SHU Among the Best in U.S. News and Princeton Review's Annual Best Colleges Guides

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Sacred Heart University ranks among the best according to the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Reportand The Princeton Review’s guidebook “The Best 366 Colleges: 2008 Edition.” The U.S.News publication is available in the August 27 issue and the Princeton Review guidebook is available on August 21.

Sacred Heart University, the second-largest Catholic university in New England, is one of only eight schools to be added to this year’s Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guide. In the U.S.News rankings, SHU has climbed 12 spots in two years, from 50th in 2006 to 44th in 2007 and now earning the 38th spot in the category of master’s universities in the North.

These recent rankings come in a year filled with recognition of the school’s excellence. Earlier this year, SHU was one of 23 schools selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to participate in the national initiative, Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility.

The University’s John F. Welch College of Business also earned its share of accolades this year with its inclusion in the Princeton Review’s 2008 “Best 290 Business Schools.” In January, the Welch College of Business received accreditation by the AACSB—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—joining an elite membership of fewer than 10 percent of business schools worldwide.

“It’s a great point of pride for us to be included among the best in these college guide publications. On the heels of our John F. Welch College of Business receiving AACSB accreditation and the University being selected for inclusion in the AAC&U’s Core Commitments leadership consortium, this is a great way to start a new academic year,” stated James Barquinero, SHU’s vice president for Enrollment Planning and Student Affairs. “It’s good to see that the public recognition is catching up with our ongoing achievements.”

SHU offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut, and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. Approximately 5,800 students attend the University’s four colleges: Arts & Sciences; Education & Health Professions; University College; and the AACSB-accredited John F. Welch College of Business.

This year, SHU saw a record number of admissions applications. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions received over 8,000 applications for the Fall 2007 semester, representing a 19% increase in applications over last year.

 The annual U.S.News rankings—which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching—serve as a resource for parents and students contemplating one of life’s most challenging financial decisions. A complete summary of the methodology used to rank each school can be found online at

 "Best 366 Colleges" is one of 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House. Eight schools were added to the book this year, which includes two-page profiles on the schools and ranking lists. The book was first published in 1992 and no school has ever paid a fee to be in it.