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Undergrad Profile

For those who wonder

Founded in 1860, Quincy University is a Catholic, coeducational, residential university committed to a thoughtful, hands-on liberal arts education rooted in the Franciscan values of servant leadership.

Making a quality private Catholic university education accessible is one of our highest priorities. It is for this reason that our tuition costs are highly competitive—the cost of a QU education is comparable to some state institutions. Our highly personalized academic experience along with our lower tuition costs provides a great value to students and their families. 

Approximately 100% of students from all family income levels receive need- or merit-based financial assistance.

Over 70% of full-time faculty have the highest degrees in their fields. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and the average class size is 20 students.

Over 13,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 16 other countries. Approximately 92% of graduates find jobs in their fields or enroll in graduate school within six months of graduation.

With over 40 clubs and organizations, seven on-campus residence halls, plenty of community service projects, competitive intramurals, a dedicated Campus Activities Board, cross-country mission trips, multicultural events, and 16 D-II sports teams to cheer for, there is always something going on at Quincy—and never a reason to be bored.

Each year 100% of students participate in community service through campus ministry and mission trips.

A majority of our students live on campus in residence halls, apartments, Greek housing, and suite-style housing. All students are allowed to have cars on campus at no additional cost.

Our Honors Program offers academically gifted students a creative, stimulating, and challenging course of study. Academic excellence is promoted through critical thinking, original research, exceptional writing, and public presentation of scholarship. Honors housing offers an opportunity for students to establish a community of learners who share a commitment to education and to one another.

Study abroad
Students are encouraged to consider global study. Short-term programs in countries such as Italy and Costa Rica are available as well as semester-long programs in Rome and London. Additionally, Quincy participates in the College Consortium for International Studies, which allows students to choose from 48 programs in 29 countries.

Wireless Internet access is available campus wide, including in every residence hall. There are seven computer labs on campus, each averaging 20 computers and a printer for student use.

Quincy was named a 2016–2017 National College of Distinction and a Top 100 Regional University by U.S. News & World Report.

What makes Quincy a great place to live and learn?
Quincy, Illinois’s population is 41,000. It has all the comforts and security of a small town, but because we’re a regional hub, we have big-city benefits too. It balances career opportunities through its many industries with social activities for everyone. Moreover, this is a friendly community—a great place to make your home. 



What is a Franciscan college?
We were founded in the Franciscan tradition—we are a Catholic university, and you will see friars on campus. St. Francis and Clare of Assisi’s principles are alive in every element of the Quincy University experience. 

Because of our founding principles, we are committed to integrating service with learning. We are compelled to help those in need, promote social justice, be peacemakers in the world, and protect the environment. We integrate these ethics and values into our academic program and student activities. 


How can I practice Franciscan values
in my life?
You can help out right here in the community of Quincy by participating in food drives, visiting the elderly, or building homes. Our Service Learning Saturdays offer you monthly opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives.

From home-cooked meals at the Campus Ministry house to weekly mass and nondenominational services to Friday Movie Night, our Campus Ministry programs promote spiritual life on campus. Our programs are open to everyone and include activities for people of all faith backgrounds.

Academic Programs

• Accounting

• Advertising Production

• Art

• Aviation

• Biology

• Chemistry

• Clinical Laboratory Science

• Communication

• Communication and Music Production

• Computer Science

• Criminal Justice

• Elementary Education

• English

• Entrepreneurship

• Exercise Science

• Finance

• Forensic Psychology

• Forensics

• Graphic Design

• Health Services

• History

• Humanities

• Management

• Marketing

• Mathematics

• Music 

• Nursing

• Physical Education

• Political Science

• Pre-law

• Pre-medical Sciences

• Psychology

• Sign Language Interpreter Training

• Special Education

• Sport Management

• Theater

• Theology and Philosophy

• Women’s and Gender Studies


3+3 Law: Quincy University has teamed up with Saint Louis University School of Law to offer an unprecedented program for incoming students studying Pre-law. This partnership allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree from QU and a Juris Doctor degree from SLU LAW through a six-year program (three at QU followed by three more at SLU LAW). Applicants must maintain a qualifying GPA and LSAT score to be considered for the program.