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Here are a few frequently asked questions we hear in undergraduate admissions. If you don't find the answer to your question, please contact us – we are here to help.

Application Process

Q: I've applied online (or mailed in) my admissions application — what do I do now?

The application will "start" your application file, and you've likely included your essay with the application. You'll need to request to have your academic transcript sent to us and, depending on your major, it is either required or optional (though highly encouraged) to send your official test scores to Quinnipiac. We require one letter of recommendation (guidance counselor or teacher), but you can have a second one sent to us if you wish. High school seniors should send their first quarter grades when they're available.

Q: Is Quinnipiac test optional?

SAT or ACT scores are required if you are applying to the School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, if you've been homeschooled, will be a Division I athlete, or if you plan to combine your undergraduate BA with the Master of Arts in Teaching program as a certain score on the SAT can waive the PRAXIS exam later on. If you are an international student, please submit the TOEFL or IELTS, or the SAT or ACT if you've been educated in this country.

SAT or ACT scores are optional (we will not hold your file "incomplete" if we don't receive your scores) if you are applying to the Schools of Business, Communications, Engineering, or the College of Arts and Sciences. They can be helpful if you wish to be considered for the 4-year combined undergraduate/graduate programs in BS/MBA in the School of Business or BA/MS in the School of Communications or the BA or BS/JD degree with the School of Law.

Q. If I'm submitting them, do you want all my test scores or just the highest ones?

We value the effort students make when they repeat tests, so we do want all scores (not just the highest). We will automatically select the highest critical reading and math scores on the new SAT or the highest ACT composite score when we review your application. We recommend students take a senior SAT or ACT for maximum merit aid consideration. The writing section is not required.

Q: How do I send official test scores?

Quinnipiac's code for the SAT is 3712, and for the ACT is 0582. You do not need to use the "rush" scores; we will receive them electronically from the testing service. If you did not select Quinnipiac as a score recipient when you registered for the test, please be sure you go back and add us to your list.

Q: How will I know if you're missing anything in my file?

We will email students at the email address provided on the application, both to acknowledge receipt of their application, as well as to ask for missing information. The email will also provide you with your Quinnipiac Student ID and a link to be able to track the progress of your application.

Q: Does Quinnipiac offer early decision or early action?

We do offer an Early Decision (binding) option for freshmen. The application must be filed by Nov. 1 and complete information must be received by Dec. 1. ED is open to freshmen applicants interested in all majors. If you are admitted early decision and wish to be considered for financial aid, please file the FAFSA (available as of Oct. 1, 2016) by Dec. 15. The matriculation fee/housing deposit due date for ED admits is Feb. 1.

Our regular admissions is "rolling admission," which means we start reading applicant files when they are complete — beginning in November. See our full list of deadlines.

Q: When will I know your decision?

For Early Decision applicants we will notify you in December/January, with a Feb. 1, 2017 matriculation fee deadline. For all other students, we begin notifying you of your admissions decisions in December and you have until May 1 to reply back to us.

Q: When is the best time to apply?

We recommend high school seniors apply early in the fall in order to be sure to be considered for the program of their choice. Our official application deadline is Feb. 1, but best advice is to apply much earlier. After Feb. 1, we continue to read applications until the class is filled; we may then waitlist some applicants until we know more about available spaces in the class, usually between mid-April and mid-May.

Q: What is the deadline for physical therapy, nursing and physician assistant programs?

We strongly recommended that you submit the application by Nov. 15 for consideration to those three programs, and your supporting materials as soon as possible. Applications received after Nov. 15 will be reviewed if space is available in the programs.

Admissions Requirements

Q: What are the admissions requirements?

A bit of a tougher question as we review each application individually and look for a student's strengths. We take into consideration your academic record—courses taken, course levels, grade pattern (improving?) and the courses you're taking in your senior year."In general" we look for an overall average of B+ or higher. If you're submitting the SAT and/or the ACT we look for critical reading plus math scores of 1050 or higher, or an ACT composite score of 22 - and we'll review all the other information there as well - recommendation(s), your essay and first quarter senior grades. We look for at least three years of math and science for most programs - but for the School of Health Sciences, Nursing, and Engineering four years of each are preferred. Learn more about the admissions requirements.

Q: What if I don't meet the criteria?

We review all the information in the file. There is not a hard and fast minimum to be admitted. On average, the students we admitted for this most recent year ranked in the top 24 percent of their high school class, and had 1100 on the critical reading and math portions of the SAT. By average, we mean there are those both above and below those numbers.

Q: If I'm wait-listed, what does that mean?

Being wait-listed can mean one of the following:

  1. We've admitted our goal number and need to wait until close to May 1 before we'll know of any possible openings in the class, but your grades and scores are strong! Instructions about how to let us know you're still interested in Quinnipiac will be sent with the letter.
  2. While we find lots of positives in the application information, we may be wait-listing students as we review the remaining applications due to the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Again, we'll know better if we have space as we near May 1. Instructions about how to let us know you're still interested in Quinnipiac will be sent with the letter.

Q: What's important about May 1?

May 1 is the date by which students must confirm their intent to come to Quinnipiac by sending in the deposit to the college or school of their choice. At Quinnipiac, our deposit is $200 if you plan to commute and $550 if you plan to reside on campus. Information on how to deposit will be sent with the acceptance letter or you can go to

Academic Programs

Q: How are the academic programs organized?

We have 58 undergraduate majors through our seven schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, and Schools of Business, Engineering, Communications, Education, Health Sciences, and Nursing.

Q: Where's the list of majors?

Check out the list of the undergraduate majors, minors and combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs.

Q: What if I'm undecided about a major?

Being undecided is OK. When you apply, you can choose a college or school to be undecided "in," or we will place you in the College of Arts and Sciences as a general undeclared student. Special advisers work with our students to help them become familiar with all their options at Quinnipiac and students usually select a major by the end of their sophomore year.

Q: Is it easy to move from one major to another?

The answer is both "yes" and "it depends." If you change majors within a school, it's usually easy to do — you'd speak with the chairperson of the program you wish to move into for advisement. If you're changing schools (for instance, going from the School of Health Sciences to the College of Arts and Sciences), you would speak with the chairperson of the major you wish to move into to find out if there are any prerequisites you'll need to take. They'll also check your grade point average and current course selections.  Some majors in Health Sciences or Nursing will admit internal transfers only if space becomes available in the major.

There are two programs that do not consider internal or external transfer students: physical therapy and physician assistant. If you apply to those programs and are not admitted to the program of your choice, you may complete your bachelor's degree in another area and apply for the graduate portion of the program (be sure to check with the program for details on prerequisites and qualifications).

Q: Can I major in something in one school and minor in a subject in another school?

The answer is usually yes. Some programs require that you have a minor and may wish you to minor outside of your major school. Check out our list of minors.

Q: I'm interested in becoming a teacher — how do I go about that?

The School of Education is happy to advise you from your start at Quinnipiac to prepare you to teach at the elementary or secondary level. In the five-year program you will complete an undergraduate degree in a subject area or in the interdisciplinary major, take your first education course in your freshman year, and start your education sequence as a junior. You'll receive your bachelor's degree after four years, and continue immediately into a graduate year to complete your master of arts in teaching. Your undergraduate major will likely be in the College of Arts and Sciences to help prepare your background in the subject area you wish to teach. You can find more information on the elementary and secondary education pages.


Q: When will I learn about housing choices and roommate selection?

After you have confirmed that you intend to enroll and you have paid your matriculation fee/housing deposit, residence life will survey you in order to match roommates. Students can request a specific roommate if they mutually agree. You'll be notified of your housing assignment over the summer, usually by early August.

Q: Does Quinnipiac guarantee housing for all four years?

We do guarantee University housing for all students as follows:

  • Freshman and sophomore students generally live on the Mount Carmel Campus in traditional residence halls, suites, suites with kitchens, and apartment-style suites with balconies and kitchens.
  • Some sophomores and most juniors live in the York Hill Campus in apartment-style housing with kitchens, amazing views and access to the Rocky Top Student Center. There is a 2,000 car parking garage, and the University provides a free campus shuttle bus to the Mount Carmel Campus and North Haven Campus, as well as to area conveniences and the New Haven Amtrak/Metro-North train stations.
  • Seniors live on the York Hill Campus (the majority in single rooms), apartment housing in Whitney Village (just down the road on Whitney Avenue), and University-owned houses. The capacity for senior year housing is determined by space availability.

All returning students to residential life participate in the housing lottery system that allows students to choose their housing options after determining a priority order. More information about living on campus.


Q: How do I apply for scholarships?

There is no separate scholarship application. We review every student who is admitted for a possible scholarship. Scholarships are based on a student's academic record — their rank in class in their high school plus their SAT or ACT scores (if submitted). We use the highest critical reading and the highest math scores on the new SAT and/or the highest ACT composite score. For those who do not provide test scores, we'll use their overall academic record.

Q: My high school doesn't provide a rank in class, what happens then?

Most high schools that don't actually "rank" students do provide us with some type of grade distribution information. We can then determine where the student's grade-point-average would place them within the senior class. If we're not sure, we'll contact the high school, or we'll estimate based on the information in the file.

Q: What types of scholarships are there?

View a complete list of current scholarship awards.

Financial Aid

Q: Should I apply for financial aid?

We recommend that every family who feels they would like to be considered for financial aid should apply for financial aid. We are here to help assist you with the process. In addition, filing the FAFSA allows you access to the Federal Direct Student Loan program. Learn more about the financial aid process.

Q: How do I apply for financial aid?

For students applying for Spring or Fall 2017, we require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form:

  • Complete the FAFSA online. The FAFSA code for Quinnipiac is 001402.
    • The FAFSA is available beginning Oct. 1, 2016 and will ask for the fiscal year 2015 family tax information. Please complete it no later than March 1, 2017 in order to be given full consideration for funding.  Those applying Early Decision should file the form by mid-December 2016 to receive their financial aid information prior to the matriculation fee due date of Feb. 1.

Read frequently asked questions about financial aid.