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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

Mid-December

February 1

Early Action I*

November 15

Mid-January

May 1

Early Action II

January 1

Early February

May 1

Regular Decision

February 1

Mid-March

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).

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

Fall Application Process

Fall application process

Step 1 - Apply

The Common Application and Quinnipiac Application are now available for Spring and Fall 2021 admission. We strongly encourage you to use the Common Application.

Early Action and Regular Decision application process
These application plans are non-binding. We offer three application deadlines:

  • Early Action I: November 15 (encouraged for entry-level master’s physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and traditional nursing programs)
  • Early Action II: January 1
  • Regular Decision: February 1

Early Decision application process
Admission through the Early Decision plan 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. Applications are due by November 1.

Submit your official documents
To be considered for admission, your application must include:

Step 2 - Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1 for those applying for Fall 2021 (based on 2019 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 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. Please enter this number 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.

We will issue decision notifications according to the following schedule:

  • Mid-December: Early Decision applicants (applications due November 1)
  • Mid-January: Early Action I applicants (applications due November 15)
  • Early February: Early Action II applicants (applications due January 1)
  • Mid-March: Regular Decision applicants (applications due February 1)

Step 4 - 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.

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 in January 19, 2021.
Please note: The Office of Admissions is closed from December 23 through January 3.

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 19, 2021.

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 personal identification 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

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.