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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut

The Future Happens Here


An education at Quinnipiac embodies the university’s commitment to three important values: excellence in education, a student-centered campus, and a spirit of community. Quinnipiac’s mission is to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for the intellectual and personal growth of its 6500 undergraduate and 2500 graduate, law, and medical students.  


The university offers broadly-based undergraduate programs together with graduate programs in selected professional fields. Through integrated liberal arts and professional curricula, programs in the Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing, and the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students for career entry or advanced studies.


Quinnipiac offers a wide range of majors, dedicated faculty, internship and clinical opportunities in a supportive campus setting. With more than 110 student clubs and organizations, study abroad, community-based activities, service learning courses and undergraduate research opportunities, Quinnipiac provides a well-rounded college experience for students.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
6,982 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
39% male — 61% female
74% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
391 full-time faculty
593 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Ninety-five percent of freshmen live on campus. Housing is guaranteed to all undergraduate full-time students for the first three years and on a space available basis for the senior year and beyond. Options include: traditional residence halls with doubles, quads and suites for freshmen housing, and suite-style apartments (some with kitchens) or townhouse-style housing, apartments, and university owned houses for juniors and seniors.

School Location

Quinnipiac University is located in Hamden, Connecticut on a picturesque suburban campus—8 miles north of New Haven and 2 hours each from New York City and Boston, The free campus shuttle provides students with convenient access to nearby shopping, restaurants and activities in the surrounding area.

Retention Fall 2015

87% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

76% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Black or African American 5%
White 76%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


Quinnipiac has 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, including men’s basketball, baseball, cross country, lacrosse, ice hockey, tennis, and soccer and women’s acrobatics & tumbling, basketball, softball, cross country and track (indoor and outdoor), field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Quinnipiac competes in the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) in most sports and the ECAC in men’s and women’s ice hockey.

Other Information

Founded in 1929, Quinnipiac is a 4-year, private, co-educational, non-sectarian university offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.  The university is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The School of Business is accredited by AACSB – International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Advertising & Integrated Communications, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Marketing, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Information Systems, CIS/Accounting, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Economics, Education (5-year BA/MAT), Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Film, Television & Media Arts, Finance, Game Design & Development, Gerontology, Health Science Studies, History, Independent Major, Industrial Engineering, Interactive Digital Design, International Business, Journalism, Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology & Immunology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy (5 ½-year BS/MOT), Philosophy, Physical Therapy (6- or 7-year BS/DPT), Physician Assistant (6-year BS/MHS), Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Radiologic Sciences, Sociology, Software Engineering, Spanish Language and Literature, Theater.

More Distinctions

  • Quinnipiac University is consistently recognized, both nationally and regionally, as among the best U.S. colleges offering undergraduate and master’s-level programs. The School of Business and individual programs within the School of Health Sciences are nationally recognized as well. 

Experiential learning opportunities are numerous at Quinnipiac University. A wide array of guided internships and study abroad programs are the perfect preparation for the job market and graduate school…

Student Satisfaction

Quinnipiac challenges, supports, and prepares students for successful careers and lives. In a recent National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), students’ overall satisfaction with their experience at QU was greater than that of students from peer institutions across the nation. Quinnipiac students tend to be better prepared for classes, spend more time outside of class with faculty, engage in more active-learning activities, and exceed their own academic expectations more often than students at other colleges. The survey also shows a very high rate of student satisfaction (94 percent report an excellent or good academic experience) and an above-average level of academic support. By the time they are seniors, 62% have participated in community service or volunteer work, 25% have studied abroad, and 19% have done research along with a faculty member.

Gaining Experience Beyond the Classroom

Students are encouraged to broaden their education and gain professional experience through internships or clinical experiences. The university works closely with each student to find placements that match the student’s interests and future goals. Quinnipiac students have completed internships at Hugo Boss, Dow Jones, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Yale’s Child Life Program, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, MTV, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and ESPN, and more. Clinical placements for students in the healthcare majors provide the link between classroom learning and patient care in a variety of clinical and hospital settings.

