From the School

Quinnipiac: Three Campuses, One University. A thriving academic and residential university in a uniquely attractive New England setting in Hamden and nearby North Haven, CT. Founded in 1929, Quinnipiac is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian University. Quinnipiac's mission is to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for the intellectual and personal growth of undergraduate, graduate, law and medical students.

The university offers broadly based undergraduate programs together with graduate programs in selected professional fields. At the undergraduate level, through integrated liberal arts and professional curricula, programs in the Schools of Business and Engineering, Communications, Education, Health Sciences,Nursing, and the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students for career entry or advanced studies. Graduate programs are designed to provide professional qualifications for success in business, education, health sciences,nursing, communications, medicine and law. 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. The entire university shares a service orientation toward students and their needs. Its collegial atmosphere fosters a strong sense of community, identity, and purpose among faculty, staff, and students.


From The School

High school students should begin applying for admissions early in their senior year. Visit for application information. Quinnipiac is a member of the Common Application. A completed application consists of the application form, official high school transcript, SAT I test scores (QU SAT code 3712) or ACT scores (QU ACT code 0582) senior year, first-quarter grades, essay, and one letter of recommendation. Students are asked to supply official SAT and/or ACT test scores. The University will select the highest (critical reading plus math or ACT composite) scores for admission or merit aid.

The admissions office begins reviewing applications as soon as they are complete, and begins notifying students of their decisions in early January. Students applying for the physical therapy, nursing and physician assistant programs should apply by November 1st. We recommend February 1st as the deadline for all other applicants.

All programs subscribe to the nationally recognized candidate reply date of May 1. Any students placed on a waitlist who responds that they are interested in being considered if spaces are available will be notified as soon after May 1 as possible. In general, Quinnipiac admits between 55-60% of their applicants.

Transfer students who have or will receive an associate's degree prior to entrance do not need to provide high school transcripts and SAT results. We must receive transcripts of all courses taken at other colleges. The physician assistant program is not available to transfer students.

To schedule an interview, tour, group information session or register for an open house, go to . For questions, email or call us at 800-462-1944, or 203-582-8600. Visit the website at:


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 590
SAT Math
520 - 620
ACT Composite
22 - 27


Early Decision
November 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

Academic Programs

The School of Business and Engineering, which is AACSB accredited, offers majors in: accounting, advertising, biomedical marketing, computer information systems, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management and marketing. Also civil, mechanical, industrial and software engineering. The Lender School of Business Center has case method classrooms, a high-tech Financial Technology Center 'trading room' and small team study rooms for project work.

The Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing majors include: athletic training/sports medicine, biomedical science, diagnostic medical sonography, radiologic science, health/science studies, microbiology/immunology nursing, occupational therapy (a 5 1/2 -year freshmen entry-level BS/MOT Master's program), physician assistant (6-year freshmen entry-level BS/MHS Master's program), physical therapy (a 6 or 7 year freshmen entry-level BS/DPT doctorate). The North Haven facility has state-of-the-art labs including a diagnostic imaging suite, orthopedics lab, a model adaptive apartment, clinical skills labs, intensive care unit, pediatric/neonatal lab, clinical simulation labs and a biomechanics lab.

The College of Arts and Sciences majors include: behavioral neuroscience, biology, biochemistry, chemistry,economics, English, computer science, criminal justice, gerontology, history, legal studies, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, social services, sociology, Spanish and theater.

In the School of Communications, majors include: film, video and interactive media, interactive digital design, communications/media studies, journalism, and public relations. The Ed McMahon Center for Communications provides a state of the art facility with a fully digital high-definition production studio, a news technology center, audio production studio and editing suites.

For those interested in teaching, completion of an undergraduate major in an area in the liberal arts or natural sciences, combined with junior and senior year courses in the School of Education, ending with a fifth year full-time graduate education program, culminates in the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

A pre-med program is designed to provide the undergraduate student interested in a career as a health professional the appropriate background necessary to meet the entrance requirements of a variety of different medical schools. The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine opened in 2013 and is part of the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven campus.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Undergraduate students can choose from more than 58 majors through the College of Arts and Sciences plus the Schools of Business and Engineering, Education, Communications, Health Sciences and Nursing. About 30% of all entering freshmen remain at Quinnipiac through their graduate degree program in a number of combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs.

Graduate students specialize in law, business, organizational leadership, health management, computer information systems, journalism, interactive media, public relations, education, and health science programs for physician assistant, pathologist's assistant, medical and laboratory sciences, social work, molecular and cell biology, radiologist assistant, nurse practitioner, and medicine Several programs are offered online.

Students Say

Located on a “beautiful” campus near New Haven, Connecticut, Quinnipiac University is a liberal arts school that “wants every student to graduate with a well-rounded education.” The school “is about educating students in both their major and in general knowledge so they are prepared for life after college.” Though health science, business, and communications are the school’s most notable programs, the entire university “takes pride in its academics” and is “invested in preparing students for their potential career in the best way possible.” No matter your major, the school stresses that “the most important aspect is the student’s undergraduate experience on the journey of finding themselves.”

