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Quincy University

Quincy, Illinois

Rooted in QU’s Franciscan tradition of valuing each learner, the IDEAL commitment (Individually Designed Experiential and Active Learning) focuses on targeted opportunities in these areas:


– Impact through service
– Undergraduate research
– Global education
– Performing and creative arts
– Learning through leadership
– Internships to careers


Quincy’s strategic advising program guides students as they identify interests and talents, pursue experiential learning, build resumes, and launch careers.


Quincy believes that education should never be “one size fits all.” No single path is perfect, but Quincy makes its students IDEAL.


Quincy University continues to advance the Franciscan tradition of academic study grounded in liberal arts. Founded in 1860, Quincy University is a four-year, liberal arts Franciscan university. Hands-on learning is integral to Quincy’s academic program and to your career success. In each of Quincy’s majors, students have access to a multitude of opportunities to work on real-world matters. From lab research to field trips to internships, students gain the professional skills they need to start their careers.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,065 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
47% male 53% female
36% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
52 full-time faculty
62 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
63% of first year students live on campus
54% of all students live on campus

School Location

Quincy, Illinois (pop. 41,000). Situated on limestone bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, Quincy is a regional hub for a variety of industries, diverse shopping centers, and recreation.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

69% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

52% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 12%
White 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 10%


15 intercollegiate sports. Member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women.

Other Information

Founded in 1860, Quincy University is a four-year, liberal arts Franciscan university.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs:http://www.quincy.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs
Degree Completion Programs: http://www.quincy.edu/academics/degree-completion-programs
Graduate Programs: http://www.quincy.edu/academics/graduate-programs

Quincy University provides programs that support the academic success of each student. These programs increase self-awareness, personal development, social responsibility, and the ability to function in a global society.

A program for everyone

More than 1,200 students from across the country and around the world enroll in over 30 undergraduate majors and 4 graduate programs. Students gain insight across many fields of study, learning to think critically and see issues from different points of view. The relatively small size allows for a strong sense of community on campus. No matter students’ backgrounds, they are made to feel welcome.

Study abroad

Students may chose to study abroad at some point during their four years at Quincy University. Currently, students can study at 36 institutions in 23 foreign nations.


Quincy’s worldwide service projects teach students to be compassionate members of society who are organized, team-oriented leaders.

High-Class Facilities

QU recently invested in several physical upgrades throughout campus. The university completed a major renovation of all student residences, created an interactive Student Success Center, established a pre-law center with a Mock Trial courtroom, and renovated many classrooms and science laboratories.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band x
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization  
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band x
Model UN  
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Pep band x
Radio station  
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra x
Television station x

Personal Faculty Relationships

More than 77% of full-time faculty have the highest degree in their fields, and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1. The average class size is 20. Students will agree that faculty members are not only accessible, but also approachable. Faculty members hold office hours outside the courses they teach. They encourage their students to stop by the office, email them, or even call them at home with any problems.

The Honors Program

The Honors Program promotes academic excellence through critical thinking, original research, and exceptional writing. The program creates a shared experience in an intellectual community and prepares students for a life of service and leadership. Students enjoys a diversity of colloquia, the challenge of the Honors Core, and the special interest of the honors electives. Through the Honors Program, they build lives of learning, leadership, and service.

Service Learning

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service Learning is a type of experiential education that combines academic goals with activities that address human and community needs. Service Learning is deeply embedded in the foundation of Quincy University as a Catholic, Franciscan University.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy x
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages  
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x


Other: Theology 

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 100 106 101 13 2 1 0 323

Student Activities

It’s not all about classes. Students can participate in more than 40 student organizations. QU’s goal is to provide campus-wide programs that promote diversity, leadership, and service, all of which support the university’s mission. Students have numerous opportunities to become active members of student organizations.

Comfortable Living

QU is a place students love to call home. The new Student Living Center houses students in apartment-style settings. Each apartment comes with a kitchen area equipped with a full-size refrigerator, oven, microwave, and sink. In addition, each apartment has its own bathroom and furnished living room area.

Surrounding Community

Quincy is located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The city is home to eight museums, a symphony hall, an art center, a collegiate summer league baseball team, and several multi-national companies. Students have can spend time at local parks, along the riverfront, or at the shopping-friendly boutiques downtown.


Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing x
Cooperative housing x
Theme housing x
Wellness housing  


Other: Living Learning Communities 

Achieved Alumni

Quincy alumni span across all 50 states and 12 countries, and all are eager to help new students and graduates succeed.

Recent grads include a New York environmental analyst, an executive at Boeing Corp., an executive director of communications at the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and an RN at Mayo Clinic. Graduate, law, and medical schools attended by recent grads include Carnegie Mellon, Washington University School of Law, Loyola, and the Adler School of Professional Psychology.


Internships are integral to a Quincy education. Students intern as early as their first year, gaining valuable work experience. Organizations and businesses that hire Quincy students include ESPN, Walt Disney World, the St. Louis Cardinals, Archer Daniels Midland, and the National Association of Broadcasters.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,553 Total Applicants
984 Total Admissions
278 Total Freshmen Enrollment

63.36% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Priority Date: April 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest


Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 480 590
SAT Math 430 520
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math 17 24
ACT English 18 24
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $25,998
Fees $1,130
Total $27,128
Room and Board (on campus) $10,000
Room Only $5,500
Board Only  
Estimated Total On Campus $38,258


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 estimated

$24,919 First year students
$24,970 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated

88% on average, the percentage of need that was met
29% of financial need students that had need fully met

$17,839 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$5,820 Average need-based loan

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