Academics & Study Abroad FAQs
- What is the average class size and the student-to-teacher ratio?
Sacred Heart’s commitment to personal attention is evident with an average class size of 21 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1.
- Are all courses taught by professors or are some courses taught by teaching assistants?
Sacred Heart University does not utilize teaching assistants to teach courses.
- Are there academic support services available outside the classroom?
Located in the new Student Success Center, the Jandrisevits Learning Center (JLC) offers a variety of support services to all SHU students as well as special services for students with disabilities. Staffed by highly experienced faculty, staff and peer tutors in disciplines across the curriculum, the JLC provides a friendly learning environment where the individual needs of students are of primary concern. Classroom
Learning Assistants (CLAs), individualized tutors and monthly workshops around essential academic skills such as reading, listening, note-taking, test-taking, public speaking and time management are offered to the SHU community.
- How does academic advising work for freshmen?
Students work with an academic advisor in the SHU College in which they are interested in studying. Advisors guide students on curriculum planning and other academic issues. Advisors are committed to assisting each student with all aspects of their transition to college while remaining an essential resource for academic-related matters.
- When do students declare their major? Are double majors allowed?
Students may declare a major upon enrollment or elect to remain undecided within a particular SHU college. Students are required to declare a major by the spring semester of the sophomore year. You may choose to double-major at SHU and will be guided through the process by your academic advisor.
- What if I am undecided about my major?
The Career Development and Placement Center offers the Major in Success (MIS) program which assists students in making the right choices about majors and careers by increasing their understanding of how their unique talents, interests, values and skills match with a variety of careers and corresponding academic programs. This highly effective, structured program is open to all undergraduates, particularly catering to the needs of first- and second-year students. MIS is implemented over the course of several weeks through individual and group career coaching, which also includes the use of assessment inventories.
- Does SHU offer Study Abroad opportunities?
SHU students study abroad across the globe, and special opportunities for freshmen include a one-week pre-fall program in Dingle, Ireland and Freshman Fall Semester programs in Rome, Italy and Dingle, Ireland. The most popular study abroad sites for SHU students include Sacred Heart’s own residential campuses in County Kerry, Ireland and the European business center of Luxembourg; our partner university in Rome, Italy; and global sites that are part of the CCIS consortium. SHU professors lead study trips abroad, with recent examples including India, Germany, Italy, Spain, Bermuda, China and Korea. Two-week, four-week, six-week, semester-long and year-long programs are available throughout the calendar year.
- Are there opportunities to participate in research projects with faculty as an undergraduate?
Promoting undergraduate research is an integral part of Sacred Heart University’s strategic plan, and students conduct research in programs across the University. Students often receive research stipends, including support for attending and presenting research at professional conferences.
- Does SHU offer options for combined undergraduate/graduate degrees?
Sacred Heart University offers qualified undergraduates the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree within 5 to 6 years, depending on the degree program. Options are available in all SHU colleges, and programs vary in length and in timing of the application process.
- Does SHU have a laptop program?
Among the first universities in the nation to offer a wireless campus, SHU continues its commitment to cutting-edge technology and a mobile computing philosophy. Students are required to purchase a suggested model laptop through one of SHU’s preferred vendors (a variety of models are available) and are able to access on-the-spot technical support via our Help Desk and Call Center.