Last year 2,500 students, faculty and staff volunteered more than 50,000 hours of service in the community through opportunities such as academic mentoring and tutoring in the Bridgeport Public Schools, programs such as CURTIS Week, Community Connections and Habitat for Humanity
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Sacred Heart University offered eight programs to incoming freshmen prior to the start of the academic year to familiarize them with their peers, school and community. The week-long programs provided the students with life-changing experiences before they even sat down for their first class. The Office of Volunteer Programs & Service Learning (VPSL), the School of Communication, Media & the Arts (SCMA), the Theatre Arts Program, the Jack Welch College of Business, the Student Success Center, the Dance Program, the College of Health Professions and the College of Nursing all presented programs.
Participants in Sacred Heart University’s Global Health Programs are working with the Southern Connecticut chapter of Dress A Girl to distribute dresses that volunteers are sewing for girls in disaster-stricken countries.
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.”