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Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions Overview

An uncommon education begins here

Choosing the Quinnipiac experience means choosing career-focused academics, award-winning faculty and experiential learning that balances theory and application. Our admissions process is personalized and removes any anxiety from the equation. The choice for exceptional is an easy one, and it’s made right here.    

By the Numbers


In Demand

Number of undergraduate applications in 2016.


Highly Ranked

Students in the top half of their high school class.


Staying Power

Quinnipiac's retention rate for freshman students is 18% higher than the national average.

Class Profile


  • Total applicants: 23,456
  • Admitted: 69%
  • Enrolling freshmen: 1,935
  • Enrolling transfer students: 200

High School Ranks

  • Top tenth of HS class: 22%
  • Top quarter of HS class: 55%
  • Top half of HS class: 90%

Average SAT of Admitted Freshmen

  • Critical reading: 550
  • Math: 568
  • Writing: 559


  • American Indian: 0.3%
  • Black Non-Hispanic: 4.4%
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Hispanic: 9.3%
  • Caucasian: 75.5%
  • Multiracial: 2.4%

Geographic Distribution

  • Connecticut: 25%
  • Massachusetts: 19%
  • New York: 25%
  • New Jersey: 17%
  • ME, NH, VT, RI: 7%
  • MD, OH, PA, DC, DE, VA: 1.5%
  • International: 3%

Financial Assistance

  • 82% of our enrolled students received Financial Aid in 2015-16
  • Family income:
  • Less than $50,000: 12%
  • Between $50,000 and $100,000: 19%
  • Between $100,000 and $150,000: 16%
  • More than $150,000 or have not applied for aid: 53%
  • We encourage all families who wish to be considered for financial aid to file the FAFSA and the CSS Profile to determine eligibility for grants, work study, loans and other assistance. 

Admissions Requirements

You are more than a single number, or letter. We consider many factors when reviewing your file for admission. These include grade patterns, specific courses taken throughout high school, and any AP credits you may have earned. Special attention is paid 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 boast at least a B average, or cumulative high school GPA of 3.3, as well as SAT scores in the 1080-1300 range, or ACT scores range of 22-28

Test Score Policy

While Quinnipiac is not completely 'test optional,' we hope you'll share your SAT and/or ACT scores with us. If you are applying to the School of Health Sciences or School of Nursing, we require that you submit your official scores from the College Board or the ACT. For all other majors, we will not hold your file 'incomplete' if we don't receive scores. We will review your file for an admission decision as well as consideration for scholarships based on your overall academic work. If we do receive your scores, we'll automatically choose your highest critical reading and math scores (from the "new" SAT) or the highest ACT composite score.

Official test scores are required if you are:

  • Applying to the School of Health Sciences, all majors
  • Applying to the School of Nursing
  • An international student (SAT, ACT or TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Homeschooled
  • An athlete playing a Division I sport (as required by the NCAA)
  • Interested in combining your BA major with the Master of Arts in Teaching, as achieving a certain score can waive the PRAXIS exam

Official test scores are optional if you are:

  • Applying to the School of Business (they can be helpful if you wish to be considered for the 4- year BS/MBA)
  • Applying to the School of Communications (they can be helpful if you wish to be considered for the 4-year BA/MS)
  • Applying to the School of Engineering
  • Applying to the College of Arts and Sciences (they can be helpful if you wish to be considered for the 3+3 BA/BS/JD degree)

Required for all students:

  • High School Transcript
  • A personal essay on a topic of particular meaning and interest to you should tell us who you are, and speak to your values, goals, and aspirations as a student
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or others reflect 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 or more years of science (4 years required for applicants to the Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences)
  • 2 years of social science and foreign language
  • 3 academic electives

Application Decision Options

Application Decision Options

Regular Decision: Once you've explored our programs and seen all that our campus has to offer, we encourage you to apply early in the fall of your senior year and well before the Regular Decision deadline of February 1. We review complete files on a 'rolling admission' basis so the sooner that we have your materials, the quicker you'll know your decision. Freshmen applicants for Nursing, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant are asked to submit the application by November 15. 

To ensure that we can consider you for the program of your choice, please submit the application and then provide us with all your academic and support materials. We’ll help you enroll and begin the first chapter of your college story next fall.

Early Decision: Our students recognize real possibilities when they see them. More than 50 percent of applicants apply after their first campus visit. If Quinnipiac tops your list of colleges, then we recommend applying for Early Decision.

You may apply for early decision in every major. Early Decision is binding, cementing your place in the program of your choice, and granting you the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly where you’ll be next fall. Your admissions counselor will be available to answer any questions you may have about the process.

Getting in early

Getting accepted early to Quinnipiac will set your path to a greater future.

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The investment of a lifetime

Congratulations. You’ve decided to invest in your future with a Quinnipiac education. There is tremendous value in a Quinnipiac degree — just ask some of our 50,000 alumni who are thriving in successful careers around the globe, from law to business to broadcast journalism. 

Tuition & Financial Aid

Advanced Standing Credit

Quinnipiac does grant credit for AP level courses taken in high school. To receive consideration for credit students must take the AP exam and receive a minimum score dependent on the course.

Quinnipiac also awards credit for college courses taken as part of the high school curriculum. Students must request an official college transcript be sent to our Office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation. Courses completed with a “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.

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