Why Quinnipiac?

Overview

Because fit matters most

At Quinnipiac, we provide the knowledge and tools you need to make an impact in any field you choose. We create a solid foundation for your future success. In a landscape dominated by small liberal arts colleges and large research institutions, Quinnipiac is unique. We focus exclusively on the professions and deliver extraordinarily well-prepared professionals.

Through a combination of classroom theory and practical experience tailored to meet what the market demands, we expose you to the life-changing challenge of working and learning in the community and around the globe.

We seek ambitious individuals who understand the power of knowledge gained through experiential learning and who want to make an impact in their careers and their lives. If this sounds like a good fit, you’re in the right place.

Engineering students Alison Coffey '17, Nicholas Ruddat '17 and Jason Melillo '17 demonstrate their capstone project. The mechanical engineering majors designed and fabricated a self-balancing pneumatic personal transport device to be used at trade shows to showcase high-speed valves through a partnership with the Enfield company.

Road to success

Engineering students Alison Coffey '17, Nicholas Ruddat '17 and Jason Melillo '17 demonstrate their capstone project. The mechanical engineering majors designed and fabricated a self-balancing pneumatic personal transport device to be used at trade shows to showcase high-speed valves through a partnership with the Enfield company.

Academic Innovation and Effectiveness

Where we break with convention

According to the latest study by the Association of American Colleges & Universities conducted, 64% of employers believe that universities aren’t providing the skills and knowledge that graduates need to succeed beyond entry-level positions. In a national survey by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute, thousands of employers said they are “underwhelmed” by the pool of candidates applying for jobs.

This is where Quinnipiac is different. We offer an education specifically designed to prepare students for professional success, and we have data that proves it. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, when it comes to employer-desired skills and knowledge, Quinnipiac outperformed its peer public and private schools as well as national colleges and universities across most learning outcomes.

In addition, we offer accelerated dual-degree programs such as a 3+3 BA/JD, a 3+1 BS/MBA, a 6-year DPT, and many flexible online programs, which allow you to study at the same time you’re gaining valuable work experience. Moreover, our integrated curriculum allows students from different disciplines to study together and learn from each other.

This distinctive combination reflects an extraordinary level of academic innovation that is unmatched in higher education.

Student uses a computer in the News Technology Center

Where ideas become more

Spaces such as the News Technology Center give motivated students in the School of Communications access to top web design, imaging and multimedia software used by the pros each day.

Essential Learning Outcomes

We outperform other public and private universities on the skills that you’ll need

Successful professionals must have the hard skills to do their jobs and the softer skills that will enable them to succeed over long careers. We call these skills "essential learning outcomes." Each outcome is relevant to every one of the distinct 963 occupations identified by the U.S. Department of Labor. According to data from Hart Research Associates, only 25% of employers think that colleges and universities are doing a good job delivering them.

Quinnipiac is an exception. We outperform other colleges and universities in students’ perceived gains in every core competency area that employers demand.

  • Knowledge and Literacies
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Inquiry and Analysis
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence
  • Intercultural Citizenship and Responsibility

The 2015 National Survey of Student Engagement asked students to gauge their perceived gains of essential learning outcomes. Quinnipiac outperformed its peer public and private schools as well as national colleges and universities across every learning outcome.

+5.2%


Acquiring job- or work-related knowledge and skills

Quinnipiac’s average “value-add” over peer private and public schools

+5.9%


Thinking critically and analytically

Quinnipiac’s average “value-add” over peer private and public schools

+5.5%


Being an informed and active citizen

Quinnipiac’s average “value-add” over peer private and public schools

+5.5%


Speaking clearly and effectively

Quinnipiac’s average “value-add” over peer private and public schools

Students collaborate on designing a game to help young people in India make family-planning choices as part of a $100,000 Global Grand Challenges Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Projects for change

Students collaborate on designing a game to help young people in India make family-planning choices as part of a $100,000 Global Grand Challenges Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Student Development Journey

Jill Koehler, Associate Dean for Career Development, works with student Marissa Vafiades ’18 outside the School of Business Career Development Resource Center.

Personalized planning

Jill Koehler, Associate Dean for Career Development, works with student Marissa Vafiades ’18 outside the School of Business Career Development Resource Center.

Your personal roadmap to success

As you begin your college journey, you may be finding that there are a seemingly infinite number of paths that you can take — requiring just as many decisions. Deciphering the complexity of the college experience is often overwhelming. Along the way, you’ll likely change your mind — many times over.

We recognize this as a universal truth. We’ll help you to prepare and plan for change by helping you to create a personalized roadmap with milestones, based on our proprietary advising model. Throughout your Quinnipiac experience, you’ll work directly with faculty advisers to create and continuously update your roadmap, which will create a clear path, with milestones, for your college experience. Your plan will include a combination of classroom and immersive experiential learning purposefully designed to transform you from a curious student to an extraordinarily well-prepared professional. 

And if you’re like the 80% of college students nationally who change their major, some as many as 3 times by their junior year, it’s OK. Faculty advisers will work directly with you to adjust your roadmap to keep you moving forward.

