Sacred Heart Named One of the Best Colleges for Women

News Story: May 9, 2018

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(From left) Contemporary Women Artists of the Middle East, Getting in the Game and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Sacred Heart University has earned a 2018-19 Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Colleges, out of about 1,500 eligible colleges and universities across the nation. The University ranked 18th in New England and was in the top three in Connecticut.

Women’s Choice Award’s mission is to give women a collective voice to identify brands, products and services that deserve loyalty and referrals, according to its website. It aims to be a trusted resource for women searching for the most recommended services.

One way Sacred Heart empowers women is through lectures and seminars on powerful female leaders. This semester alone, SHU had a panel discussion on women in writing, another event that focused on contemporary Middle Eastern women artists and its annual Women in Media symposium. Moreover, the SHU community plays a large role in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, a charity walk each spring that raises money and support to end violence against women and girls. The University also offers a range of women’s studies courses and a women’s studies minor.

Female faculty at Sacred Heart also are recognized for their leadership and educational contributions. Most recently, Professor Michelle Loris received the 2018 Connecticut Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Academic Leadership Award from the Connecticut chapter of the American Council in Education.

According to the Women’s Choice Award website, the organization uses data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to develop its rankings. It also uses survey data collected from more than 1,000 women about what is important to them in a college or university. The organization weighs reputation, student-to-faculty ratios, depth of education, campus safety and four-year graduation rate heavily when determining school ranks.