Parents and Families Update: September 2023

Off to a Great Start!

September 22, 2023

A birds eye view of the Quad during the Engagement Fair

We are extremely grateful to have this year’s students actively involved. The student engagement fair, which took place during the first week of classes, filled the Quad with more than 150 tables and several thousand students in attendance.

Article Highlights

By Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer

Dear parents and families,

Thank you for entrusting your student’s education in the hands of Quinnipiac University.

We are extremely grateful to have this year’s students actively involved. The student engagement fair, which took place during the first week of classes, filled the Quad with more than 150 tables and a few thousand students in attendance. If your student hasn’t joined a club, rec team, intramural sport, service opportunity or found a job on campus, please encourage them to meet with a staff member within Campus Life, Residential Life, the Learning Commons, or have them seek out their academic adviser for assistance. It takes a village of staff to support our students and we are all here for them.

There are many things I could highlight throughout the first few weeks of classes, but I will focus on one student-led initiative, which reflects our mantra for co-curricular activities and services “for students by students.”

Please ensure your student is aware that On the Rocks Pub and Grill is now open Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. throughout the academic year. The student-led leadership team brings a student perspective to hiring staff, managing the menu, delivering great entertainment, and helping to make it a student destination for dining. Meal points are accepted for all food and non-alcoholic beverages. It’s a great diversion from our traditional dining halls.

Additionally, On the Rocks becomes Talks on the Rocks once a month. This month, on Tuesday September 26, it is for first-year students, with faculty and staff discussing the transition to college. A free buffet dinner is offered to the first 50 attendees. We hope that your student signs up for these outstanding dinners and conversations that include 10 faculty and 10 staff.

Next up, is Bobcat Weekend! It is only a few weeks away (October 6-7). We hope you have registered, if not, please register online today. We look forward to seeing as many families and alumni as possible.

Finally, our Parent Academy sessions are scheduled over the next six weeks.

  • Student well-being at Quinnipiac (student health, counseling and wellness support) at 7 p.m. on September 27

  • Academic and social support at 7 p.m. on October 4

  • Dining at 7 p.m. on October 11

As always, should you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the experience staff at Quinnipiac.


Tom Ellett
Chief Experience Officer

In this Issue

  • A campus update from Chief Experience Officer Tom Ellett

  • Quinnipiac and PepsiCo commit to $3.6 million partnership

  • New opportunities arise with PepsiCo Fund for Environmental Science and Sustainability

  • Quinnipiac recognized as a leader for using data to support student success

  • University launches iQ: A new integrated approach to career development and experiential learning

  • Discussion series to be hosted to help parents navigate Quinnipiac experience

  • Individual basketball and ice hockey tickets now on sale

  • Bobcat Weekend set for October 6-8; event registrations filling up quickly

  • What you need to know about the changes to the 2024-2025 FAFSA

  • Professional-in-residence featured in a Netflix movie about baseball’s Mike Veeck

  • Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine celebrates 10 years

  • Check out all that's happening throughout Quinnipiac on our calendar

  • Learn about what Quinnipiac is doing for Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Recognizing the profound impact Hispanics have had on American society

  • JetBlue CEO to participate in October 10 Way Forward discussion

  • Quinnipiac Dining to host a variety of events throughout semester

  • New dining stations available to students

  • Encourage your student to download the shuttle app for live bus tracking

  • More than 1,500 students attended Engagement Fair

  • All students who applied for parking permits should have their decal

  • Multicultural Week will be from October 2-5

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life to host annual day of service

  • National Hazing Prevention Week set for September 25-29

  • eSports open house to be held October 22

  • Reflective Hike to Yoga to be held on September 26

  • LGBTQ+ history walking tour of NYC planned for October 21

  • Commencement dates announced for May

  • Students encouraged to 'Defend the Den'

  • Learn about parking and register for your decal

  • Monthly emails are sent to each student on a meal plan to assist students with managing their points

  • Parents launch independent Facebook group to help other parents and guardians

  • Town of Hamden launches app to showcase what is happening off campus


What’s new from Student Experience and Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement had over 1,500 students in attendance at our annual Engagement Fair on August 30. If your student is still interested in joining a club/organization and is unsure of the steps to do so, please contact and a staff member will set up a meeting. The Office of Student Engagement is looking for excited students interested in becoming an Orientation Leader. Applications will go live via email on Monday, October 2. Make sure to follow @quorientation on Instagram for more information.

