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Sacred Heart University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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Admissions at Sacred Heart University are invited for Spring and Fall sessions. SHU has an overall enrollment of 8,528 students out of which 2,984 are graduate students. International students from 40 countries have chosen SHU as their choice of institution to pursue higher education in the US. The overall acceptance rate for recent admissions was 64%.

SHU's six academic schools and colleges offer over 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs. Top majors at Sacred Heart University include Business, Management, Engineering, Health Professions, Computer Science, Psychology, Communication, Law Enforcement, Social Work and Criminal Justice.

Out of 11,714 applications, about 7,496 candidates were offered admission at SHU. The college is moderately selective and expects its applicants to meet/exceed its GPA and various standardized tests requirements. Special emphasis must be given to the application and the personal statement. 

  • SAT/ACT are optional, but recommended 
  • Average GPA was highly competitive at 3.55
  • Combined SAT EBRW and Math was 1240 for the 75th percentile
  • Average ACT score was moderately competitive at 25
  • SHU offers scholarships upto 17,500 USD per year to international students


Application PortalUG: SHU International Application or Common Application
PG: Online Graduate Application
Application FeeUG: 50 USD
PG: 75 USD
Mode of PaymentOnline
Acceptance Rate64%
High School GPA3.55
Academic CalendarSemester Wise
Student to faculty ratio13:1
Financial AidAvailable for International Students
International AdmissionsSHU International


Admissions at Sacred Heart University are offered during Spring and Fall terms to international students. Those interested in graduate programs can apply anytime, as most of the programs are offered on a rolling basis. However, preferred deadlines for graduate programs are mentioned for those interested.

Spring (January)December 1
Fall (August)Early Decision (binding): December 1;
Early Action (non-binding): December 15;
Regular Decision: February 15
Spring (January)December 1
Late Spring (April)March 1
Fall (August)July 1

International Admission Requirements

International applicants need to provide some additional documentation in order to be able to apply for admission at Sacred Heart University. These include the following:

  • Official scholastic records 
    • From all secondary schools or university/colleges attended
  • Minimum academic requirements
    • Minimum GPA as specified
    • Relevant diplomas and degrees
    • Letter of Recommendation
  • Educational Consultant Agent Release 
    • It is a separate form provided by the University 
    • Applicants must not take help from any agents with any part of their application
  • Course by course evaluation of all international transcripts 
    • WES, SpanTran or any NACES accredited organization
    • These transcripts must be translated into English
  • Scores from English language proficiency tests
  • Supplements like Resume, Work sample, Essays etc.
  • Copy of the passport containing biographical information
  • Official bank letter issued within nine months of enrolling at SHU
    • Minimum amount 60,800 USD for undergraduate programs

English Language Requirements

English Proficiency TestMinimum Score
PTE Academic62
Cambridge C1 Advanced180
Duolingo English Test110

Visa Requirements

All overseas students will need to obtain an American visa to study at Sacred Heart University.

  • I-20 form will be issued once these conditions have been fulfilled: 
    • Student has been accepted by SHU 
    • Student has paid University, tuition and housing deposits
    • Student had provided appropriate evidence of financial support in the form of an official bank statement
  • After receiving the visa document (I-20), students should carefully prepare for their visa application process and consult the nearest US Embassy or Consulate

Undergraduate Admissions

More than 50 bachelor’s degree programs are available at SHU across a number of majors. Their admission requirements are the same.

Application Portal: SHU International Application or Common Application 

Application Fee: No Fee for SHU application, 50 USD for Common Application

Application Requirements

  • Official scholastic records 
    • From all secondary schools attended
  • Two Letter of Recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Educational Consultant Agent Release 
  • Course by course evaluation of all international transcripts 
    • WES, SpanTran or any NACES accredited organization
  • Scores from English language proficiency tests

Graduate Admissions

A variety of master’s programs are offered across different fields of study at Sacred Heart University. General requirements for international students are mentioned below.

Application Portal: SHU Online Graduate Application

Application Fee: 75 USD

Application Requirements

  • Course by course academic credential report 
    • WES, ECE, FIS or any NACES accredited evaluation service
  • Academic requirements 
    • Minimum GPA 3.0 
    • Relevant bachelor's degree
  • English language proficiency scores
  • GMAT or GRE wherever required
    • May be waived off if the applicant has more than 5 years of work experience or has a degree equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree
  • Personal statement
  • Professional Resume
  • Two Letter of recommendation

Popular Graduate Programs at Sacred Heart University

MBAFall, Spring, Late SpringRequired, Waiver available6.5/80
MA Broadcast Journalism and Media ProductionFall and SpringRequired6.5/80
MS ChemistryFall, Spring, Late SpringRequired6.0/80
MA Social WorkFallRequired7.0/93
MS Business AnalyticsFall, Spring, Late SpringRequired6.5/80
MS Healthcare InformaticsFall and SpringRequired6.0/80
MS Computer ScienceFall, Spring, Late SpringRequired6.0/80

Applications are reviewed only after all the material has been received by the admissions office or the program applied to. This includes the non-refundable application fee and all the required documents, including English language scores.

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