Since class sizes are so small, teachers “are able to engage with each student individually.” The professors at Quinnipiac “really look out for the students and want them to achieve.” Like at any college, “there are amazing professors and terrible professors,” but “looking up the reviews and trusting students’ opinions” will help you know which ones to pick. Professors all “encourage discussion and bring in real-life stories,” and “they are always enthusiastic to share their knowledge. They implement hands-on learning, too.” Students cite “the accessibility to meet with professors during their office hours” as a huge plus. “It is very easy to get in contact with them when needed,” says a student. “I have close bonds with several, and my academic experience has been nothing but enjoyable,” says another. As one student sums up, “Quinnipiac University is extremely dedicated to helping students make their college experience not only beneficial, but enjoyable as well.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Murray Lender
Lender's Bagels

Turk Wendell
ex-Professional Baseball player

Bill Weldon
CEO, Johnson and Johnson

Lisa D'Onofrio
Plastic surgeon


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Costs for 2015-16: Tuition $40,720, Fees $1,550 Room and Board $14,820 (which includes a $2040 meal plan). Tuition includes 12-16 credits each semester, any credits taken above 16 are charged at $965 per credit. About 95% of freshmen live on campus, housing is available for all four years.

Financial Aid

The Quinnipiac University Office of Financial Aid works with all applicants to assure that they receive the maximum state and federal aid for which they are eligible. Families need to file the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. The University also offers merit-based scholarships to incoming freshmen in the fall semester (admission application deadline February 1st) for which no financial need is required. There is no additional application necessary for scholarship consideration and students are notified by the admissions office. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Office of Financial Aid at (203) 582-8750 or (800) 462-1944. Or you can e-mail us at: Quinnipiac University's FAFSA ID code is 001402, and the code for the CSS Profile is 3712. Additional information plus links to our scholarship criteria is found on


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

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Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Quinnipiac University has more than 75 clubs and organizations: including student government, newspaper, yearbook, radio station, service organizations, community activities, religious fellowships (Hillel, Christian Fellowship, Branches), 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 20 sports.

Quinnipiac Bobcats:
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, soccer, tennis, competitive cheer and volleyball. Quinnipiac competes in the NEC (Northeast Conference) and the ECAC in Men's and Women's Ice Hockey.

The athletic facilities include a multi-purpose gymnasium, locker rooms, training rooms, steam room, and a 24,000-square-foot, fully-equipped recreation and fitness center, with a suspended indoor track, outdoor lighted tennis, plus the TD Bank Sports Center with twin 3500 seat arenas for ice hockey and basketball.

Students Say

The typical student here is a “middleto upper-class Caucasian from the tristate area” and “a little preppy, but casual at the same time.” “Students are easy to make friends with,” so “it’s easy to find a niche here.” “Students all seem to have a place, there are so many different groups that it’s hard not to find someplace for everyone,” says one. “I feel like it’s a good place to go if you want a balance between social life and school work,” says a student. This “studious” and “well-motivated” group is usually “involved in at least one program outside of academics,” but also “likes to enjoy themselves on weekends.” Though Quinnipiac “is not very diverse”, it “is becoming more diverse.” Many students are “very interested in fashion and culture.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



60% female
40% male
75% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time


From The School


Hamden, Connecticut: 8 miles north of New Haven, 20 miles south of Hartford, 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 hills and trails for hiking and walking. A picturesque setting provides an enjoyable academic and residential campus experience for 6200 undergraduate and 2000 graduate students. A campus shuttle system provides easy access to theater, 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 plus new suite-style residence halls with single and double rooms,kitchens and a common living area, which accommodates 1500 students, a 2000 car parking garage and lodge-like student/recreation center. The North Haven campus, just 4 miles away, provides the upper level and graduate students in the Schools of Health Sciences, Nursing and Education with a state of the art setting on 100 acres, The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine opened in 2013. Students from over 30 states and 30 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 full kitchens. Housing is available for all four years.

Driving time to Quinnipiac from Boston or New York City is about two hours. Metro-North railroad from Grand Central Terminal in New York City and Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains also arrive in New Haven. The campus is a 10-minute taxi ride (students can take the campus shuttle) from the station. Bradley Airport (BDL), just north of Hartford is the nearest international airport, about 40 minutes from campus. Students can also arrive at John F. Kennedy, Newark, or LaGuardia airports in the New York area and travel via Connecticut Limousine to New Haven.

All programs at Quinnipiac offer an excellent combination of classroom learning with internships or clinical affiliations. Students in the health sciences are placed in clinical affiliations as part of their course work. Students in business, engineering, communications, and liberal arts and sciences have nearby corporations, health care agencies, or media outlets available for internships.

