies (minor)
• Management*
- Entrepreneurship & Family Business
- Human Resource Management
- International Business

• Marketing*
- Digital Advertising
- Sport Marketing
• Mathematics*
• Media Arts*
- Film, Television & Media
- Journalism
- Performing Arts
• Middle Eastern Studies (minor)
• Molecular & Cellular Biology
• Music (minor)
• Neuroscience
• Nursing
• Occupational Therapy+
• Performing Arts (minor)
- Dance
- Music Literature & Theory
- Music Performance
- Theatre

• Philosophy*
• Physical Therapy+
• Political Science*
• Pre-professional Programs
- Pre-dental
- Pre-law
- Pre-medical
- Pre-optometry
- Pre-osteopathy
- Pre-pharmacy
- Pre-physician Assistant
- Pre-veterinary
• Psychology*
• Religious Studies*
• Scientific Literacy in the 21st Century (minor)
• Secondary Education Certification
• Social Work
• Sociology*
• Spanish*
• Speech-Language Pathology (minor)
• Sport Management*
• Sports Media (minor)
• Studio Art (minor)
• Theatre Arts
- Acting
- Musical Theatre

• Women’s Studies (minor)

* Minor also offered
+ Combined undergrad/grad program only

LOCATION: New England campus in Fairfield, Connecticut


AFFILIATION: Four-year, private, coeducational Catholic university

STANDARD: Competitive


STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION: 50 states and 34 countries

ENROLLMENT: 1,322 fall 2016 freshmen; 8,600 total undergraduate and graduate students; 90% of freshmen living on campus

ACADEMICS: More than 60 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Welch College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, Farrington College of Education, College of Health Professions, and College of Nursing

The Freshman Academic Experience
At the heart of the freshman academic experience at SHU are the connections freshmen form with faculty members as soon as they arrive on campus. In the First Year Seminar program, freshmen explore fascinating topics in an intimate weekly seminar led by a professor. Freshmen also work with an academic advisor in the SHU College in which they are interested in studying who guides their advisees on curriculum planning and other academic issues. Below are just a few hallmarks of the SHU freshman academic experience.

Students undecided on a major or career path find personalized guidance from professional career coaches and peer mentors in this unique, structured program that helps students choose a major that is a fit for them or verify a choice they’ve already made.

In addition to short-term and semester programs around the globe for upperclass students, SHU offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to spend their first SHU semester in Rome, Italy, or Dingle, Ireland, or attend a one-week program in Ireland before the start of their fall semester on the main campus.

SHU’s learning community extends beyond the classroom to this dynamic online forum that connects students with their classmates, peers, and faculty who post ideas, videos, blogs, and more.

This logic course helps freshmen cultivate reading, critical-thinking, and communication skills necessary to college success.

The Jandrisevits Learning Center offers learning strategies to meet individual students’ needs in the form of tutoring, workshops, Learning Labs, writing support, and group study sessions. The Office of Special Services offers additional services to those students with documented learning disabilities.