Quinnipiac sees strong increase in applications

February 07, 2024

The sun rises over the clocktower.

Quinnipiac has received an impressive increase in undergraduate and graduate applications over the past four years — amounting to a total increase of more than 50%.

As of the February 1 undergraduate application deadline, the university has received 22,491 first-year applications for Fall 2024, up from in 19,699 on the same date in 2023; 17,138 in 2022; and 14,732 in 2021 — an increase of 7,759 applicants, or 52.7% over the past four years!

“I think high school students and guidance counselors recognize that Quinnipiac is a university at the forefront of higher education,” said Karissa Peckham, dean of admissions and financial aid. “From our innovative academic programs to our groundbreaking partnerships to our new academic, residential, recreation and wellness facilities, Quinnipiac is living up to its promise to offer students the opportunity to excel both inside and outside the classroom.”

While the university is experiencing tremendous growth throughout the Northeast, there is also increased interest coming from the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, as well as internationally.

In fact, as of February 1, the university has received 1,630 first-year and graduate international applications, up from just 778 applicants two years ago – an increase of more than 115%.

Quinnipiac has also seen an increase in transfer students.

Transfer applications are up 13.5% over last year, 44% over the past two years and more than 75% over 2021.

“It’s an exciting time to be at Quinnipiac,” Peckham said. “There is so much growth, so much energy and so much momentum.”

That growth is also driving graduate applications to rise.

Fall 2024 domestic, on campus graduate application numbers are already up 12%, online applications are up 56%, and international applications are up 146% over last year.

Increases to graduate fall application numbers follow a very successful spring 2024 enrollment term for new graduate students with significant boosts in interest coming from online and international students, in particular. In fact, the spring 2024 incoming class is up 50% over last spring and 53.7% over the spring of 2022.

Prospective students are also more engaged through the application process — with a strong increase in campus visits among first-year applicants — up 15% over last year and 38% over the past two years.

The university has added recruiters to the mid-Atlantic states in an attempt to draw more students from the region.

Peckham touted the groundbreaking partnership with Hartford HealthCare, as well as the recent success of so many of the university’s athletic teams in helping to raise awareness of the university’s strengths. For example, as a result of the Hartford HealthCare partnership, the university received a new simbulance (simulation ambulance) which gives students a leg-up on healthcare training and offers unparalleled career, wellness and counseling opportunities — both on campus and throughout Connecticut. In addition, athletics numerous titles include the men’s ice hockey national championship, a trip to the NCAA Tournament by the women’s ice hockey team, a trip to the NIRA national tournament by women’s rugby, a trip to the NCATA national tournament by acrobatics and tumbling and six MAAC championships by men’s and women’s soccer, women’s outdoor track and field, women’s volleyball, women’s golf and women’s tennis.

“We have a brand new Recreation and Wellness Center that is gorgeous,” Peckham said. “We have a brand new residence hall coming on in the fall and two new academic buildings that will open by the end of the 2024-25 year. When put all together, it is clear that Quinnipiac continues to build on its successes. So many great things happening throughout our three vibrant campuses.”

The university is also at the leading edge of developing new academic programs.

There are some majors that are seeing particularly high application growth over the past couple of years including diagnostic medical sonography and radiologic sciences in the School of Health Sciences; and finance and sport and entertainment management in the School of Business, just to name a few. The School of Computing and Engineering is also seeing strong growth, with an increase of 32% in new student enrollments over the past two years.

However, there are new programs and strong growth throughout the university.

Among the new or reimagined programs launched in the past year are:

The university is paying special attention to STEM-designated programs, specifically in the areas of computing, sustainability and gaming.

In the past year, the university also launched iQ, a new, specially designed initiative that unites Quinnipiac’s school-based career and experiential learning support services into a one-stop, centralized career advising program supporting specialized career counseling and fostering a lifetime of career success for each student.

The university’s Living-Learning Communities are also continuing to grow. In these spaces, first- and second-year students have the opportunity to live with students with similar interests, passions and academic pursuits, as well as faculty mentors and university administrators. In addition, the new residence hall set to open this fall will be home to first-year students — along with second-, third-, and fourth-year students in a unique structure designed to solve community-based problems as a community.

Admissions and Marketing and Communications are sharing all the amazing new developments happening throughout Bobcat Nation with our local communities and across the nation through events, social, digital, video and evolving platforms to make the information easy to access and understand. As interest in Quinnipiac continues to grow across the nation and internationally, so will our presence both physically and digitally.

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