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.
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.
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 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.”