Return on Quality
Sacred Heart has long been recognized as one the nation’s leading universities. SHU is ranked among The Princeton Review’s “Best 377 Colleges” and “Best 294 Business Schools” with a top-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report for the past nine years. In addition, the prestigious Lilly Foundation recently sponsored a national forum for other colleges to learn of SHU’s award-winning Core Curriculum, The Human Journey, and how it might be imitated elsewhere. It has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) as a national leader in high-quality undergraduate curricula.
Return on Academic Excellence
Employers and graduate schools appreciate the value and rigor of a Sacred Heart education, and it's not hard to see why. Our John F. Welch College of Business – named for the legendary former chairman and CEO of General Electric – is accredited by AACSB International, a designation achieved by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. SHU is the state’s leading independent educator of teachers and administrators, and its two doctoral programs – in Physical Therapy and in Nursing Practice – are earning top grades from accreditors and students alike. Academic programs continue to grow to meet the needs of a fast-changing economy, with such additions as a master’s in Communication and in Environmental Systems and Management.
Return on Relationships
A commitment to personal attention has long distinguished a SHU education. A student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, average class size of 20 students and a nationally recognized freshman academic advising program are just some of the ways our faculty and staff personally connect with students and foster their success. SHU also offers innovative living-learning communities where students enjoy all the usual advantages of living on campus in a residence hall, with the added benefit of living among a group that shares academic goals and interests. And, our First-Year Experience courses cover a variety of disciplines on topics that are exciting and pertinent to the lives of our students. These are small classes that call for a high level of participation that strengthen student to student and student to professor relationships while developing students’ writing and oral presentation skills.
Return on Success
Even in a challenging economy, SHU students are highly successful upon graduation, with 96% securing jobs and/or graduate education. As many as 47% of our graduates continue directly on to graduate school to receive their master’s or doctorate degrees.