From internships with industry-leading companies to multidisciplinary research projects, these opportunities are numerous, and transcend campus, state and even international borders. Your journey will culminate in an integrative capstone project, which will enable you to demonstrate the extent of your thinking, knowledge and expertise. Along the way, you'll show progress through the creation of a polished digital portfolio of your accumulated experiences and skills that you can be proud to show future employers.

By your senior year, we bring you face to face with those potential future employers via trips to Fortune 500 companies and networking events that bring executives from industry giants such as NBC and Bank of America to campus. In the end, this journey is about results, and your placement in a rewarding career doing what you love.

80%


Employers

Say an electronic portfolio demonstrating a job candidate’s knowledge and skills would be useful.

82%


Students

Give high rating to Quinnipiac’s emphasis on providing support to help them succeed academically vs. students at our peer universities.

Quinnipiac junior Gary Costello, left, and sophomore Christopher Sour during Professor Carolyn Mancini's Intermediate Corporate Finance class Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in the Financial Technology Center in Quinnipiac's School of Business.

Professional practice

The Terry W. Goodwin ’67 Financial Technology Center is a state-of-the-art investment and trading center with 40 professional workstations, including 12 Bloomberg Professional Terminals, with real-time access to financial market data feeds.

Market-Driven Knowledge

Stephany Griswold, a student in the accelerated BS in Nursing program, learns how to examine a newborn on our North Haven Campus.

Practical experiences

Our simulation laboratory features advanced mannequins that are rare among universities; most students nationally would have to wait until they enter their residencies and work in hospitals to experience such training. Here, Stephany Griswold learns how to examine a newborn.

We teach what the professions require

We prepare you not just for a job, but for a meaningful career. We’ve intentionally designed our curriculum to keep up with the industry knowledge you’ll need to excel.

Our graduates are immediately employable and highly desirable. Six months after graduation, 96.5% of graduates in our Class of 2016 were employed or working on advanced degrees, more than 10% higher than the national average. 

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World-Sized Classroom

Shape the world, while the world shapes you

We give you world-class opportunities to expand your knowledge, which is critical to how Quinnipiac delivers a 21st-century education. Oversee a microlending program in the Dominican Republic. Participate in an archaeological dig in Hungary. Work in a Congressional press office in Washington, D.C. Intern at Nickelodeon in Los Angeles. You’ll be personally and professionally transformed by the experience.

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Matthew Capece '16 helps excavate an ancient burial site in southeastern Hungary.

Discovery

Matthew Capece '16 helps excavate an ancient burial site in southeastern Hungary.

Rachel Moon '16, MBA '18, introduced a panel during our annual Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) VII Forum on March 30, at the Midtown Hilton in New York. Each year approximately 40 Quinnipiac business students play an integral role in organizing the annual G.A.M.E. Forum, a three-day conference that brings together the sharpest minds in the finance world. The student-led event — the largest of its kind in the world — provides 1,500 college students from 47 states and 45 countries representing 160 universities with a unique opportunity to learn best practices in investment management and network with industry leaders.

Global presence

Rachel Moon '16, MBA '18, introduced a panel during our annual Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) VII Forum on March 30, at the Midtown Hilton in New York. Each year approximately 40 Quinnipiac business students play an integral role in organizing the annual G.A.M.E. Forum, a three-day conference that brings together the sharpest minds in the finance world. The student-led event — the largest of its kind in the world — provides 1,500 college students from 47 states and 45 countries representing 160 universities with a unique opportunity to learn best practices in investment management and network with industry leaders.

Purposeful and Integrated Curriculum

We don’t separate practice from theory

Each of our programs features liberal arts for the broad knowledge that employers seek, along with the specialized preparation the professions require. 

Our multidisciplinary classes bring students with different majors together in the same classroom. Our curriculum requires community service. We offer thousands of opportunities to apply your learning in hands-on settings. The result is a deeply engaging education — driven by the market and proven to work.

Kyanna Joseph '17, MAT '18, puts her teaching skills to the test with first-grade students in the School of Education classroom simulation center.

Learning by doing

Kyanna Joseph '17, MAT '18, puts her teaching skills to the test with first-grade students in the School of Education classroom simulation center.

“We offer a distinctively valuable education that is uniquely capable of meeting the demands of the 21st-century economy.”
Annalisa Zinn, PhD, MBA
Vice President for Academic Innovation and Effectiveness

Faculty

Industry leaders teaching tomorrow’s industry leaders

You’ll learn from professors who are deeply knowledgeable and highly engaged in their academic fields. They are leading scholars, seasoned professionals and disruptive change agents dedicated to one purpose: teaching you. Small classes and high faculty interaction are hallmarks of a Quinnipiac education. It’s a big part of what makes us different.

Communications Professors Becky Abbott and Liam O'Brien, along with History Professor Christine Kinealy, not pictured, earned an Emmy for their work on "Ireland's Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora" in June 2017. The film explores the historic, social and political circumstances that made the Great Famine almost inevitable.

Emmy-award winning

Communications Professors Becky Abbott and Liam O'Brien, along with History Professor Christine Kinealy, not pictured, earned an Emmy for their work on "Ireland's Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora" in June 2017. The film explores the historic, social and political circumstances that made the Great Famine almost inevitable.