Parents and Families Update: May 2023

Happy Spring!

May 26, 2023

Student holds up her diploma in her cap and gown

Happy May and congratulations to all of our recent graduates! We concluded a tremendously successful Commencement weekend at Quinnipiac where we conferred 3,141 degrees throughout six ceremonies. Welcome to our newest parents and families to our monthly newsletter. It’s great to have you part of our Bobcat family.

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By Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer

Dear parents and family members,

Happy May and congratulations to all of the recent graduates! We just concluded a tremendously successful Commencement weekend at Quinnipiac

We offered six ceremonies, including law and medical at the M&T Bank Arena. The days were filled with joy and celebrations for the Class of 2023.

It has also been a very high-spirited year on our campuses, from all of the MAAC Championships of many teams and community service had yet another terrific year giving back to the Greater Hamden community and beyond. QTHON raised more than $100,000, Be Kind Leave your Food Behind celebrated its 15th year of collecting left over food and goods filling more than 170 bins for food shelters in the area and Tap Out Hunger (a donation of unused dining hall food points) collected another $25,000, and of course, our annual Big Event (day of service) had more than 850 students volunteer in April.

It is truly a reflection of the commitment Quinnipiac students have to assist our most vulnerable populations in our communities.

We are excited to welcome our first-year and transfer students to Orientation in a few weeks. Should you know of any new families joining Quinnipiac, please reach out and welcome them to the Bobcat family. One of the groups I am most grateful for are the 14 parents who volunteered to be members of the Parent’s Advisory Board. Their dedication and valuable insights have been influential in guiding me through some of the challenges our students face. THANK YOU to the group!

As we enter this time of the year for some rest and relaxation, I wish all of you health and sustained wellness.

As always, if you have any feedback or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at



In this Issue

  • Spring is filled with joy and celebrations

  • Introducing the Parents and Families Portal

  • Graduates will receive their diplomas by mail next month

  • New students enrolling in a summer term must apply for a parking permit

  • Bobcat Weekend dates announced

  • Fall 2023 residence hall move-in information announced

  • Get involved in student life

  • Students encouraged to nominate outstanding staff or faculty member

  • University leading 23 educational abroad programs this summer

  • Department of Cultural and Global Engagement seeks peer mentors

  • Valorant, Smash eSports competed at the CECC eSports National Championships

  • Club roller hockey was a national runner-up

  • Sorority recruitment registration now open

  • Fraternity recruitment registration opens on Tuesday

  • Hartford HealthCare campus news updates

  • New meal plan options available for the fall

  • Summer tuition payments were due on May 15

  • Fall 2023 tuition due dates announced

  • Benefits of joining the Quinnipiac Parents Council



Introducing the Parents and Families Portal

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to your students' success and well-being. There are numerous ways for your students to access support — many of which can be found on this portal. From seeing faculty in office hours to meeting with a peer tutor in the Learning Commons or an adviser in career services, we have the resources to support every student. Learn more by exploring our parents and families portal today.

Log Into the Portal

To view this portal, you must have proxy access granted by your student. Learn more about proxy access

Please note:

  • Parents and relatives will need to login with their Quinnipiac issued username when being granted student access to “academic” or “financial” proxy information.

  • The use of non-Quinnipiac usernames or email addresses (including but not limited to Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) can no longer be accepted per Microsoft information security mandates.

  • In the event you need to set a password for your Quinnipiac issued parent or relative account, please visit the password reset page

  • If you don’t know your parent or relative account information, reach out to and someone will reach out to assist you further.

Welcome to the Parents Portal video

Parents & Families Portal


What’s New from Student Engagement


How to get involved

If your student is looking to get involved at the university, they can find information on all clubs and organizations through Do You QU

Students encouraged to nominate outstanding staff or faculty member

The Center for Staff and Faculty Excellence recognizes the exemplary work of our faculty and staff who bring to life the vision and strategic plan of Quinnipiac. Learn more and find a link to nominate outstanding members of the university community.


What’s new from the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement

International Student Services

Seeking peer mentors for international students

The Department of Cultural and Global Engagement is seeking student leaders for the Global Partners Program in the upcoming 2023-24 academic year. The Global Partners Program is a peer mentorship program for new international students at Quinnipiac. Global Partners welcomes new international students to the Bobcat family, eases their transition on campus, and establishes connections for support and friendship! Students interested in applying should complete the Global Partner Application by Saturday, April 1. Students can email for more information.

Graduating international students

International students currently on an F-1 visa and graduating in May are now eligible to apply for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. Students should consult with DCGE for instructions to apply with the office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

International parents and family members applying for a tourist visit to attend graduation can email for a visa invitation letter template to be written by your student.

Global Education / Short-term Faculty-Led / Global Solidarity

We are excited to support 23 educational abroad programs this summer with over 100 students, faculty and staff in attendance. We have programs traveling to: Alaska, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.


