First-Time College Students

Begin your healthcare career with a college education. Whether you are a high school senior or graduated from high school years ago, you have multiple options for advancing your education with St. Vincent’s College at Sacred Heart University. Each of our healthcare programs is designed to prepare you for an exciting career in less time and at lower cost than traditional, four-year college programs. If you plan to further your education with a bachelor’s degree in the future, an SVC at SHU associate degree will give you advanced placement in many programs.

Career-Ready College Education

  • Earn an associate degree
  • Become a licensed RN or certified radiologist in just three years
  • Get admitted directly to your major, provided you fulfill general education requirements
  • Enhance your education and sharpen your job-search skills with student life resources

Admission Criteria

The Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically, giving applicants the opportunity to demonstrate their potential for success at SVC at SHU. The application review includes an analysis of academic preparation, including high school transcript, coursework rigor and selected grades in Math and Science, as well as life experiences such as professional skills training and military experience.

General criteria for admission include:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • GED, or high school diploma including:
  • 3+ years of high school Math, including 2 years of Algebra and 1 year of Geometry; minimum grade of C+
  • 1 year of high school Chemistry; minimum grade of C+
  • 1 year of high school Biology; minimum grade of C+
  • SAT/ACT scores (optional)

Application Checklist

To apply for a degree program, the following application materials are required:

  • Online application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official high school transcript, or GED*
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or employer
  • Interview with an admissions counselor (recommended)

*Applicants may submit an unofficial transcript to expedite review of the application while the official transcript request is in process.

Application Deadlines

Spring Application Deadline: December 1
Early Action Application Deadline: January 1
Priority Application Deadline: May 1

Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

More Information

Admitted students must complete a health clearance, as well as pass a background check and drug screen, in order to register for classes. Instructions on completing this clearance are provided upon receipt of the enrollment deposit.

Nursing students must pass the TEAS Test with an adjusted individual total score of 56% or higher before enrolling in Nursing 101, typically in the second year of study.

Contact Us

SVC at SHU Office of Admissions
203-396-6267
svcadmissions@sacredheart.eduOffice Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm
Mailing Address (for transcripts):
St. Vincent’s College at Sacred Heart University
Office of Admissions
75 Hunting Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606