Quinnipiac University


Nestled next to breathtaking Sleeping Giant Mountain, Quinnipiac University is a private co-ed institution of higher education with a mission “to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for the intellectual and personal growth” of its students. Founded in 1929, the university is located in the picturesque New England town of Hamden, Connecticut, ninety minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston.

Quinnipiac’s 53 undergraduate programs integrate liberal arts and professional curricula and include university-required seminars that discuss the significant impact an individual can have on their community on a local, national and global scale. Undergraduates, in fields such as communications, business, arts and sciences, education and health sciences, will benefit from a technology-rich environment, small classes and a personalized research environment that allows students to choose to collaborate with faculty or do original research with a professor’s supervision. The university offers graduate programs in business, education, health sciences, communications and law. Quinnipiac University Online is available for a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, master’s degree programs in such fields as information technology and business administration, and several certification programs.

The university is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and several of Quinnipiac’s schools are also recognized: AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (School of Business); American Bar Association (School of Law); National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (School of Education).

Quinnipiac University is consistently ranked among the nation’s best colleges by respected media institutions, with particular recognition given to its business school and physician assistant program. The health sciences school is enhanced with $3.5 million in high-tech equipment, including an orthopedics lab and an intensive care unit; the School of Communications is outfitted with a fully digital, high definition production studio; a biomechanics motion analysis laboratory takes sports medicine studies to a whole new level; and the finance center has its own simulated trading floor.

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Information Summary

Ranks 8th in Connecticut and 586th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 85.6
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $65,300
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 28 / 1260
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 22 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 86% / 100%
Enrollment Total (all students) 10,207

Financial Aid

Quinnipiac University grants financial aid to approximately 80 percent of its students through grants, scholarships, student loans and on-campus employment. To apply for financial aid, new students are required to submit the College Board’s College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE form to be considered for institutional need-based aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for government aid consideration. Seven hundred merit-based scholarships are also given to incoming freshmen who qualify. No financial need or application is required for these scholarships, which are automatically awarded to students a few weeks after admission. For more information, contact the Quinnipiac University Financial Aid Office at 800-462-1944 or finaid@quinnipiac.edu.

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Ranks 175th for the average student loan amount.
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Quinnipiac’s 5,900 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students hail from 30 states and several countries. The admission rate is 58 percent and the majority of students rank in the top quarter of their high school class. Most students live in residence halls on campus. There are several different room options, but the selection varies depending on class year. Residences include traditional two- and four-person rooms, suites with double rooms and a common living room, and apartments with full kitchens. Quinnipiac offers a convenient online laundry management system that allows students to check the availability of washers and dryers and receive notifications when machines become available or when their laundry is done.

Finding outlets to suit your interest should not be difficult with over 90 student clubs, Greek organizations (Fraternities: Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon; Sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, Pi Beta Phi) and student leadership programs. The Quinnipiac Chronicle is the official, student-run newspaper of university.

Quinnipiac students have the opportunity to study abroad on land, including a partnership with University College Cork in Ireland, or spend a Semester at Sea. Building houses across the country with Habitat for Humanity and humanitarian missions in Barbados and Nicaragua are offered as notable alternatives to the traditional spring break. An independent survey found a high degree of student satisfaction with both the educational and living experience at Quinnipiac.

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Join mascot Boomer the Bobcat at TD Bank Sports Center as he cheers on one of the university’s 19 NCAA Division I teams. The blue and gold Quinnipiac Bobcats’ varsity sports range from basketball and ice hockey to acrobatics & tumbling. The Quinnipiac vs. Yale ice hockey match is not to be missed and tickets sell out in mere minutes. In addition, there are numerous intramural sports and recreational programs to join, such as tennis, physical fitness and sailing.

Local Community

Hamden, Connecticut is a picturesque New England town about 20 minutes from New Haven. It appeared Money Magazine’s 100 best places to live in 2010. Hamden sits in the shadow of a mountain in Sleeping Giant State Park, named so because of two miles of mountaintop resembling a giant in repose. The park offers activities such as stream fishing, youth camping and hiking along a 1 ½ mile scenic trail with views of Long Island Sound and the New Haven area.

The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop, located in Hamden, commemorates its namesake’s time and contributions to the area. In 1798 Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin, came to the site to harness the water power of the Mill River to run machinery. The museum pays homage to Whitney the inventor by collecting, interpreting and teaching experiments in workshops for students, teachers and families. The 1816 Barn, which Whitney built as the centerpiece of his farm, now offers summer theatre, music and country dances.

Best Video, on Whitney Avenue in Hamden, is regarded as one of the top video stores in the country. It contains a film library that is sure to impress even the most devoted cinephile, and is a short drive from Quinnipiac.

Additional School Information

All university buildings are networked and include wireless access in public areas such as residence halls, libraries and classrooms.

An on-campus wind turbine garden, which generates 32,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, and rooftop solar panels on its newest residence halls illustrate Quinnipiac’s commitment to sustainable living. The university also has a web site that lets students and staff track their energy consumption rates in real-time.

The reputable Quinnipiac University Polling Institute conducts surveys related to political races and issues of public concern. The independent poll is frequently cited by major media outlets.


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