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Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, Sacred Heart University is a private not-for-profit institution. 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.

301 Undergraduate Degrees
226 Graduate Degrees
$47,814 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
60% Acceptance Rate

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Sacred Heart University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Sacred Heart is ranked #140 out of 1,284 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Sacred Heart has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#32 Most Popular Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#88 Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Sacred Heart.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#32 Most Popular Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Sacred Heart has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#58 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#71 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#81 Best Nursing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#116 Highest Paid Nursing Graduates College Factual
#279 Best Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#328 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

Where Is Sacred Heart University?

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

How Do I Get Into Sacred Heart?

You can apply to Sacred Heart online at:

Admission Requirements for Sacred Heart

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Sacred Heart?

60% Acceptance Rate
69% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 60%, Sacred Heart does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 31% of accepted students are men and 69% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.

Can I Afford Sacred Heart University?

$47,814 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
3.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Sacred Heart is $47,814. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Sacred Heart, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $10,327 a year. That adds up to $41,308 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sacred Heart is 3.3%. 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.

Sacred Heart University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,348 Full-Time Undergraduates
65% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,158 undergraduate students at Sacred Heart, with 5,348 being full-time and 810 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Sacred Heart

There are also 2,998 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,348 full-time undergraduates at Sacred Heart, 35% are male and 65% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Sacred Heart

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Sacred Heart University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Sacred Heart Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 99
Black or African American 195
Hispanic or Latino 621
White 4,045
International Students 83
Other Races/Ethnicities 305

Geographic Diversity

Connecticut students aren't the only ones who study at Sacred Heart University. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 56 countries are represented at Sacred Heart. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and Canada.

Online Learning at Sacred Heart University

1,102 Took All Classes Online
2,801 Took At Least One Class Online
-0.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at Sacred Heart. In 2017-2018, 2,801 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Sacred Heart has changed over the last few years.


This school is the most popular in Connecticut for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Sacred Heart

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Sacred Heart University was -0.2%. This is the #1,540 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Sacred Heart regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Sacred Heart majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Nursing 17%
Registered Nursing 31%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Sacred Heart ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Sacred Heart.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nursing Science #32
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing #52
Nursing Administration #70
Registered Nursing #377
Nursing #460

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Sacred Heart University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 95 206 51 0 352
Nursing Administration 0 0 144 0 144
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 0 0 23 0 23
Nursing Science 0 0 0 8 8
Nursing Practice 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 95 206 218 8 527


*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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