Sacred Heart University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$44,080
2.99% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$43,313
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.15%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
65.5%
12,189 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
9,313
73.9% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
72.6%
1,005 Graduates

About

Sacred Heart University is a higher education institution located in Fairfield County, CT. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Sacred Heart University were Registered Nursing (203 degrees awarded), General Marketing & Marketing Management (131 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (123 degrees).

In 2020, 2,690 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Sacred Heart University. 68% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,908 degrees), 6.84 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (279 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Sacred Heart University is $44,080, which is $21,550 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Sacred Heart University is $44,080, which is $21,550 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $43,313.

In 2020, 91% of undergraduate students attending Sacred Heart University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 59% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$44,080
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Sacred Heart University was $44,080. The cost of tuition at Sacred Heart University is $21,550 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$43,313
2020 Value
4.19%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Sacred Heart University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $43,313. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Sacred Heart University grew by 4.19%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,211
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Sacred Heart University was of $13,211 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 2.52% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

91%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
59%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

91% of undergraduate students at Sacred Heart University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 91% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.15%
2018 Default Rate
46
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Sacred Heart University was 2.15%, which represents 46 out of the 2137 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Sacred Heart University received 12,189 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 4.03% annual growth. Out of those 12,189 applicants, 7,988 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 65.5% acceptance rate.

There were 9,313 students enrolled at Sacred Heart University in 2020, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Sacred Heart University has an overall enrollment yield of 20.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

65.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
7,988
Accepted Out of 12,189

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Sacred Heart University was 65.5% (7,988 admissions from 12,189 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 63.9%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 4.03%, while admissions grew by 6.66%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
N/A
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Sacred Heart University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Sacred Heart University has a total enrollment of 9,313 students. The full-time enrollment at Sacred Heart University is 6,884 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,429. This means that 73.9% of students enrolled at Sacred Heart University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Sacred Heart University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 70.7% White, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 5.41% Black or African American, 2.24% Two or More Races, 2.1% Asian, 0.118% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0859% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Sacred Heart University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (52.7%), followed by White Male (23.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.81%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (50.9%), followed by White Male (18.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.41%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

73.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Sacred Heart University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,313 students. The full-time enrollment at Sacred Heart University is 6,884 and the part-time enrollment is 2,429. This means that 73.9% of students enrolled at Sacred Heart University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Sacred Heart University was 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Sacred Heart University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,584
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,115
  3. Black or African American
    504

The enrolled student population at Sacred Heart University is 70.7% White, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 5.41% Black or African American, 2.24% Two or More Races, 2.1% Asian, 0.118% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0859% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 970 more women than men received degrees from Sacred Heart University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Sacred Heart University is white (1,908 degrees awarded). There were 6.84 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (279 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Sacred Heart University is Registered Nursing (203 degrees awarded), followed by General Marketing & Marketing Management (131 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (123 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Sacred Heart University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communications (141 degrees awarded), Health (968 degrees), and Education (280 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sacred Heart University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,874,145 people), Registered nurses (1,402,731 people), Secondary school teachers (405,988 people), Education administrators (335,101 people), and Other managers (312,654 people).

The most specialized majors at Sacred Heart University are Communications (141 degrees awarded), Health (968 degrees), Education (280 degrees), Psychology (152 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (78 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sacred Heart University are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians, and Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at Sacred Heart University are Communications (141 degrees awarded), Health (968 degrees), Education (280 degrees), Psychology (152 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (78 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Sacred Heart University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,280,228 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,758,514 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (567,718 people), Outpatient care centers (423,797 people), and Individual & family services (308,483 people).

The most specialized majors at Sacred Heart University are Communications (141 degrees awarded), Health (968 degrees), Education (280 degrees), Psychology (152 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (78 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Sacred Heart University.
Most Common
  1. 203 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 131 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 123 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Sacred Heart University was Registered Nursing with 203 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

860
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,830
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 860 degrees were awarded to men at Sacred Heart University, which is 0.47 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,830).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 120 degrees were awarded to men at Sacred Heart University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.64 times more than the 73 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 310 degrees were awarded to women at Sacred Heart University in Registered Nursing, which is 8.61 times more than the 36 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

63%
100% Completion Time
70%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 63% of students graduating from Sacred Heart University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 70% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 70% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Sacred Heart University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.49% of graduates (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,908 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    279 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    133 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Sacred Heart University is white (1,908 degrees awarded). There were 6.84 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (279 degrees).

4.54% of degree recipients (122 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,319 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    589 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    198 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Sacred Heart University is white female (1,319 degrees awarded). There were 2.24 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (589 degrees).

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Operations

Sacred Heart University has an endowment valued at nearly $190M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $5.66M (2.98%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Sacred Heart University had a total salary expenditure of $234M. Sacred Heart University employs 133 Assistant professors, 98 Associate professors, and 48 Professors. Most academics at Sacred Heart University are Female Assistant professors (93), Female Associate professors(57), and Male Associate professors (41).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sacred Heart University are: Management, with 146 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 119 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 75 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$190M
2020 Endowment
7.17%
growth from 2019

Sacred Heart University has an endowment valued at about $190M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Sacred Heart University grew 7.17% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $150M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $5.58M - Federal
  2. $24.7k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Sacred Heart University received $5.58M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $24.7k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$92.7M
2020 Salaries
4.5%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Sacred Heart University paid a median of $92.7M in salaries, which represents 39.6% of their overall expenditure ($234M) and a 4.5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 9.77% growth from 2018 and a 25.3% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$29.3M
Instructional Salaries
333
Number of Employees

In 2020, Sacred Heart University paid a total of $29.3M to 333 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
133 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
146 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Sacred Heart University were Assistant professor with 133 employees; Associate professor with 98 employees; and Associate professor with 48 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Sacred Heart University were Management with 146 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 119 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 75 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Sacred Heart University was Female Assistant professor with 93 employees, Female Associate professor with 57 employees, and Male Associate professor with 41 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Sacred Heart University.

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