Sacred Heart Ranks Highly in Princeton Review

News Story: August 20, 2018

Smiling students

Sacred Heart University students are among the happiest and most engaged in community service compared to other U.S. colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review. Its 2019 guidebook, The Best 384 Colleges, places SHU among its top 20 colleges for “Happiest Students” and “Students Most Engaged in Community Service.”

“It’s wonderful to have this affirmation that our students enjoy the Sacred Heart experience,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “They also understand the importance of giving back to the community and helping out those in need. They think nothing of spending their spring, winter and summer breaks on mission trips, building houses and volunteering at nonprofits. Social Justice is a key piece of SHU’s mission, and our strong tradition of community service is an expression of that. This recognition is well deserved.”

In fact, SHU students say in the guidebook that when they’re not “studying or working, they are volunteering their time in the volunteer program,” known as Volunteer Programs & Service Learning.

Other SHU students cited in the guidebook say keeping busy at SHU is easy, because “there’s always something happening on campus and on the weekend thanks to the Student Life department.” One student is quoted saying, “The entire mood here is very upbeat.” Another says, “Sacred Heart University exemplifies school spirit and hospitality to every single student that walks through our campus.” Sacred Heart is described as a “tightly-knit community where people are excited to try new things and professors encourage students to branch out.”

Students praise the school’s academics, saying the “internship and job opportunities we have here are unique and amazing.” Students note the school’s business, nursing and health care programs, and one student declares the choice to attend SHU was due to the school’s “fantastic nursing program.” Students also expressed admiration for the school’s faculty. “Professors are enthusiastic, encouraging and helpful on the whole, and students appreciate that some also allow students to engage with their research which will then allow kids to get published.”

One of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides, The Best 384 Colleges bases ranks on surveys of 138,000 students at 384 top colleges that represent a wide variation by region, size, selectivity and character. Published annually since 1992, the book has detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories, as well as lists ranking the top 20 schools in 62 categories. For more information on the rankings and methodology, visit