Career Services, offered by each of the academic schools, can provide excellent assistance in resume writing and job placement. The results of a survey of recent alumni show 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 in all majors can also take advantage of study abroad opportunities either during the summer months or during the academic year. Program sites include: Ireland, Australia; Austria; Czech Republic; England; France; Spain; Italy; Netherlands; Russia; South Africa; Spain and Independent Programs, and through affiliates such as AIFS, API, and Semester at Sea. Study abroad is an experience of a lifetime allowing you to live a different country for a period of time while earning credits at your home institution. Any student in any major can apply to study abroad with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Mt. Carmel campus of 250 acres offers impressive facilities in the Schools of Communications, Business and Engineering, including the Terry Goodwin Trading Room, the Ed McMahon Center for Communications, and new engineering labs. With a wireless campus and the Arnold Bernhard Library, open 24/7 during the fall and spring semesters, a learning commons, impressive student center, dining, recreational and athletic fields, the residential campus offers students a vibrant place to learn and grow. Students seeking to improve their grades use the Learning Commons for free tutoring help as well as sessions to improve study techniques, writing skills and research abilities. Since 2000, Quinnipiac has adopted a writing-across-the-curriculum approach to teaching writing throughout the University. All undergraduate majors seek to promote good critical thinking and communication skills.

The 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 refection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. The North Haven 106 acre campus with the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, has state-of-the-art labs and facilities for upperclass and graduate work in medicine, nursing, health sciences, law and education. Quinnipiac offers a semester long opportunity to students in all majors to do an internship/study in Los Angeles, CA in the QU in LA program, with cohort housing in the Marina del Rey area.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Quinnipiac is a suburban campus with easy access to the 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 75 clubs and organizations: including student government, newspaper, yearbook, radio station, service organizations, community activities, religious fellowships (Hillel, Christian Fellowship, Branches), 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 20 sports.

Quinnipiac Bobcats:
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, soccer, tennis, competitive cheer and volleyball. Quinnipiac competes in the NEC (Northeast Conference) and the ECAC in Men's and Women's Ice Hockey.

The athletic facilities include a multi-purpose gymnasium, locker rooms, training rooms, steam room, and a 24,000-square-foot, fully-equipped recreation and fitness center, with a suspended indoor track, outdoor lighted tennis, plus the TD Bank Sports Center with twin 3500 seat arenas for ice hockey and basketball.

Students Say

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.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

22% join a fraternity
20% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

27% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Women's Sports (Bobcats)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Southern CT State College and U CONN
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Yale University, 'Cross town' program with all colleges in the area


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

All incoming undergraduates must bring or purchase a laptop computer as recommended by the University. QU recommends the Dell Latitude or Apple MacBook Pro. The university provides support at the technology center in the Library.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Undergraduate Admissions Office

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Arnold Bernhard Library
Recreation Center with suspended banked track
An Gorta Mor, Irish famine literature and art
Rocky Top student center with fitness facility
TD Bank Sport Center
The nearby 250 acre 'York Hill' campus with the TD Bank Sports Center-twin 3500 seat arenas for ice hockey and basketball, includes residence halls with 1500 beds and "Rocky Top", a lodge-like student and recreation center. About 4 miles away is the North Haven campus of 104 acres, home to the graduate programs in the Schools of Health Sciences, Nursing, Education and the newly opened Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. Upper division (juniors and seniors) students in Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Diagnostic Imaging and graduate health sciences programs also use this outstanding state-of-the-art facility.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Sleeping Giant State Park (adjacent to campus)
Shopping in Hamden:Kohls,Bobs,Old Navy,Gap,Pier I
New Haven ,8 miles, restaurants, museums, theater
Wentworth's homemade ice cream, walkable
North Haven shopping complex, movies
The Quinnipiac shuttle bus routes take students free of charge to nearby shopping,restaurants,the New Haven Train Station (Amtrak and Metro-North),a multi-plex cinema, Barnes and Noble plus other stores in Hamden and North Haven.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

weekdays year round; Saturdays fall and spring

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

admitted students may arrange a day visit through the Admissions Office in the spring semester.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airport is Bradley (BDL) just north of Hartford with all major carriers. CT Limo 800-472-5466)provides shuttle service to nearby locations. New Haven train station is 8 miles from campus with Amtrak (Richmond VA to Boston) and Metro North service to Grand Central in NYC. Campus shuttle bus provides connection to station, and to nearby attractions.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Exit 10 off I-91, take exit road to end and turn right onto Whitney Avenue. At 4th light, turn right onto Mt. Carmel. Exit 61 if heading north or 62 if heading south from the Merritt Parkway (aka Wilbur Cross)(Route 15). Turn right at exit to go north on Rt 10. Go three miles to Mt. Carmel Avenue and turn right. Visit for directions from other areas.

Local Accommodations
Best Western (exit 12 off I-91) North Haven Clarion Hotel(exit 61/62 Merritt,Rt 15)Hamden Courtyard by Marriott (exit 15 off I-91)Wallingford Omni New Haven Hotel(exit 3 off I-91)New Haven Days Inn (Exit 10 off I-91, Whitney Avenue), Hamden
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