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International Profile

Where Personal Attention Leads To Personal Achievement

Internships and placement
The area surrounding Fairfield, known as Fairfield County, boasts the third-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the United States, world-class hospitals, nationally ranked elementary and secondary schools, and countless additional sites for students to intern and gain relevant work experience. In fact, our internship and job database includes over 6,000 employers. Eighty percent of graduating seniors report participation in at least one internship, practicum, or field experience, and 95% of 2015 graduates who were seeking employment were employed full time or attending graduate school both at SHU and at top institutions throughout the United States.

Undecided? Major in Success
SHU’s unique Major in Success program offers first-year students a comprehensive, personalized program of major exploration, one-on-one career coaching, and assessment of strengths and interests so that students can choose a major that is a fit or confirm the choice they have already made.

Living at SHU
Housing is guaranteed for four years, with over 90% of first-year students living on campus. SHU’s rich student life program offers over 80 student organizations, including popular performing arts groups (band, chorale, theater arts, and dance), media groups, Greek letter organizations, 27 club sports teams in addition to varsity athletics, community service organizations, ministry groups, leadership programs, student governance groups, multicultural organizations, and academic honor societies. Our campus also hosts events throughout the year, including concerts (recent acts include Maroon 5, the Goo Goo Dolls, 50 Cent, and the Black Eyed Peas) and lectures by famous authors, TV personalities, business professionals, journalists, sports figures, and philanthropists.

Top rankings
Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business is among an elite membership of fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide that are accredited by AACSB International, the premier global accrediting body for schools of business.

The Princeton Review recognizes Sacred Heart University as one of the nation’s best universities and names SHU’s Jack Welch College of Business among the top business schools in the country. Sacred Heart University has been selected for membership in the Colleges of Distinction, among approximately 200 colleges and universities in the country recognized for outstanding student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful student outcomes.

Selected among only 23 institutions nationwide, Sacred Heart University is also a member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ Core Commitments Leadership Consortium, serving as a leader in educating students about personal and social responsibility, evidenced in the University’s undergraduate Core Curriculum.

Sacred Heart University is listed among the top institutions in the North by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranks SHU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program as the #1 program in Connecticut, among the top five in New England, and in the top 25% nationally.

Easy access to SHU
Travel to and from the SHU campus is easy with several major airports in the area, including Kennedy International (New York City), LaGuardia (New York City), and Bradley (Hartford, Connecticut). Trains to and from New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC, are just five miles (eight kilometers) from campus. The campus shuttle as well as the public bus system and local taxicab companies transport students to restaurants, shops, and other establishments throughout Fairfield and nearby towns and cities.



Fairfield, Connecticut, has it all—a safe campus with easy access to internships, beautiful countryside, stunning beaches and coastline, plus every possible diversion, including sports, concerts, theater, museums, restaurants, dance clubs, and plenty of other fun-filled destinations in New York City (88 kilometers) or Boston (241 kilometers), which are easily accessible by car or train.


Type of School: Founded in 1963, SHU is a Catholic, private, coeducational, residential four-year liberal arts institution granting bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy and Nursing Practice. As the first lay-led Catholic university in the United States and the second-largest Catholic university in New England, Sacred Heart University is one of the fastest-growing universities in the Northeast.

Size of campus: Our main campus is safe, tree lined, and easy to navigate (28 hectares). It is adjacent to an 18-hole public golf course and surrounded by residential neighborhoods.

Number of Students: 4,800 full-time undergraduate and 8,500 total students

Number of Faculty: 281 full-time and 521 part-time faculty, with 79% of full-time faculty holding terminal degrees in their fields; a student-faculty ratio of 15:1 and an average undergraduate class size of 23 offer opportunities to work side-by-side with faculty; no teaching assistants or graduate students teach classes.

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: The most popular programs that interest international students include Business, Chemistry, Communication and Media Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Fashion Marketing and Merchandising, Fashion Design, Game Design and Development, Psychology, and Sport Medicine.

Undergraduate programs
• Accounting*
• Actuarial Science
• Art & Design
- Graphic Design
- Illustration
- Studio Arts
• Biology (major and minor)
• Business Economics
• Catholic Studies (minor)
• Chemistry*
- Biochemistry
- Traditional
• Coastal & Marine Science
• Communication Studies
- Advertising Media/Public Relations
- Sports Media (minor or concentration)
• Computer Science & Information Technology*
- Game Design & Development*
- Network Security*
• Criminal Justice*
• Digital Communications
• Education*+
- Elementary Education Certification
- Secondary Education Certification
• Engineering (3+2 dual-degree program)
• English
- Literature
- Writing
• European Studies (minor)
• Exercise Science*
• Fashion Design (minor)
• Finance*
• French (minor)
• Game Design & Development
- Cybersecurity
• Geriatric Health & Wellness* (minor)
• Global Studies (minor)
• Graphic Design & Visual Arts
- Fashion Design
• Health Science
• History
• Honors Program
• Information Technology*
- Network Security*
• Irish Studies (minor)
• Italian (minor)
• Latin American Studies (minor)
• Management
- Entrepreneurship & Family Business
- Hospitality Resort & Tourism Management (expected Fall 2017)
- Human Resource Management
- International Business
- Management
- Marketing
• Marketing*
- Digital Advertising
- Fashion Marketing & Merchandising
• Mathematics
• Media Arts
- Film, Television & Media
- Journalism
• Middle Eastern Studies (minor)
• Music (minor)
• Nursing*
• Occupational Therapy*+
• Performing Arts (minor)
- Dance
- Music Performance
   - Music Literature & Theory
   - Theatre
• Philosophy
• Physical Therapy*+
• Political Science
• Pre-professional Advisement
- Pre-dental
- Pre-law
- Pre-medical
- Pre-optometry
- Pre-osteopathy
- Pre-pharmacy
- Pre-physician Assistant
- Pre-veterinary
• Psychology
• Religious Studies*
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Speech-Language Pathology (minor)
• Sport Management
• Women’s Studies (minor)

* Graduate program also available
+ Combined undergraduate and graduate program

Geographic Diversity: 50 states; 34 countries; 70 international undergraduate students, 480 international graduate students

International Student Services: International Student Services include New Student Orientation, F-1 student visa preparation and interview coaching, assistance with travel arrangements, access to volunteer service and study abroad, internships, career counseling and placement, and job fairs.

The on-campus intensive English Language Institute located in the heart of campus offers personal attention and small classes. Assistance is given to students wishing to find places of worship on or near campus, and a celebration of world religions and international holidays adds richness to the fabric of diversity on campus. International Education Week is an exciting time to showcase your culture and make friends.

International Student Budget: (2016–2017)
Tuition and Fees (including health insurance)    $    37,500
Room and Board    $    15,500
Books and Supplies    $    5,000
Total    $    58,000

Financial Aid: Competitive, renewable scholarships up to $10,000 are available for non-US citizens and non-permanent residents; merit scholarships up to $16,000; if you have interest in performing arts, additional grants are available by audition. To be considered for these merit-based awards, simply submit your application for admission.

Test Score Requirements: TOEFL 550 PBT or 80 iBT; 6.5 IELTS; 80 MELAB; 62 PTE; 5 ITEP; 5.5 Cambridge Certificates (CEA or CPE); conditional admission is possible with enrollment in SHU’s CEA-accredited English Language Institute.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Preferred deadline for January enrollment is October 1, with deposit due by December 31; February 1 for September enrollment, with deposit due by May 1; undergraduate application fee: $50