A World of Learning

Cultural immersion in a foreign country can be one of a college student’s most memorable experiences and a remarkable opportunity for learning. While traveling abroad, students develop a broader perspective of the world, themselves, their values, and their future. Quinnipiac provides several options for education abroad, including an arrangement with University College Cork in Ireland. Students can spend a semester taking classes that integrate the location into their study. Through agreements with other universities and international programs, Quinnipiac offers study-abroad programs in a number of other countries. Students can spend six weeks, a semester, or even an entire year in countries such as Ireland, Australia, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Ghana, Canada, Costa Rica, South Africa, Nicaragua, Austria, Germany, among others.

Students come to Quinnipiac University eager to develop the knowledge, skills, and mindsets that lead to meaningful, satisfying career success.  

Essential Learning Outcomes

Quinnipiac strives to provide its graduates with interpersonal and intellectual Essential Learning Outcomes through a coherent, purposeful integration of the full student experience. This is comprised of three intensive University Seminars, the University Curriculum, deep engagement in the content and construction of a major, and active participation in the co-curricular experience.  

Through a rigorous educational experience, QU students acquire important skills valued by employers along with the aptitudes to creatively and responsibly solve problems and use technologies of today and tomorrow. Students are expected to become intentional learners who embody confidence and integrity, and who will emerge as informed leaders in their professions, in the communities where they live, and in their roles as global citizens in the 21st century.  

Top-Notch Facilities

Quinnipiac’s academic buildings, which have won several national awards for design, offer students ample space for discussion, hands-on learning, team projects and access to the latest technology.  State-of-the-art facilities and the latest equipment and technology enhance and enrich students’ learning.

On the Mount Carmel campus, the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center gives students access to a fully-digital, high-definition television production studio, digital editing suites and 4K edit room, a media innovation classroom, a digital audio production studio, and a screening classroom with surround-sound audio. The Goodwin Financial Technology Center, located in the School of Business, is a high-tech simulated trading floor that allows students to access real-time financial data, conduct interactive trading simulations, and develop financial models. From each workstation, students access sophisticated software and data feeds. The School of Engineering offers a number of labs for hands-on learning, including  The 600-seat Bernhard Library offers multiple work areas for group and individual study, including study carrels, reading areas with comfortable seating, 13 group study rooms, and a 30-seat classroom. The library is open 24/7 during the fall and spring semesters.

The North Haven campus, home to the professional level classes in the Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing, comprises four floors featuring state-of-the-art imaging labs including CT-Scan, MRI and ultrasound. In addition, the center offers a motion analysis lab, a simulation lab and a variety of clinical units, examining rooms and much more. .

Quinnipiac’s students can get an up-close-and-personal lesson in current events by working as interviewers for the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, an independent research survey whose results are cited regularly by journalists, public officials, and researchers. The poll surveys individuals about political races, state and national elections, and issues of public concern, such as schools, taxes, transportation, municipal services, and the environment. Exact and thorough, results of the Quinnipiac Poll have been featured regularly in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and on national network news broadcasts.

Engaging residential programs, Division I athletics (21 teams), and a vast number of extracurricular options are sure to keep students busy when they’re not hitting the books…

Three Settings, One University

Quinnipiac is located in Hamden, Connecticut, just eight miles north of New Haven, and midway between New York City and Boston.  

The 250-acre Mount Carmel campus is comprised of academic, residential and recreational facilities, as well as a student center, library, and athletic fields.  Ninety-five percent of freshmen, as well as sophomores, reside on this campus which includes traditional double, quad, and suite-style housing. Although resident freshmen may not bring vehicles to campus, the university shuttle system transports students to area attractions, restaurants, shopping, and athletic events. The Mount Carmel campus is adjacent to Sleeping Giant State park with 1700 acres for hiking and walking.

The nearby 250-acre York Hill campus, with panoramic views of the region, offers suite-style housing for juniors and seniors with kitchens, a lodge-like student/recreation center, and a twin arena sports center for ice hockey and basketball.  

The North Haven campus, less than 5 miles away, is comprised of 104 acres with broad fields and rolling lawns, twin ponds with water fountains, and three multi-floor buildings, connected internally. The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences includes 325,000 square feet designed for collaborative learning for students pursuing degrees in medicine, nursing and the health professions. The campus is also home to the School of Education and School of Law and will eventually house most of the University’s graduate programs.

