Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT 06825
Sacred Heart University is one of the 19 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in Connecticut. Its campus is medium in size and located in a suburb in Fairfield. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.
In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,387 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,165 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 84%).
Every year 72% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.
Sacred Heart University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $39,570, and fees were $250. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $39,570 and $250 respectively.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Student to Faculty Ratio14:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Offered
The Sacred Heart University Master of Science program is designed to prepare students with more advanced skills to train students to handle complex and specialized tasks. The Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The online MSN degree in nursing is a very innovative and demanding program which is intended to meet the requirements of a working professional nurse seeking advanced clinical, educational or administrative skills.
The Sacred Heart University MSN program offers three specializations: Clinical Nurse Leader, Patient Care Services Administration and Nursing Education.
The Clinical Nurse Leader program consists of 300 hours of role of immersion. The CNL track focuses on preparing students to apply to sit for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate Examination.
The Patient Care Services Administration involves 120 hours of clinical practicum to prepare students for administrative responsibility.
The Nursing Education track involves 120 hours of clinical practicum designed to complement clinical experience with education skills to prepare for roles as part of a nursing faculty.
- Bachelor of Science Degree
- Official Transcripts
- Minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average
- Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse
- Written Statement describing professional goals
- Two letters of recommendations
- Malpractice insurance
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||3||13|
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education|
12/01/1969 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
04/25/2013 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
04/15/2005 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
04/15/2005 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Neither required nor recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$600/credit|
|In State Students||$600/credit|
|Out of State Students||$600/credit|
|In District Students||$739/credit|
|In State Students||$739/credit|
|Out of State Students||$739/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of Sacred Heart University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||10%||$1,175|
|State Grant & Scholarships||2%||$1,818|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||96%||$14,642|
|Federal Student Loans||64%||$5,385|
$40,177Average Net Price/year
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$33,972|
|$30,001 to $48,000$36,837|
|$48,001 to $75,000$38,873|
|$75,001 to $110,000$40,901|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Connecticut state board of nursing.