Admissions & Student Profile FAQs
- What is SHU looking for in a student?
Sacred Heart University utilizes a holistic admission process considering a variety of factors. In addition to academic performance in high school, as evidenced by GPA; college-level, honors and AP courses; and recommendations, the Admissions Committee considers co-curricular activities such as athletics; club and organization participation; volunteerism; and involvement in the arts as well as the personal qualities and interests that will allow the student to make a unique addition to the community. As part of the application process, a visit to campus is an important component as it allows the University to get to know the individual and allows each student to begin forming connections on campus early.
- What are the application deadlines? Does SHU have Early Action or Early Decision?
- December 1: Early Decision Deadline
- December 15: Early Action Deadline
- December 15: Regular Decision Priority Deadline for College of Nursing
- February 15: Regular Decision Priority Deadline for College of Health Professions, Welch College of Business and College of Arts & Sciences
Early Decision is for students who have determined, through solid inquiry of academic and student life programs, that Sacred Heart University is their definite first choice. While Early Decision is a binding contract which commits students to enrolling at the University upon admission, SHU does not hold students to the contract if the family determines that enrollment is not financially feasible. Early Action is a flexible option which is also available at SHU and allows students to learn of their admission decision earlier than regular applicants without a commitment to enroll.
- Does SHU use the Common Application?
- How much is the application fee? Can this be waived in any circumstance?
The fee for applying to SHU is $50. Students who have limited financial resources and meet the requirements set forth by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) may submit a NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions.
- Are standardized test scores required?
For most programs, high school students applying for admission to Sacred Heart University are not required to submit standardized test scores within their application for admission to the University. Students who wish to submit their standardized test scores for consideration are welcome to do so. If you are unsure whether to submit scores, please discuss your options with your Admissions Counselor.
- Is an interview required as part of the application process?
Interviews are required for those students who are applying Early Decision and are strongly encouraged for all students applying to the University. Students who have already visited campus may also contact their Admissions Counselor regarding opportunities that may exist to interview locally at high schools and other locations or over the telephone.
- Is there an Honors program? How are students admitted?
The Thomas More Honors Program at Sacred Heart University seeks bright, eager and dedicated students who are ready to capitalize on the unique resources and opportunities offered to them through the Program, including the Honors Living-Learning Community (LLC) for residential freshmen. Students may enter the Honors Program either as an incoming freshman or as a rising sophomore currently at Sacred Heart or transferring to Sacred Heart. Admission as an incoming freshman is by invitation after a review of all applicants’ academic records. Selected students will be invited to complete a supplemental application for admission into the Program.
- Does SHU accept AP, IB or college level credits?
Advanced Placement credit is awarded if a student has taken the AP Exam and scored a 4 or higher. The SHU faculty determines how that credit is applied to a student’s Sacred Heart record. Students should be sure that the official AP results have been sent to Sacred Heart.
Students awarded the IB Diploma will be granted the option of sophomore standing and will have their individual diploma examinations recorded as transfer credit.
Students who present individual Higher Level examinations with scores of 4, 5, 6 or 7 will receive 6 - 8 credits (depending on the Sacred Heart University course equivalency) up to a total of 30 credits. These individual credits may be applied to General Education/Foundational Core courses, a student’s major, or elective courses. No credit will be awarded for subsidiary examinations.
To receive college credit for courses taken at a college during high school, please have an official transcript forwarded to the Office of Admissions. Although most courses taken at other accredited institutions will be accepted, credit transfer evaluations are done on a course-by-course basis.
- Where do SHU students come from geographically?
While the top states include Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, the 2017 freshman class at SHU represents 25 states and 12 countries around the world.