Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational university in Southern New England where students receive an educational experience that’s both personal and challenging from faculty who care deeply about student outcomes. The University offers more than 100 programs to an estimated 7,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students.
From its beginnings as a small college in New Haven in 1929 to its transformation to a national university with a college of arts and sciences and eight professional schools on three campuses located in Hamden and North Haven, Connecticut, Quinnipiac has stayed true to its mission of educating extraordinarily well-prepared professionals with a faculty whose primary role is to teach.
Mission, Commitment and Values
An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University's commitment to three core values: high-quality academic programs, a student-oriented environment and a strong sense of community. The University prepares undergraduate and graduate students for achievement and leadership in business, communications, engineering, health, education, law, medicine, nursing and the liberal arts and sciences.
Quinnipiac educates students to be valued and contributing members of their communities through a vital, challenging and purposeful educational program. Students engage in real-world issues through practice and the consideration of different perspectives. The University's innovative QU seminar series further prepares undergraduates to understand their role and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community, as well as the larger national and global communities.
Working for the Common Good
As champions of community service, Quinnipiac’s 10,000 students volunteer throughout Connecticut, from beautifying neighborhoods and assisting with Ronald McDonald House projects to raising money for charities and motivating school children in the region with Read Aloud days. Health professions students provide free clinics, and law students perform legal services and tax preparation for residents in need. The University enriches the community with cultural opportunities, athletics and entertainment options that attract thousands annually.
A Global Approach
Quinnipiac has programs in Los Angeles, Ireland, England, Italy, Australia, South Africa and China, among others. The University has 26 institutes, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, Central European Institute and the Albert Schweitzer Institute, that extend Quinnipiac’s reach beyond its Southern New England roots. The University hosts the premiere global assets conference that attracts more than 1,200 participants from more than 140 colleges and universities in 40 countries, 39 states and the District of Columbia.
Quinnipiac’s Great Hunger museum boasts the world’s largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the Great Irish Famine. Quinnipiac’s Fred Friendly First Amendement Award has honored the likes of Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, Scott Pelley and Christiane Amanpour.
John L. Lahey, PhD, became president of Quinnipiac in 1987, initiating a strategic planning process that has resulted in the growth of student enrollment from 2,000 to nearly 10,000 students, expansion of the physical plant from 100 acres to 650 on three campuses, and an increase in the endowment from $5 million to $400 million.
Further, President Lahey expanded Quinnipiac from a college to a university. Within his tenure three professional schools have been established: the School of Law (1992), the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine (2013) and, the newest addition, the School of Engineering (2016) putting Quinnipiac in elite company — one of only 30 universities in the United States who offer all three.
He also established the nationally recognized and often-cited Quinnipiac University Poll and Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum.
Passion into Impact
Quinnipiac provides the knowledge and tools you need to make an impact in any field you choose. The University delivers extraordinarily well-prepared professionals through a combination of market-driven knowledge and expertise, a world-sized classroom, academic innovation and effectiveness, and the quintessential student experience. The University’s approach is unique in higher education and its network of nearly 50,000 alumni and their success prove the value of a Quinnipiac education every day.
To learn more, contact Quinnipiac at (203) 582-8200.