SHU Ranks Among Best in US News & World Report 2021 College Guide

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has earned recognition once again from U.S. News & World Report as one of the best universities in the nation.

The publisher recently released its “Best Colleges” rankings and this is the second year SHU appears on the “National Universities” listing. According to the U.S. News website, “Schools in the National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus masters and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research or award professional practice doctorates.”

Sacred Heart offers doctorate degrees in physical therapynursing practicebusiness administration and educational leadership. This fall, the University added a Ph.D. in social work to its list of doctoral programs. Over the past decade, SHU has tripled the number of graduate programs it offers.

“This recognition is a testament to the educational excellence and successful outcomes we provide to our students through our rigorous and demanding curricula,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “We are pleased to be included again in this ranking among other excellent institutions. We are proud of our students, faculty and staff who work so hard to ensure the SHU experience is exceptional.”

Separately, U.S. News & World Report also ranked Sacred Heart’s Jack Welch College of Business & Technology among the best U.S. undergraduate business schools. The “2021 Undergraduate Business Programs” ranking is based on responses to a survey of deans and senior faculty members at 511 peer institutions this past spring. All the undergraduate business programs hold accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

U.S. News & World Report’s rankings and Best Colleges 2021 guidebook help prospective students find information on colleges and universities that suit their preferences. The guide includes information about application requirements, financial aid, student body characteristics and post-graduate employment.

Sacred Heart also earned high ranks this year from The Princeton Review and Money Magazine for being one of the best higher-education institutions in the country.


About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 386 Colleges–2021 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best Business Schools–2020 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu


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