Core Values

The core values of Sacred Heart that define how we execute our mission are:

Catholic education for today 

As the first institution of Catholic higher education in the United States that was founded to be led and staffed by lay people, SHU plays an important role in shaping today’s modern, vibrant Catholic intellectual tradition.

Since our beginning, we have led the way in creating new educational experiences that give our students real-world opportunities to serve, grow and prosper in their faith and in our world.

Bold Vision

As academics and mentors, we are passionate about providing our students with an education of uncompromising quality and opportunity. As a University, we are relentless in informing, affirming and challenging our students in their scholarship, leadership and service.

We have grown from our founding class of 175 undergraduate students into a distinguished international learning community

At Sacred Heart, we are committed to thoughtful, strategic growth. We have made dramatic strides in expanding the University facilities and services, adding highly credentialed and experienced faculty and raising levels of student achievement.

The University Strategic Plan sets forth a bold, comprehensive and action-oriented vision of Sacred Heart University as an institution that attracts and cultivates academic excellence and achievement.

Applied Learning

Our undergraduate and graduate schools and programs prepare our students for leadership and success in today’s dynamic global environment.

We offer competitive, rigorous academics and professional partnerships that enable SHU students to expand their education beyond the classroom and into the real world.

Our students enjoy greater access to faculty, industry leaders and professional and experiential educational opportunities that pay dividends after graduation and beyond.

The Right Size for Success

We value the power of the mentor in each student's Sacred Heart experience. Our one-on-one student and faculty relationships ensure that every student is empowered and equipped to accomplish and achieve.

Community is more than a word used to describe the campus population. Our community is reflected in how we engage with one another, how we value one another and how we serve one another.

Rooted in an abiding faith in the possibility, dignity, ability and responsibility of the individual, we challenge our students to pursue their intellectual interests and shape their world.