SHU Climbs in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

News Story: August 7, 2008

Sacred Heart University ranks among the best according to the 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report. The U.S.News publication is available in the August 25th issue.

Sacred Heart University, the second-largest Catholic university in New England, has climbed 5 spots in this year’s U.S.News rankings in the category of master’s universities in the North. SHU now ranks 33rd among the 86 schools that made the list this year. Since 2006, SHU has ascended an impressive 17 spots overall in the U.S.News rankings.

According to SHU’s vice president for Enrollment Planning and Student Affairs, James Barquinero, almost one thousand freshmen will join the Sacred Heart community this fall, based on its growing reputation as a center for challenging educational opportunities and a robust campus life. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions received over 7,500 applications for admission into the Class of 2012.

“To have moved up over the last three years from 50 to 33, positioning us in the upper echelon of the schools in the Best Master’s North Institutions category, certainly validates the tremendous success that the University has achieved since first penetrating the Tier I category in 2004,” he said.

SHU was also recently named among the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review’s 2009 edition of its annual book, The Best 368 Colleges. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are in the book.

This past year, the University welcomed its largest, most diverse and most accomplished freshman class ever. The University’s Physical Therapy program has been cited as the best in Connecticut and among the top 25 percent of all such programs nationally. And SHU’s Athletics program received top grades from the certification committee for the NCAA Division I, and it also won the NEC Commissioner’s Cup for the best overall intercollegiate athletic program.

Also, the 2007-2008 school year saw the opening of a new 50,000-square-foot College of Education & Health Professions, which now houses our Isabelle Farrington School of Education. Currently, the University is completing construction of our new 550-seat University Chapel. And commitment to our new Core Curriculum continues to grow. This ambitious course of academic and personal development has received high scores from the Association of American Colleges & Universities for its efforts to integrate ethical and moral competence into our general curriculum.

The annual U.S.News rankings—which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching—serve as a resource for parents and students contemplating one of life’s most challenging financial decisions. A complete summary of the methodology used to rank each school can be found online at