What’s new from Fraternity and Sorority Life

We are so proud to share that the Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) community raised $141,946+ for philanthropic organizations and performed 7,493+ hours of hands-on service during the 2022-23 academic year!

Sorority Recruitment

Panhellenic sorority primary recruitment registration is open! This mutual selection process takes place over Labor Day weekend. All questions can be directed to or asked via Instagram @quinnipiacpanhellenic.

Please encourage your Bobcat to visit our registration website if they are interested in registering

Fraternity Recruitment

Fraternity recruitment registration will open on May 30. Any interested students should follow @quifc on Instagram to gain access to the link once open. Additionally, Tau Kappa Epsilon will be rejoining the Quinnipiac fraternity community this fall which offers a new opportunity for membership. Be sure to check out our Instagram announcement to learn more.

Joining and Questions about Fraternity and Sorority Life

If your Bobcat wants to find their home away from home, establish a community of peers with similar values, participate in service/philanthropy events and have fun, feel free to direct them our way for information about joining Greek Life. 

There’s so much coming up in the fraternity and sorority community; if your Bobcat is interested in joining us, please don’t hesitate to reach out! All questions can be directed to or asked via Instagram @qufsl.


Health, Wellness and Recreation

Student Health Services

Quinnipiac’s Student Health Services partnered with Hartford HealthCare to help you feel your best. We are located on campus and ready to help with your medical needs.

Learn more and schedule a health services appointment


Counseling Services

The Office of Counseling Services provides a range of clinical services and mental health support at no cost to undergraduate and graduate students — including evaluations, individual counseling and group therapy.

Learn more about counseling services



Students should follow these Instagram accounts for up-to-date hours, programs and incentives:


Free Fitness Classes

Classes are offered year-round on all three campuses, including Spinning, body sculpting, Zumba, Bootcamp, Core Conditioning, yoga and Pilates.

Sign up for classes on the RecWell website

Fitness Center Summer Hours

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Closed on Memorial Day and Independence Day 

Hartford HealthCare Campus Care News


Are Late Night Meals and Snacks Bad for You?

Can Charcoal Pills Ease an Upset Stomach?

Why We Can’t Stop Eating Junk Food Once We Start

Gel Manicures Could Increase Your Risk of Skin Cancer

Lead and Cadmium in Dark Chocolate: Who Should Be Concerned?

Learn more about Hartford HealthCare Campus Care


Athletics and Recreation

The Valorant & Smash eSports competed at the CECC eSports National Championships in Arlington, TX from May 5-7. Learn more about eSports

Club roller hockey was a national runner-up at the NCRHA D3 tournament in Irvine, California during April of this year. Learn more about Club Roller Hockey

Men’s ice hockey team are national champions

Learn more

Athletics and Recreation

Bobcats Division I Athletics

Club Sports


Housing and Residential Life Updates

Thank you to all our current students who officially checked out using the online form these past few weeks. We hope that final exams went well and that you were able to move out smoothly. Wherever you will be this summer, we hope you will be healthy and productive in all your endeavors.

It’s early, we know, to begin thinking about the fall, but please save the date for move-in next August. We look forward to seeing everyone who will be returning to us in Quinnipiac housing. We would also like to encourage your student to sign up for the Move-In Crew. The application is on MyHousing, and we would really enjoy having their help in welcoming our newest Bobcats to campus in August. This event is a lot of fun and the new students and their families are always so grateful.

We are also excited to meet all of you who have incoming new first-year and transfer students. June Orientations are coming soon, and there will be plenty of time to exchange information and get to know you. As a reminder, housing contracts and roommate requests for new students are due on May 26. The deadline for new international students to sign their housing contracts is June 8.

Fall 2023 Move-In Schedule Announced

Students move into their residential spaces in late August.

Review the move-in schedule

Review hall closing and opening dates for the 2023-2024 academic year

All dates and times are subject to change. Please see review the webpage for the latest information.


Dining Updates

New Meal Plan Options Available in Fall

We are adding two new meal plans for the Fall 2023 term — the Diamond and Bronze+ plans.
Review our Meal Plans page to learn more about the Diamond and Bronze+ plans

Students will be assigned their default dining plan for Fall 2023 when bills are released over the summer. Students will have the opportunity to change their dining plan beginning at the end of June until the last day of the add/drop registration period on September 2. View the FAQ section of the Meal Plans page to learn how.

Learn more about how Dining Services accommodates students with dietary restrictions including food choices by dietary need and location and the process to request dietary accommodations.

Meal plans overview video

About Meal Plans

Whether you enjoy delicious sit-down meals with friends or need to grab a wholesome snack on the way to class, our dining plans are designed with personalization and flexibility in mind. Learn more about our meal plans.


One Stop and the Registrar

One Stop provides seamless and integrated student administrative services throughout the entire student life cycle. One Stop includes cross-functional student solutions for:

  • records and enrollment services

  • managing student finances

  • parking and transportation services

One Stop works closely with and can provide preliminary information about financial aid, Q-Cards, housing and dining. Advanced registrar functions such as degree conferrals, Dean’s List and diplomas will continue to be administered through the Registrar.

