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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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 5,428
   Women 3,476 (64.0%)
   Men 1,952 (36.0%)
Graduate Students 3,104
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 57% of 10,017 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.46
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite Not reported
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $56,520
  Tuition and Fees $38,300
  Room and Board $14,450
Average Percent of Need Met 56%
Average Freshman Award $19,822
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 263
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 9% of classes
10-19 students: 30% of classes
20-29 students: 38% of classes
30-39 students: 21% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Fairfield Population 60,855
Nearest Metropolitan Area New York City
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 90% of freshmen, 50% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Pioneers
Sororities 78% of women participate
Fraternities 48% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.1% Asian
4.0% Black/African-American
9.7% Hispanic/Latino
1.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
74.4% White
7.7% Unknown
International Students 1.3% from 24 countries
First-Year Students Returning 81.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 54.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 39%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 21.0%