Living Learning Communities

Quinnipiac currently offers five residential interest communities. Four living learning communities include Nursing, Global, 3+1 BS/MBA (invitation only) and Honors Program (invitation only.) The sole themed living community is LiveWell (health & wellness). Students who live in this community reside in a substance-free living environment that is supported through a commitment to educating students on keeping a healthy balance in their everyday lives.

Quinnipiac’s Living Learning Communities are residential communities that feature at least two common academic courses. The Global Living community is a residential interest community for first year students interested in learning about inclusion, cultural diversity and individual identity through domestic and international immersion programs and experiences. Global Living houses students who are interested in academic and personal journeys of culture, diversity, inclusion and international connections.

Residence Life

The residential life program at Quinnipiac University provides a safe, comfortable environment where every student can make the most of the college experience. The university strives to sustain a college community focused on the individual as it prepares students for productive lives and careers. Residence staff provides programming to help students grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Every residence hall hosts faculty members for discussion groups, as well as workshops on practical skills like managing money, applying for a car loan, and understanding a rental lease. There are ample opportunities to socialize with students from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds.

Clubs and Organizations

There’s always plenty to do on campus. The newly expanded Carl Hansen Student Center, on the Mount Carmel campus, is the hub of many student activities. The center is home to the student government office, a number of student clubs, and a media center for the student-run radio and television stations, and the campus newspaper. More than 110  student clubs and organizations provide an excellent forum for meeting students with similar interests. Greek life is also available through seven national fraternities and ten sororities. Special events are scheduled nearly every weekend by the Student Programming Board, two major headliner concerts each fall and spring, and the theater department hosts student productions several times each year.  Annual events include Parents and Family Weekend in the fall and the annual student Holiday Dinner before winter break.


The Quinnipiac Bobcats compete in 21 NCAA varsity sports, most in Division I, and is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), with the exception of men’s and women’s ice hockey, which belong to the prestigious ECAC league. Bobcat athletics involve the entire campus, from the Crazy Bobcat Club to student-athletes to fans in the stands. The university’s teams have a tradition of excellence. Check out quinnipiacbobcats.com . Quinnipiac students are active, sports-minded, and interested in physical fitness. The university provides a full range of activities to help students stay in shape. Students field teams in 30 intramural sports and activities for both casual and competitive play (spring and fall tournaments are scheduled for the truly competitive). Other options include two well-equipped fitness centers, an indoor track and Spinning® studio for strength training and cardiovascular exercise, as well as organized fitness classes like yoga, kickboxing, and Zumba®.

Graduates have a proven success record in every field. In 2015, 94.6 percent of graduates were employed or pursuing an advanced degree within 6 months of graduation.  

A Pattern of Success

Quinnipiac offers first-rate preparation for career pursuits and advanced study. Within six months of graduation, 94.6 percent of Quinnipiac’s 2015 graduates were employed or in graduate school. Graduates have accepted positions at companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Dell Computers, JPMorgan Chase, Tufts Medical Center, ESPN and Duke University Medical Center.  Those pursuing graduate studies either remain at Quinnipiac (30%) or enroll at other institutions including Yale University, Emerson College, Villanova, Boston University, Drexel University,  James Madison University, University of Connecticut, and University of Rhode Island.

Each of the academic schools offers its own career development services, including career preparation, interviewing skills, resume writing, career fairs and job opportunities.

Office of Development and Alumni Affairs

Quinnipiac’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs coordinates events, programs, and activities that keep the university’s 25,000 alumni, as well as parents, families, and friends, connected to the campus community and personally involved in Quinnipiac’s mission. The alumni association coordinates events and programs on campus and across the U.S., and provides career networking for alumni through its fourteen association chapters.

