World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Sacred Heart University

Article Id: WHEBN0000496361
Reproduction Date:

Title: Sacred Heart University  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Fairfield, Connecticut, List of radio stations in Connecticut, WSHU (AM), Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, 2006 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
Collection: 1963 Establishments in Connecticut, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Buildings and Structures in Fairfield, Connecticut, Council of Independent Colleges, Educational Institutions Established in 1963, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Roman Catholic Universities and Colleges in Connecticut, Roman Catholic Universities and Colleges in the United States, Sacred Heart University, Universities and Colleges in Connecticut, Universities and Colleges in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University
Motto Where Personal Attention Leads to Personal Achievement
Established 1963
Type Private
Affiliation Catholic Church
Endowment $137,027,000 (2014)[1]
President John J. Petillo
Undergraduates 4,232
Postgraduates 2,784
Location Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Campus Suburban 100+ acres
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Colors Red and White
Athletics NCAA Division INEC, CAA, ECAC, AHA, EIVA
Sports 31 varsity teams
Nickname Pioneers, SHU
Mascot "Big Red" the Pioneer
Affiliations ACCU
Website .edu.sacredheartwww
Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University is a Roman Catholic university located in suburban Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. Sacred Heart was founded in 1963 by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Sacred Heart University was the first Catholic university in the United States to be staffed by the laity.[2] Dr. John J. Petillo is the current President of the University.[3]

SHU is the second largest Catholic university in New England, behind Boston College,[4] and offers more than 40 degree programs to over 7,500 students at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.

Sacred Heart is included in The Princeton Review's Best 371 Colleges 2010,[5] the Best 301 Business Schools 2010,[6] as well as U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges.[5]


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Additional campuses 2.1
  • Student life 3
    • Theatre Arts Program 3.1
    • Student government 3.2
    • The Spectrum 3.3
    • Community service 3.4
    • Study abroad 3.5
    • Athletics 3.6
    • Club sports 3.7
    • Greek life 3.8
  • Honors 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Notable members of the Board of Trustees 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport. It was established to provide the community with an affordable, quality education at a local Catholic university. The University was to be led and staffed by the laity independent and locally oriented, serving the needs of the diocese and of southwestern Connecticut. Former American ambassador and Diplomat Thomas Patrick Melady served as President of the University from 1976 to 1986.

Enrollment has risen from the original class of 173 to over 6,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students, and the faculty has increased from 9 to 237 full-time professors and over 350 adjunct professors since 1963.

View of Sacred Heart's campus

The University has enhanced the undergraduate student experience in several notable ways. The first dorms, Scholars Commons (previously known as J-Hill), were built 1991, giving the university the ability to accept students who wanted the residential experience. It now has 10 residential buildings with 70% of the full-time undergraduates residing in university housing.

New degree programs and majors in relevant disciplines are regularly added to the curriculum. The University offers Division I athletics with 31 varsity teams. The $17.5 million William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center is available to all students and to the community at large. The University campus is a wireless environment.

The University consists of five colleges: College of Arts & Sciences, John F. Welch College of Business, College of Health Professions, Isabelle Farrington College of Education and University College. The University College is committed to the adult learner, and its evening, weekend and accelerated courses earn praise for their diversity and relevance to changing lifestyles.

In the 1980s, former United States president

  • Official website
  • Sacred Heart Athletics website

External links

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2014 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2013 to FY 2014" (PDF). 2014 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. 
  2. ^ "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "SHU president resigns to pursue other interests". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Record-Journal - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Sasaki Associates, Inc. "John F Welch College of Business Department of Communications". Sasaki Associates, Inc. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Student Government - Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Sacred Heart (The Spectrum) News and Classifieds". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Study Abroad". Sacred Heart University. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "News Stories - Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Sacred Heart University Connecticut". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  20. ^ a b c "Administration and Board of Trustees". Sacred Heart University. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 


See also

Notable members of the Board of Trustees

Notable alumni

  • "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, Tier I institution[5]
  • "The Best 371 Colleges" by Princeton Review[5]
  • "Best Physical Therapy Program in Connecticut"[14]
  • "Best Graduate Schools 2009," ranked its physical therapy program 52nd nationally, placing it as one of the top 5 programs in New England[14]
  • "Best 301 Business Schools" by Princeton Review[15]
  • SHU named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 2008-09[16]
  • Habitat for Humanity campus chapter among the top five collegiate chapters in the nation[17]
  • "SHU Ranked #11 in Intel's Most Unwired Campuses"[18]
  • "Named one of Princeton Reviews and GamePro's Top 50 Game Design Program"[19]


Fraternities: 5 National: Delta Upsilon, Delta Tau Delta, Pi Kappa Phi, Kappa Sigma, Iota Phi Theta, and 1 Local: Omega Phi Kappa

Sororities: 7 National: Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Kappa Delta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Zeta Tau Alpha, Theta Phi Alpha, and Delta Zeta

Sacred Heart is home to 6 national sororities and 4 national fraternities, as well as 1 local sorority and 1 local fraternity. Greek Life it is one of the largest and fastest growing organizations on campus with nearly 800 members and continues to grow each year. Greek Life at SHU is also home to a chapter of Order of Omega, a national Greek academic honor society.

Greek life

  • Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dance Team
  • Field Hockey
  • Figure Skating
  • Gymnastics
  • Golf
  • Men's Football
  • Men's Ice Hockey
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Women's Lacrosse
  • Men's Rugby
  • Women's Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Men's Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Men's Volleyball
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Weightlifting

Currently there are twenty-four club sports active on campus. The active clubs are:

Club sports

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Women's Varsity Athletic Teams:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Men's Varsity Athletic Teams:

The SHU Men's Fencing Team won the Northeast Fencing Conference Championship title five years in a row (2010–2014) and was ranked #9 in 2011.

