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Sacred Heart University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Sacred Heart University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. 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?

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Sacred Heart University was awarded 46 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Sacred Heart as #366 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Sacred Heart held the #453 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Sacred Heart is also ranked #8 out of 20 schools in Connecticut.

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 60%, 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 is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Sacred Heart University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

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 84%. 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  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Sacred Heart the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 58%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  58 out of 100

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

Average Overall Diversity at Sacred Heart

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,603 undergraduates at Sacred Heart with 4,982 being full-time and 621 being part-time.

Sacred Heart Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

Sacred Heart scored 56.75 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  56.75 out of 100
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How Much Does Sacred Heart University Cost?

The overall average net price of Sacred Heart is $39,973. 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 +
$33,972 $36,837 $38,873 $40,901 $41,397

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 65% of students took out student loans averaging $10,810 a year. That adds up to $43,240 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sacred Heart is 3.4%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Sacred Heart make around $56,000 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Sacred Heart students since it is 37% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 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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Location of Sacred Heart University

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 41 majors graduated from Sacred Heart University. Of these students, 1,347 received undergraduate degrees and 1,230 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
Allied Health Professions 235 $24,800
Nursing 180 $71,500
Business Administration & Management 124 $41,300
Marketing 117 $45,000
General Psychology 112 $29,600
Finance & Financial Management 98 $52,100
Communication & Media Studies 85 $33,300
Accounting 71 $54,000
Criminal Justice & Corrections 58 $33,500
General Biology 40 $25,600

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 2017-2018, 2,801 students took at least one online class at Sacred Heart University. This is a decrease from the 2,868 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,801 1,102
2016-2017 2,868 1,072
2015-2016 2,904 1,145
2014-2015 2,368 1,215
2013-2014 2,268 1,120

Learn more about online learning at Sacred Heart University.


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