Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, second bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, to provide an institution of higher education that would serve the people of the diocese and region, regardless of sex, race, creed or religion. In October 1962, Bishop Curtis announced both the plan to open a college the following September, and its name, “Sacred Heart.”
Sacred Heart University proudly recognizes our faculty for their scholarly achievement through their outstanding publishing efforts. Visit the Digital Commons for links to books edited or authored, book chapters, journal articles and published conference proceedings.
Sacred Heart University recognizes that St. Vincent’s College students have unique career goals and supports them in achieving those goals. The university’s Center for Career and Professional Development offers students expert guidance and helpful resources as they prepare for full-time employment or further education after earning an associate’s degree or certificate.
Residential Life offers you more than just a place where you study and sleep. Your Residence Hall is a living and learning community designed to help you grow in all aspects of your life at one of the top liberal arts schools. Our goal is to be an extension of the Sacred Heart University classrooms by being the place where you continue conversations from class, or spend time studying by yourself.
The residential halls are an extension of the classroom and where students will spend their other time while at college. Students find that the residential halls are their home away from home. While living in the same location as their classmates and peers, relationships form that could last a lifetime.
The Ryan Matura Library welcomes Sacred Heart University students and faculty with services and resources that embody the University’s mission of teaching and learning. Students find a warm and welcoming place to study, an accomplished and dedicated library staff, and resources that carry out the learning objectives and high-impact practices at the heart of the University’s curricula.
The Factory Supplies technical support to the SHU Community. It is IT's combined Help Desk and Call Center. Visiting one of our locations, you will be able to get help with all things IT related. The staff of full-time employees and part-time students are extensively trained to provide first level support in almost every area of IT.
Enrollment in the Sacred Heart University Student Health Insurance is mandatory for all Full-Time Undergraduate Students.
Apart from roommates and neighbors, some of the first people you will meet will be the hall staff. Each Residence Hall has a Residence Hall Director (RHD) and a staff of undergraduate Resident Success Assistants (RSA). These people are selected from a group of highly-motivated individuals based upon their leadership abilities. There is a Resident Success Assistant on duty in each residence hall every Sunday through Wednesday from 8:00 PM until 1:00 AM, Thursday through Saturday from 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM, and remains on call until 8:00 AM the next morning. The RHD is available during posted office hours and to respond to emergencies at any time.
Sacred Heart University offers over 60 student-run clubs and organizations to all undergraduates on campus. These clubs present students with opportunities to meet fellow students who share similar interests, to connect with faculty and staff outside of the classroom, and to become more connected to the Sacred Heart community. These groups hold weekly, sometimes bi-weekly meetings, and they focus on making an impact on the campus related to their club's purpose.
Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of the six regional associations in the United States that accredits schools and colleges.