Sacred Heart University Online

Sacred Heart University is a private, non-profit Catholic school that was founded in 1963 to “provide the community with an affordable, quality education for both men and women,” according to the university’s website. Since the early days, when 173 students comprised the school’s first class, the university has emphasized a caring approach to its students. Now, with more than 6,000 students, the school has expanded its programs to include undergraduate and graduate degrees, and it now offers degrees online. In fact, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Sacred Heart’s online nursing program 5th in faculty credentials in training, 20th in student engagement and accreditation, and 34th in student services and technology in its 2012 “Best Colleges” rankings.

Programs Offered

Sacred Heart University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees online at its main campus in Connecticut. Areas of study include business administration, chemistry, physical therapy, game design and development, and history. Undergraduate minors are also available in catholic studies, fashion design, and performing arts. There are also 14 graduate programs, including a Master in Business Administration (MBA), criminal justice, occupational therapy, and nursing. Finally, Sacred Heart University offers an RN to Bachelor, and Master, of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Applied Psychology.


Sacred Heart University has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1969. It also holds specialized accreditation from four agencies, including the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


The university requires incoming freshman to submit an official high school transcript, a mid-year report, and one letter of recommendation from an individual other than a family member. Sacred Heart University has a test-optional admissions policy, which means they don’t require SAT or ACT scores. This is because “recent studies have shown (test scores) are not always valid predictors of a student’s grade point average during the first year of college,” according to the university’s website. The average high school grade point average (GPA) of the class of 2015 was a 3.3, and 42% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.

The requirements for graduate students vary by program. All require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and official transcripts, while some may also require a personal statement, letters of recommendation, GMAT scores, or a minimum GPA. The online programs have different standards as well. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires a minimum 2.5 GPA, an associate degree or diploma in nursing, a current RN license, and proof of malpractice insurance to be considered. The online master’s degrees require two letters of recommendation, and a resume.

Admissions Contact

Sacred Heart University
Undergraduate Admissions
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825
(203) 371-7880

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