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Quinnipiac University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational university located in Hamdenmarker, Connecticutmarker, at the foot of Sleeping Giant State Parkmarker. The university grants undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through its College of Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communications; School of Health Sciences; School of Lawmarker; and School of Education. U.S. News & World Report's 2009 America's Best Colleges issue has ranked Quinnipiac University first among northern universities with master's degree programs as having made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, campus or facilities.


Quinnipiac University ( ) was founded in 1929 by Samuel W. Tator, a business professor and politician. Judge Phillip Troup, a Yale College graduate, and Tator's wife, Irmagarde Tator, a Mount Holyoke Collegemarker graduate, also played major roles in the fledgling institution's founding and nurturing;the former became its first president until his death in 1939; the latter, its first bursar.

Quinnipiac was conceived in reaction to Northeastern Universitymarker's abandonment of its New Haven, Connecticutmarker program at the onset of The Great Depression. Originally, Quinnipiac was located in New Haven and called Connecticut College of Commerce. On opening its doors in 1929, it enrolled under 200, and its first graduating class featured only eight students. At the time, it awarded only associate's degrees. In 1935, the college changed its name to Junior College of Commerce.

From 1943-1945, the college closed; nearly its entire student body was drafted into World War II. Upon re-opening, the college's enrollment nearly quadrupled to approximately 800 students.

In 1951, the institution was renamed Quinnipiac College, in honor of the Quinnipiac Indian tribe that once inhabited Greater New Haven. That same year, Quinnipiac began to confer bachelor's degrees. In 1952, Quinnipiac expanded rapidly, both physically and in terms of curriculum, relocating to a larger campus in New Haven, and also assuming administrative control of Larson College, a private women's college.

In 1966, after having outgrown its campus in New Haven, Quinnipiac moved to its current campus in Hamden, Connecticutmarker's Mount Carmel section, at the foot of Sleeping Giant Parkmarker. Quinnipiac's relatively uniform red-brick architecture results from much of it being built at (or around) that time. During the 1970s, Quinnipiac began to offer master's degrees in a variety of disciplines.

Until the 1990s, Quinnipiac remained primarily a commuter college with only a regional reputation; however, that changed during the next decade. In 1995, the University of Bridgeportmarker's law school migrated to Quinnipiac. That same year, the American Bar Association accredited Quinnipiac to award the Juris Doctor degree. The Quinnipiac School of Law Center was dedicated later that year as well. Also, during the mid-1990s, Quinnipiac's journalism and business programs, respectively, built state-of-the-art facilities and attracted nationally-known professors. Quinnipiac's Polling Institute was noted for excellence by several prominent journalistic outlets, and often cited during the 1998 and 2000 election campaigns.

Quinnipiac's Arnold Bernhard Library and clock tower, focus of main campus quadrangle, August 2008.
On July 1, 2000, the school officially changed its name to Quinnipiac University—to reflect its relatively new breadth in academic offerings. That same year, Quinnipiac University received accreditation by AACSB.

Currently, Quinnipiac offers 52 undergraduate majors, 20 graduate programs, and a JD program. Its most esteemed programs are in arts and sciences, business, journalism/communications, and health sciences. Quinnipiac's Polling Institute often garners the university national media attention.

The university operates several media outlets, including a professionally-run, commercial radio station WQUNmarker, founded by journalist and Quinnipiac professor Lou Adler. The university also operates a student-run FM radio station WQAQmarker, which concurrently streams on the Internet. A student-run television station, Q30, can be viewed only on campus. Also, a student-produced newspaper, The Chronicle, established in 1929, publishes 2,500 copies every Wednesday.

Quinnipiac is home to one of the world's largest collections of art commemorating the Great Irish Famine. The collection is contained in the Lender Family Special Collection room located in the Arnold Bernhard library.

York Hill and North Haven Graduate Campus

Currently, Quinnipiac is developing two new campuses. The York Hill campus features the state-of-the-art, $52 million TD Bank Sports Centermarker complex and the Crescent residence hall. A student center will open on the new campus in 2010. York Hill is a "green" campus, featuring the use of renewable energy and environmentally-friendly resources, including one of the first major wind farms integrated into a university campus. Quinnipiac is also developing a comprehensive graduate campus on parcel in North Haven, Connecticutmarker. Many graduate programs will relocate there after renovations to the site's buildings, formerly owned by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, are completed. Under the purchase agreement, the university currently leases three buildings on the site to Anthem, but will gain occupancy of these buildings over the next several years, at which time they will be renovated for university use.


Class of 2013For the undergraduate class of 2013, Quinnipiac admitted 6,223 (45%) of the 13,828 total applicants who applied. 1,640 (26%) of the admitted enrolled for the Fall 2009 semester. 22% ranked in the top tenth of their high school class; 55% in the top quarter and 90% in the top half. The majority of this class hail from the American Northeast with 26% from New York State, 21% from Connecticut, 20% from New Jersey and 19% from Massachusetts. One percent (1%) of the 2013 class is international. About 78% consider themselves to be Caucasian and 12% are minorities. The remaining 10% did not declare a race or are multi-racial. The female count is 62% and 38% for male. 70% received some form of financial aid.

Class of 2012For the undergraduate class of 2012, 14,990 applications were reviewed, and 6,715 offers were sent out, which is a 45% admittance rate. 1,480 (22%) students enrolled into the freshman class. 22% were in the top tenth of their high school class, 55% were in the top quarter, and 90% were in the top half. 61% of the class is female, and 39% is male. 78% of the students consider themselves Caucasian.

Class of 2011For the undergraduate class of 2011, Quinnipiac admitted 5,669 of the 12,049 applicants who applied (47%). 1,350 (24%) of those admitted enrolled. 62% of the class is female; 38% is male. 90% of the Quinnipiac's class of 2011 ranked in the top half of their high school class; 55% ranked in the top quarter; 22% ranked in the top tenth. Most students hail from the American Northeast: New York (29%), Connecticut (21%), New Jersey (19%), and Massachusetts (18%). One percent (1%) of the class of 2011 is international. 70% receive financial aid. 93% were white with 7% being minorities.

Generally, Quinnipiac's Office of Admissions seeks the following characteristics in undergraduate applicants: a 3.5/4.0 GPA and a combined SAT score of approximately 1750/2400.

Quinnipiac Polling Institute

Quinnipiac's Polling Institute receives national recognition for its independent surveys of residents throughout the United States. It conducts public opinion polls on politics and public policy as a public service as well as for academic research.The poll has been cited by major news outlets throughout North America and Europe, including The Washington Post, Fox News, USA Today, The New York Times, CNN, and Reuters.

The polling operation began informally in 1988 in conjunction with a marketing class. It became serious in 1994 when the university hired a CBS News analyst to assess the data being gained. It subsequently focused on the Northeastern states, gradually expanding during presidential elections to cover swing states as well. The institute is funding by the university, with its phone callers generally being work study students or local residents. The polls have been rated highly by for accuracy in predicting primary and general elections. To many, Quinnipiac University is best known for its polls.

Campus buildings and landmarks

Alumni Hall - Located in the Carl Hansen Student Center, this multipurpose room has hosted bands, comedians, debates and an Alumni Social during Winter Homecoming.

Carl Hansen Student Center - Commonly called "The Student Center," it serves as the home to Student Government, WQAQ-FM, The Chronicle and many student organizations. The student bookstore, main dining hall, U.S. Post Office, and a branch of TD Banknorth are located here as well.

Arnold Bernhard Library - The library is named for Arnold Bernhard, the founder and former chief executive officer of Value Line, Inc. Bernhard's son made the library renovation project possible by donating $1 million for the library project and an additional $3 million for the University's endowment in 1997. The donation was the largest in University history. The signature clock tower was replaced during the renovation which changed the icon of the school, which was a futuristic looking rocket ship spire, to a more conservative, modern tower.

Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center - The Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center is a media production facility equipped with up-to-date technology for hands-on training in all aspects of radio, television, journalism and multimedia production. The HDTV studio provides students with a professional environment for creating quality television programming.

Clarice L. Buckman Center and Theater

Echlin Health Sciences Center

Lender School of Business Center

Tator Hall is part of the Student Center and has multiple classrooms and labs. The Learning Center, a student tutoring program to help fellow peers in a variety of subjects is located here, as is the Computer Help Desk.


The Quinnipiac Bobcats comprise the school's varsity athletic teams. They play in NCAA Division I in the Northeast Conference, except for the men's and women's ice hockey teams, which are part of ECAC Hockey.

