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Undergraduate Admissions

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Your path to admission starts now

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 with confidence and ease to your program of choice.

Quinnipiac is a member of the Common Application, though you may use the Quinnipiac Application. Learn more about the process below — including deadlines, costs and financial aid — or contact our office with questions at any time.

Applications are now available for Spring and Fall 2021.

Application Deadlines

Key dates for undergraduate admissions

Application type

Application deadline

Decision notifications sent to applicants

Matriculation fee and housing deposit due

Early Decision

November 1


February 1

Early Action I*

November 15


May 1

Early Action II

January 1

Early February

May 1

Regular Decision

February 1


May 1

*For full consideration for the entry-level master’s physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and traditional nursing programs, we strongly encourage candidates to apply Early Action I (November 15 application date).

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 most majors, but we encourage you to share your SAT and/or ACT scores with us, if you wish to do so. Find more details below.

Self-reported test scores

Scores reported in the testing section of this application (self-reporting) will be considered in the admission decision and scholarship process. If you wish to apply test optional, do not write in your scores on the testing section of your application. Applying test optional is not available for some programs. See below for additional details.

OPTIONAL test scores

Official test scores are optional if you are applying to majors in:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Communications
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Health Sciences (recommended for some programs)

RECOMMENDED test scores

Official test scores are recommended, if available*, if you:

  • would like to be considered for:
    • Accelerated dual-degree programs in biology, business, communications, or economics
  • are applying for:
    • Dual-degree BS in Athletic Training/DPT (4+3) program
    • Dual-degree BS/Doctor of Physical Therapy (3+3 and 4+3 tracks) program
    • Dual-degree BS/Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (4+1.5) program
    • School of Nursing

REQUIRED test scores

Official test scores are required, if available*, if you:

  • would like to be considered for the Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor's/JD (3+3) program
  • are applying to the entry-level, Dual-Degree BS/MHS in Physician Assistant (4+27 months) program
  • have been homeschooled
  • are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Learn more about which tests are accepted

*Quinnipiac is monitoring the situation around testing restrictions due to COVID-19.

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.