Quinnipiac University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

About Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University is a private university located in Hamden, Connecticut, about an hour and a half from New York City. Its main campus is the Mount Carmel Campus, and the nearby York Hill Campus houses the sports center, a student center and newer residence halls. The North Haven Campus houses the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Education. The university runs the well-known Quinnipiac Polling Institute, where student interviewers conduct statewide and nationwide polls on politics and social issues. The results are often featured in prominent newspapers and television news reports.


Quinnipiac University offers 53 majors for undergraduates and 20 graduate programs, in addition to a law degree program and several certificate programs. Some programs are offered online. Quinnipiac currently has seven schools and colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Communications, the School of Nursing and the School of Law. The university expects to open the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine after it receives accreditation and approval from the state. The most popular bachelor's degree programs for the 2010-2011 school year were health professions and business.

In addition to the school's main Arnold Bernhard Library, the university also has a 50,000-square foot law library. The school's average class size is less than 25 students, and courses are taught by a full-time faculty of over 300 that includes authors, researchers and health care professionals. Many special programs are available to students, including study abroad opportunities and the Semester at Sea program.

Students can participate in internships appropriate for their majors. For example, political science students have the opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. In addition, the Albert Schweitzer Institute coordinates service trips to countries like Barbados and Nicaragua. A few students are awarded Interdisciplinary Research Program grants and undergraduate fellowships from the School of Health Sciences for summer research projects with a faculty supervisor.

The University Honors Program inducts about 60 new freshmen every year, and students with academic merit may apply after their first or second semester. The program includes lectures and seminars, as well as a required research symposium and senior capstone experience.


Quinnipiac accepts the Common Application in addition to its own application, and it recommends that students apply online. The university has rolling admissions with a deadline of February 1. Early Decision applications are due November 1, with supporting documents due by December 1. Early Decision applicants will be notified of their acceptance status beginning in December. Requirements for all applicants include an essay, test scores, letter of recommendation, high school transcript and the Quinnipiac supplement application, if using the Common Application. If students took the SAT or ACT more than once, they are asked to send in all of their scores, not just their highest score. Freshman applicants for the physician assistant, nursing and physical therapy programs should have their applications in by November 15. Transfer credits, AP, IB and CLEP test scores may be accepted.

Although there is no minimum GPA or SAT score requirement, the university usually looks for applicants who have a 'B' or higher high school grade point average, SAT scores of at least 1050 or an ACT score of 22. Applicants should have completed three years of high school science and math, or four years if applying to the School of Health Sciences.

For the Fall of 2011, 63% of the 18,651 undergraduate applicants were admitted, and 13% of admitted students enrolled. For Fall 2011, there were 8,352 total students, including 6,262 undergraduate students and 2,090 graduate students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 school year are expected to total $38,000. Room and board for campus residents will cost $13,800, and books are estimated to cost $800. If a student takes more than 16 credits in a semester, he or she will be charged an additional $875 per credit. Monthly interest-free payment plans are available with an enrollment fee. Graduate tuition for most programs ranges from $800 to $895 per credit hour, although a few programs cost less. Tuition for full-time law school students is about $46,260 for the 2012-2013 school year.

Freshmen and transfer students are selected by the admissions office to receive merit scholarships based on their high school class rank and SAT scores. Athletic scholarships are also awarded. Students who receive these scholarships in their first year at Quinnipiac can renew them in subsequent years if they maintain full-time status and a 3.0 overall GPA.

Federal loans and state scholarships are also available for students with financial need. The university offers a multiple sibling scholarship of $2,000 per year for students who have a sibling attending Quinnipiac concurrently. Student employment opportunities are available through the work-study program, and there are a few stipends available for students who serve in student government. Upperclassmen who serve as resident assistants are awarded stipends to cover the entire cost of room and board. Assistantships, fellowships and work-study opportunities are offered to graduate students.

School Type Private, 4-year, not-for-profit university*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, doctoral/professional degrees*
Academic Calendar Semesters, with January and summer terms**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 6,262 undergraduate students and 2,090 graduate students for Fall 2011*
Student Housing Approximately 4,000 students live on campus or in off-campus housing owned by the university**
Schools and Programs 7 schools and colleges; 53 majors for undergraduates and 20 on-campus graduate programs, plus the law degree program**
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Health Professions (344)
Master's: Health Professions (177)
Doctoral/Professional: Legal Professions (135)
Certificate: Education (22)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 72% in 4 years; 77% in 6 years for students who began in Fall 2005*
Admission Rate 63% in Fall 2011 for undergraduates*
Entering Class Approximately 1,528 freshmen for Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 87% of full-time undergraduate students who began in Fall 2010 returned in Fall 2011*
Average Undergraduate Test Scores Middle 50% for ACT Composite scores: 22-26 in 2011*
Undergraduate Application Due Date Regular/rolling admissions: February 1
Early Decision: November 1**
Decision Notification Date General admissions applicants are notified beginning in December **
Tuition $38,000 for 2012-2013**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Undergraduates Receiving It) 2010-2011: grants or scholarships (76%), Pell grants (15%), federal student loans (61%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 88% of first-year undergraduate students for 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Quinnipiac University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden, CT 06518
  • Phone: (800) 462-1944
  • Website: www.quinnipiac.edu

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