There are seven men's varsity sports and 12 women's varsity sports. There is no football team. The team with the largest following on campus and in the area is the men's ice hockey team under established coach Rand Pecknold, which has been nationally ranked at times; during the 2009–2010 season they entered the top ten of the national polls for the first time. In the late 2000s the men's basketball team gained a greater following than before under new head coach Tom Moore, a disciple of UConn Huskies men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun. Both men's and women's ice hockey and basketball teams play at the $52 million, 2007-opened TD Bank Sports Centermarker. The women's lacrosse team has also been quite strong. The athletics program has been under pressures common to other universities, and at the close of the 2008–2009 academic year, men's golf, men's outdoor track and women's volleyball were dropped as a cost-cutting measure, although the last of these was restored (as a result of a Title IX suit).

Student journalism controversy

Quinnipiac has been at the center of controversy over the university's control over student publications and students' speech. The conflict has drawn national attention.

The problems began in the Fall 2007 semester, when junior Jason Braff, then editor of the Quinnipiac Chronicle, the official newspaper of the school, openly criticized a university policy that forbade the Chronicle from publishing news online before the content was published in the weekly print edition. Braff wrote an editorial about the policy and also gave an interview to the Republican-American criticizing it.Manuel Carreiro, Quinnipiac's vice president and dean of students, then sent a letter to Braff in November, telling him that his public disagreement with school policies "will seriously place your position and organization at risk with the university." Braff received an $8,000 annual stipend for his position, and the university said that its employees have more of a responsibility than other students to uphold policies. But Lynn Bushnell, QU's vice president for public affairs, denied threatening to fire Braff for disagreeing with school policies.Braff and the Chronicle staff were also openly critical of a public relations policy requiring all news media inquiries and questions (including those from the Chronicle) for administrators to be sent, via e-mail, to the university's public relations department.

Quinnipiac officials agreed to discuss the policies with students, and eventually decided that making the Chronicle independent from the university would be the best idea. The school set forth a plan of action, which included the university appointing editors for the 2008-2009 academic year. Angry with this plan, Braff and other staff agreed to leave the Chronicle at the end of the spring 2008 semester, and all applicants for the editor positions withdrew their applications.

Former Chronicle staffers came back in Fall 2008 with Quad News, an independent newspaper with only a website and no print edition. Plans are to incorporate Quad News as its own business venture run on advertising revenue.Quad News immediately faced opposition from the university. Staffers learned in September that university officials had instructed all varsity coaches, staff and athletes not to speak to Quad News reporters.Shortly after, officials threatened to shut down the university's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), claiming that they violated school policy by using their meetings as a cover for Quad News meetings. The Quad News staff had used two SPJ meetings to meet, after the university took away Quad News meeting reservation, citing the fact that the organization was not a university-recognized club. Quad News promptly stopped their meetings with SPJ.The move prompted a public letter from national SPJ leaders, expressing concern over the university's actions.Meanwhile, the Chronicle is staffed almost completely by underclass students, with some editors even being freshmen. Both staffs recognize the other publication as legitimate and have wished each other luck in their friendly competition.

Greek life

Quinnipiac University has four fraternities and five sororities.

Fraternities:Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Delta Tau Delta

Sororities:Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.,


  • Featured in 2009 edition of "Best 296 Business Schools" by Princeton Review.
  • U.S. News & World Report's 2009 America's Best Colleges issue has ranked Quinnipiac University first among northern universities with master's degree programs as having made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, campus or facilities.
  • U.S. News & World Report's 2009 America's Best Colleges issue has, for the thirteenth consecutive year, named Quinnipiac as one of the best master's universities in the region.
  • Quinnipiac is featured in the 2009 edition of the Princeton Review guide "Best 368 Colleges."
  • 2008 - U.S. News & World Report has ranked Quinnipiac 12th in the northern universities master’s region.
  • Featured in 2008 edition of "Best 290 Business Schools" by Princeton Review.
  • Quinnipiac's School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
  • PC Magazine and the Princeton Review to rate Quinnipiac as number nine in 2007's Top 20 Wired Colleges.
  • The School of Law was ranked 108 in the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings.


  1. Lisa Prevost, School Colors: Green and Greener, New York Times, November 6, 2009
  4. Polls: Menendez Leads Kean in N.J. Race -
  5. - Poll: Lieberman Leads Challenger Lamont in Connecticut Senate Race - Voting | Vote | 2006 Elections
  6. Quinnipiac Poll: Giuliani still leads GOP hopefuls, but by much less - On Politics -
  7. Poll Tests ‘New York-New York-New York’ Race in Ohio - New York Times
  9. Obama leads in four battleground states: poll | Reuters
  10. ACLU, Elimination of women's volleyball team intensifies title IX failures

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