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College of Arts and Sciences Student Experience

Your learning begins in the classroom. Your growth as a student and an individual continues outside of it. The College of Arts and Sciences is a movable hub where individuals from all academic groups converge. You’ll live and work in a community of other students who might share your interests and values, but also offer different ideas and perspectives.

Find your roots — and expand them

Whether you live on campus or off, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in numerous organizations and events alongside students of different academic programs and various backgrounds. These include annual university-wide writing competitions, humanitarian service trips, the mock trial competitions, Nobel Peace Laureate Summit and the Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship (QUIP-RS). Our Alternative Spring Break service trips provides you with opportunities to expand your experience with other cultures and become a more engaged and enlightened global citizen.

Student Groups

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Places to grow, explore and connect

Your growth as a student at Quinnipiac occurs as much outside the classroom or laboratory as it does inside. Quinnipiac offers more than 150 student-led groups and organizations dedicated to academic excellence, literary and performing arts, social awareness, community engagement, student government and beyond.

Each student-led group gives you the chance to explore your interests more deeply, expand your skill set and join communities of equally talented and enthusiastic individuals. If a group that speaks to your particular interests and convictions doesn’t exist yet, we encourage you to work with Student Life to develop and launch it.

Whatever groups you choose to become a part of, the kinds of social and professional connections you’ll make during your experience will help you long after you’ve graduated.

Student group types include:
  • Academic
  • Arts, entertainment and media groups
  • Cultural and identity groups
  • Fraternity and sorority groups
  • Government and programming boards
  • Honor societies
  • Political and advocacy groups
  • Recreation groups
  • Service groups
  • Spirit groups
  • Spiritual life and faith-based groups
  • Student media

Learn more about student organizations

Student Spotlight

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Winning at game design

Katie Rosell ’20

Even at 14 years old, Katie Rosell ’20 was ready to leave her mark in the video game world. All you had to do was watch her play. She owned Nintendo 64 the way Super Mario owned the best mustache.

She jumped. She ran. She saved the day. But still, something was missing.

“I started to realize, ‘Wow, I like playing games, but wouldn’t it be even more fun to make my own games?’ It just kind of hit me,” said Rosell, a game design and development major with a concentration in art and a minor in computer science.

But there was more to it than that. “Grand Theft Auto,” “Call of Duty,” the games with the big budgets and the big development teams had male protagonists.

So Rosell set out to leave her mark at her first game design camp in 2012 in suburban Boston.

“I walked into the room the first day,” Rosell said, “and I was the only girl among 38 guys — and they were all older than me.”

Today, Rosell is making her own games and working collaboratively to build more sophisticated projects. She is among the most talented artists in the GDD program and animates her characters by hand as well as with motion capture and 3-D modeling.

In the Motion Analysis Laboratory on the North Haven Campus, Rosell learned how to give life to her characters, including a fisherman. Rosell wore a special motion capture suit with sensors and pretended she was fishing — casting the line, reeling in a fish. Again and again.

The computer picked up her movements and compiled the data as 3-D modeling. Suddenly, her digital fisherman had scored the catch of the day.

“I’ve found that people see what you’re good at. Your talent speaks for itself,” Rosell said. “I just want to keep building my portfolio and getting better.”

She credits Associate Professor Elena Bertozzi, Assistant Professor Jonah Warren and Clinical Professor Juan Garbalosa, the director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory, among her mentors at Quinnipiac.

“In my major, I’ve never encountered people who’ve said, ‘Oh, she’s a girl. She can’t do this.’ I’ve never felt that vibe here,” said Rosell, whose older sister, Erika Rosell, earned her MBA from Quinnipiac in May. “It’s always just been, ‘Are you experienced enough to tackle this problem?’ That’s how the program works — and I love that so much."

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