Prospective Students

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Common Questions

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Sacred Heart University is distinct in its unwavering commitment to the growth and development of each student, supporting the individual's academic, career and civic pursuits. The care, with which every student is selected, welcomed, advised and supported through the Admissions process, is a testament to our institutional philosophy. The Admissions Counselors who help you through the application process honor you as an individual and focus on you as a whole person.

The application requirements for freshmen (or transfer) applicants include completion of the Common Application online at and submission of the following criteria:

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Application essay
  • Official college transcripts from previous institutions (if applicable)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Application fee

Early Decision Deadline: December 1
For students who have determined that Sacred Heart University is their definite first choice.

Early Action Deadline: December 15
This is for students with high interest in Sacred Heart who wish to learn of their admission decision earlier without a
commitment to enroll.

Regular Decision Deadline: February 15
For regular decision applicants, Sacred Heart has a rolling admissions process with a priority deadline of
February 15.

Transfer Admission
For information on transfer deadlines, please contact a transfer counselor at

Interviews are required for those students who are applying Early Decision and are strongly encouraged for all students applying to the university.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance is committed to assisting students and families throughout the financial aid process. To apply for financial assistance or request consideration for merit-based scholarship, students must complete two forms:

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    School Code #001403
    Form available as of January 1
    Priority Deadline for all incoming students: February 15

  2. College Scholarship Service PROFILE (CSS Profile)
    School Code #3780
    Form available as of October 1
    Priority Deadline for Early Decision Students: December 1
    Priority Deadline for Regular Admission: February 15

Advanced Placement credit is awarded only if a student has taken the AP Exam and scored a 4 or higher. The SHU faculty determines how that credit is applied to a student’s Sacred Heart record. Students should be sure that the Official AP results have been sent to Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart University considers the International Baccalaureate diploma outstanding for its integrated curriculum and rigor. Students awarded the IB Diploma will be granted the option of sophomore standing and will have their individual diploma examinations recorded as transfer credit. Students who present individual Higher Level examinations with scores of 4, 5, 6 or 7 will receive 6 - 8 credits (depending on the Sacred Heart University course equivalency) up to a total of 30 credits. These individual credits may be applied to General Education/Foundational Core courses, a student’s major, or elective courses. No credit will be awarded for subsidiary examinations.

Many high school students take courses at their local college while concurrently enrolled in high school. To receive college credit for these courses, please arrange to have an official transcript forwarded to the Office of Admission. Although we will accept most courses taken at other accredited institutions, credit transfer evaluations are done on a course-by-course basis.

Students are not required to take a foreign language at SHU however those interested in pursuing one must take the Foreign Language Placement Exam online prior to Orientation. Students can pursue a major in Spanish as well as minors in French, Italian, and Spanish. Courses are also offered in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Latin.

Sacred Heart’s commitment to personal attention is evident with a student faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 22 students.

First Year Seminars cover a wide range of fascinating topics and are designed for students to develop the communication, thinking, and research skills necessary to be successful college students and professionals.

SHUSquare is a dynamic on-line educational forum that expands the seminar experience so that students remain connected with their classmates, peers, and faculty beyond the classroom. 

The Art of Thinking is an introductory logic course designed to provide students with the thinking, reading, and communication skills necessary to thrive as college students and as educated adults.

Students can pursue an interdisciplinary minor while fulfilling many of their liberal arts course requirements through the Great Challenges Program.  In this program, students will study and analyze some of the pressing issues of our time through a combination of rigorous academic study and applied learning, internships and service.

As the second-largest Catholic university in New England, Sacred Heart is committed to the spiritual growth of all SHU students, regardless of their religious affiliation. Spiritual growth at SHU takes place both within and outside the classroom as part of a well-rounded and challenging experience that fosters students’ holistic development. At the core of a Sacred Heart University education is the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, which facilities students’ ethical and moral reflections as well as their abilities to lead balanced and meaningful lives, making positive contributions to their communities and society as a whole.

As part of Sacred Heart’s Core Curriculum, students are required to take one of their four Common Core courses and three of their eleven Elective Core courses in either Religious Studies/Theology or Philosophy.

Yes, student housing is guaranteed for all four years.  Approximately 93% of first-year students and approximately 62% of all undergraduates reside in on-campus housing facilities. The University has 10 residence halls on-campus and 5 additional leased facilities bordering the main campus.

The Department of Public Safety is entrusted with fostering and maintaining a safe and secure environment for the University Community to pursue their academic, professional and personal ambitions. The department maintains strong, professional relationships with municipal police, fire and health responders to ensure continuous collaboration on emergency planning efforts and familiarity with our campus in the event of an emergency.  Various programs and services such as Personal Safety Escorts, Security Alarm Systems, Blue Light Call Boxes, Security Surveys, Crime Prevention Announcements, Parking Lot Security, Vehicle Assistance and Key Control are also offered to provide continued security and peace of mind to students, parents, faculty and staff. In 2014, we launched our SHU Safe app, which is an emergency communication tool between the University community and campus security. 

Both the Intramural and Club Sports programs offer a variety of leagues, contests, classes and special events for SHU students to participate in.  Club Sports are competitive intercollegiate athletic programs similar to Division I JV programs and Division III varsity programs. SHU Club Sports teams compete against colleges and universities in the Northeast within existing leagues whenever possible.  Clubs Sports teams may also compete against other institutions’ club-level, JV or Division III teams. Our Intramural programs (SHU students vs. SHU students) range from basketball to dodge ball and just about everything in between.

As a new student, you are strongly encouraged to participate in University life both in and out of the classroom.  Sacred Heart University has endless opportunities for students to get involved on campus such as Academic Clubs, Student Government, Greek Life, Community Service, Media Clubs, Multicultural Groups, Recreational and Social Groups, and the Performing Arts.

Of the more than 9,100 applicants who applied to the Class of 2018, 57 percent were offered admission.

We had 9,100 applicants for 1,400 spaces in the freshman class.

We saw a 15 percent increase in applications over last year. 

We saw a 9.4 percent growth in freshman enrollment over the Class of 2017, making the Class of 2018 the largest class in the history of the University. 

The average admitted student GPA is 3.4, and the average admitted student SAT score is 1131.