Quinnipiac University

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275 Mount Carmel Avenue

Hamden, CT 06518

Phone: (203) 582-8200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Quinnipiac University is a private institution that was founded in 1929. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,430, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Quinnipiac University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 11. Its tuition and fees are $39,330 (2013-14).

Quinnipiac University is a private school in the quaint New Haven suburb of Hamden, Connecticut, about 90 miles from New York City. Students at Quinnipiac can choose from more than 50 undergraduate programs and more than 20 graduate degrees, including those in the highly ranked physician assistant program and in the schools of business and law. Quinnipiac also has a joint J.D./MBA program that allows students to cut down on one or two semesters of extra classes.

Outside the classroom, students can explore about a dozen fraternities and sororities, more than 100 student organizations or the numerous campus events planned by the Student Programming Board. These events include pageants, comedy shows, film series and group trips to New York City and Boston. Student athletes can get involved with intramurals or join the Quinnipiac Bobcats varsity sports teams, which mainly compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Notable Quinnipiac alumni include William Weldon, former CEO of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Quinnipiac University is committed to providing high quality academic programs in a student-oriented environment, on a campus with a strong sense of community. With three distinct campus settings, Quinnipiac offers a suburban location with easy access to nearby attractions. Located in Hamden, CT, the uniquely attractive Mount Carmel campus of 250 acres is located minutes from New Haven, mid-way between New York City and Boston, and offers 58 undergraduate majors plus internships, study abroad and clinical experiences in Business, Communications,Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing,Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Law and Medicine to the 6200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate and part time students. Freshmen and sophomores reside on the Mount Carmel campus in traditional and suite-style residence halls, many with kitchens. Excellent facilities abound, including the news technology center, audio production studio,and the fully digital high-definition production studio in the Ed McMahon Center for Mass Communications; the Financial Technology Center (trading room),and a wireless campus provide state-of-the-art technology. The nearby 250 acre York Hill campus is home to the TD Bank Sport Center with twin 3300 seat areas for ice hockey and basketball,1500 bed resident halls for juniors and seniors in suite-style housing,with mostly single rooms for seniors, magnificent views, a 2000 car parking garage and "Rocky Top",a lodge-like student center. The Graduate and Health Sciences Center in North Haven, a 4 building campus (purchased from Anthem/Blue Cross)is just 4 miles away with 104 acres and is home to the Schools of Health Sciences, Nursing, Education and Medicine with state-of-the art facilities for upper level and graduate courses in Physical and Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Diagnostic Imaging, Radiologist Assistant and Physician Assistant programs. The Frank H. Netter, MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University will enroll its charter class Fall 2013. The School of Law will relocate to the North Haven campus in 2014. Unique to Quinnipiac is the Schweitzer Institute which invites speakers to campus, and involves students in alternative spring break service trips to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Barbados. Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) strengthens writing skills in all subjects, and the Quinnipiac seminar series brings a common book freshmen experience, discussing the individual in the local community, and expands to the sophomore and junior seminars exploring the individual in the national and international communities. The Quinnipiac "Bobcats" compete in twenty-one Division I sports. Men's and Women's Ice Hockey are members of the ECAC, all other teams formerly in the NEC will be in the MAAC conference in 2013-14.In 2012-13 men's ice hockey ranked number one in the nation for much of the season and went to the finals of the "Frozen Four". Women's basketball won the NEC conference and played in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and women's rugby enjoyed an undefeated season. Quinnipiac is adjacent to the 1,700 acre Sleeping Giant State park with trails for hiking and scenic views. Nearly 80 percent of the entering class comes from out of state and ninety-five percent of the freshmen live on campus. Although resident freshmen may not bring a car to campus, the University maintains an extensive campus shuttle system which brings students to nearby shopping, restaurants, museums, and the New Haven train station with access to Metro North and Amtrak.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1929
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $272,087,523


When applying to Quinnipiac University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Quinnipiac University is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 68.7%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Quinnipiac University is 12:1, and the school has 47.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Quinnipiac University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 71%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 31%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 19%
Social Sciences 7%
Psychology 5%

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Student Life

Quinnipiac University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,430, with a gender distribution of 38.1 percent male students and 61.9 percent female students. At this school, 78 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 22 percent of students live off campus. Quinnipiac University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,614
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Quinnipiac University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Quinnipiac University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Quinnipiac University, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Quinnipiac University.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Quinnipiac University, 63.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,162.

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Tuition and fees $39,330 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,250 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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