Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University


On a scenic campus of 500 acres in southern Connecticut, just eight miles from New Haven and midway between New York and Boston, Quinnipiac University offers students a range of opportunities, including access to state-of-the-art facilities, a multitude of student organizations and activities, counseling and academic support services, small classes (average size of 25) and individual attention from your professors (16:1 student to faculty ratio), individualized career planning and much more. Founded in 1929, Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational university offering 58 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate programs in Business, Engineering, Communications, Health Sciences, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Education, Law and Medicine. Multicultural education is a key component of the Quinnipiac experience. At Quinnipiac University, we believe that diversity enriches the educational experiences of all students and promotes personal growth and a healthy society.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Middle School College Awareness Program

The Office of Admissions hosts groups of area middle school students on campus for its ‘College Awareness Program,’ designed to foster a “college-going” mindset, to demystify the college environment and to help students view a college education as a beneficial and attainable path for their future. Learn more about Middle School College Awareness Program

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Admissions Events/Visit Program

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts individual interviews, group information sessions, campus tours and Open House programs throughout the year for college-bound students and their families. See Quinnipiac’s website for dates and times. Admissions also offers newly admitted diversity students the opportunity to participate in an overnight visit program, whereby they are paired with and “shadow” a current student and stay overnight in the residence hall to get a feel for student life at Quinnipiac University. Fall 2013 Open House Events: Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, November 9 Learn more about Admissions Events/Visit Program

First-Year Experience & Transition First-Year Experience (FYRE)

The First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program is designed to help all first-year students have a positive transition to college life at Quinnipiac. The experience helps our students build meaningful relationships with fellow residents in their hall and make lasting connections with the University-wide community. Quinnipiac's 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. Learn more about First-Year Experience (FYRE)

Scholars & Leadership The University Honors Program

A number of Quinnipiac undergraduates are looking for a unique and particularly sophisticated academic experience. These students share a common desire to excel in their studies and to learn by discussing and sharing new ideas. Although they have different majors or career plans, they all possess a distinctive curiosity and personal initiative. Quinnipiac offers a challenging and satisfying program for these talented students. The University Honors Program helps Quinnipiac’s most academically talented students get the most from their education—with special seminar courses, close relationships with professors, leadership opportunities and great opportunities for enrichment. The Department of Campus Life offers year-round programming to prepare students for college and community leadership roles and responsibilities in service to the college and the global community. Learn more about The University Honors Program

Academic Courses & Service Learning Serving to Learn & Learning to Serve

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Every semester, a dozen courses across the curriculum enable Quinnipiac students to reach out to the surrounding community. In Theater for Young Audiences, students teach workshops to elementary school students; in Ventures in Social Enterprise, students use business concepts and tools to help nonprofit organizations. Class time is balanced with a major assignment performed at a community agency, followed by personal and academic reflection on the experience. Learn more about Serving to Learn & Learning to Serve

Mentoring Office of Multicultural and Global Education

The Office of Multicultural and Global Education provides advocacy for the cultivation of a sustainable campus environment that is supportive of a diverse student body. On our campuses, diversity includes the individual differences (values, personal interests, personality, learning styles and life experiences) and group/social differences (race/ethnicity, social economic class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability, as well as political religious, age or other cultural values and affiliations) which are integral to learning. At the same time, we stress the importance of inclusion as the campus engages in discussing diverse ideas in a globalized world. The Quinnipiac University Enriching Student Transitions (QUEST) program provides a means for first-year underrepresented students to connect directly with peer and professional mentors to aid in their success and adjustment to their college environment. The program helps students acclimate to the campus and local area, as well as develop their personal, academic, social, and cultural experiences through programming and guidance. Learn more about Office of Multicultural and Global Education

Student Diversity

  • 6,542
  • 41/59
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 5%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 76%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 3%

Student Success

  • 88%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 76%
    Six-year graduation
  • 80%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 95%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 75%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 400
    Full-time faculty
  • 52
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 16:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Marketing, Engineering, Finance, Psychology, Biology, Communications, Public Relations, Nursing, Health and Science Studies, Game Design and Development, Interactive Digital Design

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Student Alliance, Black Student Union, Collegiate Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), International Club, Jewish Student Organization, Latino Cultural Society, Muslim Student Association, QU Hellenic Society, QU Irish Club, South Asia Society.


Cost of Attendance

  • $41,990
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,650
    Required Fees
  • $15,170
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $77,503,673
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $24,214
    Average aid package
  • $44,552
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 17%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 63%
    Students with financial need
  • 81%
    Students awarded any financial aid
  • 61%
    Students awarded any need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 8%
    Students whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 23,223
    # of applicants
  • 66%
  • 3.40
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • 490—580
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 510—610
    SAT Math
  • 554—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 2/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $65
    Application Fee
  • $65
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date