Location: Hamden, CT
Size: 6,200 undergraduate students
Percent Women: 62%
Tuition (one year): $57,160
Most Popular Majors: Health Professions, Business/Marketing, Communications/Journalism, Psychology, Biology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 67%
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Why Choose Quinnipiac?
"I chose QU because it was not too small but not too big. I felt comfortable on campus and felt as though I would fit in. I also liked the Communications program. The beautiful campus, of course, was an added bonus."
"I chose Quinnipiac because when I toured, it felt like home. It's true that the Quinnipiac 'bubble' exists, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Our school is safe, well-groomed, well maintained, and it sits in a scenic area of the state. New Haven is not far off, however, so the night life is there when you want it to be. I loved QU's credentials and the fact that it is an ever-growing, well-known, well-acredited university. I'm so proud to be here!"
"I love how no matter what the weather is, Quinnipiac is still the most beautiful campus. Also, having Sleeping Giant State Park right across the street is so great because it gives students the opportunity to escape from the chaos of schoolwork and be surrounded by nature and freedom. Also, on a more serious note: I love how everyone can find their place somewhere on campus. Whether it be through a sport, a club, or even just a group of friends, everyone has their own place. That level of acceptance is so difficult to find so it was amazing to be on a campus where that was so easy."
"I enjoy Au Bon Pain iced coffee, the opportunities that the School of Communications has to offer, and the Sleeping Giant right across the street, as well as the beautiful scenery and the hockey games!"
"My favorite parts of Quinnipiac are definitely the hockey games and the crazy fun environment, studying in the student center piazza, the farmers market and food trucks every Thursday, the quad and the beautiful scenery of the mountain, and the School of Communications program QU offers!" (Can you tell we're all Communications students?)
"The Chartwells prices are too expensive, and maybe we should begin allowing freshmen to have cars because the shuttle system is flaky."
"The meal plan system is terrible, and the Chartwells food kind of sucks. We also have a problem with trying to hold on to full time professors."
New Collegiette on Campus
"Part of being an incoming freshman at Quinnipiac is orientation weekend. There are several weekends that you can sign up for once you have been accepted, during which you will spend two days and one night at Quinnipiac, meeting new people, learning more about your new home, and having tons of fun. (There is a barbeque involved!) Generally, you will have two orientation leaders who make you feel settled and vow to be your mentors during your four years here. Getting to know upperclassmen isn't too difficult because everyone in the undergraduate program is pretty much intermingled, especailly in your elective classes, where a 100 level class could include freshmen or seniors."
All About Academics
"The most popular majors/departments have to be health sciences (specifically physical or occupational therapy), communications (specifically journalism, FVI or PR), and business. For my major, the workload contains a lot of writing, about an average of an essay per night. I was required to write a 15+ page capstone on any topic of my choice so far. I haven't gotten that far in my major to start my thesis yet. Freshmen receive the latest registration dates, then sophomores, juniors, and seniors. You choose your classes on Blackboard WebAdvisor, and then you are eventually assigned an advisor based on your major. People usually study in the student center piazza, the library, or their own rooms."
"Part of being a college student is that you have to take classes...duh! But what can be confusing is the registration process through which you select what courses you'd like to take for the following semester. Before advising season, you set up an appointment with your assigned advisor, who guides you in selecting a 15-16 credit courseload that will go toward completing your graduation requirements. Once you have those classes (and back-ups!) chosen, you register online through Blackboard's WebAdvisor during your set registration time. It often involves a lot of compromise, especially if you're an underclassmen. There are always alternative options however, like petitioning to add a course, emailing the head of the academic department you're interested in, or simply asking your advisor for suggestions."
Learn from the Best
"I've heard from a lot of my friends that they use professors' office hours to their advantage; however, I've hardly ever gone to a professor's office hours unless it was mandatory. I think that the purpose of office hours is to approach a professor when you're struggling, need guidance, or have questions, and I have just never felt compelled to go to office hours for any of my professors. All of my questions are typically answered through a quick email and that is always easier than trying to work around a professor's designated office hours. I've met with a few professors, but never during their actual office hours."
"My two favorite professors so far have been Joe Catrino and Karin Schwanbeck. Though I've only just been made aware of these professors during the spring 2014 semester, they've been so helpful to me. That being said, it's no surprise that the classes these professors taught were my favorites: COM201 (Media Career Development) and JRN315 (The Art of Interviewing). Both these classes have helped me come so much further as a journalist."
