Applying to SHU: Freshmen

We are pleased with your interest in Sacred Heart University. The staff in the Admissions Office knows that this is a very important decision for you as you begin to consider where it is that you will spend the four years of your college education – the place that you will call “home.”

Sacred Heart University is distinct in its unwavering commitment to the growth and development of each student, supporting the individuals academic, career and civic pursuits. Small class size and regular interaction with our distinguished faculty are measures of academic quality that only begin to define the degree and consistency of individualized care that is the norm at our University. The care, with which every student is selected, welcomed, advised and ushered into University life, and supported through the Admissions process is a testament to an institutional philosophy. The Admissions Counselors who help you through the application process honor you as an individual and focus on you as a whole person.

The process to apply for full-time undergraduate admissions begins with an application. It's easy to apply. Just visit to submit your application. 

We will also need the following:

  • High School transcript including your senior year grades
  • Letter of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores, if you elect to submit them
  • $50 application fee

Please mark your calendar with some of these important dates and deadlines:

December 1, 2017

Early Decision Deadline

December 15, 2017

Early Action Deadline

Regular Decision Priority Deadline for the College of Nursing

February 15, 2018

Regular Decision Priority Deadline applications for the College of the Arts & Sciences, Jack Welch College of Business and College of Health Professions

Deadline for submission of financial aid documents

May 1, 2018 Enrolled student deposit due and priority deadline for housing

We believe in a personalized admissions process and we want to get to know you. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to visit our campus for a tour, interview or information session. We also host several Open House Programs in the fall and we would welcome you to join us for one of those events as well. These visits will give you an opportunity to learn all about our programs and determine if we are a good fit for you. Please feel free to call our office at 203-371-7880 to schedule an appointment.

Please contact your personal Admissions Counselor or our office with any questions that you may have. We look forward to working with you through the process and seeing you on campus!