Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT 06825
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Sacred Heart University is one of the nineteen private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in Connecticut. The campus is located in a suburb, in Fairfield.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 8,543 students attend the school. 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 the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Sacred Heart University's in-state tuition for the 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.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students8,543
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate84%

Nursing Programs

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.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree
  2. Official Transcripts
  3. Minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average
  4. Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse
  5. Written Statement describing professional goals
  6. Two letters of recommendations
  7. Malpractice insurance 


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 1 23
Post-master's certificate 0 3
Doctor's degree - professional practice 3 13
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 96.4%

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Institutional Accreditations
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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
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).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $75

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$600/credit
In State Students$600/credit
Out of State Students$600/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$739/credit
In State Students$739/credit
Out of State Students$739/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $27,000 $27,000 $27,000
ADN 70 $42,000 $42,000 $42,000
BSN 125 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000
FNP 50 $36,950 $36,950 $36,950
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 16% $4,332
Other Federal Grant 10% $1,175
State Grant & Scholarships 2% $1,818
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 96% $14,642
Federal Student Loans 64% $5,385
Private Loans 15% $24,423


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$41,397

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Connecticut state board of nursing.
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Ave
Fairfield, CT 06825

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