Sacred Heart University

7 ratings (6 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Excellent
5 stars
3
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
2 stars
1
1 star
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

students experience growing pains along with the university

Aug 20, 2005
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:personalized excellent instruction, beautiful small campus

Cons:growing pains include class/dining/housing size, no local hangouts, THE COST!

The Bottom Line: The education I received was superior but I'll be paying student loans for the next 20 years. State schools are better value.


When I was a senior in high school, I just wasn't excited about going away to college. Friends were getting early acceptances but I hadn't even sent my applications away yet. I finally got a kick in the butt when everyone else had acceptances by Christmas, so I mailed all of the envelopes out.

The Facilities
To be blunt, it is a converted high school. There are a few dorms built on the campus. You also will find a football field and an athletic/PT learning facility with an indoor basketball court that is amazing. There is a very small and antiquated library and an even older administrative building.

Housing
Sacred Heart suffers from exponential resident growth while they struggle to keep up with housing facilities. They are resourceful. They have converted on-campus dorm rooms from doubles and triples to quads and quints. They removed all study and TV lounges from dorms to build more rooms per floor. They have rented rooms in shady motels (Hi-Ho), they have leased apartments in luxury developments, they have to resort to desperate measures often because they cannot seem to limit their residential students according to the housing they have available. BE FOREWARNED: You will pay just as much for student housing in an on/off-campus dorm as you will in their temporary hotel housing.

The Professors
It may be a small school but their staff packs a punch. Students have the advantage of small classes so professors know your name, face, home state, career goals, etc. I graduated from the school almost 5 years ago but I can still email my favorite professors and they are very responsive and interested. I learned so much from them and remember many of their classes fondly. I teach my colleagues things as well as my students when I share my knowledge from SHU professors. I incorporate what I learned from them--as well as what they still teach me through our correspondence in many of my days at work.

The Area
Unfortunately, Sacred Heart University is surrounded by residential houses--which is not a big shock when we remember that its origin is as a high school. Students can't walk ANYWHERE which is very inconvenient since oncampus residents cannot keep cars there. If you are looking for exciting party life, you won't find it here on the very edge of Fairfield in suburbia.

The Nightlife
I can't speak knowledgeably about this as I was never really a party animal in college. There is a totally scummy dive bar down Park Ave called The Sports Page (The Page) that allows anyone with something to show them in. There are other places to hang out in Fairfield and Trumbull but these are rich areas so bring a heavy wallet. Some people even travel to New Haven or Manhattan to clubs but, again, you have to worry about train and drink prices.

Dining
Sacred Heart has a very small dining hall but a generous dining plan. there are hot meal, grill, and deli options in addition to soup and salad choices. Late at night on weekends while students are "studying" and drinking "juice", they cook burgers, mozz sticks, etc. The food is plentiful and pretty good.

Technology
As someone who suffered through their first year of mandatory laptops, let me say they have come A LONG WAY! The computers students lease (so much better than buying) are top-quality with few tech issues. They have an amazing wireless network on campus for students. Their tech staff is very willing to teach students and help them maximize their technology experience while on campus.

The Cost
Hell, if I knew back then what I knew now--ok who do I owe royalties to for that one? =) It was $25,000 per year 5 years ago so God knows what it is now. The cost is NOT worth it. I would have sucked it up and stayed home at a state university. I am still over $20,000 in debt from student loans b/c I decided to go out of state to a private university. I was the first child so we didn't know any better. While Sacred Heart provides wonderful education, unless you are a CT resident, and better yet--a commuter, you may want to find a school that is easier on the wallet.




Recommend this product? No


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Sacred Heart Of Jesus Bracelet With Sacred Hearts

Sacred Heart Of Jesus Bracelet With Sacred Hearts

Solid Gold and Sterling Silver. Message Engraving. 1 Day Shipping. The Sacred Heart is a religious devotion to Jesus' physical heart as the representa...
PicturesOnGold.com

$115.95

FREE Shipping
Sacred Heart of Jesus Necklace

Sacred Heart of Jesus Necklace

This stunning two-piece necklace features the image of Jesus with His exposed Sacred Heart framed by 12 simulated diamonds. A heart-shaped, ruby-red ...
Danbury Mint

$99.00

+$7.50 shipping
Sacred Heart Pin in 14k Yellow Gold

Sacred Heart Pin in 14k Yellow Gold

Sacred Heart Pin in 14k Yellow Gold
Sears Marketplace
Men's Stainless Steel Sacred Heart Pendant

Men's Stainless Steel Sacred Heart Pendant

We are happy to offer this Men's Stainless Steel Sacred Heart Pendant This item is brand new retail stock, in perfect brand new condition. It has neve...
eBay

$16.99

FREE Shipping
Sacred Heart Raku Bottle

Sacred Heart Raku Bottle

40x39x33mm sacred heart raku bottle. The raku process combines fire and smoke to bring out the beautiful copper tones in the blue green glaze. These r...
GoodyBeads

$7.49

+$3.99 shipping
Sacred Heart Of Mary Bracelet With Sacred Hearts

Sacred Heart Of Mary Bracelet With Sacred Hearts

Solid Gold and Sterling Silver. Message Engraving. 1 Day Shipping. The Sacred Heart of Mary is a devotional name used by Roman Catholics and some Angl...
PicturesOnGold.com

$115.95

FREE Shipping
LOVEsick Sacred Heart Earrings

LOVEsick Sacred Heart Earrings

Fishhook insertion earrings with sacred heart drops.
Hot Topic

$4.00

+$4.99 shipping
Virgins Saints & Angels Sacred Heart Charm Necklace in Silver

Virgins Saints & Angels Sacred Heart Charm Necklace in Silver

Virgins Saints & Angels Sacred Heart Charm Necklace in SilverThe sacred heart, the classic VSA icon. Necklace Measures: 17“ longSterling Silver Plat...
Chelsea Gifts Online

$136.00

FREE Shipping
Sacred Hearts

Sacred Hearts

Condemned by sixteenth-century demands for lucrative dowries in order to marry, young Serafina is ripped from an illicit love affair and confined in a...
Sears Marketplace
TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Sacred Heart Milagro Charm

TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Sacred Heart Milagro Charm

This TierraCast brass oxide pewter sacred heart milagro charm will add an ornate look to your jewelry. It is modeled after a contemporary heart edged ...
Artbeads.com

$1.15

FREE Shipping


Ads by Google