SHU Facts

Basic Facts
  • SHU has been selected for membership in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction, among approximately 300 colleges and universities in the country recognized for outstanding student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful student outcomes.
  • The 2014-2015 student body is made up of 7,781 total students: 4,232 full-time undergraduate students, 765 part-time undergraduate students, 2,784 graduate students; 67% female, 53% out of state; 19% minority students, 50 states including District of Columbia and one military base (AE) and 27 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.
  • More than 40% of the Class of 2018 earned a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Selected for membership in the Center for Student Opportunity’s “College Bound Coalition”—SHU is featured in the CSO’s College Access & Opportunity Guide, the first comprehensive college guidebook dedicated to highlighting institutions that provides access and opportunity for traditionally underserved student populations.

Admissions: Class of 2018

  • The Class of 2018 is the largest freshman class in the history of the University.

  • Over 9,100 applications were received for 1,400 seats.

  • Of the over 9100 applicants who applied, 57% were offered admission.

  • This year, SHU saw a 15% increase in applicants over the previous year.

  • 9.3% growth in freshman enrollment over Class of 2017.

  • Average Admitted Student GPA: 3.4

  • Average Admitted Student SAT score: 1131
  • More than 42,000 degrees have been awarded to over 36,400 alumni.
  • SHU alumni can be found in all 50 states in the U.S. and in 50 Countries.
  • There are over 900 alumni couples (alumnus married to alumnus).
  • 99% of Class of 2013 graduates seeking employment are employed full time; 54% of graduates are attending graduate school.

  • SHU’s 262 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 22 students.
  • SHU's Physical Therapy program was ranked the best in Connecticut and among the top five in New England by 2014 U.S. News and World Report.
  • Sacred Heart University's College of Arts & Science's Freshman Academic Advising Program has been recognized as among the best in the nation according to the National Academic Advising Association. 
  • 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.

  • The SHU fencing teams finished 11th in the nation in 2013-14, with the men winning their fifth consecutive NFC crown and the women their first-ever.

  • The women’s cross country team and the women’s indoor track and field team both won NEC Championships for the 2013-14 season.

  • The SHU Football Team won the 2013 NEC Championship completing the biggest turnaround in the country going from 2-9 in 2012 to 10-2 in 2013.

  • The Women's Cross Country Team won the 2013 NEC Championship.

  • SHU has won four consecutive NEC Building Communities Awards. 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.
  • 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.
Community Service
  • Sacred Heart was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes higher education institutions dedicated to exemplary community service.
  • SHU's Habitat for Humanity campus chapter has earned a place in the top five collegiate chapters among more than 500 in the nation. In 2013, our students raised $10,000 and earned $10,000 in matching funds from their affiliate at State Farm Insurance to help build a home in Bridgeport with the Youth United chapter of Coastal Fairfield County Habitat.
  • New England liberal arts colleges pride themselves on a wide range of educational experiences, and at SHU that goes beyond the classroom and into our local and national community. More than 1,200 students and members of the faculty and staff volunteer in excess of 53,000 hours each year largely within the City of Bridgeport, but also regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • In 2014, Sacred Heart won the NEC Building Communities Award for its fourth consecutive year — since the award's inception. The award recognizes the institution that demonstrates the highest dedication to making an impact in the community through the efforts of its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. 

  • In the 2014-2015 academic year, Sacred Heart University students will travel to 8 developing countries as part of service programs that support community development efforts. Countries include: Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Haiti and Columbia.
Campus Housing
  • Approximately 93% of first-year students and approximately 62% of all undergraduates reside in on-campus housing facilities.

  • The University has 10 residence halls on-campus and five additional leased facilities bordering the main campus.
The Campus
  • Sacred Heart University is set on more than 100 acres in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Its main campus is in Fairfield, which ranks among the top places to live in the Northeast and #9 in the country in a Money magazine list of “Best Places to Live.”  Fairfield is 90 minutes from Manhattan and 150 minutes from Boston. 
  • The University maintains branch operations for working adults in Stamford and Griswold, Connecticut.

  • In 2014 the new academic building, just recently named the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, will be completed; we started building our new Student Success Center across the street on Park Avenue; and we are poised to construct a new College of Health Professions building (pending approvals).
WSHU Public Radio
  • 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 four regional and national 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 Abroad
  • SHU offers more than 100 study abroad programs in over 30 countries. Spend a few weeks, a semester, or even a year abroad all while earning credits to fulfill general education, elective, or major/minor credits. 
  • International experiences are available to SHU and visiting students— with study abroad programs that support a broad range of educational, professional, and personal objectives. 

  • Freshman Fall Abroad (FFA) program is a new 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.
  • Spend a semester, summer, or winter at our SHU in Dingle campus in the Irish-speaking community of Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland.

  • 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.

  • The College of Health Professions also offers their undergraduate and graduates students the opportunity to complete clinical service hours in Latin America and the Caribbean,  as well as experience the local health care systems.