Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Where personal attention leads to personal achievement

Distinguished by the personal attention it provides to students, Sacred Heart University (SHU) is known for its commitment to academic excellence, Division I athletics, cutting-edge technology, and community service. With more than 9,300 students enrolled in more than 80 academic programs, this dynamic University is an innovative presence in Catholic higher education. Each year, SHU welcomes approximately 200 new full-time transfer students.

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

Campus life
SHU transfer students thrive on involvement outside the classroom, including 33 NCAA Division I athletic teams; 30 club sports; a vibrant performing arts program with band, dance, theatre, and choral groups; fraternity and sorority life with more than 1,800 students involved; media groups; and more than 100 clubs and organizations. 

Internships and job placement
Many majors at Sacred Heart require an internship for graduation, and our extensive network of recruitment partners and alumni allows students in all majors to gain experience through not only internships but also field placements and practicums. Students may intern in New York City throughout the school year and in their home states during summer breaks. Robust services offered by the Center for Career and Professional Development contribute to the placement rate of 99% of graduates 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 2019 and two more new residence halls in 2020. SHU will also open three more residence halls and dining areas in 2022. The IDEA Lab—an innovation, design, engineering, and artificial intelligence makerspace—opened in early 2020 alongside the iHub, SHU’s coworking space.



Ranked among the top 10 “Fastest-Growing Catholic Colleges” | The Chronicle of Higher Education


Recognized among The Best 386 Colleges, the top 10 schools “Most Engaged in Community Service,” and the “Best Business Schools” | The Princeton Review


Listed among the “Best National Universities,” “Best Undergraduate Business Schools,” and more | U.S. News & World Report


Named one of the “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” | Poets&Quants


Recognized as a Catholic College of Distinction and a College of Distinction in Connecticut for 2020–2021

Transferring to SHU

• A generous credit evaluation process transfers up to 66 credits from a two-year institution or up to 90 credits from a four-year institution. Students who earned 60+ credits at another institution will have the foundational core curriculum waived (except Catholic Intellectual Tradition).
• Transfer Orientation before each semester familiarizes students with the campus and resources for a successful start to their SHU education.
First Year Experience is a four-week noncredit course to support transfer students in their transition to SHU and teaches skills, behaviors, and attitudes that contribute to resilience and success.
• The Student Success Center meets individual students’ learning needs via tutoring, workshops, and writing support. The Office of Student Accessibility offers additional services to students with documented learning disabilities

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I knew SHU was right for me when I first stepped on campus. The student body was so present and happy! The school offers a variety of activities. I decided to transfer after feeling the community SHU has to offer.”

    • Lindsey McCarthy '21
      BA in Communications
  • “I’ve always found people at SHU ready to answer my questions—from my admission counselor to my advisor. I’ve also shared with my professors that I’m a transfer student, and they’ve been very helpful. Everyone has made my transition smoother.”

    • Kendall Versfeld '22
      BS in Communication Disorders
  • “The faculty has not only allowed me to grow within SHU but also have given me opportunities in the professional world."

    • Erin Kneucker '21
      BS in Marketing & Management (MBA)
  • “Coming from a small high school, I love the smaller classes I'm in and that I can have a personal connection with my professors.”

    • Michelle Barrett '22
      BS/MS, STEM for Interdisciplinary Studies