SHU Facts

Basic Facts
  • SHU has been selected for membership in the Colleges of Distinction, among approximately 200 colleges and universities in the country recognized for outstanding student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful student outcomes.
  • The 2013-2014 student body is made up of 6,983 total students: 3,773 full-time undergraduate students, 716 part-time undergraduate students, 2,494 graduate students; 4,718/6,983 = 68% female, 3,324/6,983 = 48% out of state ; 2128/6983 = 30% minority students, 48 states including District of Columbia and 17 countries represented.
  • The top four states in which first-year undergraduate students, or first-time-in-college freshmen, and their families permanently reside are New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
     
  • More than one-third (40%) of the Class of 2017 earned a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Selected for membership in the Center for Student Opportunity’s “College Bound Coalition”—SHU is featured in the CSO’s College Access & Opportunity Guide, the first comprehensive college guidebook dedicated to highlighting institutions that provides access and opportunity for traditionally underserved student populations.
     
  • SHU is the recipient of the 2010 Innovation Award for its web-based Compliance All-Hazard and Business Continuity Plan from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

  • Sacred Heart University is listed in the College Database's list of the "Top Colleges in Connecticut" for having one of the best student-teacher ratios. Each college or university on the list has a total enrollment exceeding 5,000, yet averages less than 20 students per faculty member
Alumni
  • More than 39,000 degrees have been awarded to over 35,500 alumni.
  • SHU alumni can be found in all 50 states in the U.S. and in 50 Countries.
  • There are over 900 alumni couples (alumni married to alumni).
Faculty
  • SHU’s 237 full-time faculty members educate and advise students and are engaged in scholarly research.
     
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1, with an average class size of approximately 22 students.
Academics
Athletics
  • More than 800 students participate in the University's 31 Division I athletic teams.

  • The SHU Football Team won the 2013 NEC Championship completing the biggest turnaround in the country going from 2-9 in 2012 to 10-2 in 2013.

  • The Women's Cross Country Team won the 2013 NEC Championship.

  • For the 2011-12 season, Sacred Heart University won the Northeast Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the fifth year in a row. The cup is awarded to the top-performing athletic program in the conference.
     
  • SHU offers a wide variety of competitive club sports for the undergraduate student body.  There are currently 30 active club sports teams that provide students with the opportunity to compete against other schools and universities, improve athletic ability, and make new friends.
Community Service
  • Sacred Heart was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes higher education institutions dedicated to exemplary community service.
     
  • SHU's Habitat for Humanity campus chapter has earned a place in the top five collegiate chapters among more than 500 in the nation. In 2012, SHU’s Habitat chapter received the Second Mile Award from Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County.
     
  • New England liberal arts colleges pride themselves on a wide range of educational experiences, and at SHU that goes beyond the classroom and into our local and national community. More than 1,200 students and members of the faculty and staff volunteer in excess of 53,000 hours each year largely within the City of Bridgeport, but also regionally, nationally and internationally.
     
  • Sacred Heart was awarded the NEC Building Communities Award in each of the first two years since its inception. The award is designed to recognize the institution that demonstrates the highest dedication to making an impact in the community through the efforts of its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. 
Campus Housing
  • Approximately 90% of first-year students and approximately 51% of all undergraduates reside in on-campus housing facilities.

  • The University has 10 residence halls on-campus and five additional leased facilities bordering the main campus.
The Campus
  • Sacred Heart University is set on 77 acres in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Its main campus is in Fairfield, which ranks among the top places to live in the Northeast and #9 in the country in a Money magazine list of “Best Places to Live.”  Fairfield is 90 minutes from Manhattan and 150 minutes from Boston. 
     
  • The University maintains branch operations for working adults in Stamford and Griswold, Connecticut.
WSHU Public Radio
  • National Public Radio member station -- NPR News & Talk and Classical Music
  • WSHU is the principal public radio source for Fairfield and New Haven Counties, CT, and Suffolk County, NY, and is the 34th most listened-to public radio station in the country.
     
  • The local news team at WSHU boasts a number of awards and honors including regional and national Edward R. Murrow Awards; Sigma Delta Chi Award—a prestigious national award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ); Connecticut Associated Press (AP) Broadcast Awards; Focus on Long Island (FOLIO) Awards; and Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards.
     
  • Creator and producer of Sunday Baroque, nationally syndicated, popular program of early classical music heard on 91 stations nationwide and the broadcast home of Frank Deford, celebrated sports writer and NPR commentator.
SHU Abroad
  • SHU offers more than 100 study abroad programs in over 30 countries. Spend a few weeks, a semester, or even a year abroad all while earning credits to fulfill general education, elective, or major/minor credits. 
  • International experiences are available to SHU and visiting students— with study abroad programs that support a broad range of educational, professional, and personal objectives. 
  • Spend a semester, summer, or winter at our SHU in Dingle campus in the Irish-speaking community of Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland.