Quinnipiac began as a small college in New Haven in 1929. In the early 1960s, Quinnipiac purchased land across from Sleeping Giant State Park, which is now the Mount Carmel Campus. Quinnipiac transitioned from a college to a university in 2000, and has since grown into a national university with eight schools and colleges and two additional campuses.
"Quinnipiac," pronounced (KWIN-uh-pe-ack), is an altered version of a Native American word. Theories differ on the word's exact meaning. Some sources, such as "The Quinnipiack Indians and Their Reservation," written in 1900, assert that the name Quinni-pe-auke means "long-water land or country" and that Quinnipiack means "people from the long-water land." Later sources claim the word Quinnipiac apparently derives from quinnuppin-uk, defined as "a turning point" or "to make a change in the direction of travel." Both definitions seem appropriate for Quinnipiac, which is near a long tidal river and which marks a turning point in students' lives.
An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University's commitment to three core values: high-quality academic programs, a student-oriented environment and a strong sense of community. The University prepares undergraduate and graduate students for achievement and leadership in business, communications, engineering, health, education, law, medicine, nursing and the liberal arts and sciences.
Quinnipiac University educates students to be valued and contributing members of their communities through a vital, challenging and purposeful educational program. Students engage real-world issues through practice and the consideration of different perspectives. The University's innovative QU seminar series further prepares undergraduates to understand their role and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community, as well as the larger national and global communities.
To fulfill its educational mission, Quinnipiac:
- offers degree programs centered on effective practice that are strengthened by the integration
of a liberal education;
- cultivates critical thinking, intellectual integrity, curiosity and creativity in the pursuit of
- provides a variety of learning and service experiences to facilitate student achievement;
- maintains a strong commitment to a diverse and inclusive student body, faculty and staff;
- fosters an understanding of and respect for the multiplicity of human perspectives and belief
- supports faculty teacher-scholars who are effective teachers and who engage in scholarship.