The Student Programming Board and WQAQ radio is busy planning the annual Fall Fest for October. Artist and date to be announced soon. For more information and hints on the artist follow @quspb on Instagram.

Students can utilize our Do You QU platform now to search our different clubs and organizations. All you need is your username and password.
Log into Do You QU

If your student is a commuter, we have commuter lockers available to rent for free. There is a limited number of lockers, so please advise your student email if they are interested.

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

Multicultural Week

Multicultural Week will be from October 2-5 with various events happening all week.

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month

Recognizing the profound impact Hispanics have had on American society

Learn more about Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month at Quinnipiac

International Student Services

F-1 students graduating in December 2023 are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization in SEVIS on September 21. Students can review the OPT Online Training Course in Blackboard for detailed instructions on the application process and make an advising appointment with International Student Services

The ISS Fall Excursion will be to the Big E on Sunday, September 24. We are excited to introduce international students to U.S. culture by attending a large New England fall festival.

Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of State, International Student Services is offering an opportunity for Quinnipiac students to volunteer at the NYC Marathon on November 5. Our group will travel by shuttle from Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel Campus and volunteer at the marathon by filling water cups and handing them out to runners. Our volunteer shift will be at Fluid Station Mile 20 (Bronx - East 138th Street and 3rd Avenue). Interested students must complete the ISS marathon sign up form and register on the NYRR Website by September 30.

Mark your calendars for International Education Week which will be held on campus November 13-17. The week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, and will include cultural cooking demonstrations, information sessions about global education opportunities, an alumni panel about working in the U.S., photo contests and much more!

Students remaining on campus over Thanksgiving break will be invited to participate in a variety of programs and events hosted by International Student Services, including the Thanksgiving Host Program, which gives students the opportunity to share in a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a Quinnipiac University faculty or staff member who has signed up to host student(s) in their home for a Thanksgiving celebration. Students can sign up to participate in the Thanksgiving Host Program

Global Education / Short-Term Faculty-Led / Global Solidarity / Study Abroad

Faculty-led programs

Information sessions for faculty-led courses abroad are September 25-27. We will be promoting over 20 different winter, spring and summer faculty-led courses abroad.

What’s new from Religious Life

Jewish Life Updates

Upcoming Events

Please join us during Bobcat Weekend! The Peter C. Hereld House will host an open house Saturday, October 7 from 10 – 11 a.m. Join us for some light breakfast bites and coffee to learn all about what the Hereld House offers for the student experience. Special thanks to the Rakoff family P’18, ’21, ’24 for sponsoring!

Please RSVP by October 1 to Katie Picard by email at

Past Events

The Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life hosted Shabbat blessings and a dinner on September 8.

On September 16 for Rosh Hashanna, the Jewish New Year, students were invited to attended services throughout the day. Students are welcome to experience Sabbath September 22 and September 29.

Contact Us

If your child is a Jewish first year, please let Rabbi Reena Judd know their name and she can reach out. She can be contacted at or 203-582-8206.

What’s new from Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL)

We are wrapping up recruitment season here in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and we are so excited to welcome so many new members into our community. So far, more than 350 students have joined the community across our 21 recognized organizations.

September 24 is our fourth annual day of service! Approximately 400 students will make their way into the greater Hamden community to perform hands-on service throughout the day. We anticipate approximately 1,500 hours of service to be completed!

September 25-29 is National Hazing Prevention Week! Our community will be tabling throughout the week, hosting various events, and giving out donuts to those who take the pledge to stop hazing. Encourage your Bobcats to come and say hi in the Mount Carmel Student Center!

October 13 is our third annual Dip into Leadership program! Affiliated students are encouraged to enjoy chips and dips (of all kinds) while learning about various leadership opportunities throughout the FSL community. This event features a panel of current leaders who talk through their responsibilities, tips and tricks for success and offer advice to those looking to take on roles in the future.

