Sacred Heart welcomes largest freshman class

With nearly 1,300 students, the Class of 2017 ranks as the largest freshman class in Sacred Heart University’s 50-year history, exceeding the previous largest class by 31%.

In addition to its size, the class is also distinguished by its academic accomplishments as evidenced by an average high school GPA of 3.3, which is the highest ever GPA for an incoming class. The students hail from 28 states, with the most common being New York (33%), Connecticut (28%), New Jersey (17%) and Massachusetts (12%). Ninety-two percent of the class will live on campus.

“It’s an exciting time for our entire community,” said Jim Barquinero, senior vice president for Student Affairs and Athletics. “Our success in enrolling such a robust freshman class is the result of a campus-wide collaboration. Administrators within Student Affairs who recruit to various student life groups, coaches in Intercollegiate Athletics, professors and administrators in Academic Affairs and all those who make our physical campus and our website attractive to visitors played a role.

I am particularly grateful for the efforts of our dedicated Admissions team that made this historic achievement possible,” he said. “The enrollment of such a large and talented freshman class is a tribute to the university’s tremendous growth and recent achievements as well as an endorsement by students, parents and guidance counselors of the value of a Sacred Heart University education.”

During the admissions process, 570 students indicated intentions to enroll in the College of Art & Sciences; 476 selected the College of Health Professions; 250 indicated the John F. Welch College of Business; and 91 will pursue studies in the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. In addition, 328 students intend to participate in club sports, while 310 are varsity athletes. A total of 264 expressed interest in participating in performing arts programs.

Sarah Venuti of Arlington, Mass., is thrilled to be starting her studies in occupational therapy and training with Sacred Heart’s crew team.

“I am excited to be here and looking forward to meeting new people,” she said.

Her mom, Carole Anne Venuti, confessed to mixed feelings of pride and a tinge of sadness as she dropped her daughter off.

“I couldn’t be more impressed with the move-in process,” she said. “It’s fabulous. I’ve never seen anything more organized in my life.”