Private 4 Year

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Fairfield, Connecticut

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Chances of getting into Sacred Heart University

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Sacred Heart University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Unavailable 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into SHU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at SHU is 66%.  It ranks #9 in Connecticut for lowest rate of acceptance. SHU is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 8,373 out of 12,663 applicants were admitted.

Sacred Heart University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.55. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by Sacred Heart University.

SHU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Sacred Heart University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th N/A
SAT Math 25th N/A
SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for Sacred Heart University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th N/A
SAT Math 75th N/A
SAT Composite 75th N/A
Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class
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SHU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Sacred Heart University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th N/A
ACT Scores for Sacred Heart University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class


Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Sacred Heart University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into SHU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Sacred Heart University was 3.55 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Connecticut for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as SHU accepts 66% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

High School Class Rank

69% of Sacred Heart University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Sacred Heart University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 10%
Top 25% of class 35%
Top 50% of class 69%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Sacred Heart University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,494 4,169 12,663
Accepted 5,783 2,590 8,373
Acceptance Rate 68% 62% 66%
Enrolled 1,220 622 1,842
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 24% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Sacred Heart University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Sacred Heart University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Sacred Heart University Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Sacred Heart University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes
Other Colleges to Consider 

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=130253 IPEDS survey data for Sacred Heart University.


What is my chance of getting into Sacred Heart University?

66% of those who apply are granted admission to SHU. Admission competition is low and the college has unavailable admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.