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Sacred Heart University is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in suburban Fairfield, Connecticut. It was founded in 1963 by the Rev. Walter W. Curtis, the Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport. The university's campus stretches over more than 60 acres of suburban land. The schools and colleges under SHU include the following:
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Health Professions
  • John F. Welch College of Business
  • University College
The university's sports teams are known as the Pioneers. The official mascot of SHU's sports teams is Big Red the Pioneer. Men's teams at SHU participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. Women take part in basketball, bowling, cross country, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field and volleyball. The University also has a cheerleader squad.

Profile of Sacred Heart UniversitySacred Heart University is located in a large suburb, in Fairfield, CT. The school is officially a Roman Catholic school. Sacred Heart University is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at the school top out at the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Students at Sacred Heart University often study education and teaching and therapy and Counselling.

Sacred Heart University Selectivity

The admissions department at the school does not accept all those who apply. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 470 to 578 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 588 or higher on the math SAT.

The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, Sacred Heart University tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

The school offers classes to 5, 801 students (4, 714 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
Sacred Heart University serves primarily full-time students. Many students live in housing on or near campus. Students sports include formal participation in Northeast Conference competitions. Sacred Heart University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching430education, elementary/middle school admin, education courses, reading teaching
Business and Management340business management, finance, accounting, business and related services, international business, accounting technology, sales and marketing
Therapy and Counselling203psychology, physical therapy
Liberal Arts125general studies, political science, English, history, sociology, economics, Spanish language
Nursing and Emergency Medicine53registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy52athletic trainer, occupational therapy, rehabilitation
Computer Science and Engineering50computer and info science
Security and Law Enforcement43criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and administration
Science40biology, chemistry
Media30communication studies, communication and journalism
Family and Social Work13social work
Art Studies12art studies
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy, religious education, religion, religious studies
Law4legal assistant, legal professions
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies
Medical administration0health care administration
Contact: Sacred Heart UniversitySacred Heart University

5151 Park Ave

Fairfield, CT 06825-1000

General Phone: (203) 371-7999


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