2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$43,907

Net Price

66%

Admitted

22%

Enrolled

73%

Graduation Rate

14/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

Sacred Heart University

is a private not-for-profit, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 9,785. In 2021, there were 245 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #14 in Connecticut and ranks #779 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master

Psychology Graduates

245

Total Enrollment

9,785

Type

Private Not-for-profit, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education

Ranking for Sacred Heart University

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#14

Connecticut Rank

Combining ranking factors for 20 schools that offer psychology degrees in Connecticut, Sacred Heart University ranks #14.

#779

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., Sacred Heart University ranks #779.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, Sacred Heart University offers General Psychology and Social Work at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers Counseling and Applied Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology and Social Work.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMA
Counseling and Applied Psychology13
General Psychology118
Industrial Organizational Psychology13
Social Work1388
Total Graduates131114
US Department of Education

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 12,663 students applied to the Sacred Heart University. The university admitted 66% and 22% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Connecticut universities is 11,502. On average, all Connecticut institutions admit 65% and 21% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of Sacred Heart University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 86%. Compared to all Connecticut four or more years colleges, the percentage is 69%.

The overall graduation rate for Sacred Heart University is 73%, compared to 64% for all Connecticut universities.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Credit for life experiences, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare SHU to Connecticut Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of Sacred Heart University to the average of all Connecticut four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

SHU

12,663

Applicants

66%

Percent Admitted

22%

Percent Enrolled

86%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

73%

Graduation Rate

CT Colleges

11,502

Applicants

65%

Percent Admitted

21%

Percent Enrolled

69%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

64%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 351 or 33% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 697 or 67% part-time faculty members employed at Sacred Heart University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 351 or 33%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

SHU

14 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

33%

Percent Full-Time

67%

Percent Part-Time

33%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

CT Colleges

13 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

40%

Percent Full-Time

60%

Percent Part-Time

38%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at Sacred Heart University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $44,960, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $34,509 and the average cost for graduate fees is $0.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend Sacred Heart University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for Sacred Heart University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$16,868
On-Campus Living Expenses$2,650
Total Living Expenses$19,518
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$44,960
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,200
Total Undergraduate Expenses$65,678
In-State, Graduate Tuition$34,509
In-State, Graduate Fees$0
Total Graduate Expenses$34,509
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend Sacred Heart University is $43,907. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Compare Sacred Heart University to all Connecticut universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

SHU

$65,678

Cost to Attend

$19,460

Average Financial Aid

100%

Percent Receiving Aid

$43,907

Net Price

CT Colleges

$40,760

Cost to Attend

$16,000

Average Financial Aid

90%

Percent Receiving Aid

$19,386

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 1,646 or 100%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 5,893 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $19,460.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid5,893$19,460
Pell Grants1,060$4,531
Federal Student Loans3,707$6,520
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the Sacred Heart University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

SHU

5,893

Grant or Scholarship Aid

55%

Grants or Scholarships

1,060

Number of Pell Grants

10%

Pell Grants

3,707

Federal Student Loans

35%

Federal Student Loans

CT Colleges

3,170

Grant or Scholarship Aid

49%

Grants or Scholarships

1,564

Number of Pell Grants

24%

Pell Grants

1,675

Federal Student Loans

26%

Federal Student Loans

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