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Sacred Heart University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Sacred Heart University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Sacred Heart University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Sacred Heart University was awarded 159 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

Sacred Heart is ranked #410 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Sacred Heart held the #479 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Sacred Heart also holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in Connecticut ranking.

See all of the rankings for Sacred Heart University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Sacred Heart?

Acceptance Rate

Sacred Heart University has an acceptance rate of 66%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Sacred Heart.

Learn more about Sacred Heart University admissions.

Sacred Heart University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Sacred Heart University is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Sacred Heart University is 34%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  34 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Sacred Heart University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Sacred Heart University has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Sacred Heart for first-time, full-time students is 63%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  63 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Sacred Heart University.

Sacred Heart University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,417 undergraduates at Sacred Heart with 5,671 being full-time and 746 being part-time.

How Much Does Sacred Heart University Cost?

The overall average net price of Sacred Heart is $41,191. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Sacred Heart

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$33,708 $34,095 $39,402 $42,433 $42,957

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Sacred Heart, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Sacred Heart, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $11,861 a year. That adds up to $47,444 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sacred Heart is 3.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Sacred Heart Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Sacred Heart with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $56,000 in their early years. That's great news for Sacred Heart students since it is 41% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Sacred Heart University make the most money.

Location of Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Fairfield, Connecticut. The suburban atmosphere of Fairfield makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for Sacred Heart are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT 06825-1000
Phone: 203-371-7999

Sacred Heart University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 51 majors graduated from Sacred Heart University. Of these students, 1,520 received undergraduate degrees and 1,048 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 203 $76,930
Allied Health Professions 190 $23,166
Marketing 131 $44,774
Business Administration & Management 123 $42,479
General Psychology 111 $28,381
Finance & Financial Management 95 $50,856
Accounting 95 $61,020
Communication & Media Studies 92 $33,565
General Biology 56 $23,649
Criminal Justice & Corrections 43 $38,289

Learn more about the majors offered at Sacred Heart University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Sacred Heart

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 6,321 students took at least one online class at Sacred Heart University. This is an increase from the 3,111 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 6,321 1,576
2018-2019 3,111 1,073
2017-2018 2,801 1,102
2016-2017 2,868 1,072
2015-2016 2,904 1,145

Learn more about online learning at Sacred Heart University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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