Sacred Heart University is a private, coeducational, Catholic university with main campus located in Fairfield, Connecticut and branch campuses at . It was founded in 1963 by Rev. Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport. The first Catholic university in the United States to be staffed by lay people, Sacred Heart University is also the second largest university in New England next to Boston College.
Today, the university offers over 40 degree programs on the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. It is made up of four distinct colleges of Arts & Sciences; Education and Health Professions; University College; and John F. Welch College of Business. The university is also recognized for its first doctorate program – the Doctor of Physical Therapy – which is also the first such curriculum in the state of Connecticut.
There are currently over 6,000 students attending Sacred Heart University ably mentored by fulltime faculty members of whom 75% hold the highest degree possible in their chosen field. The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1 with the average class size no more than 22 students.
Cost of tuition and fees for academic year 2009-2010 for fulltime undergraduate students is US$15,045 per semester and for part-time undergraduate students, US$460 per credit. For graduate students, the cost of tuition and fees varies per program. Students who want to live on campus have to pay an additional cost for room and board. Cost of room and board varies from a range of US$4,420 to US$4,563 per semester depending on the choice of housing facility and the preferred meal plan. Financial aid is extended by the university in the form of loans, grants and scholarships to help its students pay for their cost of attendance.
For more information on admissions, college majors, degrees offered, online programs, athletics, school rankings, tuition, scholarships and financial aid options, please contact Sacred Heart University.