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Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Sacred Heart University, founded in 1963, is a church-affiliated university. It is the third largest Catholic university in New England and the first New England Catholic college to institute a Student Mobile Computing Program. This requires entering first-year students to have a personal computer. Sacred Heart sponsors the largest NCAA Division I program in the country, with 29 men's and women's varsity teams. Its 56-acre campus is located in Fairfield, two miles west of Bridgeport.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students4,997
   Women3,194 (63.9%)
   Men1,803 (36.1%)
Graduate Students2,784


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate57% of 9,114 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineFebruary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.3
SAT Math554 average
487-623 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading535 average
468-606 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite24 average
21-28 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$55,580
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met56%
Average Freshman Award$19,402
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 38% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Fairfield Population60,855
Nearest Metropolitan AreaNew York City
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 91% of freshmen, 53% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities63% of women participate
Fraternities 39% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.1% Asian
3.5% Black/African-American
7.4% Hispanic/Latino
1.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
69.6% White
15.8% Unknown
International Students1.0% from 18 countries
First-Year Students Returning82.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.34 3.60 530 525 525 23
Low 2.40 2.70 400 360 390 14
High 4.00 4.60 690 720 690 29
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Sacred Heart was founded in the spirit of the 1963 Vatican II Council as America's first and only lay Catholic university.

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