SHU Facts

Mission & History

  • Founded in 1963 as an independent, Catholic University by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport
  • The first Catholic University in America to be led and staffed by lay people
  • Contemporary in spirit and thinking and rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual traditions, with a mission to educate the whole person while preparing students to lead and serve in the world today

National Recognition

  • The Princeton Review The Best 384 Colleges, Best 294 Business Schools, #17 Happiest Students, #19 Most Engaged in Community Service and a Top 50 Game Design School
  • U.S. News & World Report Among the Top Universities in the North, Best Value Schools in the North, Best Undergraduate Business Programs and Best Colleges for Veterans
  • Colleges of Distinction Selection as a College of Distinction with special designation as a Career Development College of Distinction

Students & Alumni

  • 8,958 total students: 5,130 full-time undergraduates, 844 part-time undergraduates, 2,984 full- and part-time graduate students
  • For the 2018-19 school year, undergraduate and graduate students hailed from 48 states, District of Columbia, plus two U.S. territories and more than 40 countries
  • Fall 2018 freshman class: 1,463 students from 26 states and 10 countries; 92% live on campus; 3.5 average GPA
  • Fall 2018 freshman class selected from 10,614 applications; 62% of applicants offered admission
  • There are over 44,000 living Sacred Heart University Alumni
  • There are 2,072 married alumni couples
  • 387 alumni have had siblings also graduate from SHU
  • SHU has a graduate from 57 countries

Academic Excellence

  • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average class size of 22 students
  • Over 60 study abroad programs in 30 countries around the world, including SHU campuses in Luxembourg and Dingle, Ireland; Students complete clinical service hours, capstone projects or service learning hours globally in locations such as Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Uganda and India 


  • D-I program has won the Northeast Conference (NEC) Overall, Men’s or Women’s Commissioner’s Cup eight times in ten years
  • Varsity student-athletes earned a combined GPA of 3.34 for the 2017-2018 academic year

Commitment to Service

  • Over 100,000 hours of service performed annually in Connecticut, nationally and around the world
  • 100+ partnerships with non-profit organizations, social service agencies, and schools in the Greater Bridgeport area 
  • More than 20 tutoring and mentoring programs connect SHU volunteers to the Bridgeport public school system and other area schools
  • International service learning opportunities in locations such as Bangladesh, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland and Nicaragua 
  • Varsity Athletics earned the 2018 Connecticut Governor’s Tourism Volunteer of the Year Award, with SHU student-athletes contributing over 8,700 hours of service

Growing, Global Campus

  • Main campus located in Fairfield, Connecticut, less than 60 miles from Manhattan and approximately 150 miles from Boston
  • The main campus sits on more than 100 acres, with an additional 200 nearby acres including a University-owned golf course, and West Campus – the former General Electric world headquarters and home to many SHU STEM programs
  • Over 2.2 million square feet of building space
  • Satellite campus in Stamford, Connecticut (Physician Assistant Program) and Griswold, Connecticut (graduate education programs)
  • International campuses in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland and the European business center of Luxembourg
  • Signature buildings and facilities include:

    • WSHU Broadcast Center
      Home to acclaimed NPR member station WSHU which  broadcasts news and information programs, locally produced classical music, unique entertainment and regional news coverage

    • Center for Healthcare Education
      Opened in 2017 featuring the latest technology  and learning resources for health professions and nursing students

    • West Campus Innovation Center
      A new MakerSpace, a place for collaborative innovation, exploration and learning, will feature 10,000 square feet of the finest equipment and resources for students such as metal and wood stations, 3D printers, laser cutters, drones and classroom studios for interactive learning

    • Bobby Valentine Health & Recreation Center
      Opening Fall 2019 and featuring a climbing wall, fitness center, indoor track, bowling center and more

    • Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
      Presenting a wide variety of lectures and theatrical, musical and dance performances for the campus and the greater community

    • JP's Diner
      The first on-campus diner in New England

Student Life

  • Residential Life in residence halls and complexes on campus including two recently-opened halls; Two additional residence halls currently under construction on the upper quad; Additional leased facilities near the main provide additional options for upperclass students
  • Greek life program with fifteen fraternities and sororities and over 1,800 student members
  • Programs and resources to support the spiritual growth of students regardless of religion affiliation; Campus Ministry program for students to experience the Catholic tradition and celebrate their faith