Founded in 1963 as an independent, Catholic University by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
- SHU is the second-largest Catholic university in New England and was the first in America to be led and staffed by lay people.
- The Princeton Review includes SHU in its The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 and Best 294 Business Schools: 2017 and U.S. News & World Report recognized SHU as one of the best regional universities in the North in its 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” publication, making it one of the top New England liberal arts colleges.
- SHU has been selected for membership in the 2016-2017 Colleges of Distinction, among approximately 350 colleges and universities in the country recognized for outstanding student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful student outcomes.
The 2016-2017 student body is made up of 8,532 total students: 4,794 full-time undergraduate students, 634 part-time undergraduate students, 3,104 graduate students; 67% female, 53% out of state; 6% minority students, 50 states including District of Columbia and one military base (AE) and 34 countries represented.
- The top four states in which first-year undergraduate students, or first-time-in-college freshmen, and their families permanently reside are New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education examined student enrollment at 111 Catholic schools from 2004 to 2014 and ranked SHU one of the fastest-growing Roman Catholic colleges in the country. Out of the 111 institutions in the publication’s master’s category, SHU ranked 10th for growth.
Admissions: Class of 2020 (Fall 2016 Freshmen)
- The Class of 2020 is the second largest freshman class in the history of the University with 1,322 students.
Students were selected from our largest-ever applicant pool - 10,017 applications and 57% of applicants were offered admission.
- Our freshman class is comprised of 65% female and 35% male.
- 90% of freshmen are living on campus.
- Average high school GPA of enrolled freshmen: 3.46
- Freshmen hail from 26 states and territories, as well as 13 foreign countries.
- More than 46,500 degrees have been awarded to over 40,883 alumni.
- SHU alumni can be found in all 50 states in the United States and in over 50 countries.
- There are currently 980 alumni couples (alumnus married to alumnus).
95% of the Class of 2015 are either employed or attending graduate school.
- SHU’s 281 full-time faculty members educate and advise students and are engaged in scholarly research.
- The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1, with an average class size of approximately 21 students.
- The University comprises five distinct colleges and two schools: College of Arts & Sciences; School of Communication & Media Arts; School of Computing; College of Health Professions; College of Nursing; Isabelle Farrington College of Education; and the AACSB-accredited Jack Welch College of Business, committed to educating students in the leadership tradition and legacy of Jack Welch.
- The University offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs including online degree programs.
- Upon introducing the new undergraduate Core Curriculum in Fall 2007, the University was invited to become a member of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Core Commitments Leadership Consortium, which includes just 23 institutions nationally. AAC&U has recognized SHU's Core Curriculum as a national model of values education. A newly revised core curriculum was launched in Fall 2015.
- In Connecticut, the Isabelle Farrington College of Education is the leading private educator of certified teachers and school administrators.
- In the 2016 U.S. News and World Report, SHU's Physical Therapy program ranked #1 in Connecticut and among the top five in New England. SHU's Occupational Therapy program ranked #2 in Connecticut in this same report.
- The Princeton Review named Sacred Heart University's game design and development program as one of the top game design programs in the United States and Canada.
- Nearly 800 students participate in the University's 32 Division I athletic teams.
- SHU student-athletes earned the NEC Institutional GPA Award in 2015, with a 3.279 group GPA during the 2014-15 academic year. Four teams – baseball, football, women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis – earned the top GPA in the league in their respective sport, with 467 earning Dean’s List recognition and 423 being honored with conference academic awards.
- Football player Sean Bell became the third Pioneer in school history to earn CoSida Academic All-America honors when he was name Second Team in 2014. He also earned the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Men’s basketball player Phil Gaetano became the first player to win that honor three times, while James Cooksey earned his second accolade as a baseball player and Jesslyn Joseph earned the award for women’s lacrosse.
- The SHU men’s fencing squad has won six consecutive NFC Championships, with the women winning the conference crown in 2013-14. That season the teams combined for an 11th place finish in the NCAA Championships. The fencing squad has had four All-America selections during the past two seasons.
- The SHU Football Team won consecutive NEC Championships in 2013 and 2014, representing the conference in the FCS Championship both seasons. The Pioneers completed the 2014 season ranked in the Top-25 in both national polls, after posting the programs first two wins over nationally ranked opponents during the campaign.
- The Women's Cross Country Team has won three consecutive NEC Championships, capturing the crown in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The indoor track and field team won back-to-back crowns in 2014 and 2015 and the Pioneers won the outdoor crown in 2015, to become only the second team in NEC history to complete the single-season triple crown. .
- SHU has won NEC Building Communities Award four times in the last five years. This is presented to the NEC school that does the most community service with its student-athletes. Sacred Heart University's student-athletes had over 12,000 hours of community service in the 2013-14 academic year and have surpassed 8,000 total hours in each of the past five years.
