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Sacred Heart University Overview

Sacred Heart University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Fairfield, Connecticut. Fairfield is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Sacred Heart University Known For?

1,521 Undergraduate Awards
$47,814 Avg Cost After Aid
60% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Sacred Heart have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Sacred Heart is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 33% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Sacred Heart makes roughly $56,000 a year. This is 37% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Sacred Heart to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Sacred Heart University Rankings

Sacred Heart is ranked #437 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Sacred Heart.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#23 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#125 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Sacred Heart has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#42 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#60 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#71 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#103 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#140 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search
#159 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Sacred Heart University?

Location of Sacred Heart University

Contact details for Sacred Heart are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT 06825-1000
Phone: 203-371-7999
Website: https://www.sacredheart.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SacredHeartUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SacredHeartUniv

How Do I Get Into Sacred Heart?

You can apply to Sacred Heart online at: https://www.sacredheart.edu/admissions/undergraduateadmissions/applynow

Admission Requirements for Sacred Heart

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Sacred Heart?

60% Acceptance Rate
69% Of Accepted Are Women
Sacred Heart has an acceptance rate of 60%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 31% of accepted students are men and 69% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.

Can I Afford Sacred Heart University?

$47,814 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
3.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Sacred Heart is $47,814. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Sacred Heart, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $10,327 a year. That adds up to $41,308 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sacred Heart is 3.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Sacred Heart University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,130 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,974 undergraduate students at Sacred Heart, with 5,130 being full-time and 844 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Sacred Heart

There are also 2,984 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,130 full-time undergraduates at Sacred Heart, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Sacred Heart

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Sacred Heart University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Sacred Heart Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 92
Black or African American 202
Hispanic or Latino 576
White 3,863
International Students 72
Other Races/Ethnicities 325

Geographic Diversity

Connecticut students aren't the only ones who study at Sacred Heart University. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 56 countries are represented at Sacred Heart. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and Canada.

Online Learning at Sacred Heart University

1,102 Took All Classes Online
2,801 Took At Least One Class Online
-0.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at Sacred Heart. In 2017-2018, 2,801 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Sacred Heart has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in Connecticut for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Sacred Heart

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Sacred Heart University was -0.2%. This is the #2,219 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Sacred Heart regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Sacred Heart majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 13%
Nursing 17%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Sacred Heart ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Sacred Heart.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Psychology #13
Psychology #200
Health & Medical Administrative Services #332
Nursing #460

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Sacred Heart University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 95 0 206 0 218 8 527
Allied Health Professions 12 0 222 0 26 0 260
Business Administration & Management 0 0 128 0 96 4 228
General Education 0 0 0 0 201 0 201
Marketing 0 0 139 0 0 0 139
Accounting 0 0 81 0 39 0 120
General Psychology 0 0 116 0 0 0 116
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 114 0 0 0 114
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 49 59 108
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 54 0 50 0 104
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 74 0 27 0 101
Educational Administration 0 0 0 75 0 0 75
Computer Information Systems 0 0 24 0 36 0 60
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 49 0 49
General Biology 0 0 46 0 0 0 46
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 44 0 44
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 38 0 38
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 0 38 0 38
Social Work 0 0 16 0 20 0 36
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 34 0 34
General English Literature 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Chemistry 0 0 10 0 17 0 27
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 24 0 24
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 0 20 0 0 0 21
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 19 0 19
Economics 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
History 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 16 0 16
Sociology 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 14 0 0 14
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 0 13 0 13
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Mathematics 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Political Science & Government 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 8 0 8
International Studies 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Philosophy 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Romance Languages 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Religious Studies 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 108 2 1,411 89 1,065 71 2,746

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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