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High Rankings, Top Accreditation

High Rankings, Top Accreditation

High Rankings, Top Accreditation

Sacred Heart consistently meets and exceeds the needs of our student community and renowned faculty. The media and the world have recognized our commitment to excellence in higher education.


Ranked Consistently by U.S. News & World Report:

Best Colleges in the North (2015–2019)

Best Online Bachelor's Program (2016–2019)

Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs (2016, 2019)

Best Value Schools (2019)

Best Colleges for Veterans in the North (2014–2019)


Best 380 Colleges

- The Princeton Review, 2015–2019


Three-Time College of Distinction for 2015, 2016 and 2017

- Among approximately 200 colleges and universities in the country recognized for outstanding student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful student outcomes.


Top 50 Best Value Online MSN Program of 2018

- Value Colleges


Best Online Colleges in Connecticut

- The Best Schools, 2019


America's Top Colleges 2018

- Forbes


The 25 Best RN to BSN Programs Online for 2019

Best College Reviews


Top School for Private Scholarships

- LendEDU


Best Online Bachelor's Program in the State

- Hospital Newspaper, New England Edition


Top Accreditation

Sacred Heart is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges.

Additionally, several of our programs are accredited by industry-specific authorities:Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education Accredited

  • Our Master of Social Work achieved accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in February 2019.
  • Our nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), located at 655 K Street, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Additional Information About Accreditation:

Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Inc.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Commission of Higher Education indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Commission of Higher Education should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425-7785