"I don't know if you would really count this as a 'unique' tradition, but I think that having dogs/animals on campus during finals week is an amazing idea. Though it may only alleviate stress for a short time, no one can be angry or stressed when they're playing with an adorable animal."
Interests & Involvement
"A lot of people participate in extracurriculars or clubs. Many of the people I've met are involved in some sort of extracurricular, whether it be Greek life or even intramurals! A lot of these activities can be found on DoYouQU. It's on the checklist for incoming freshmen so they can know where to find out about these activities. With my involvement, I love getting to meet a variety of people and experience the passion they have for what they're involved in."
"Starting your own club is pretty easy! Once you have a great idea, and people who are also interested, you can get things started."
"The hockey games are really popular at QU. There are also intramurals. Many people participate in sports at QU, but no, there is not really a separate athlete culture."
"Quinnipiac is probably most well known for our men's ice hockey team, which made it all the way to the Frozen Four last year and faced off against Yale. Yale is our rival school, which can get pretty intense since it's only about 15 minutes down the road. Our hockey team is Division 1, so we play against other big name schools Ivy Leagues. But QU offers so many other athletic activities besides just hockey. There's basketball, soccer, rugby, tumbling and acrobatics, volleyball, cross country....The list goes on and on. The general feel is that we're all pretty darn proud to be a part of Bobcat Nation."
"In my time at Quinnipiac, I have always felt very comfortable as a woman in the community. While fashion trends for girls on campus include Michael Kors, Vineyard Vines, or Tory Burch apparel and accessories, there isn't a feeling of outstanding pressure to wear those things. I haven't ever really felt judged at school or in classes for wearing or not wearing a certain thing, or for taking a lazy day and just wearing sweats. All of the girls that I have met here have been generally very welcoming, educated, passionate people who are looking to make the best of the college experience."
Food & Drink
"There are two main dining halls on the Mount Carmel campus: Cafe Q and the Bobcat Den. The Bobcat Den is a closer walk from the dorms, but Cafe Q is in the student center and is most convenient for when you're running around campus or in between attending classes. Each student gets a meal plan with a designated amount of money on it for the semester, unless you're a commuter, in which case the meal plan is unfortunately not included in the cost of your tuition. Cafe Q also offers an Au Bon Pain, which has proven to be really popular since its inception."
"Generally, people spend their weekends at Toad's Place or a variety of other clubs and bars in downtown New Haven. Toad's is the most typical. But there are often off-campus house parties, which can get a little wild, and students have gotten in serious trouble at house parties in recent years. Alcohol use is pretty common, as it probably is on every college campus across the nation. The best to way get around at night, especially if you've been drinking, is to take advantage of the shuttle services or call a cab."
"I don't think there is any pressure to drink or do drugs. People are pretty accepting. I don't really drink, and people are always like, 'I respect that.' The social scene is pretty fair."
"As a freshman, you can live in a double, quad, or suite. In the suites, you have a common room, a bathroom, and four bedrooms with two people in each. The bedrooms for the doubles are a little bigger than the bedrooms in the suites. The quads are the largest rooms because you are living with three other people. I lived in a quad in Commons residence hall my freshman year and loved it. My roommates and I had lofted beds, so we each had our on space and corner of the room beneath our beds. You are randomly assigned a roommate or roommates. My roommates and I got along really well freshman year and I was so glad we were randomly assigned, rather than being asked to pick a roommate ourselves. This allowed me to get to know people I probably would not have been close with otherwise. I never felt worried or unsafe in my dorm room, especially since I knew everyone on my hall well. My roommates and I felt comfortable leaving our door open when we were in the room or down the hallway."
"The Resident Assistants plan many activities for students to get to know each other, especially at the beginning of freshman year. As a sophomore, my RA was wonderful. She planned so many great activities for us from going on walks to fight breast cancer to a free hot chocolate night. This really helps you to meet people and get to know others in your building."
"It is fairly popular for seniors to live off campus, but some juniors live off campus as well. Upperclassmen like the feeling of freedom that living off campus brings them. However, it is not unheard of for seniors to stay on campus. Personally, I think I want to stay on campus all four years of college because it is nice to always be around many different friends, rather than just your housemates. Also, I want to be able to fully take advantage of all the on-campus services and opportunities Quinnipiac has to offer."
"The restaurants and shopping areas in and around Hamden are great, and the shuttle stops are pretty convenient."
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