Return on Quality
Sacred Heart has long been recognized as one the nation’s leading universities. SHU is ranked among The Princeton Review’s “Best 382 Colleges: 2018” and “Best 294 Business Schools: 2017” with a top-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report for the past ten years. In addition, the prestigious Lilly Foundation recently sponsored a national forum for other colleges to learn of SHU’s award-winning Core Curriculum, The Human Journey, and how it might be imitated elsewhere. It has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) as a national leader in high-quality undergraduate curricula.
Return on Academic Excellence
Employers and graduate schools appreciate the value and rigor of a Sacred Heart education, and it's not hard to see why. Our Jack Welch College of Business – named for the legendary former chairman and CEO of General Electric – is accredited by AACSB International, a designation achieved by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. SHU is the state’s leading independent educator of teachers and administrators, and its two doctoral programs – in Physical Therapy and in Nursing Practice – are earning top grades from accreditors and students alike. Academic programs continue to grow to meet the needs of a fast-changing economy, with such additions as a master’s in Communication and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Finance.
Return on Relationships
A commitment to personal attention has long distinguished a SHU education. A student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, average class size of 22 students and a nationally recognized freshman academic advising program are just some of the ways our faculty and staff personally connect with students and foster their success. SHU also offers innovative living-learning communities where students enjoy all the usual advantages of living on campus in a residence hall, with the added benefit of living among a group that shares academic goals and interests. And, our First-Year Experience courses cover a variety of disciplines on topics that are exciting and pertinent to the lives of our students. These are small classes that call for a high level of participation that strengthen student to student and student to professor relationships while developing students’ writing and oral presentation skills.
Return on Success
Even in a challenging economy, SHU students are highly successful upon graduation, with 95% securing jobs and/or graduate education. As many as 39% of our graduates continue directly on to graduate school to receive their master’s or doctorate degrees.