Applying to SHU: Freshmen

Application Process

Apply NowThank you for your interest in attending Sacred Heart University!

Apply at any time by going to

To complete your application, you will also need to submit:

  • A $50 application fee (paid through Common App when you submit your application)
  • Your official high school transcript including your senior year grades
  • One letter of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores, if you elect to submit them
    • Scores may be self-reported when applying, admitted students who choose to enroll must have their official scores sent by the testing agency

  • Early Decision contract (for Early Decision applicants only)

Questions about the application process or submitting your application? Contact your admissions counselor!

We believe in a personalized admissions process and want to get to know you! Therefore, we strongly encourage all students interested in applying to SHU to visit our campus. Please note that students interested in applying Early Decision are required to visit campus and complete an interview with an admissions counselor.

For a complete list of visit opportunities and to register, view our Visit SHU pageYou may also contact our office at or 203-371-7881 with any questions about coming to campus.

Important Dates and Deadlines

December 1, 2018

Early Decision Deadline: All Colleges

December 15, 2018

Early Action Deadline: All Colleges
Regular Decision Priority Deadline: College of Nursing

February 15, 2019

Regular Decision Priority Deadline: College of Arts & Sciences,
College of Health Professions, Welch College of Business

May 1, 2018

Enrolled student deposit due and priority deadline for housing

If you are applying for financial aid, priority deadlines for the completion of the FAFSA and CSS Profile correspond to the application deadlines listed above. 

The Mission of Sacred Heart University is one of inclusivity, respect for others and social justice. We support the right of everyone at any age to freely express opinions in a respectful and nonviolent manner. To that end, any disciplinary action that results from participation in a nonviolent protest will not impact an individual's chance for admission to Sacred Heart University.