Fairfield is home to Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University. Both universities offer excellent STEM and business programs, are great sources of talent and have flourishing student internship programs. 

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Sacred Heart University

Comprised of five colleges and two schools, Sacred Heart University was included in The Princeton Review’s 2018 list of Best Colleges and Business Schools and in the top 20 for Most Engaged in Community Service. U.S.News & World Report recognized SHU as the fourth most innovative and one of the best universities in the North; and the Chronicle of Higher Education called SHU a top 10 fastest-growing Catholic College in America. SHU joins Yale, Trinity and Wesleyan as the only private colleges in Connecticut with an ‘A’ rating or higher from Standard & Poor’s. 

Sacred Heart University’s enrolls over 8500 undergraduate and graduate students with a full-time faculty of 300.  The Jack Welch College of Business enrolls more than 2,000 students with majors in computer science, information technology, game design and development and computer engineering. Sacred Heart recently purchased GE’s 66-acre former global headquarters in Fairfield to expand its School of Computing and STEM programs. 

Sacred Heart University’s Center for Not-for-Profit Organizations gives free business and management consultations to not-for-profit organizations. In partnership with the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the Center also offers essential skill courses to employees of non-profits in Fairfield County. 

SHU is also home to WSHU Public Radio, an award-winning NPR station with locally produced content. 

Placing a high value on experiential learning, SHU is fully engaged in internship programs that offer immense benefits to both the student population and local business community. 

Fairfield University

Fairfield University’s campus sits on 200 idyllic acres overlooking Long Island Sound, just a mile from the center of town. Considered a vital part of the Town of Fairfield, Fairfield University offers local residents a wide variety of vibrant community offerings, both on and off campus. Residents count on Fairfield University throughout the year for its rich calendar of cultural events, thrilling athletic seasons, and family activities of all kinds. 

As a nationally ranked modern Jesuit Catholic University, Fairfield is rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions, embracing a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values. 

With more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the five schools, Fairfield University is Ranked #3 among Northern Regional Universities by U. S. News & World Report and also appears in the tops of rankings such as, Money Magazine’s Best School for the Money”; Higher Education News' “Global Rising Stars”; College Factual’s “Top 15 Roman Catholic Schools Nationwide” and “Top 2% Graduate Programs for Nursing, Business and Engineering.”

Fairfield University’s five schools: the Dolan School of Business, the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, the School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education & Counseling are all host to nationally recognized programs, on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Undergraduates can pick from 46 undergraduate majors and graduate students can earn over 41 graduate degrees and certificates, with part-time study opportunities available.