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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Here are a few of the questions we get most frequently in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you don’t find the answer to your question, please contact us. We are here to help.

Student Experience and Residential Life

Student experience and residential life

Q. What percentage of students live on campus?
A. Approximately 5,000 undergraduate students (72%) live in campus-owned properties; 95% of freshmen live on campus.

Q. Are freshmen required to live on campus?
A. While freshmen are not required to live on campus, 95% of them do so. Freshmen and most sophomores live on the Mount Carmel Campus. Juniors, seniors and some sophomores live on the York Hill Campus, in the Whitney Village apartments or in university-owned houses. 

Q. Is housing guaranteed for all four years?
A. Housing is guaranteed for the first three years and on a space-available basis in the senior year.  

Q. Can freshmen have cars/vehicles on campus?
A. Freshmen who live on campus are not permitted to have a car/vehicle. All students may use our free campus shuttle service, which makes convenient stops on all three campuses and at nearby shopping centers and restaurants, as well as the New Haven train station (Amtrak, Metro-North.)

Q. What is the freshman class distribution?
A. Our freshman class consists of about 1,900 students who represent about 30 states and 30 countries, and rank in the top half of their high school class.

Q. What sort of activities are available to students, both on and off campus?
A. Quinnipiac offers more than 150 student clubs and organizations, fitness and recreational/intramural sports, Greek Life, 21 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I athletic teams that hold sporting events throughout the week and on the weekends. Student programming board events and activities, student theater productions, music and dance events, movies, hikes, walking/jogging trails, and student-sponsored events and trips add to the many options available to students. For off-campus activities, the free campus shuttle provides access to area shopping, movies, restaurants and the New Haven train station, which gives you access to New York City and Boston.

Admissions Requirements and Application Process

Admissions requirements and application process

Q. Am I required to take certain subjects/courses in high school?
A. Quinnipiac looks for a college preparatory sequence of courses, with a minimum of 16 academic courses including English, math, science, social science and a language. For our health sciences and nursing programs, we look for four years of mathematics and four years of science courses. 

Q. Do you accept AP, IB and/or college courses for credit?
A. Quinnipiac awards credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses completed in high school for students who receive a minimum required score on the AP exam. Students who have taken Higher Level (HL) IB courses with a minimum score of 4 also receive credit. Quinnipiac also gives credit for college courses completed as part of the high school curriculum. 

Q. When is the application deadline?
A. While our recommended application deadline is February 1 for most programs,* we strongly encourage students to submit the application for admission early in the fall of their senior year. We begin reviewing complete applications in early November, and start notifying students about our decisions shortly thereafter.

We also offer an Early Decision option, which is binding, that has an application deadline of November 1.

*There are specific application deadlines for the dual-degree (entry-level) programs in physician assistant, occupational therapy and physical therapy programs, and the nursing programs.

Q. Do “Early Decision” applicants have a better chance of being accepted?
A. This application option does not affect a student’s chance of admittance to the university and is available to students applying to all majors. Being accepted Early Decision (ED) is binding, so should only be chosen by those who are ready to commit to the university if admitted.

Q. Is Early Action an option?
A. Our method of reviewing files is rolling admission — which is our “regular” application process. We begin reading completed application files (application, transcript, letter of recommendation, test scores, etc.) in mid-November. Filling out and submitting the admission application starts the process.

Q. Which standardized test do you accept and are they required for all programs?
A. While we encourage all students to submit their official scores for either the SAT or ACT (subject tests/essay not required), they are optional for students applying to the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communications and School of Engineering. Test scores are required for nursing and most majors in health sciences, and recommended for anyone wishing to be considered for any accelerated dual-degree program. In addition, all students who have been homeschooled and all student athletes playing Division I sports are required to submit official test scores.

Q. Will you accept self-reported test scores?
A. Yes, if students indicate their individual scores on the application, we will use those. However, official test scores must be provided prior to enrollment.

Q. Are recommendations, an essay and/or interview required for admission?
A. We require one letter of recommendation; we require a personal essay; and while we recommend an interview, in person or via video chat, it is not required. 

Q. How and when will I be notified about an admission decision?
A. Shortly after an admission decision is made, students are sent an email notification to view their decision letter online through the applicant portal. Additionally, students admitted to the university are sent an acceptance packet via postal mail, which includes a formal letter of acceptance, instructions on “next steps” and other important information. You can check the status of your application online any time throughout the admission process.

Q. What are the average GPA and test scores for admitted freshmen?
A. 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. Some programs are highly selective.



Q. Does Quinnipiac offer an honors program?
A. Yes, students have the option to apply to the Honors Program after acceptance to the university. Students submit an essay, which is reviewed by the program director, and 65-75 incoming freshmen are selected. Students can also apply mid-year during their freshman year. 

Q. What if I’m not sure of which major I want when I apply?
A. Students who do not know which major they would like to pursue have the option to enter the university as an undeclared student in liberal arts, natural sciences, business, communications, engineering or health sciences. 

Q. When do I have to declare a major? 
A. Quinnipiac academic advisers work closely with students who enter as “undeclared” freshmen, helping them explore their interests, strengths and goals to, ultimately, choose a major. We suggest that students declare a major no later than the end of their sophomore year. (Certain majors are not open to internal transfers.) 

Q. What are my options to study away from campus — both abroad and in the U.S.?
A. Through the Office of Cultural and Global Engagement, students can arrange a semester abroad in dozens of countries, including Ireland, Australia, Croatia and Spain. Many students participate in faculty-led trips, which can range from eight days to three weeks to places like Japan, Morocco, France, Italy and Costa Rica; some of these trips are community-based travel to help provide care in countries such as Guatemala.

Domestically, the Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles (QU in LA) program offers a broad range of experiences for all majors through either a semester-long internship or a summer internship option. There are also semester options in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.

Q. What types of internships or clinical experiences are available?
A. Each academic school/college offers extensive career development resources that specialize in experiential learning opportunities, including internships and clinical experiences at both domestic and international sites. 

Learn more about career development options in each college or school: