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Undergraduate Admissions

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We understand that applying to a university can be daunting, which is why our admission process is personalized. We are committed to helping you apply to your program of choice with confidence and ease.

Learn more about the process below — including deadlines, costs and financial aid — or contact our office with questions at any time.

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Apply or Check Your Status

Apply or check your application status

Our admission cycle operates on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as early as possible using the Common Application.

We begin reviewing freshman applications for the fall semester in early November, and begin notifying students of decisions shortly thereafter.

The Common Application and Quinnipiac Application are now available for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020.

Key Dates for Undergraduate Admissions

Key dates for undergraduate admissions

The deadline for freshman applications for Fall 2020 admission is February 1.*

We strongly encourage you to apply well before this deadline, as we operate on a rolling admissions basis.

Application type

Recommended application date

Recommended FAFSA filing date**

Fees and deposits due

November 1

December 1

February 1

November 15

December 15

December 15

*Certain programs strongly encourage candidates to apply earlier than the February 1 recommended deadline.

  • November 15: Entry-level master’s physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and traditional nursing program recommended application deadline
  • January 2: Accelerated nursing program recommended application deadline

**Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available October 1.

How to Apply

How to apply as an undergraduate

There are some differences in the application, requirements and financial aid processes for certain categories of prospective students — including transfer, military and international students, and those applying to the Accelerated BS in Nursing program. Once you’ve been admitted to the university, you can also consider applying to the Honors Program, which offers motivated students academic challenges and cultural growth opportunities.

We’re committed to making your application process as simple as possible. Learn more about each admission process and complete your application by clicking the links below.

What type of applicant are you?

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements

We consider many factors when reviewing your file for admission. These include grade patterns, specific courses taken throughout high school and AP credits you have earned. We pay special attention to your most recent work to get a sense of your academic strengths and achievements, especially as they relate to the program you’ve applied to.

While we set no specific criteria, strong applicants typically demonstrate:

  • At least a "B" average or a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3
  • SAT scores in the range of 1080-1300 or ACT scores in the range of 22-28

Required of all students:

  • High school transcript
  • A personal essay on a topic of particular meaning and interest to you which tells us who you are, and speaks to your values, goals and aspirations as a student
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or someone who can reflect on your dedication and work ethic
  • 4 years of English
  • 3+ years of mathematics (4 for physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and physician assistant applicants)
  • 3+ years of science (4 for applicants to the School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing)
  • 2 years of social science and foreign language
  • 3 academic electives

Test Score Policy

Test score policy

Quinnipiac is “test optional” for certain programs,  but we encourage you to share your SAT and/or ACT scores with us, if you wish to do so.

If you are interested in being considered for an accelerated dual-degree program (combined bachelor’s/master’s program that saves one year of study), we strongly encourage you to submit your scores.

Self-reported test scores

If you self-report your scores, you must arrange to have official test scores (from College Board or ACT) sent to Quinnipiac University by June 1 if you are accepted and plan to enroll. Failure to provide official scores which are consistent with self-reported scores may result in a review of your acceptance and/or any scholarship award.

If you wish to apply test optional, please do not write in your scores on the testing section of your application. Applying test optional is not available for certain applicants. See below for additional details.

Official test scores are OPTIONAL if you are applying to the:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Communications
  • School of Engineering

Official test scores are REQUIRED if you are:

  • Applying to the School of Health Sciences
  • Applying to the School of Nursing
  • Homeschooled
  • An athlete playing a Division I sport (as required by the NCAA)
  • Interested in combining your bachelor of arts major with the Master of Arts in Teaching, because achieving a certain score can waive the PRAXIS exam requirement

Advanced Standing Credit

Advanced standing credit

Quinnipiac grants credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses completed in high school. To receive consideration for credit, applicants must take the AP exam and receive a minimum score dependent on the course.

Quinnipiac also gives credit for college courses completed as part of the high school curriculum. Applicants must request that an official college transcript be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation. Courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher, which are part of our regular curriculum, will transfer.

If students have taken an IB curriculum, we will consider awarding advanced standing for higher level courses, based on a minimum exam grade of 4.

Other undergraduate applicants

If you are applying as a transfer, international or military student, additional admissions requirements may apply to you. Learn more about those by clicking the links below.

Peaceful Protest Policy

Peaceful protest policy

Quinnipiac is a community that supports students’ rights to express themselves peacefully. Students who are disciplined for peaceful protest or productive civic engagement can rest assured their admission into the university will not be adversely affected.

Class Profile


In Demand

We received thousands of applications from students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.


Highly Ranked

Nearly all of the applicants ranked in the top half of their high school class.