A Visit to Quinnipiac University

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By Sue Luse

Overview

Quinnipiac (in case you’re wondering it’s pronounced KWIN-uh-pe-ack) is located in Hamden, Connecticut, with 6,200 undergraduate students. There are three campuses: Mount Carmel Campus is home to most of the residence halls, academic buildings, University offices and athletic fields; York Hill Campus, only a 1/2 mile from the Mount Carmel Campus, is home to the Rocky Top Student Center, very new residence halls, a parking garage and the TD Bank Sports Center; North Haven Campus, just a short drive from the Mount Carmel Campus, houses the School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Education.

Hamden is a safe suburb with easy access to New York City by train.  Quinnipiac is located very near Sleeping Giant State Park – beautiful place to hike.

Demographics/Student Body

Quinnipiac Street View

To give you an idea what type of students comprise Quinnipiac, here is information on their Class of 2016:

Applications

  • Total Applicants: 19,760 Admitted: 63%
  • High School Class Rank information for the incoming class
    • Top Tenth of HS Class: 22%
    • Top Quarter of HS Class: 55%
    • Top Half of HS Class: 90%
  • Average SAT of entering freshmen:
    • Critical reading: 550
    • Math: 570
    • Writing: 560

Geographic Distribution

Quinnipiac Scnenic Walkway

  • Connecticut: 409
  • Massachusetts: 356
  • New York: 464
  • New Jersey: 320
  • ME, NH, VT, RI: 113
  • MD, OH, PA, DE, DC, VA: 48
  • CA, FL, IL, MN, NE, TN, TX, WA: 45
  • International: 33

Composition

  • American Indian: 0.3%
  • Black Non-Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Caucasian: 78%
  • Multi-racial: 1%
  • Do Not Declare: 6%

Gender

  • Male: 39%
  • Female 61%

Academics

Quinnipiac Grounds

Quinnipiac offers 58 undergraduate programs, including degrees in the arts and sciences, business, communications, engineering, health sciences and nursing. They excel in Health Sciences and have a great Pre-Med Program. Quinnipiac is slated to open the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine in the Fall of 2013. They are also known for excellence in the areas of technology, business and communications.

Being only 1 1/2 hours from New York City means internship opportunities are abound. Quinnipiac boasts having 45 students interning with ESPN and there are even students who have interned with the David Letterman Show.

Assorted Tidbits

  • Their reputation is growing, especially their business majors
  • They have Div 1 Hockey and are working on getting a Hockey Club
  • 99 % of students live on campus
  • B students are typical
  • Greeks comprise 23% of student population
  • They give merit scholarships
  • The dorms are very fresh, new and modern
  • Known for small classes
  • Students are very involved in campus life and recreational activities

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