Notable Alumni

Notable alumni include William Weldon, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson; the late Murray Lender of Lender’s Bagels; Frank Casanova II, senior director of worldwide partner marketing, Apple; Hollywood film producer Jeffrey Chernov; Barbara Hartwell, chief of staff at Mashantucket Pequot Nation; Turk Wendell, former relief pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, and Eric Hartzell, goalie for the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Admissions Fall 2015

22,745 Total Applicants 
16,765 Total Admissions 
1,903 Total Freshman Enrollment

73.71% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 580
SAT Math 500 600
SAT Writing 490 590
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math 21 27
ACT English 22 27
ACT Writing    

application process

Quinnipiac is always looking for students who are bright, hard-working, and motivated. The following items should be complete for admission:

  • Application for Admission: available online at http://www.quinnipiac.edu/apply
  • A non-refundable, $65 processing fee
  • A high school transcript of all completed courses (seniors should have first quarter courses sent as soon as possible).
  • A one-page (minimum 250 word) essay or personal statement
  • Please send official score reports of all SAT and/or ACT tests.
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or a guidance counselor of your choice.


Each year the undergraduate admissions office receives more than 22,000 applications for admission and admits about 60-66% of those who apply. It’s important to apply early in your senior year, as admissions responds for most programs on a rolling admissions basis, beginning notification in late November. The recommended deadline for filing a completed application is February 1. Students who are placed on a waitlist will be notified of any openings between May 1 and June 1.

If you are applying to Nursing, Physical Therapy (6- or 7-yr BS/DPT) or the entry-level master’s Physician Assistant (6-yr BS/MHS) program, November 15 is the recommended application deadline.

If you are interested in the Early Decision option, file your application by November 1, and provide all remaining supportive materials as soon as possible.


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $40,720
Fees $1,550
Total $42,270
Room and Board (on campus) $14,820
Estimated Total On Campus $57,090


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

92% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
66% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$21,226 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$10,870 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


For the 2016-17 academic year, tuition and fees are $43,640. and room and board costs (freshman) are $15,170.. Financial aid is essential for many students to help manage the cost of a college education. Our goal is to help make Quinnipiac as affordable as possible. Over 80 percent of the student body receives financial aid through a combination of grants, scholarships, student loans, and on-campus jobs. In addition to need-based aid, we also provide several merit-based awards, including the following:

Freshmen Scholarships: ($5,000 – $24,000) Scholarships are awarded by the admissions office based on a student’s overall academic achievements. Students must have a complete admissions application on file by February 15. Renewal of scholarships for future years is based upon continuing as a full-time student with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Scholarships are renewable for the time period specified in the student’s scholarship letter but the amount is not increased from year to year.

Multiple Sibling Award – ($2,000 per year, per eligible sibling)

Full-time, undergraduate siblings concurrently in attendance at Quinnipiac, are eligible to receive an additional $2,000 award, per year, in addition to their regular financial aid award. This award is applicable only toward tuition, room and board and is renewable each year in which eligible siblings are in attendance.

International Student Scholarship – (amount varies)

Quinnipiac offers a modest pool of scholarship funds which are awarded to international students who demonstrate previous strong academic achievement. Students must have a complete admissions application on file by March 1. Students must provide a statement of financial support for the remainder of their costs. Renewal is based upon continuing as a full-time student while maintaining satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Quinnipiac University Catalog.

Transfer Scholarship – ($6500 – $10,000)

Students transferring from other two- or four-year colleges who have completed two years of college and have a minimum GPA of 3.3 are considered for a transfer scholarship. Renewal is based upon continuing as a full-time student while maintaining satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Quinnipiac University Catalog.

Part-time Student Scholarship –  (amount varies)

This scholarship was established for adult, part-time students to make a higher education financially accessible. QTAP applications may be obtained from the Office of Part-time Admissions. Students who start classes in the fall must have a completed QTAP application on file by Aug. 15, and spring students by Jan. 4. Scholarship funds are limited and students are encouraged to apply early.

Athletic Scholarship – (amount varies)

Athletic scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Quinnipiac University provides an NCAA Division I athletic program. Athletes must be recommended by the athletic director and coaching staff. Scholarships are based on the needs of the individual sport. For renewal, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress, full-time status and comply with both institutional and NCAA rules and regulations.

Essential Learning Outcomes at Quinnipiac University

Students come to Quinnipiac University eager to develop the knowledge, skills, and mindsets that lead to meaningful, satisfying career success. Recognizing the ongoing changes in the world around us, Quinnipiac supports and broadens these individual...