SHU Cited in New College Access & Opportunity Guide

News Story: October 5, 2008

In acknowledgement of its outstanding efforts to serve and support students from first-generation, low-income, and otherwise underserved backgrounds, Sacred Heart University has been included in the inaugural College Access & Opportunity Guide. It is the first comprehensive college guidebook dedicated to promoting college opportunity for the traditionally underserved.

The Guide, produced by the Center for Student Opportunity, which supports the higher education aspirations of underserved college-bound students, credits Sacred Heart for a number of dynamic programs that enhance access, opportunity and the pursuit of success. Among those highlighted in the new volume is Young at Heart, a program administered largely by SHU freshmen that draws hundreds of area youngsters to campus to give them a taste of college life and get them thinking of themselves as potential college students. Upward Bound, which recently received a $1.1 million federal grant, has provided academic and personal counseling for close to 20 years.

Sacred Heart’s GE Scholars program offers a unique combination of financial assistance and enrichment opportunities. Now in its 15th year, the program provides financial aid for qualified minority students with a demonstrated interest in math, science or related quantitative disciplines. The University recently made history by establishing a tuition-free program for students admitted from Fairfield County with family incomes below $50,000.

According to James Barquinero, Sacred Heart’s vice president for Enrollment Planning and Student Affairs, the University is committed to “offering programs and services that can help all our students reach their full potential, and so we are very proud to be profiled in this guide. For 45 years, Sacred Heart has worked hard to provide access to a first-rate college education that is both accessible and affordable. This is the kind of information families and prospective students need to know when considering which college is right for them."

Over 225 colleges and universities nationwide are featured in The Guide, produced by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. They were selected for inclusion by a national independent advisory committee comprised of college presidents and chief administrators, college access and community-based organization leaders, and higher education association officials.

Furthering its mission to serve first-generation, low-income and minority college-bound students, SHU is sponsoring a distribution of the College Access & Opportunity Guide to high schools and community organizations, along with other colleges and universities featured in the Guide. The book also is available through the Center for Student Opportunity’s website and at national booksellers.