FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University rates as one of the top ten Connecticut colleges and universities for post-graduation salary, according to GradReports’ “2021 Best Colleges” rankings. GradReports determined schools’ positions by calculating a “salary score” based on median alumni salary collected one year after graduation for more than 4.6 million alumni nationwide. Data was retrieved from the U.S. Department of Education’s December 2020 College Scorecard, which contains information on students who collected federal financial aid. Sacred Heart’s collective salary score averaged higher than the U.S. median of 50.
When calculating scores for each of Sacred Heart’s individual programs, GradReports only compared data with schools offering the same tracks for a more accurate comparison. Of Sacred Heart’s bachelor’s degrees, accounting received the highest salary score, with nursing following closely behind. Among the master’s degree programs, physical and occupational therapy achieved the top salary score, trailed by accounting and communication disorders.
Sacred Heart has more than 49,000 alumni in all 50 states and over 50 countries. The Center for Career & Professional Developmentprovides SHU alumni with resources and assistance regarding professional job searches. Alumni who have earned a degree from the University have access to designated staff who offer preparatory services such as résumé and cover letter review, interview preparation, job search assistance, graduate and professional school advising and career coaching.
“Sacred Heart University is the type of school where you are family, not just a number,” said Megan Saunders ’17, who gave Sacred Heart a five-star review on GradReports’ website. “Where teachers spend sleepless nights helping you reach your highest potential. Where you walk on campus and people are smiling and calling your name. This is not just a school; it is my second home.”
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–2021 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 theatre. www.sacredheart.edu