SHU Featured in 2009 Edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 368 Colleges

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Sacred Heart University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review.  The New York-based education services company known for its test-prep courses features the University in the just-published 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.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's V.P., Publishing, "We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics.  We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years.  We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we hear from year-long.  Finally, we work to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

Sacred Heart University’s president, Dr. Anthony J. Cernera, is pleased that the University was once again ranked among the most competitive and attractive schools in the nation. “The University continues to advance academically. As important as that is, we are proud that students and others also recognize the quality of life available to our campus community: opportunities for athletic and club involvement, community service programs and numerous internships. Active and engaged learning takes place everywhere.”

Data in The Best 368 Colleges are based on the Princeton Review's survey of 120,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the 368 colleges in the book.  A college's appearance is attributable to a high consensus among its surveyed students about the subject.  The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them.  The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book 1 to 368 in any category, nor do the rankings reflect the Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. 

The book quotes extensively from Sacred Heart students, who praise the University’s academic experience, the qualifications and accessibility of its faculty, and the quality of campus life. In addition, the Princeton Review makes this assessment: “Who’s the person behind the application? This is what the Admissions Officers at student-friendly Sacred Heart University want to know. While they place heavy emphasis on traditional academic indicators like high school curriculum and GPA, they also spend time reading each applicant’s admissions essay.”

The Best 368 Colleges offers a picture of Sacred Heart University at a particularly productive and promising time.

  • The University is implementing a new Core Curriculum that has gained national attention for its education in moral values.
  • SHU has instituted a financial aid package that offers students admitted from Fairfield County with a family income below $50,000 a tuition-free education.
  • Sacred Heart’s College of Education and Health Professions is at home in a new 50,000-square-foot Trumbull campus.
  • The University’s AACSB-accredited John F. Welch College of Business is listed among the Princeton Review’s 290 Best Business Schools.
  • Sacred Heart University recently earned an "A" from the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification.
  • SHU received the Northeast Conference Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the top-performing athletic program in the conference.
  • And Sacred Heart is putting the finishing touches on its new $17 million campus Chapel.

The Princeton Review ( is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, education and college admission services.  It is not affiliated with Princeton University.