College Spotlight
Sacred Heart University
by Katie Schmitt
, 2013 (posted 1-20-12)

Sacred Heart University is located in Fairfield, CT, and is the second largest Catholic university in New England for men and women. Sacred Heart has a Roman Catholic affiliation, but the school welcomes students of all denominations.

The student population is small, enrolling about 974 freshmen each year with a total number of undergrads hovering around 4,200 in addition to the 2,085 graduate students also on campus. About 29% of first year students come from in-state and 71% are out-of-state students, which gives the student body diversity.

With the student to teacher ratio a comfortable 13:1 , Sacred Heart offers a very close-knit environment which is ideal for students who prefer smaller class sizes and appreciate more individual attention from professors. Sacred Heart has an acceptance rate of 64% which would put it in the competitive college category.

Housing is guaranteed for all four years of undergraduate study and about 60% of all undergrads choose to live on campus. The housing options include co-ed housing and apartments for single students.
The campus is small, residential, and houses a few unique facilities. These facilities include a preforming arts center, multipurpose communication studios, 36-hole golf course, rehabilitation clinics for occupational and physical therapies, contemporary art gallery, fashion design studio and a chapel.

The campus is also just 55 miles from New York City which is less than an hour and a half driving distance, so it is possible for students to go into the city for the weekend or to take on an internship in New York.

Sacred Heart also has a great athletic program. The Pioneers are a member of the NCAA and there are over twenty Division I teams available to student athletes in addition to the fifteen club and intramural sports. Outside of sports Sacred Heart has many other activities and clubs on campus that keep students busy. These activities span the “Spectrum” (SHU’s student newspaper), including concert band, drama, dance, choral groups, film society, radio station, model U.N., campus ministries and Greek life.

Annual tuition for in-state students living on campus is $32,742 including fees. This price is reasonable considering the rising costs of tuition today and the large expenses of many private colleges. For parents who don’t want to dish out too much dough for college or for students who are paying their own way, the price of tuition at Sacred Heart University is more manageable than many other schools that may be on the list. SHU also meets about 53% of student need based aid in grants and scholarships and 47% in loans and jobs. Non-need based aid is determined by criteria like academics, alumni affiliation, art, athletics, leadership, minority status and music/drama.

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