Sacred Heart University

Private, Four-years School Located in Fairfield, CT

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How much is the SHU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, SHU's tuition & fees is $48,460.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $69,830 when a student lives on-campus.

SHU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$48,460
Books & Supplies Costs$1,200
On-campus Room & Board$17,520
On-campus Expenses$2,650
Off-campus Room & Board$10,462
Off-campus Expenses$3,150
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$46,310

How Much Does it Cost to Go to SHU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $214,204 at SHU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $301,851. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $212,598.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$50,416$71,260$50,253
Sophomore (2024-25)$52,451$73,991$52,136
Junior (2025-26)$54,568$76,827$54,090
Senior (2026-27)$56,770$79,773$56,119
4 Years Total$214,204$301,851$212,598
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$52,451$73,991$52,136
Sophomore (2025-26)$54,568$76,827$54,090
Junior (2026-27)$56,770$79,773$56,119
Senior (2027-28)$59,061$82,833$58,224
4 Years Total$222,850$313,424$220,569
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$54,568$76,827$54,090
Sophomore (2026-27)$56,770$79,773$56,119
Junior (2027-28)$59,061$82,833$58,224
Senior (2028-29)$61,445$86,011$60,408
4 Years Total$231,844$325,444$228,841
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$56,770$79,773$56,119
Sophomore (2027-28)$59,061$82,833$58,224
Junior (2028-29)$61,445$86,011$60,408
Senior (2029-30)$63,925$89,311$62,675
4 Years Total$241,201$337,928$237,426
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$59,061$82,833$58,224
Sophomore (2028-29)$61,445$86,011$60,408
Junior (2029-30)$63,925$89,311$62,675
Senior (2030-31)$66,505$92,739$65,029
4 Years Total$250,936$350,895$246,336

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, SHU' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Connecticut, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $26,075.
Sacred Heart University$48,460
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Connecticut Four-years Colleges$22,986
Public Schools$9,068$17,194
Private Schools$26,075

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between SHU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Sacred Heart UniversityFairfield, CT$48,460$34,060
Colorado State University GlobalAurora, CO$8,400$9,000
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaMillersville, PA$16,232$16,799
Saint Francis UniversityLoretto, PA$41,720$21,940
University of MaryBismarck, ND$21,468$11,692
Marshall UniversityHuntington, WV$20,294$22,024
Southern Wesleyan UniversityCentral, SC$27,870$13,746
University of Houston-Clear LakeHouston, TX$21,330$19,080
Quinnipiac UniversityHamden, CT$53,090$18,217
Adams State UniversityAlamosa, CO$21,848$13,161
Le Moyne CollegeSyracuse, NY$38,970$19,404

Financial Aid and COA

At Sacred Heart University, 6,252 students (92%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $20,192.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at SHU is $49,638 for students living on-campus and $43,080 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,836 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $19,484 and the average amount of student loans is $12,381.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$69,830
COA (off-campus)$63,272
Tuition & Fees$48,460
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$21,370
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$14,812
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$49,638
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$43,080
Average Financial Aid$20,192
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship6,25292%$20,192
Pell Grants1,07616%$4,720
Federal Student Loan3,86957%$6,364
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,836100%-
Grants or Scholarships1,81499%$19,484
Federal Grants29316%$6,104
Pell Grants28916%$4,884
Other Federal Grants23313%$1,618
State/Local Grants885%$2,916
Institutional Grants1,81299%$18,376
Student Loan Aid1,19165%$12,381
Federal Student Loans1,16363%$5,270
Other Student Loans29916%$28,819

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

SHU's acceptance rate is 66.12%. A total of 12,663 applicants applied to and 8,373 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 1,842 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 22.00%.
To apply to SHU, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Recommendations and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 2 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school rank and Completion of college-preparatory program.
Acceptance Rate66.12%62.13%68.08%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)22.00%24.02%21.10%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

Sacred Heart University has a total of 10,721 students including 6,782 undergraduate and 3,939 graduate students. By gender, there are 2,980 male students and 6,805 female students attending SHU. The school offers online degree programs and 1,221 students enrolled online exclusively (11.39% of all students).
Total9,785 2,9806,805
Undergraduate6,761 2,2014,560
Graduate3,024 7792,245

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered118 Programs
Online Program Offered32 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered38 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate65.71%
Student Population10,721
Graduation Rate72%
Retention Rate85% (Full-time), 100% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate16 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties333 (Full-time), 586 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs916 (Full-time), 667 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$87,860
Average Staff Salary$67,602