- SHU offers a wide variety of competitive club sports for the undergraduate student body. There are currently 26 active club sports teams that provide students with the opportunity to compete against other schools and universities, improve athletic ability, and make new friends.
- Each year, the Sacred Heart University community provides over 85,000 hours of service to our partners in Connecticut, throughout the USA, and around the world. Sacred Heart University works with 100+ non-profit organizations, social service agencies, and schools in the Greater Bridgeport area to provide various community engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.
- SHU volunteers provide consistent and essential support to students in the Bridgeport public school system and other area schools through more than 20 tutoring and mentoring programs. The Academic Mentoring Program (AMP), funded through a grant from the Jones-Zimmermann Foundation, has matched hundreds of Bridgeport middle school students with SHU mentors for the last 15 years.
- SHU students have access to numerous international service learning opportunities. SHU has partnered with NGOs and institutions in Bangladesh, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland and Nicaragua to offer service immersion programs or service learning courses for SHU students throughout the whole year.
- The SHU Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is an award-winning, nationally recognized, student-run organization with hundreds of members. It has consistently been one of the largest student clubs on campus in terms of membership, involvement, and outreach.
- Approximately 90% of first-year students and approximately 59% of all undergraduates reside in on-campus housing facilities.
- The University has 11 residence halls on-campus and five additional leased facilities bordering the main campus.
- The newly purchased 15.6 acres of adjacent land to Sacred Heart’s main campus will be home to one of the newest residence hall projects.
- Residential Life is comprised of 83 Resident Success Assistants and 9 RHDs, making them one of the largest student-support units on campus.
- Sacred Heart’s newest resident hall, Jorge Bergoglio Hall, named for Pope Francis, opened just in time for the start of the 2016 fall semester. The building, which took nearly two years to complete, houses 216 students in two-bedroom, four-person pods with a shared bathroom. The building includes a multipurpose fitness facility, a classroom/playroom for video game majors and avid players and a shared kitchen space on each floor.
- Sacred Heart University comprises more than 300 acres of land, including an 18-hole golf course and the former global headquarters of General Electric. The main campus of the University sits on more than 100 acres in Fairfield, Conn. - located less than 60 miles from Manhattan and approximately 150 miles from Boston. The University-owned golf course is located in Milford/Orange, Conn. It is a signature Tommy Fazio-designed facility that has been ranked fourth-best in Connecticut by Golf.com. The recently acquired GE property will be used as an innovation campus to expand the School of Computing and develop STEM field programs. Certain elements of the Jack Welch College of Business, including the new hospitality management program, the Isabelle Farrington College of Education, and the University’s business office will be moved to the site.
- The University maintains branch operations for working adults in Landmark Square, Stamford and Griswold, Connecticut.
- Construction of our newest academic building, the Center for Healthcare Education, is progressing and completion looks to be on schedule for the summer of 2017.
- Sacred Heart has started work on a residential complex on the site of the former Jewish Home on Jefferson Street.
- Also under construction is a new facility for our radio station WSHU and the Department of Public Safety.
WSHU is an NPR member station broadcasting news and information programs, locally produced classical music, unique entertainment and regional news coverage.
- Once a single radio station, WSHU Public Radio is now a group of 7 stations and 7 additional frequencies. WSHU is the principal public radio source for Fairfield and New Haven Counties, CT, and Suffolk County, NY, and also broadcasts in Litchfield, Middlesex and New London Counties in Connecticut, and Duchess County in New York.
- WSHU’s local news team boasts a number of awards and honors including seven Edward R. Murrow Awards; a Sigma Delta Chi Award—a prestigious national award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ); Connecticut Associated Press (AP) Broadcast Awards; Focus on Long Island (FOLIO) Awards; Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Awards and Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards.
- Creator and producer of Sunday Baroque, a nationally syndicated, popular program of early classical music heard on well over 100 stations across the country as well as in Guam and the Marianas Islands.
- SHU offers over 60 programs in 30 countries around the world, including 2 of our own global campuses.
- International experiences are available to SHU and visiting students— with study abroad programs that support a broad range of educational, professional, and personal goals.
- Freshman Fall Abroad (FFA) program is a signature experience of SHU where you can spend your first semester in Dingle, Ireland or Rome, Italy. There is no better way to learn about yourself, expand your worldview, acquire marketable skills, and develop the habits of mind, heart, and spirit that will prepare you to engage purposefully in a global world.
- Looking at New England liberal arts colleges to study business? SHU has the only American-accredited MBA program in Luxembourg.
- Through service abroad, students learn about a new culture, generosity, and the value of servicing others. With our Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning, opportunities to volunteer abroad in Latin America and the Caribbean include helping to build homes, schools or medical facilities for those in need.
- SHU also offers undergraduate and graduate nursing and health professions students the opportunity to complete clinical service hours in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as experience the local health care systems.