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Key Dates for Undergraduate Admissions

Key dates for undergraduate admissions

The deadline for freshman applications for Fall 2019 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 require candidates to file applications earlier than the February 1 recommended deadline.

  • October 15: Entry-level master’s physician assistant program recommended application deadline
  • November 15: 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.

International, Military, Transfer and Accelerated Nursing Applicants

Personalized journeys for unique circumstances

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 might consider also applying for 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 application process and complete your application by clicking the links below.

Non-traditional undergraduate applicants

Academic programs

*You must first be admitted to the university before applying to the Honors Program.

Rolling Admissions Process

Rolling admissions application process

We begin reviewing complete applications in early November, and start notifying students about our decisions shortly thereafter.

Step 1 - Apply

We strongly encourage students to submit the application for admission early in the fall of their senior year.

The recommended deadline is February 1.

Please note:

  • October 15: Entry-level master’s physician assistant program recommended application deadline
  • November 15: Physical therapy, occupational therapy and traditional nursing program recommended application deadline

We strongly prefer that you use the Common Application.

Step 2 - Submit your official documents

Applicants should request the following be sent to us:

  • High school transcript
  • First marking period grades
  • Any official test scores (SAT and/or ACT)

Step 3 - Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1 for those applying for Fall 2019 (based on 2017 fiscal year income). Applicants should file the FAFSA by March 1 for consideration for federal and Quinnipiac financial aid.

We do not require a separate application or form to be considered for academic scholarships. The Admissions Office reviews all admitted students for scholarship qualifications and notifies students in their letters of acceptance of any need-based federal or Quinnipiac grants, eligibility for work-study, and the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program.

Quinnipiac’s FAFSA code is 001402.

Step 4 - Check your status

You can check the status of your application, receipt of documents and the notification of our admission decision using our secure online system.

Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email that will contain instructions on how to access your status information and a temporary PIN number. Please enter this PIN as your password. Once you’re logged in, you’ll be prompted to create your own password. If you don’t receive your temporary PIN, please click the “forgot password” link.

Step 5 - Join our community

If you are admitted, your matriculation fee and housing deposit are due by May 1 for the fall semester to confirm your place in the incoming class. 

Early Decision Process

Early Decision application process

If Quinnipiac is your top choice, the Early Decision application option is the best one for you. By applying early, we’ll let you know by December 15 whether you’ve been accepted to Quinnipiac, giving you the peace of mind of knowing earlier where you’ll attend in the fall.

Admission through the Early Decision process is binding and students interested in any major may apply Early Decision. If, however, you are not offered admission for your first choice of major, the Early Decision will not be binding.

Step 1 - Apply

You must submit the early decision application by November 1, including:

  • Your high school transcript
  • Letters of recommendation
  • First-period grades
  • SAT and/or ACT scores (if applicable) 

We strongly prefer that you use the Common Application.

Step 2 - Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1 for those applying for Fall 2019 (based on 2017 fiscal year income). Early Decision applicants must complete the FAFSA by December 1 for consideration for federal and Quinnipiac financial aid.

We do not require a separate application or form to be considered for academic scholarships. The Admissions Office reviews all admitted students for scholarship qualifications and notifies students in their letters of acceptance of any need-based federal or Quinnipiac grants, eligibility for work-study, and the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program.

Quinnipiac’s FAFSA code is 001402.

Step 3 - Check your status

You can check the status of your application, receipt of documents and the notification of our admission decision using our secure online system.

Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email that will contain instructions on how to access your status information and a temporary PIN number. Please enter this PIN as your password. Once you’re logged in, you’ll be prompted to create your own password. If you don’t receive your temporary PIN, please click the “forgot password” link.

Step 4 - Join our community

If you are admitted, your matriculation fee and housing deposit are due February 1. Accepted students must also withdraw applications submitted to other colleges.

If you are admitted to a major other than your first choice of major, then your deposit due date is May 1 and the Early Decision rules do not apply.

Spring Application Process

Spring application process

Some students choose to apply to Quinnipiac for a spring start date. We highly encourage you to apply by November 15, but we will accept applications up to the beginning of the spring semester, which begins January 22.

Please note: The Office of Admissions is closed from December 23 through January 2.

Step 1 - Apply

November 15 is the recommended deadline for applying for the Spring semester. We will accept applications up to the beginning of the semester, which starts January 22. 

We strongly prefer that you use the Common Application.

Step 2 - Submit your official documents

Please have a final high school transcript showing proof of graduation sent to our office by November 15. Any attendance at a college or university, no matter how brief, must be documented and official college transcripts must be provided.

Step 3 - Complete the FAFSA

Spring applicants must complete the FAFSA by November 15 for consideration for federal and Quinnipiac financial aid.

We do not require a separate application or form to be considered for academic scholarships. The Admissions Office reviews all admitted students for scholarship qualifications and notifies students in their letters of acceptance of any need-based federal or Quinnipiac grants, eligibility for work-study, and the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program.

Quinnipiac’s FAFSA code is 001402.

Step 4 - Check your status

You can check the status of your application, receipt of documents and the notification of our admission decision using our secure online system.

Within 48 hours of submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email that will contain instructions on how to access your status information and a temporary PIN number. Please enter this PIN as your password. Once you’re logged in, you’ll be prompted to create your own password. If you don’t receive your temporary PIN, please click the “forgot password” link.

Step 5 - Join our community

If you are admitted, your matriculation fee and housing deposit are due by December 1 for the spring semester.

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

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), we strongly encourage you to submit your scores.

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

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.