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This school is the perfect size and the grounds are mantained beautifully. Every effort is made to assure that everything about this campus appears to be wonderful to visitors. Alot of the time I feel like the manicured trees, lawns, and high tech equiptment are used to lure in perspective students, but do not necessarily benefit the students who go here. The addition of more students to the campus than the school can actually accomodate is a growing problem. While I admit that this school is growing in leaps and bounds (with the completion of new dorm buildings, expansion of the cafeteria, and the new York Hill campus), QU's eyes may have been bigger than its stomach so to speak. It is a nice place to live and the dorms are better than most I have ever seen on a college campus. There is a type of housing for every kind of student. One of my favorite things about Quinnipiac is when the weather gets nice at the end of the semester it is common to see students reading and hanging out of the quad and others playing wiffle ball and frisbee.
The campus is gorgeous, well-groomed. The faculty are well-trained and most have high reputations and degrees, outside of QU. On campus, most social life occurs in dorm rooms, but people are somewhat exclusive and clique-y. Off campus, most social life occurs in houses. On Thursdays and Saturdays, social life happens in nearby New Haven, where kids go to clubs. Bars are not aspopular til junior or senior year. There are several in Hamden but they are relatively strict about IDs. Hamden isn't much of a college town - no walking streets, cafes, little shops or small restaurants. There's the typical TGIFridays, Applebees, WalMart, grocery stores, Marshalls, TJMax, Old Navy. Most complaints are about the trendy-ness, cliquey-ness, and expensive cost of QU.
QU is in a great location on a very beautiful campus. We're only 1.5 hours from NYC, minutes from New Haven, and 2 hours from Boston. Overall school pride is fairly low, and interest in sports is hit or miss ... our hockey games are the most talked about and well-attended events on campus all year. Most of your time will be spent partying in Village or Mountainview, and if you don't like to party, this really is not the place for you. The same holds true if you want diversity; a very small percentage of the population is minority. There's a lot of hubbub on campus recently about the school newspaper publishing derogatory statements about the administration, and both the students and administration are currently at odds with each other. There is also a sense of "disconnect" between students and the administration.
QU Student Junior
I think the best thing about Quinnipiac is that not many people can say they've had a bad time there. While there might be a lot you don't like about the administration, or the problems on campus, most people leave having had a positive experience. While Quinnipiac is not very progressive socially, it is actually nice to be an activist on campus. It's not like you're at a school thats already completly progressive, you actually feel like your making your campus a better place. I think that Quinnipiac does have a long way to go in dealing with racial issues, classism, and homophobia. However, as a gay student, I've never been personally attacked. There have been times where homophobic things have been said in my presence without regaurd for my feelings, but for the most part I have felt safe there. I think one of the biggest controversies our school has dealt with have been the racist and homophobic attacks written on school property. These are qualified as hate crimes, I think most students feel as though they are not appropriate but there was not much protest against them. I would feel more comfortable if there was a bigger outrage against these acts, but I also recognize that I am surrounded by a lot of people who are simply apathetic to it.
The campus is beautiful around the academic buildings, then they stop caring about the landscaping by the residence halls. The academics are great! My professors all had real world experience. Hamden as a whole hates QU kids (namely because seniors have to live off campus). No one where I was from had ever heard of QU. Administration does not listen to or truly care to take the time to get to know the student body. Our president can say some idiotic things at public events. The sports center is incredible. I had horrible roommates two years straight - part of the problem is the horrible housing system (lottery) that is set up...it breaks friendships apart because people are selfish enough to choose getting into a room over friends.
The campus. Wow. Have you seen the campus? Sometimes when I'm having a bad day and for some reason had to run out to a computer lab at 2 in the morning (yeah they are open then) I just look around at the campus and become thankful that I'm at QU. If I have to I'll be out and walking around campus at any hour, it's extremely safe. Even at 2 in the morning on a weekday you will see security driving around and everything is well lit. Living at QU is like living at a park... creeks, ponds and fountains. HOCKEY IS HUGE. The QU hockey team is filthy good and we love to let everyone else know it. Especially Yale (who we repeatedly destroy). The hockey games are the most fun I've ever had at this school. Imagine 1,000 wild college students jumping and screaming for 2 hours straight. Oh yeah and the tickets are free. For some reason kids at Yale hate kids at QU. They think we are disgusting party animals and our girls are all ***s. Well they go to the same clubs that QU kids go to and do the same things. They like to bash us in their student paper all the time. No one is really sure why they hate us so much. Most people here like Yale, so the hate definitely is not reciprocated by us. (But it sure is nice when our hockey team destroys theirs)
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