Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, Connecticut 06432
Tel 203/371-7880
Fax 203/365-7607


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Average SAT verbal scores: 520
Average SAT math scores: 520

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3.2 weighted
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$2,600 (cost is approximate and convenient payment plans can be arranged)

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Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, Connecticut

Sacred Heart University

College Description
Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 in the spirit of Vatican II by Bishop Walter W. Curtis of the Diocese of Bridgeport as the nation's first and only lay Catholic university. Under the direction of president Anthony Cernera, the University has grown from a commuter school to be the third largest Catholic university in New England. It is now one of the fastest-growing universities in the East.

Today, Sacred Heart University represents the cutting edge in Catholic higher education, remaining faithful to a values-oriented philosophy, believing that the true purpose of a college education is to prepare students to grow both morally and intellectually throughout their personal and professional life. This philosophy is reflected in the University's mission statement which "aims to assist in the development of people who are knowledgeable of self, rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to social and civic obligations, and able to respond to an ever-changing world."

Located in Fairfield, CT, Sacred Heart University has seen some exciting changes during the last ten years.It realigned its academic structure into four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and Health Professions, and the University College.

Academic Life
Sacred Heart University offers the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in forty-two areas of study within three colleges - College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Health Professions, and College of Business. Students can major in such fields as Biology, Business Administration, English, Information Technology, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Med or Pre-Law. Sacred Heart University also offers various accelerated graduate degree programs (bachelor/master's degree programs) including Business, Chemistry, Education, Information Technology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Sacred Heart University's core curriculum ensures that students are equipped with not only the skills essential to their particular field of study, but also with the creative and analytical abilities needed to compete effectively across all disciplines and functions in today's global environment.

Furthermore, Sacred Heart University students benefit from quality instruction by professors, not teaching assistants. With a small student-faculty ration (17:1), professors are able to work with students in partnerships that lead to academic and personal success. Personal attention is said to be one of the Hallmarks of Sacred Heart University. As one of IBM's elite ThinkPad Universities, all incoming students are required to have a notebook computer. To that end, every residence hall, the library and computer center are wired with computer ports for student use. Consequently, from classroom projects to library research our students are prepared to use today's technology.

Campus Life & Activities
With more than 70 active clubs and organizations on campus, it is very easy for students to get involved on campus. From community service to athletics, Greek life to campus ministry, and honor societies to performing arts, there's something for everyone, and if not, students are encouraged to form a new group! The Student Events Team (SET) sponsors a jam packed calendar of events annually that have included such talent as the Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, the Violent Femmes, Adam Sandler and David Spade. Other events include monthly films, Bingo Night, and theme weeks/weekends. Residence Hall accommodations are comprised of seven facilities offering distinct residential lifestyles from traditional residence halls, to off-campus condominiums.

Facilities and Resources
The Academic Center contains most classrooms and faculty, administrative and academic department offices. The center also houses the campus bookstore, chapel, mailroom, ATM, Public Safety, Student Affairs, dining halls, Gallery of Contemporary Art and Center for the Performing Arts.

The Ryan-Matura Library is the place to go for information. Most areas are automated and require no expertise to use the resources. All the workstations have user-friendly software that both speeds up and simplifies the research process. The library also houses the Jandrisevits Learning Center (JLC) which includes an Adaptive Technology Lab for students with visual, auditory, physical or learning disabilities. The JLC also provides specialized tutoring for students with learning disabilities (LD) as well as for students who are linguistically diverse (EFL).

The William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center is home to the Pioneer men's and women's basketball and volleyball programs. The three-level, 141,000 square-foot complex features four multi-purpose basketball courts, which can be easily converted for indoor tennis or convention use, and seats 2,100 for basketball. The main level of the Pitt Center houses the Sacred Heart University Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, a joint private practice/University venture offering many specialized clinical rehabilitation and wellness services in conjunction with academic-based faculty therapists, in a 4,500 square-foot clinical facility that features state-of-the-art physical therapy equipment. The Health and Fitness Center is located on the lower level of the Pitt Center. Offering a wide range of fitness equipment and classes, the 5,000 square-foot facility features an enclosed aerobics studio and the main fitness area where the latest generation of cardio-vascular exercise machines and free weight equipment can be used. Locker rooms for both the Pioneer athletic teams and Health and Fitness Center members are adjacent to the fitness area and are equipped with saunas, whirlpools, and steam rooms. The upper level of the Pitt Center houses the Department of Athletics suite of offices and the Board Room, which serves as a meeting/reception room for the Board of Trustees and other on-campus organizations.

Athletic Facilities
Reflective of the strong commitment to regionally and nationally recognized athletic programs, Sacred Heart University upgrades from Division II to Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for play beginning in the fall of 1999. Sacred Heart fields 33 intercollegiate varsity teams for (men: basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, football, ice hockey, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, tennis, bowling, wrestling, crew, golf, and fencing) and (women: basketball, softball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, ice hockey, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, tennis, equestrian, bowling, crew, golf, fencing, and swimming). Over 25% of the undergraduate student body compete on a varsity team in intercollegiate competition representing Sacred Heart University. Many other students participate in the comprehensive intramural program or on student-organized club teams, which together offer a wide variety of team and individual sports. Sacred Heart University is a full member of the Northeast Conference and an associate member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Financial Aid
Sacred Heart University administers more than $22.7 million in undergraduate financial assistance each year. The office of Student Financial Assistance advises students and their families in their effort to locate appropriate financial resources. Financial assistance is generated from a variety of sources including federal, state, institutional and other private or local resources. The University uses information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid Profile to determine eligibility for federal, state, and SHU funds. Students may receive scholarships and grants (both need- and non-need-based), work-study awards, low-interest loans, or some combination thereof. The University also offers flexible financing programs, including a plan for paying tuition in 10 installments. February 1 is the deadline by which regular applicants must file the FAFSA with the federal processor and the Profile Application packet with the College Scholarship Service.

Admission Requirements
Admission to Sacred Heart is selective, based on a student's potential for success as shown by their past academic performance, essay, recommendations, and admission test results. There are four things the Admissions Committee looks for when reviewing an application: strength of college preparatory curriculum (generally consisting of four years of English, three years of mathematics, three or more years of science, and two years of social science); high school transcript (B average of better); rank in the top half of class; SAT scores ranging between 530 and 710 on verbal and 520 and 650 on math. Transfer students should have a 2.5 grade point average from their previous institution. Extracurricular involvement, work experience, volunteer commitments, and other special factors also weigh in evaluating an applicant's potential. Students should submit the admission application, recommendations from a counselor and a teacher, secondary school transcript(s), official results of the SAT I or ACT, and the application fee of $40 by the appropriate deadline. The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required of all international students. Personal interviews, though not required for admission, are highly encouraged - appointments are available throughout the year (Monday through Friday and on selected Saturdays during the school year.) Application deadlines are March 1st for September admission. Students for whom Sacred Heart University is their top choice may take advantage of the University's Early Decision programs. The application deadline for Early Decision Option I is October 1, and for Early Decision Option II is December 1.

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