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Diversity Profile

You meet people with backgrounds and interests that hold your attention. You are never “just another student”; you have a personality and an identity that deserve respect. Quinnipiac celebrates diversity through organizations such as the Black Student Union, the Asian/Pacific Islander Association, and the Latino Cultural Society.

Three promises worth keeping
Quinnipiac University makes three promises, expressed in our mission statement: outstanding academic programs, a student-oriented environment, and a strong sense of community. We provide an educational experience that combines the closeness of a small college with the opportunities of a university. At Quinnipiac, we believe that differences enrich every aspect of University life and lead to a heightened sense of community. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds; 18% of our student body identifies themselves as students of color.

U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” (2016) places Quinnipiac among the best regional universities in the North, and we are recognized in The Princeton Review’s The Best 380 Colleges in the country.

And you are never just another face in the crowd. Our alumni remember the individual attention they received from faculty. Our professors are, of course, experts, researchers, and authors, but their time is spent mostly with their students, in and out of class.

About academics
The methods of teaching and learning are creative and thorough. Classroom lectures, interactive media, and Internet-based learning extend your mind and imagination. In every class, your professor will encourage you to think critically and develop a sense of informed independence.

Many courses feature real-world experiences as essential parts of their studies. Quinnipiac cosponsors internships at more than 1,000 locations, including health care centers, network television stations, Forbes Global 500 businesses, and government offices.

The College of Arts and Sciences provides most of the core curriculum courses that give you a solid and broad foundation for your career and future plans, as well as in-depth majors such as criminal justice, psychology, and political science.

The School of Business and Engineering is included in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Top 100 Undergraduate Business Schools.” Engineering majors include civil, industrial, mechanical, and software.

The School of Communications offers a fully digital, high-definition landscape for journalism; media studies; film, television, and media arts; public relations; and advertising. Our state-of-the-art technologies, multimedia resources, and computer networks are all available for student use.

The Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing have graduated health professionals in nearly every field who work in hospitals, clinics, corporations, and organizations across the country.

The School of Education offers a five-year Master of Arts in Teaching degree program to students interested in teaching. The innovative program combines education courses with a liberal arts or science major and provides experience in classroom teaching.

Help beyond the classroom
College-level academics can be demanding, but Quinnipiac is a learning community. The Learning Center provides full tutoring assistance in academic subjects as well as workshops to improve study skills, time management, and research techniques. Tutors are upperclass students who are certified.

What happens after your years at Quinnipiac? Career advisement in each of the schools is a potent resource that bridges your college experiences with your career expectations. During your Quinnipiac years, your academic advisor will help you select courses to meet graduation requirements and monitor your progress. Our programs and staff focus on job-seeking skills and resources that you’ll need to begin and continue your career.

It is an education that works. In a survey of a recent Quinnipiac class taken six months after graduation, about 95% of respondents were either employed or in graduate school full time.

Multicultural affairs
The needs of a diverse student body are embraced, celebrated, and advanced through the Office of Multicultural and Global Affairs and a variety of campus organizations and events. The office is committed to providing services, resources, and initiatives that assist students with a successful transition to, matriculation at, and graduation from the University.

Top-level intercollegiate sports involve Quinnipiac’s 21 varsity teams in NCAA Division I competition. Quinnipiac is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the ECAC for men’s and women’s ice hockey.

With more than 100 clubs and organ-izations, Quinnipiac brings together students with a variety of interests. Keep physically fit with a range of activities, from intramural teams in more than 20 sports to fitness classes of all sorts. You can spend time in our expansive recreation center, weight and fitness rooms, and indoor track.

In an event-filled student calendar, we’ve hosted Jason Derulo, Everclear, hip-hop and rap groups, and jazz at its very best, as well as speakers such as journalist David Gregory, former President Jimmy Carter, and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.




General: Founded in 1929, co-ed, non-sectarian, offering 58 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs through the College of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Business and Engineering, Communications, Education, Health Sciences, and Nursing; the School of Law; and the School of Medicine

Location: An attractive New England campus on 600 acres in three settings, eight miles north of New Haven, 90 minutes from New York City, and two hours from Boston

Students: 6,500 full-time undergraduates from 30 states and 30 countries; in all, 80% of freshmen come from out of state; 95% of freshmen live on campus.

Faculty: The student-faculty ratio is 16:1, and the average class size is 22.

Computer Capability: The entire campus, including residence halls, library, and classrooms, is part of the Quinnipiac wireless network. All incoming students are required to purchase or bring a laptop.

Costs: 2015–2016 tuition and fees—$42,270; room and board—$14,820

International Study Opportunities: Quinnipiac sponsors a study abroad program in Ireland and also sends students to a variety of countries, such as Australia, China, France, and Spain, for a semester of study or summer program.
Financial Aid: With an average financial aid package of $22,600 per year, about 80% of our student body receives some form of aid. We offer merit scholarships based on previous academic work as well as need-based financial aid, for which the CSS/PROFILE and the FAFSA are required.

Admission: About 22,000 students apply for admission each year. About 60% of all applicants are offered admission, and we enroll 1,800 freshmen. Given our rolling admission schedule, we recommend that you apply early in the fall semester. Get to know us personally through three fall open house programs, weekday and Saturday information sessions, and weekday admission interviews, all of which include a student-guided campus tour. You can also chat with us online, file your application, view our campus video, and take our virtual tour.

Undergraduate Majors
Business: Accounting, Biomedical Marketing, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing
Engineering: Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, Software
Communications: Advertising; Communications/Media Studies; Film, Television, and Media Arts; Interactive Digital Design; Journalism; Public Relations
Health Sciences and Nursing: Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, Biomedical Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (3-year accelerated B.S.), Health Science Studies, Microbiology/Immunology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy (5-1/2-year M.O.T.), Physical Therapy (6- or 7-year D.P.T.), Physician Assistant (6-year B.S./M.H.S.), Radiologic Sciences (3-year accelerated B.S.)
Arts and Sciences: Behavioral Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Game Design and Development, Gerontology, History, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theater
Education: Elementary, Secondary
(5-year B.A./Master of Arts in Teaching)

And Remember . . . It’s not always necessary to know what major you want when you apply to college. You can indicate that you’re undecided about your major and select your path as you experience more areas and continue to develop your interests.