Sacred Heart University Admissions Facts

Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, SAT Scores, Graduation Rate, and More

Fairfield, Connecticut from the air
Fairfield, Connecticut from the air. dsearls / Flickr

Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut admits over half of the applicants each year. Those interested in applying to the school will need to submit an application, letters of recommendation, and official high school transcripts. While SAT or ACT scores are not required, prospective students can submit them if they would like. Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

Sacred Heart University Description

Founded in 1963, Sacred Heart is a relatively young Catholic university. The 69-acre campus is located in Fairfield, Connecticut, 90 minutes from Manhattan. The university has a 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of about 22. Sacred Heart has 45 degree programs. Among undergraduates, business and psychology are the most popular. The school frequently ranks well among northeastern colleges. On the athletic front, the Sacred Heart University Pioneers compete in the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference. The school fields 31 Division I teams, and students can also participate in 28 club sports.

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 8,532 (5,428 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36 percent male / 64 percent female
  • 88 percent full-time

Costs (2016 -17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $38,300
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,450
  • Other Expenses: $2,650
  • Total Cost: $56,600

Sacred Heart University Financial Aid (2015 -16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99 percent
    • Loans: 68 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $15,033
    • Loans: $11,047

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Athletic Training, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, English, Finance, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 58 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 64 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Fencing, Football, Wrestling, Volleyball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Rugby, Fencing, Golf, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Bowling, Basketball, Cross Country

If You Like Sacred Heart, You May Also Like These Schools

Sacred Heart University Mission Statement

Read the complete mission statement at

"Sacred Heart University is a coeducational, independent, comprehensive institution of higher learning in the Catholic intellectual tradition whose primary objective is to prepare men and women to live in and make their contributions to the human community."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics