Why Quinnipiac?


Because fit matters most

At Quinnipiac, we provide the knowledge and tools you need to make an impact in any field you choose. We create a solid foundation for your future success. In a landscape dominated by small liberal arts colleges and large research institutions, Quinnipiac is unique. We focus exclusively on the professions and deliver extraordinarily well-prepared professionals.

Through a combination of classroom theory and practical experience tailored to meet what the market demands, we expose you to the life-changing challenge of working and learning in the community and around the globe.

We seek ambitious individuals who understand the power of knowledge gained through experiential learning and who want to make an impact in their careers and their lives. If this sounds like a good fit, you’re in the right place.

Quinnipiac first-year graduate student Abigail evaluates an MRI of a patient's abdomen as Professor Bernadette Mele looks on during her Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Procedures Lab Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 in the Diagnostic Imaging Suite in the School of Health Sciences on Quinnipiac University's North Haven Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Advancing your career

Abigail Negro ’16, MHS ‘17, evaluates an MRI of a patient's abdomen in Professor Bernadette Mele's advanced magnetic resonance lab. Abigail is part of the new Advanced Medical Imaging program that blends technical imaging skills with business courses, giving her more opportunities for leadership positions.

Academic Innovation and Effectiveness

Where we break with convention

According to a 2015 study, 64% of employers believe that universities aren’t providing the skills and knowledge that graduates need to succeed in entry-level positions. In a national survey by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute, thousands of employers said they are “underwhelmed” by the pool of candidates applying for jobs.

This is where Quinnipiac is different. We offer an education specifically designed to prepare students for professional success, and we have data that proves it. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, when it comes to employer-desired skills and knowledge, Quinnipiac outperforms American universities and colleges by an average of 8.5%.

In addition, we offer accelerated and dual-degree programs such as a 3+3 BA/JD degree, a 3+1 BS/MBA, a 6-year doctor of physical therapy, and many flexible online programs delivered through Quinnipiac University Online, which allows you to study at the same time you’re gaining valuable work experience. Moreover, our integrated curriculum allows students from different disciplines to study together and learn from each other. This distinctive combination reflects an extraordinary level of academic innovation. From our alumni satisfaction rates to our career placement rates and our license/certification rates, we demonstrate our effectiveness every day.

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State of the art

Quinnipiac students learn the tools of the trade in our state-of-the-art facilities so they are prepared to succeed from day one.

Essential Learning Outcomes

We outperform other public and private universities on the skills that you’ll need

Successful professionals must have the hard skills to do their jobs and the softer skills that will enable them to succeed over long careers. We call these skills "essential learning outcomes." Each outcome is relevant to every one of the distinct 963 occupations identified by the U.S. Department of Labor. According to data from Hart Research Associates, only 25% of employers think that colleges and universities are doing a good job delivering them.

Quinnipiac is an exception. We outperform other colleges and universities in students’ perceived gains in every core competency area that employers demand.

  • Knowledge and Literacies
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Inquiry and Analysis
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence
  • Intercultural Citizenship and Responsibility

The 2015 National Survey of Student Engagement asked students to gauge their perceived gains of essential learning outcomes. Quinnipiac outperformed its peer public and private schools as well as national colleges and universities across every learning outcome.


Knowledge and Literacies 

Quinnipiac’s average “value-add” over peer public schools


Social and Emotional Intelligence

Quinnipiac’s average “value-add” over peer private schools


Effective Communication

Quinnipiac’s average “value-add” over all colleges and universities


Intercultural Citizenship & Responsibility 

Quinnipiac’s average “value-add” over peer public schools

Market-Driven Knowledge

Quinnipiac Professor Tania Grgurich helps students Nikkie Huynh, right, and Janay Haywood as they practice performing an X-Ray on a thumb fracture Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 in the Diagnostic Imaging Suite in the School of Health Sciences on Quinnipiac University's North Haven Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Skill building

Quinnipiac Professor Tania Grgurich helps students Nikkie Huynh, right, and Janay Haywood as they practice performing an X-Ray on a thumb fracture in the Diagnostic Imaging Suite on the North Haven Campus.

Market-Driven Knowledge

Professor Rebecca Abbott with Richard Dobbs, who has directed a few episodes of "Law and Order" with his wife Didi, at the filming of a police training video at the School of Communications

Opening doors

Communications Professor Rebecca Abbott, MA, MFA, an Emmy award-winning editor and videographer, arranges opportunities for her students to work on real shoots, giving them cutting-edge skills and a leg up in the job market.

We teach what the professions require

We prepare you not just for a job, but for a meaningful career. We’ve intentionally designed our curriculum to keep up with the industry knowledge you’ll need to excel.

Our graduates are immediately employable and highly desirable. Six months after graduation, 96.5% of graduates in our Class of 2016 were employed or working on advanced degrees, more than 10% higher than the national average. 

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World-Sized Classroom

Shape the world, while the world shapes you

We give you world-class opportunities to expand your knowledge, which is critical to how Quinnipiac delivers a 21st-century education. Oversee a microlending program in the Dominican Republic. Participate in an archaeological dig in Hungary. Work in a Congressional press office in Washington, D.C. Intern at Nickelodeon in Los Angeles. You’ll be personally and professionally transformed by the experience.

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BEKES, HUNGARY - AUGUST 5: Matthew Capece participates in an excavation on August 5, 2015 near Bekes, Hungary. (Photo by Arpad Kurucz/Getty Images Assignment for Quinnipiac University)


Matthew Capece '16 helps excavate an ancient burial site in southeastern Hungary.

Purposeful and Integrated Curriculum

We don’t separate practice from theory

Each of our programs features liberal arts for the broad knowledge that employers seek, along with the specialized preparation the professions require. 

Our multidisciplinary classes bring students with different majors together in the same classroom. Our curriculum requires community service. We offer thousands of opportunities to apply your learning in hands-on settings. The result is a deeply engaging education — driven by the market and proven to work.

Quinnipiac University Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, on Quinnipiac University's North Haven Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Well schooled

Quinnipiac students Sara Acevedo, left, and Erin Anderson participate in the gait training portion of the physical therapy class with Professor Christine Kasinskas in our Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

“We offer a distinctively valuable education that is uniquely capable of meeting the demands of the 21st-century economy.”
Annalisa Zinn, PhD, MBA
Vice President for Academic Innovation and Effectiveness

Quinnipiac junior Gary Costello, left, and sophomore Christopher Sour during Professor Carolyn Mancini's Intermediate Corporate Finance class Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in the Financial Technology Center in Quinnipiac's School of Business.

Professional practice

The Terry W. Goodwin ’67 Financial Technology Center is a state-of-the-art investment and trading center with 40 professional workstations, including 12 Bloomberg Professional Terminals, with real-time access to financial market data feeds.

Focus on Student Outcomes

Bringing your future into focus

Our professors, advisers and counselors help you define your career goals and put you on a path to achieve them. Beginning in your first year, we’ll help you create a personal success plan and a digital portfolio where you’ll record the breadth of experiences over four years that will demonstrate your preparedness to prospective employers. We’ll advise you on course selection and internships that align with your goals, and provide resume and interviewing workshops.

In your senior year, we’ll put you in direct contact with the people who will want to hire you by leading informational visits to Fortune 500 companies, hosting executives from places like NBC and Bank of America, organizing university-wide job fairs, and placing you in schools that need teachers and hospitals that need nurses. Our focus here — from day one through graduation and the start of your career — is preparing you for success.



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Quinnipiac University Online

Continue your studies, even while you’re working

Quinnipiac has long been a leader in how online education should be delivered. We offer a suite of interactive programs, all with full access to the resources and faculty enjoyed by students in the classroom, but with one distinct advantage: You can learn on your time.

Our online programs allow you to continue your course work, even while you’re on break, studying in Africa or interning in LA. They’ll enrich your practical education, not get in the way of it. 

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Our extensive online course offerings allow students to work anywhere there is an Internet connection.


Emmy-award winning

Dean Lee Kamlet brings an Emmy award-winning background to the School of Communications. His career in broadcast journalism included producing “Dateline NBC” and serving as lead writer on “ABC World News.” That level of expertise is not uncommon among our faculty.

Industry leaders teaching tomorrow’s industry leaders

You’ll learn from professors who are deeply knowledgeable and highly engaged in their academic fields. They are leading scholars, seasoned professionals and disruptive change agents dedicated to one purpose: teaching you. Small classes and high faculty interaction are hallmarks of a Quinnipiac education. It’s a big part of what makes us different.

“For more than 30 years, I’ve worked with the top talent in media and communications. I can verify that what we teach closely tracks to what the market requires for immediate and long-term success.”
Lee Kamlet
Dean, School of Communications