Catholic 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 approximately 8,600 students enrolled in more than 70 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs, this dynamic university is an innovative presence within 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: 4,900 full-time undergraduates; 8,600 total students; 91% of freshmen living on campus

ACADEMICS: More than 70 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

• 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*+
• Dance (Minor)
• Digital Communication*
• Education+
- Elementary Teacher Certification
- Secondary Teacher Certification

• Engineering (3+2 Dual-Degree Program)
• English*
- Creative Writing
- Literature
- Writing

• European Studies (Minor)
• Exercise Science+
• 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+
- Fashion Marketing and Merchandising

• 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 UG/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 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 the 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, The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges, The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools, 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 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 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 12 organizations with more than 1,000 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-master’s degree 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 for students on its growing campus. The new Martire Business and Communications Center and a “village-style” residence hall recently opened, and construction is underway on another student residence as well as a world-class Center for Healthcare Education.

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 for upperclass students around the globe, 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.



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 Student Success 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.