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. 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

Upcoming Event Highlights

October 22: eSports Open House Day

October 25: Women’s Wellness Night from 6-10 p.m. in the Recreation and Wellness Center

Past Events

RecFest had a huge turnover with 1,000 students attending on August 27 on the front lawn to meet Quinnipiac’s club sports teams, learn more about intramural and fitness registration and participate in games and raffles.

All club sports teams completed tryouts throughout the month of September.

See the full schedule and register for classes

Visit the RecWell website

Fall hours of operation

Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Dining Updates

Upcoming Events


  • September 25: But First, Brunch event in Café Q
  • September 26: National Key Lime Pie Day in Café Q
  • September 28: Teaching Kitchen with our Regional Chef Tim making Arepas in the Recreation and Wellness Center Teaching Kitchen


  • Students can look forward to delicious food themed events in the spirit of October such as:
    • Culinary Throwdown
    • Halloween Treat Bag at North Haven campus
    • Pumpkin Fest in Café Q

See the full schedule of events

Past Events

Our Joyful event in Café Q was a great success. We partnered with Student Health Services and Mental Health Services on campus and provided resources to students to help everyone settle into campus. We had a Welcome Wall where students filled out what on campus makes them feel at home. We also served up some great eats with vodka sauce pizza and spicy vodka sauce spaghetti.

We had a Love, QU Dining Lemonade golf cart event where we handed out lemonade on a 90-degree day all around campus. Students were so excited for the refreshment on their walks to and from class.

New Dining Stations

This semester, we opened two new stations in Café Q: Delicious Without and Pom & Honey. Both stations have been a great success with awesome feedback from students. Our Delicious Without station has been particularly impactful as the offerings are prepared without the top 9 major allergens.

Learn more about dining locations

Meal Plans and Staying on Budget

Meal plans are refreshed at the beginning of each semester, and students are able to purchase individually priced items in locations across our three campuses. All items in the dining facilities are sold a la carte (not buffet). Instead of a meal-based system, students pay for each item using the meal points on their Q-Card just as they would in a traditional restaurant.

To assist students with managing their points to ensure they are not over or under using their points, monthly emails are sent to each student on a meal plan. These emails remind the student what plan they are on and their current meal point balance. Explore the resources on the Meal Plan Budgets and Staying on Track page of our website to help stay on track throughout the semester — including mobile and online budget trackers, and mobile ordering apps.

Learn more about dining on campus and view instructions on how to change a meal plan on the FAQ section of our meal plans webpage.

Log into MyHousing

Learn more about meal plans

Hours of Operation and Menus

The dineoncampus website contains the most up-to-date information about hours. Visit the DineonCampus website

Dietary Accomodations

Learn more about how Dining Services accommodates students with dietary restrictions and allergies

One Stop Office (Student Administrative Services)

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

Paying for College: Your Financing Plan

Students with outstanding balances who are not participating in payment plans are asked to secure financial aid or pay their bill in full immediately. Late fees of 1% will be added to accounts in October. Students with holds on their accounts will not be able to register for the Spring 2024 term until the balance is resolved. Learn how to resolve a student’s balance

All students registered for the fall term should see their charges in Self-Service. 

You can view your balance and financial aid via your Self-Service account. We encourage all students to check their accounts in Self-Service once a month. Log into Self-Service

Financing Resources

Learn more about payment options

Learn more about financial aid

Questions about your bill? Contact One Stop

One Stop Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact One Stop

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Please reference the following for assistance as needed:

Should you have additional questions that may not be addressed above, please contact One Stop at If your questions are about financial aid, please contact We look forward to assisting you and welcoming you for the fall semester! 

Learn more about One Stop


Office of the Registrar (Academic Enrollment and Course Schedules)

What’s new from the Registrar

As a part of our commitment to providing a student-centered and future-focused education, Quinnipiac is pleased to introduce Stellic, a new online tool for student degree planning and student-advisor collaboration. Stellic allows students to visualize and chart their path towards graduation and will help advisors and administrators get a clearer picture of students and how to best support their goals.

