Hamden, Connecticut: 8 miles north of New Haven, midway between Boston and New York City. Quinnipiac is a suburban campus with 600 acres on three sites. The Mount Carmel Campus is adjacent to Sleeping Giant State Park, with 1,700 acres of trails for hiking and walking. A picturesque setting provides an enjoyable academic and residential campus experience for students. A campus shuttle system provides easy access to theaters, shopping, museums, sports, recreation and a variety of dining and entertainment options in Hamden and New Haven. The nearby York Hill Campus is home to the TD Bank Sports Center with 3500-seat twin arenas for basketball and ice hockey, a lodge-like student/recreation center, plus new suite-style residence halls with single and double rooms, kitchens and common living areas, which accommodate 1500 students. The North Haven Campus, just 4 miles away, provides upper-level and graduate students in Health Sciences, Nursing, Education, Medicine, and Law with a state-of-the-art setting on 100 acres.
Students from 46 states and 61 countries study at Quinnipiac. Ninety-five percent of the incoming 1800 freshmen choose to live on campus. Housing options include traditional residence halls, suites, and suites with kitchens. Freshmen and sophomores generally live on the Mt. Carmel campus; juniors and seniors live on the York Hill campus and in university-owned houses.
Driving time to Quinnipiac from Boston or New York City is about two hours. Metro-North and Amtrak provide train service to New Haven's Union Station, which is 15 minutes from campus. Airline service is available through Bradley International Airport, about 40 minutes from campus, and through John F. Kennedy, Newark and LaGuardia airports serving the New York City area. Ground transportation is available from all airports to New Haven.
All programs at Quinnipiac offer an excellent combination of classroom learning with internships or clinical experiences. Students in business, engineering, communications, and liberal arts and sciences intern at nearby corporations, health care agencies, or media outlets. Students in health sciences and nursing are placed in clinical affiliations as part of their learning experience.
Career Services provides assistance with resume writing, interview skills and job placement. A survey of recent graduates indicated that close to 90 percent were either employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Each year about half of students in internships are offered permanent jobs as a result of their work.
Students can take advantage of study abroad opportunities during the academic year or summer months (3.0 cumulative GPA required.) Program sites include: Ireland, Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, England, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, and Spain, to name a few, and through affiliates such as AIFS, API, and Semester at Sea. Study abroad is an experience of a lifetime allowing you to live in a different country for a period of time while earning credits at your home institution.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Quinnipiac offers the latest campus and academic technology, which is reflected in its facilities, services and programs. The entire campus and residential areas offer a security-enhanced wireless network. All incoming students must bring or purchase a university-recommended laptop computer for use in the classroom and residence halls. Service is provided through technology centers on each campus.
Academic life focuses on the Bernhard Library, open 24 x 7 during the fall and spring semesters. Automated library systems, wireless technology, 60 public computers and 600 power/data connections are located throughout the library, along with individual study carrels and team study rooms.
The Learning Commons offers free academic tutoring as well as sessions to improve study techniques, writing skills and research methods. Quinnipiac's Writing Across the Curriculum program is designed to help students develop strong critical thinking and communication skills through writing. Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) have been identified that broaden students' knowledge and engage them in the educational process.
The University Honors Program fosters the needs and interests of our most academically talented and committed students. Service Learning courses integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
Quinnipiac is a suburban campus with easy access to nearby shopping, restaurants and activities offered in Hamden, New Haven and North Haven. Students, faculty and staff are involved in community service through the "Big Event" held each April. Local community service opportunities also include Habitat for Humanity and tutoring in the elementary schools.
Student Organizations & Activities
Quinnipiac University has more than 120 student clubs and organizations including student government, newspaper, yearbook, radio station, service organizations, community activities, religious fellowships, diversity awareness (Black Student Union, Latino Cultural Society, Asian and Pacific Islander Association), dance and drama productions, and Greek life, along with numerous recreation activities, providing a balanced college experience. An active Intramural program has team competition in more than 30 sports and activities.
The Division I athletic program in 21 sports includes Men: basketball, baseball, cross country, lacrosse, ice hockey, tennis, and soccer. Women: 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.
Athletic facilities include a multi-purpose gymnasium, two fully-equipped fitness centers, a Spinning studio, dance/yoga studios, tennis courts, a 24,000-square-foot recreation center with an indoor track, and a sports center with twin 3500-seat arenas for ice hockey and basketball.
Students at the school “value the closeness of our community and bringing everyone together,” according to a student. The campus is “just plain gorgeous” (“When I came to this school I got the ’wedding dress feeling,’” says a student.), and there’s a lot going on there, too. “Campus life is awesome!” There are “so many ways” of getting involved: “numerous clubs and activities, supporting the athletic teams, intramural sports, and much more.” The student body is “heavily devoted” to the subjects they are involved in, and everywhere you look “friendly faces” are taking advantage of the “very programmed schedule” of events. A “good majority of the students here like to party hard Thursday through Saturday night,” but if you don’t like to drink or go out, the programming board “does an excellent job providing events on campus such as casino night, drive-in movies, stand-up comics, games, etc.”
Despite the Quinnipiac love, there are some gripes. The living facilities “could stand to be updated,” “more onsite parking” is definitely needed, and everyone pretty much universally agrees that the “food could always be better.” However, people do love the duality of a “college-town feel with a city nearby,” and the shuttles that run into nearby New Haven are extremely popular. The “great sports teams” also help bring together the student body, and “on Friday nights, hockey and basketball are big.”