What’s new from One Stop

Summer payments were due on May 15

Any students with outstanding balances for the summer terms will have holds placed on their accounts. View all tuition payment due dates

Fall 2023 tuition due dates announced

Billing for Summer and Fall 2023 has begun. View our online chart to see when you can expect your student’s invoice and when payments are due.

All registered students will be required to consent to our financial and withdrawal policies.

Please reference the following for assistance as needed:

Learn about payment options including one-time payments, payment plans and international payments.

Students may authorize a proxy (parent, guardian, spouse or other individual) to have access to Self-Service to make payments on behalf of the student or to view grades.

  • The student may authorize a proxy to all or a subset of the following:

    • Student finance information

    • Financial aid information

    • Academics (final grades)

    • Tax information

    • Notifications (receive email notifications on the above)

Self-Service Student Finance Guide provides complete instructions on using Self-Service to set up a proxy, view and pay invoices and set up a payment plan.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid.

Tuition insurance through GradGuard is available to protect the investment our students and their families have made in higher education. This coverage strengthens and broadens the scope of our refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, housing and other payments if a student withdraws for any covered medical reason at any time during the semester.

Learn more about One Stop

What’s new from the Registrar

Diplomas for new graduates

Congratulations, Class of 2023! All graduates will receive their diploma by mail in June. If you have questions, please contact the registrar.

Learn more about the Registrar


Parking, Shuttles and Transportation


Summer 2023

Any new students enrolling in the summer terms must apply for a parking permit.

MyParking, our parking application, will undergo an upgrade over the summer and there may be a few days when it is not available. Please email if you have any urgent needs when the site is unavailable.

Learn more about parking, including rules and regulations

Fall 2023

All student parking permits expire on August 31, 2023. Returning students should look for an email over the summer with links to updated rules and regulations and instructions for how to apply for permits for the 2023-24 academic year.

Please note the following reminders:

  • First-year students may not bring their vehicle to campus for the Spring term.

  • Sophomores must park their vehicles in the York Hill Garage.

  • Juniors, seniors and graduate students should consult the parking maps which show the parking permit types permitted to park in each lot.

  • Public Safety enforces all parking rules and regulations and will be ticketing and towing as needed.

  • Students with five or more unpaid parking violations will have a hold placed on their account and will be subject to towing until the violations are paid in full.

  • With the construction of the South Quad students who wish to park in Hilltop must enter through the service entrance (on New Road) by the Facilities building.


What’s new from Community Engagement

Past Events

This month the Office and Residential Life hosted an event called Be Kind, Leave Your Food Behind where we invited students to donate any non-perishable food items. Students donated approximately 3.6 tons of food!

In April, the Big Event hosted its annual day of community service. This consisted of 850 students, faculty and staff who participated and completed a variety of projects at nearly 60 site locations in the greater New Haven area.

The Office of Community Engagement recently concluded its annual initiative, Tap Out Hunger, raising $25,382 worth of food to donate to the area non-profits Hamden Food Bank and Columbus House to stock their food pantries and soup kitchens.


Recent Graduates


We held six Commencement ceremonies the weekend of May 12-14. The weather was beautiful all weekend and graduates, families and friends were able to celebrate this important milestone. 

View all Commencement coverage, including stories, photos and videos

Professional Photos

Proofs of photos taken by Island Photography will be emailed to the graduate’s Quinnipiac email address.


All graduates will receive their diploma by mail in June. If you have questions, please contact the registrar


Bobcat Weekend

Save the date for Bobcat Weekend! Bobcat Weekend is a time for our alumni, parents and families to come to campus and enjoy numerous activities. This year it will take place October 6–8. More information on the schedule and registration will be available this summer.

Students will be able to learn more about the businesses and services in our area on Tuesday, September 12, when the university hosts a local businesses showcase on the Mount Carmel Quad.

Learn more about Bobcat Weekend


Parents Council

Show your Bobcat pride: It’s a perfect time to join the QU Parents and Family Council!

As members of the Parents Council, we invite you to directly engage in and join a partnership focusing on the continued success of QU. As a member, you will be invited to two meetings per academic year with university leadership and fellow council members, receive exclusive parent email updates and have the opportunity to attend many invitation-only receptions, including parent and family networking and social events. Members receive multiple opportunities to meet, advise and network with university leadership and administration, deans, faculty, staff and fellow families.

While each family customizes their experience to meet their family needs, the only requirement to join is a desire to help make a difference with an annual leadership gift in support of the university’s priorities.

Learn more about how to join from our Parents Council Co-chair, Ed Farris P’22, MD '26; P’25, P’25

For more information on how to get involved, please contact:

Aimee Marcella, director of development for parents and families, at

Learn more and get involved in Parents Council

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