Sacred Heart University is a Roman Catholic university located in suburban Fairfield, Connecticut
Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Sacred Heart University was the first Catholic university in the United States to be staffed by the laity. Dr. John J. Petillo is the current President of the University.
SHU is the second largest Catholic university in New England, behind Boston College, and offers more than 40 degree programs to over 7,500 students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.
Sacred Heart is included in The Princeton Review’s Best 371 Colleges 2010, the Best 301 Business Schools 2010, as well as U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges.
On Sunday, September 27, 2009, Sacred Heart University opened its new chapel, dedicated to the Holy Spirit.
In 2012, the University opened a new Student Commons building (Dedicated as the Linda E. McMahon Student Commons) after McMahon donated approximately $5 million. The new Commons includes dining facilities, lounge space, meeting rooms, and several other amenities.
In 2012 the University approved construction of two new buildings for the John F. Welch College of Business and the Isabelle Farrington School of Education. The two new buildings will be designed by the Watertown, MA firm of Sasaki & Associates (Who also designed The Chapel of the Holy Spirt and the Linda E. McMahon Student Commons). Construction and development is expected to begin in 2012 on a recently acquired parcel of land at the corner of Jefferson St and Park Ave in Fairfield.
In 2013, Sacred Heart University opened their new Wellness Center. The two-story, colonial-style, 5,800-square-foot building, situated on Park Avenue across from the main campus, serves as a place for acute health and medical needs and will also offer students counseling and therapeutic services.
In the summer of 2014, Sacred Heart University broke ground for a planned new learning center, to be called the “Student Success Center” dedicated to helping SHU students and young students from the surrounding region achieve success in their educational pursuits.