We Believe in the Power of your Dreams.
The true worth of your Sacred Heart experience won’t be measured by facts we teach you or skills you acquire while you are here. It won’t be something that we give you.
At Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT we believe that inquiry, pursuing knowledge and intelligent reflection – both inside and outside the classroom – create greater opportunities and choices. We challenge you to be fearless in your curiosity and courageous in your service to others.
We are passionate about the role we play in helping you reveal your true potential. The discovery of your own talents, abilities, strengths, character and dreams is the most valuable outcome we strive for as educators and mentors.
It's what you give us.
We Believe Opportunity is Invaluable.
Return on Investment
Return on Quality
Sacred Heart has long been recognized as one the nation’s leading universities. SHU is ranked among The Princeton Review’s “Best 377 Colleges” and “Best 294 Business Schools” with a top-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report for the past ten years. In addition, the prestigious Lilly Foundation recently sponsored a national forum for other colleges to learn of SHU’s award-winning Core Curriculum, The Human Journey, and how it might be imitated elsewhere. It has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) as a national leader in high-quality undergraduate curricula.
Return on Academic Excellence
Employers and graduate schools appreciate the value and rigor of a Sacred Heart education, and it's not hard to see why. Our Jack College of Business – named for the legendary former chairman and CEO of General Electric – is accredited by AACSB International, a designation achieved by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. SHU is the state’s leading independent educator of teachers and administrators, and its two doctoral programs – in Physical Therapy and in Nursing Practice – are earning top grades from accreditors and students alike. Academic programs continue to grow to meet the needs of a fast-changing economy, with such additions as a master’s in Communication and in a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Finance
Return on Relationships
A commitment to personal attention has long distinguished a SHU education. A student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, average class size of 22 students and a nationally recognized freshman academic advising program are just some of the ways our faculty and staff personally connect with students and foster their success. SHU also offers innovative living-learning communities where students enjoy all the usual advantages of living on campus in a residence hall, with the added benefit of living among a group that shares academic goals and interests. And, our First-Year Experience courses cover a variety of disciplines on topics that are exciting and pertinent to the lives of our students. These are small classes that call for a high level of participation that strengthen student to student and student to professor relationships while developing students’ writing and oral presentation skills.
Return on Success
Even in a challenging economy, SHU students are highly successful upon graduation, with 99% securing jobs and/or graduate education. As many as 39% of our graduates continue directly on to graduate school to receive their master’s or doctorate degrees.
What shapes who we are as a University and who we will become?
We believe that our purposed faith, our relentless pursuit and embrace of intellectual exchange, and our commitment to passionate service are the essential elements of Sacred Heart University as an institution and as a community. At our core, we remain focused on the preservation and transmission of the liberal arts and the Catholic intellectual traditions.
These values compel us as educators and scholars to continually create more diverse and challenging programs, internships and opportunities for our students and for ourselves that are based on the pursuit of truth and knowledge.
Our belief in the unlimited potential of every member of the Sacred Heart community has led us to pursue nothing less than uncompromising integrity, courageous leadership and overall excellence from our students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Our unwavering belief in the dignity and worth of every human being emboldens us to become fearless in our intellectual discovery, inquiry, understanding and tolerance of a universe of ideas, ethics, problems, differences and similarities.
Together we live, learn, grow and serve as individuals who passionately embody the values of Sacred Heart University in our intellectual, personal, professional and spiritual lives.
We are Pioneers for the common good. We are committed to creating a better future for ourselves, for others, our community and our world.
More than the mastery of facts, skills and discipline.
As academics and mentors, we are passionate about providing our students with an education of uncompromising quality and opportunity.
As a University, we are relentless in informing, affirming and challenging our students in their scholarship, leadership and service.
We have grown from a class of fewer than 200 undergraduate students into a distinguished international learning community encompassing:
- campuses in the United States and Europe
- Over 8,200 undergraduate and graduate students
- 645+ faculty members
- 70+ undergraduate, master's & doctoral degrees
- 18 national honor societies
At Sacred Heart, we are committed to thoughtful, strategic growth. We have made dramatic strides in expanding the University facilities and services, adding highly credentialed and experienced faculty and raising levels of student achievement.
The University Strategic Plan sets forth a bold, comprehensive and action-oriented vision of Sacred Heart University as an institution that attracts and cultivates academic excellence and achievement.
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