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Sacred Heart University: Narrative Description


5151 Park Ave.
Fairfield, CT 06825-1000
Tel: (203)371-7999; Admissions: (203)365-4763; Fax: (203)371-7889; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates (also offers part-time program with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1963. Setting: 56-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $29 million. Research spending 2002-03: $86,463. Educational spending 2002-03: $5780 per student. Total enrollment: 5,781. Faculty: 457 (166 full-time, 291 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 4,701 applied, 68% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 42% from top quarter, 81% from top half. 10 class presidents, 5 valedictorians, 105 student government officers. Full-time: 3,040 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 1,060 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 20 other countries, 50% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 7% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 20% 25 or older, 66% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 81% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.2 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 10/1 for early decision plan 1, 12/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: continuous, 10/15 for early decision plan 1, 12/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $29,178 includes full-time tuition ($20,220), mandatory fees ($48), and college room and board ($8910). College room only: $6490. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $355. Part-time tuition varies according to program.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 8% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, marching/pep band, Campus Ministry, Multicultural/International Club. Major annual events: Midnight Breakfast, SHU-Vivor, SHU-Idol. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, campus housing has sprinklers and fire alarms. College housing designed to accommodate 2,000 students; 2,100 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Ryan-Matura Library with 98,000 books, 46,985 microform titles, 4,100 serials, 1,063 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.1 million. 330 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Sacred Heart University is located in coastal Fairfield, Connecticut, one hour northeast of New York City. Numerous Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Fairfield County providing students with unique opportunities for outside learning and hands-on experience. Transportation, restaurants, shopping malls, movies, theaters, and beaches are all easily accessible.

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