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: Four-year, private, coeducational Catholic university

STANDARD: Competitive


STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION: 50 states and 27 countries

ENROLLMENT: 5,100 full-time undergraduates; 9,000 total students; 92% of freshmen living on campus

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

The Freshman Academic Experience at SHU
At the heart of the freshman academic experience 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 they are interested in who guides their advisees on curriculum planning and other academic issues. Below are just a few other 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 fits them or verify a choice they’ve already made.

In addition to short-term and semester-long programs around the globe for upperclass students, SHU offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to attend a one-week program at our campus in Ireland before the start of their fall semester, as well as opportunities for short-term study abroad in January and May.

FYE is an eight-week, non-credit course for first-year students to support them in their transition to SHU and teach skills, behaviors, and attitudes that contribute to resilience, success, and satisfaction. The FYE instructor and peer mentor serve as valuable campus resources, beginning with initial contacts during the summer and Welcome Weekend. The small class size helps facilitate connections and meaningful dialogue between students.

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 Special Services offers additional services to those students with documented learning disabilities.

• Accounting and Information Systems*+
• Actuarial Science (minor)
• American History (minor)
• Anthropology (minor)
• Art & Design
- General Art for Education
- Graphic Design
- Illustration
- Studio Art

• Biochemistry*+
• Biology*
• Business Economics*
• Catholic Studies (minor)
• Chemistry*+
• Coastal and Marine Science
• Communication Studies+
- Advertising Media/Public Relations
- Sports Media+

• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science*+
- Cybersecurity+
• Criminal Justice*+
• Cybersecurity (anticipated fall 2019)
• Dance (minor)
• Digital Communication*
• Education+
- Elementary Teacher Certification
- Secondary Teacher Certification

• Electrical Engineering (anticipated fall 2019)
• Engineering (3+2 dual-degree program)
• English*
- Creative Writing
- Literature
- Writing

• European Studies (minor)
• Exercise Science+
• Fashion Marketing and Merchandising (anticipated fall 2019)
• Finance
• French (minor)
• Game Design and Development
- Cybersecurity+
• Global Studies*
• Health Science
- Community Health
- Global Health
- Healthcare Administration

• History*
• 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
- Film, Television, and Media
- Journalism
- Performing Arts

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

• Psychology*+
• Social Work
• Sociology*
• Spanish*
• Speech-Language Pathology (minor)
• Sport Management*
• Theatre Arts*
- Acting
- Musical Theater

• Theology and Religious Studies
- Religious Studies
- Theology

• Women’s Studies (minor)

* Minor also offered
+ Combined bachelor's-to-master's 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 New York City and Boston.

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.

National and international recognition includes a top-tier U.S. News & World Report ranking, inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges and Best Business Schools publications, AACSB accreditation for the Welch College of Business, 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 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 SHU graduates are employed or attending graduate school one year after graduation.  

Campus life
The SHU student body thrives on involvement outside the classroom, including 33 NCAA Division I sports; 29 club sports; a vibrant performing arts program with band, dance, theatre, and choir; Greek life in 14 organizations with more than 1,800 students; media groups; and more than 80 clubs and organizations. 

Accelerated graduate degrees
Recognizing the value of a graduate degree in today’s marketplace, SHU offers an array of accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s programs in each of our colleges, which allow 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 on its growing campus. The new Center for Healthcare Education, two new residence halls, and an on-campus diner were recently completed, and construction is underway on a new athletics and recreation facility, additional residence halls, and new learning spaces, including an engineering makerspace and an artificial intelligence lab.