Students can:

  • Create a degree plan by dragging, dropping and adding courses between semesters and years
  • Create an ideal semester schedule based on preferences and extracurricular activities
  • Seamlessly communicate with advisors for plan collaboration and approval

Review all dates in the Academic Calendar. Below is a brief listing of upcoming dates:

  • September 22 is the last day to withdraw from a course ending on October 14.
  • Monday, September 25: Yom Kippur; university holiday
  • Monday, October 9-Saturday, October 14: Midterm examination period for 100-level courses
  • Saturday, October 14: Online classes end for first 7-week online courses
  • Monday, October 23: Online classes begin for second 7-week online courses

Registration information for the J-Term and Spring semesters will be posted during the week of September 25. Students will be able to see their registration date, as well as available class sections for the upcoming semesters.

Learn more about the Registrar

Parking, Shuttles and Transportation


For those resident and commuting students bringing a vehicle, we require you to display this current year’s parking decal (2023-24). 

At this point in the term, all students who applied for parking permits should have their decal. Students who accumulate three or more unpaid tickets will have a hold placed on their account and will not be able to participate in registration for the Spring 2024 term.

Any questions, please reach out to One Stop Auxiliary Services at Learn more and read our parking rules and regulations on the parking webpage.


We are very excited about the start of a new school year. We are pleased to announce several shuttle service improvements. 

The changes include a new shuttle service provider, Valet Park of America, as well as a new shuttle stop for the Mount Carmel Campus on New Road.

Other highlights for Fall 2023 include:

  • New shuttle buses with new designs

  • Passio GO! app to track the location of the shuttles in real time

  • Increased student shopping shuttles

    • Shuttles will run on Wednesdays (new this year), Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

  • Expanded hours on Saturdays and Sundays

  • Redesigned shuttle loops to reduce travel and wait times

  • Additional shuttle between Mount Carmel and York Hill Campuses during peak hours of 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • American Disability Act (ADA) compliant shuttles increased from two to six

  • Dedicated shuttle to run from Westwoods parking lot to Mount Carmel Campus

  • Dedicated ADA van for intra-campus transport on the Mount Carmel Campus and assistance of students with accessibility needs during South Quad construction (students must be registered with the Office of Student Accessibility)

  • Eight shuttles to connect all 3 campuses, including:

    • Bobcat Express: Continual loops throughout the day

    • York Hill/Mount Carmel Express: Continual loops throughout the day.

    • North Haven Campus loop: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. (York Hill, Mount Carmel, Flats on Washington Avenue, North Haven Campus and Whitney Village.

  • New replacement shuttle stop (placed on New Road behind Echlin across from the Peter C. Hereld House for Jewish Life)

For more information about shuttles (schedule, hours and stops), visit the shuttles page at

What’s new from Community Engagement

  • September 26: Reflective Hike to Yoga at 4:30 p.m. Meet at Sleeping Giant.

  • September 28: From 3:30-5:30 the Office is hosting a Service Fair on the Mount Carmel Quad to encourage students to join our student service-based organizations.

  • September 30: Community Action Project (CAP) is hosting Helping Hands Day to involve students in multiple community service projects.

  • October 9: Reflective Hike to Yoga at 4:30 p.m. Meet at Sleeping Giant.

  • October 10: Fresh Check Day involves the Office of Community Engagement hosting an activity to assist those experiencing homelessness.

  • October 15: LGBTQ Retreat at the Herald House on campus.

  • October 21: LGBTQ History Walking Tour of NYC.

  • October 23: Reflective Hike to Yoga at 4:30pm. Meet at Sleeping Giant.

Follow CAP on Instagram @qu_cap for additional information.

