Quinnipiac University
A student sitting in the auditorium wearing a Quinnipiac-branded shirt during Orientation.

Student Orientation

Whether you are a first-year or transfer student, the New Student Orientation program is designed to help you transition into collegiate life at Quinnipiac. Upon arrival, you will be placed in a small group with your classmates so that you can begin forming new friendships. You will meet with a variety of administrators throughout the session who will introduce you to a wide array of services and resources. You also will connect with faculty from your school/college who will assist you in registering for your first semester courses. And finally, the orientation team leader will teach you about our Bobcat traditions.


You received a welcome email in early May with instructions on how to establish your Quinnipiac email account and access QStart, the information platform for incoming students. The QStart platform is where you will register for an orientation session, review your housing contract, complete placement assessments, and start planning for registration. We will send additional communications throughout the summer to your Quinnipiac email address, so we encourage you to check it often.

Registration Dates by Program

First-year students and their family members can choose one of the one-day, in-person sessions listed below.

First-Year Students & Family Members

  • All Schools & College
    August 26
  • Undeclared students interested in learning about the Exploring Computing option can attend sessions on August 26.

Transfer Students & Family Members

  • All Schools & College
    August 26

Schedule Overview

You will check in with the orientation team (please bring a form of identification), receive your nametag and group assignment. Our team will assist you in downloading the Guidebook app to obtain the day’s schedule. We will then check your academic status (to verify Placement Assessment completion and major declaration). Once check-in is completed, you will make your way to the Resource Fair where you will be able to connect with various campus offices and learn about their services. Finally, you will pick up breakfast and head to Burt Kahn Court for the Opening Ceremony. 

Welcome from university leadership and the orientation team.

You will meet your orientation leaders (OLs) and fellow group members. Your OLs will review expectations for the day, go over the schedule, and lead you and your peers through some icebreakers and team-building activities.

We will discuss how Quinnipiac is striving to create an environment that emulates inclusive excellence and how you can be a part of that effort.

Learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at Quinnipiac

The Learning Commons staff will review resources and how to access them, plus provide tips for the start of year, and introduce the academic coaches.

Learn more about Support Services at Quinnipiac

There will be an overview of the health, wellness and counseling resources. Staff will discuss what to do if you suspect that you or your peer needs assistance, and behavioral expectations will be reviewed.

Learn more about Health and Wellness at Quinnipiac

The residential and dining experience on campus will be reviewed.

Learn more about Residential Life at Quinnipiac
Learn more about the Dining Experience at Quinnipiac

We’ll teach you all about the variety of co-curricular engagement opportunities (student organizations, intramurals, study abroad, student employment, recreation, etc.).

Learn more about Clubs and Organizations at Quinnipiac
Learn more about Athletics and Recreation at Quinnipiac

You’ll learn about things that the OLs wish they had known when they began at Quinnipiac. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask your OLs any looming questions.

You’ll learn about several of Quinnipiac’s traditions and close out your time with us!

To-Do this Summer:

  • Create university credentials
  • Log into Quinnipiac email account and check it regularly
  • Start working through the QStart Checklist
  • Complete Placement Assessments 7 days prior to Orientation session
  • Complete Online Personal Health form prior to Orientation
  • Register for an Orientation session by June 4
  • Attend Orientation
  • Register for classes
  • Check Quinnipiac email account regularly
  • Continue working through the QStart Checklist
  • Complete your Housing Contract by July 1
  • Check out the Level Up Library available July 1
  • Check Quinnipiac email account regularly
  • Continue working through the QStart Checklist
  • Check Quinnipiac email account regularly
  • Complete the QStart Checklist
  • Attend Welcome Weekend August 27-29

Additional Resources

Have questions? We’d love to hear from you.

Phone: 203-582-8673

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