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SHU Demographics & Diversity

Fairfield, Connecticut

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at SHU are mostly White with a small Hispanic population. The school has low racial diversity. 29% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Sacred Heart University students
Race Percent of Students
White 71%
Black 4%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 2%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
International 1%
Race Unknown 12%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 88% more female students than male students enrolled at Sacred Heart University with a gender ratio of 65% women to 35% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, SHU has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Sacred Heart University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 35%
Women 65%
Enrollment by gender for Sacred Heart University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 3,720
Women 7,001

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

SHU serves a high number of out-of-state students with 76% of the student body residing outside of Connecticut or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Sacred Heart University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 23%
Out of State 75%
Foreign 1%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$87,263 per year

16% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 12.3%
Part time Undergrads 13.2%

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