Sacred Heart University
In its mission statement, Sacred Heart University ''aims to assist in the development of people who are knowledgeable of self, rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to social and civic obligations, and able to respond to an ever-changing world.'' Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 in the spirit of Vatican II by Bishop Walter M. Curtis of the Diocese of Bridgeport as the nations first and only lay Catholic university. Under the direction of president Anthony Cernera, the university has grown from a commuter school to be the third largest Catholic university in New England. It is now one of the fastest-growing university in the East. Recently, Sacred Heart University has seen some exciting changes. In 1995, it became one of the first schools in the country to implement a laptop program for all incoming students. It realigned its academic structure into four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and Health Professions, and the University College. The William H. Pitt Health & Recreation Center was openend in September of 1997.