U.S. News & World Report Ranks SHU Among Best Universities

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. Additionally, the publisher ranked SHU’s undergraduate nursing and business programs among the best in the country. 

This is the third year that SHU has been included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges ranking of national universities. According to the company’s website, schools in this category, “offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research or award professional practice doctorates.”

Sacred Heart offers doctorate degrees in physical therapynursing practicepost-master’s doctor of nursing practicebusiness administration in financesocial work and educational leadership

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

This is the first year U.S. News & World Report offered a ranking of bachelor of science in nursing programs. These rankings are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty members of nursing schools and departments at institutions around the country. The Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing was one of 694 accredited schools to be listed.

For the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology and other universities’ business programs in the U.S., the rankings are based on peer assessments. SHU was one of 514 undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International to be ranked. 

The U.S. News & World Report’s rankings and Best Colleges 2022 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.



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


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