Student Conduct

Some key things we’d like for parents and families to be aware of:

  • Defend the Den – This is a student-led, bystander intervention initiative whose mission is to empower students to speak up in challenging situations and foster a kinder campus culture together. By increasing bystander awareness, we create a more positive and inclusive community where Bobcats can rely on each other. Students are encouraged to participate in trainings, and there are opportunities for leadership roles with Defend the Den. Learn more by visiting the Defend the Den webpage
  • Promoting Responsible Action in Health and Safety Emergencies – This important policy at Quinnipiac encourages students to seek help for themselves or their peers in situations where a student is at risk due to intoxication from alcohol or other drugs. Any circumstances when a person is intoxicated to the extent they are unconscious, unresponsive, or vomiting is a potential life-threatening medical emergency. When students take the responsible action of calling for help, neither the intoxicated student nor the student making the call are addressed through the student conduct process. Learn more in the university handbook 
  • Suspended and Unrecognized Student Organizations – If your student makes the decision to join a student organization, please talk to them about the organization, and find out about the mission and values of the organization. All recognized student clubs and organizations, fraternities/sororities, and interest groups will be listed on Do You QU. If you have a question or concern, please contact the university. There are inherent risks associated with joining any organization that is not recognized or sponsored by the university, as they do not follow the same expectations or safety standards as recognized organizations.
  • Hazing – Joining any student organization should be a positive, safe, and encouraging experience. All hazing behavior is prohibited at Quinnipiac University and is illegal. Please talk to your student about hazing, and if you learn that they are experiencing hazing, do not hesitate to report your concerns to the university. You can access all reporting forms at In any emergency, please call Public Safety at 203-582-6200. For more information, please see the policy statement on Hazing in the handbook

Community, Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team

The Quinnipiac CARE Team is here to support students navigating health and wellness, behavioral or situational concerns. One in three first year students received support from this team last academic year and there are staff all across the university community that are prepared to help students! If you are concerned about a Quinnipiac student, more information about how to submit a CARE referral can be found on the CARE webpage

Graduating Students

Mark your calendars, the Commencement 2024 schedule has been announced.

Friday, May 10

M&T Bank Arena, York Hill Campus
  • 1 p.m. — Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Commencement

  • 5 p.m. — School of Law Commencement

Saturday, May 11

Quad, Mount Carmel Campus
  • 10 a.m. — School of Business and School of Computing and Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement

  • 3 p.m. — School of Health Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement

Sunday, May 12

Quad, Mount Carmel Campus
  • 10 a.m. — College of Arts and Sciences and School of Communications Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement

  • 3 p.m. — School of Education and School of Nursing Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement

All ceremonies will also be livestreamed and recorded.

More information on ceremony details, including tickets, will be sent to all eligible graduates via their Quinnipiac email throughout the academic year. Please remind your graduate to check their email regularly for information. Information will also be available on our Commencement website

Parents and Family Leadership Council

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

This summer, we welcomed our newest Bobcat families during orientation, and all over the northeast for regional family receptions and virtually as well. A big thanks to our Parents and Family Leadership Council members, who hosted these events off campus – and kudos to our student ambassadors and alumni for your support as well. We can’t wait to see you at Move - In, and of course welcome you back for Bobcat Weekend.

Quinnipiac has long valued parents and families as partners in our students' education and success. As members of the Parents and Family Leadership Council, we invite you to directly engage in and join a partnership focusing on the continued success of Quinnipiac. 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.

Benefits of joining the Quinnipiac Parents and Family Leadership Council:

  • To serve as ambassadors for the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents of Quinnipiac University through engagement, career development, and philanthropy

  • Presentations by administration, faculty, staff and others about how your student can maximize their QU experience

  • Invitations to special receptions with Bobcat families, President Olian, and university leadership

  • Ambassadors for new Bobcat families, and promote parent involvement & support of university initiatives

  • Host or attend regional or on-campus events

  • Special Commencement benefits

Complete your application today

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

Aimee Marcella
Director of development for parents and families

Learn more and get involved in Parents and Family Leadership Council

Additional Resources

Join the conversation

Parents of current students have created an independent Facebook group — Quinnipiac University Families Helping Families — designed to help other current parents and families.

Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce launches app to showcase what is happening off campus

As you plan your visit to Quinnipiac, check out the recently launched Hamden community app, Hello Hamden This app features news, events and pertinent information about what is going on in the Hamden area. Download the app


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