Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Sacred Heart University, founded in 1963, is a private, coeducational institution and the second-largest Catholic university in New England. Its 350-acre campus is located in Fairfield, Connecticut, with satellite campuses throughout the state and abroad in Ireland and Luxembourg.

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Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

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 approximately 9,000 students enrolled in more than 80 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs, this dynamic university is an innovative presence in Catholic higher education.


LOCATION: New England campus in Fairfield, Connecticut


AFFILIATION: Private, four-year, coeducational Catholic university

STANDARD: Competitive


STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION: 50 states and 40 countries

ENROLLMENT: Approximately 5,200 full-time undergraduates; over 9,000 total students

ACADEMICS: More than 80 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Health Professions, College of Nursing, Farrington College of Education, St. Vincent's College, and Welch College of Business & Technology

Transfer Student Support
Sacred Heart offers a generous credit evaluation process. Up to 66 credits from a two-year institution and up to 90 credits from a four-year institution will be accepted. Through SHU’s core waiver process, students who have already earned 60 credits or more at another institution will have the foundational core curriculum waived (with the exception of one course, Catholic Intellectual Tradition). 

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

FYE is an eight-week, non-credit course that supports select transfer students in their transition to SHU and teaches skills, behaviors, and attitudes that contribute to resilience and success. The FYE instructor and peer mentor serve as valuable campus resources, and the small class size helps facilitate connections between students. Eligibility for this course is determined on a case-by-case basis based on factors such as number of credits and prior college experience.

The Student Success 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 Student Accessibility offers additional services to students with documented learning disabilities.

Orientation programs for transfer students are held each January and August to allow students to spend time getting to know the SHU campus and its resources and ensure students are prepared for a successful start to their SHU experience.

Undergraduate programs of Study
• Accounting and Information Systems*+
• Actuarial Science (minor)
• American History (minor)
• Anthropology (minor)
• Art & Design
- Graphic Design
- Illustration
- Studio Art
• Biochemistry+
• Biology*
• Business Economics*
• Catholic Studies (minor)
• Chemistry*+
• Coastal and Marine Science
• Communication Disorders
• Communication Studies+
- Advertising/Public Relations
- Sports Media*+

• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science*+
• Criminal Justice*+
• Cybersecurity+
• Dance (minor)
• Digital Communication*
• Education+
- Elementary Teacher Certification
- Interdisciplinary Studies (major for elementary educators)
- Secondary Teacher Certification
- STEM (major for elementary educators)

• Electrical Engineering*
• English*
- Creative and Professional Writing
• European Studies (minor)
• Exercise Science+
• Fashion Marketing and Merchandising*
• Finance+
• Game Design and Development
• Global Studies*
• Health Science
- Global Health
- Healthcare Administration
- Public Health

• History*
• Honors (minor)
• Hospitality, Resort, and Tourism Management
• Information Technology*+
• Irish Studies (minor)
• Italian (minor)
• Latin American Studies (minor)
• Management*
- Business
- Global Business Management
- Human Resource Management+
- Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

• Marketing*
- Digital Marketing+
• Mathematics*
• Media Arts
- Film and Television*
- Journalism
- Sports Media

• Middle Eastern Studies (minor)
• Molecular and Cellular Biology
• Music (minor)
• Neuroscience
• Philosophy*
• Political Science*
• Pre-professional Advisement Programs
- Pre-dental
- Pre-law
- Pre-medical
- Pre-optometry
- Pre-osteopathy
- Pre-pharmacy
- Pre-physician Assistant+
- Pre-podiatry
- Pre-veterinary

• Psychology*+
• Social Work+
• Sociology*
- Human Rights and Social Justice
• Spanish*
• Sport Management*
• Theatre Arts*
- Acting
- Musical Theater

• Theology and Religious Studies*
- Theology
• Women’s Studies (minor)

* Minor also offered
+ Combined undergrad/grad or grad program available

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 NewYork City and Boston.

Campus life
SHU transfer students thrive on involvement outside the classroom, including 32 NCAA Division I sports; 29 club sports; a vibrant performing arts program with band, dance, theatre, and choral groups; Greek life with 15 organizations and more than 1,800 students; media groups; and more than 90 clubs and organizations.

National and international recognition includes a top-tier ranking by U.S. News & World Report, inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges and Best Business Schools publications, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accreditation for the Welch College of Business & Technology, and selection by Colleges of Distinction.

Internships and job placement
Many majors at SHU require an internship for graduation, and SHU’sextensive network of recruitment partners allows students in all majors to gain experience through internships, field placements, and practicums. Students also intern in NewYork City throughout the school year and in their home states during summer breaks. Approximately 98% of SHU graduates are employed or attending graduate school one year after 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 campus is the stunning Chapel of the Holy Spirit, which provides a place of celebration and gathering for people of all faiths.

Buildings and facilities
On the heels of opening the Center for Healthcare Education, two new residence halls, and an on-campus diner, the Bobby Valentine Health & Recreation Center opened in August 2019, two additional residence halls will open in January 2020, and SHU has begun three more residence halls and dining areas. An engineering makerspace and an artificial intelligence lab will be completed in fall 2019.