On February 21, 2013, the Sacred Heart University Athletics Department hired longtime Major League Baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine to head its athletics department.

The SHU Baseball Team has appeared in the NEC Championship game the past 4 seasons (2009–2012) and won the past 2 Northeast Conference Titles. These wins have earned SHU back to back NCAA tournament bids.

The men's golf team won the NEC Title in May 2008, 2009 and 2011.

In March 2009, the Women's Basketball team won the NEC Title and earned their second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last four years. The team faced the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first round of the tournament on March 21, 2009, and lost, 77–63. The Sacred Heart Pioneers women's ice hockey program competes as an independent in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.

Nearly 800 students participate in the university's 31 athletic teams (17 female teams and 14 male teams) along with more than 500 students who participate in 23 Club Sports.

The Pioneers compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the Northeast Conference (NEC), Atlantic Hockey, Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA), and the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA). The NEC is the school's primary conference.


SHU also allows students to participate in CCIS programs, programs affiliated with other schools across the U.S. These programs include, but are not limited to: France, Argentina, Germany, Belgium, and Japan.

SHU has the only American-accredited MBA program in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and a residential study-abroad program in the Irish-speaking community of Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland. International experiences are available to SHU students worldwide through study abroad programs located at The American University of Rome, in Italy, the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, Australia, and the University of Granada, in Spain, as well as programs in Bermuda and the Bahamas.[13]

Study abroad

More than 1,200 students and members of the faculty and staff volunteer in excess of 31,000 hours each year largely within the City of Bridgeport, but also regionally, nationally, and internationally. In Spring 2008, SHU finished third in the nation in the "ONE Campus Challenge", a campaign that seeks to raise public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, and disease. In Fall 2007, SHU's Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter was named one of the Top Five Campus Chapters in the nation, for their work in the Bridgeport community, and around the country with alternative spring break service trips.

Community service

The Spectrum is a student-run newspaper printed and distributed to students each Wednesday and made available online.[12]

The Spectrum

The Student Government consists of nearly 75 student leaders from all four class years. All full-time undergraduate students have the opportunity to be elected or appointed to a position. There is a Student Government President, four Class Presidents, a Vice President of Finance, a Vice President of Student Events Team, a Vice President of Judicial Affairs, a Vice President of Senate, a Vice President of Campus Clubs & Organizations, and an Executive Board Secretary. Each Class Board has a class president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, four senators, a community service chair, a fundraising chair, and an advertising chair. These students act as a direct liaison between the student body and the administration. They actively address student issues and concerns, promote campus and class unity and plan various campus wide events.[11]

Student government

The Theatre Arts Program began in 2009 with the premiere of Sacred Heart University's first musical production: Rent. Other productions include Little Shop of Horrors in spring 2011, Spring Awakening in the spring of 2012, Nunsense in spring 2013, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee also in spring 2013, Boeing Boeing, Edges, and The Playboy of the Western World in the fall of 2013, Chicago and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown in spring 2014, Almost Maine, Dogfight, and I Remember Mama in fall 2014, and Wait Until Dark, The Fantasticks, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in spring 2015. The Theatre Arts Program also features a student-produced, student-written, and student-performed festival called "Theatrefest", spanning through both the fall and spring semesters and is the home of Sacred Heart's own improv team: The Awkward Handshakes. It is one of the largest student groups on campus.

Theatre Arts Program

Student life

  • Cambridge Campus (Trumbull, CT)
  • Oakview Campus (Trumbull, CT)
  • Stamford Campus (Stamford, CT)
  • Griswold Campus (Griswold, CT)
  • Luxembourg Campus (Luxembourg)
  • Dingle, County Kerry Campus (Ireland)

Additional campuses

The main campus is located in suburban Fairfield, 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City and 150 miles (240 km) south of Boston.


In the summer of 2015, Sacred Heart University broke ground on a new Health Sciences building. This new building will feature state of the art features in order to lead students to future success in their professional career.

In 2015, Sacred Heart University again broke ground on a brand new state of the art dorm building.

In the summer of 2014, Sacred Heart University broke ground for a planned new learning center, to be called the “Student Success Center” dedicated to helping SHU students and young students from the surrounding region achieve success in their educational pursuits.

In 2013, Sacred Heart University opened their new Wellness Center. The two-story, colonial-style, 5,800-square-foot building, situated on Park Avenue across from the main campus, serves as a place for acute health and medical needs and will also offer students counseling and therapeutic services.

In 2012 the University approved construction of two new buildings for the John F. Welch College of Business and the Isabelle Farrington School of Education. The two new buildings will be designed by the Watertown, MA firm of Sasaki & Associates (Who also designed The Chapel of the Holy Spirit and the Linda E. McMahon Student Commons). Construction and development is expected to begin in 2012 on a recently acquired parcel of land at the corner of Jefferson St and Park Ave in Fairfield.[10]

In 2012, the University opened a new Student Commons building (Dedicated as the Linda E. McMahon Student Commons) after McMahon donated approximately $5 million. The new Commons includes dining facilities, lounge space, meeting rooms, and several other amenities.[9]

On Sunday, September 27, 2009, Sacred Heart University opened its new chapel, dedicated to the Holy Spirit.

On January 25, 2006, Jack Welch gave a large sum of money and his name to Sacred Heart University's College of Business, which is now known as the "John F. Welch College of Business."[8]


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.