Here are a few frequently asked questions we hear in undergraduate admissions. Also, be sure to see our FAQ section for transfer students.
Q: I've applied online (or mailed in) my admissions application—what do I do now?
The application will "start" your application file, and you've likely included your essay with the application. You'll need to request to have your academic transcript sent to us—and be sure you send your official test scores to Quinnipiac. We require one letter of recommendation (guidance counselor or teacher), but you can have a second one sent to us if you wish. High school seniors should send their first quarter grades when they're available.
Q. Do you want all my test scores or just the highest ones?
We value the effort students make when they repeat tests, so we do want all scores (not just the highest). We will automatically select the highest critical reading, math and writing scores or the highest ACT composite score when we review your application. We recommend students take a senior SAT or ACT for maximum merit consideration.
Q: How do I send official test scores?
Quinnipiac's code for the SAT is 3712, and for the ACT is 0582. You do not need to use the "rush" scores, we will receive them electronically from the testing service. If you did not select Quinnipiac as a score recipient when you registered for the test, please be sure you go back and add us to your list.
Q: How will I know if you're missing anything in my file?
We will email students at the email address provided on the application, both to acknowledge receipt of their application, as well as to ask for missing information. The email will also provide you with your Quinnipiac Student ID and a link to be able to track the progress of your application.
Q: Does Quinnipiac offer early decision or early action?
We do offer an early decision (binding) option for freshmen—the application itself must be filed by November 1, complete information must be received by us by Dec. 1. ED is open to freshmen applicants interested in all majors. If you are admitted early decision and wish to be considered for financial aid, please file the CSS Profile by December 15. The matriculation deposit due date for ED admits is February 1.
Our regular admissions is "rolling admission," which means we start reading applicant files when they are complete—usually beginning in November, when we start receiving the results of the October and November test scores and first quarter grades. See our full list of deadlines.
Q: When will I know your decision?
For Early Decision applicants we will notify them in December/January, with a Feb. 1, 2015 matriculation fee deadline. For all other students, we begin notifying students of their admissions decisions in December and they have until May 1 to reply back to us.
Q: So when is the best time to apply?
We recommend high school seniors apply early in the fall in order to be sure to be considered for the program of their choice. Our official application deadline is Feb. 1, but best advice is to apply much earlier. After Feb. 1, we continue to read applications until the class is filled, we may then waitlist some applicants until we know more about available spaces in the class, usually between mid-April and mid-May.
Q: What is the deadline for Physical Therapy, Nursing and Physician Assistant programs?
We strongly recommended that you apply by Nov. 15 for consideration to those three programs.
Q: What ARE the admissions requirements?
A bit of a tougher question as we review each application individually and look for a student's strengths. We take into consideration your academic record—courses taken, course levels, grade pattern (improving?) and the courses you're taking in your senior year."In general" we look for an overall average of B+ or higher. On the SAT I, we look for critical reading plus math scores of 1050 or higher, or an ACT composite score of 22 - and we'll review all the other information there as well - recommendation(s), your essay and first quarter senior grades. We look for at least three years of math and science for most programs - but for the School of Health Sciences, four years of each are preferred.
Q: What if I don't meet the criteria?
We review all the information in the file. There is not a hard and fast minimum to be admitted. On average, the students we admitted for this most recent year ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school class, and had 1120 on the critical reading and math portions of the SAT. By average, we mean there are those both above and below those numbers.
Q: OK, but if I'm wait-listed, what does that mean?
Being wait-listed can mean one of the following:
- We've admitted our goal number and need to wait until close to May 1 before we'll know of any possible openings in the class, but your grades and scores are strong! Instructions about how to let us know you're still interested in Quinnipiac will be sent with the letter.
- While we find lots of positives in the application information, we may be wait-listing students as we review the remaining applications due to the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Again, we'll know better if we have space as we near May 1. Instructions about how to let us know you're still interested in Quinnipiac will be sent with the letter.
Q: What's important about May 1?
May 1 is the date by which students must confirm their intent to come to Quinnipiac by sending in the deposit to the college or school of their choice. At Quinnipiac, our deposit is $200 if you plan to commute and $550 if you plan to reside on campus. Information on how to deposit will be sent with the acceptance letter.
Q: How are the academic programs organized?
We have 58 undergraduate majors through our six schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Schools of Business and Engineering, Communications, Education, Health Sciences, and Nursing.
Q: Where's the list of majors?
Check out the list of the undergraduate majors, minors and combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs.
Q: What if I'm undecided about a major?
Being undecided is ok. When you apply, you can choose a college or school to be undecided "in," or we will place you in the College of Arts and Sciences as a general undeclared student. Special advisers work with our students to help them become familiar with all their options at Quinnipiac and students usually select a major by the end of their sophomore year.
Q: Is it easy to move from one major to another?
The answer is both "yes" and "it depends." If you change majors within a school, it's usually easy to do—you'd speak with the chairperson of the program you wish to move into for advisement. If you're changing schools (for instance, going from the School of Health Sciences to the College of Arts and Sciences), you would speak with the chairperson of the major you wish to move into to find out if there are any prerequisites you'll need to take. They'll also check your grade point average and current course selections. There are only two programs that do not allow internal or external transfer students: physical therapy and physician assistant. If you apply to those programs and are not admitted to the program of your choice, you may complete your bachelor's degree in another area and apply for the graduate portion of the program (be sure to check with the program for details on prerequisites and qualifications).
Q: Can I major in something in one school and minor in a subject in another school?
The answer is usually yes. Some programs require that you have a minor and may wish you to minor outside of your major school. Check out our list of minors.
Q: I'm interested in becoming a teacher—how do I go about that?
The School of Education is happy to advise you from your start at Quinnipiac to prepare you to teach at the elementary or secondary level. The program is a five-year Master of Arts in Teaching, for which you complete an undergraduate degree in a subject area and start your education sequence as a junior. You'll receive your bachelor's degree after four years, and continue immediately into a graduate year to complete your program. Your undergraduate major will likely be in the College of Arts and Sciences to help prepare your background in the subject area you wish to teach. You can find more information on the elementary and secondary education pages.
Q: When will I learn about housing choices and roommate selection?
After students have confirmed that they intend to enroll and pay their matriculation deposit, residence life will survey them in order to match roommates. Incoming students are notified of their housing assignment over the summer, usually by early August.
Q: Does Quinnipiac guarantee housing for all four years?
Basically yes. While Quinnipiac guarantees housing for three years to an incoming freshman and two years to an incoming transfer student, most seniors are also able to be accommodated in Quinnipiac housing (in suite housing on York Hill as well as in University-owned houses near the campus) through the lottery system, with an available number of spaces determined early in their junior year able to be reserved for their senior year. All returning students to residential life participate in the housing lottery system which allows students to choose their housing options after determining a priority order. More information about living on campus.
Q: How do I apply for scholarships?
There is no separate scholarship application. We review every student who is admitted for a possible scholarship. Scholarships are based on a student's academic record—their rank in class in their high school PLUS their SAT or ACT scores. We use the highest critical reading and the highest math scores, and/or the highest ACT composite score.
Q: My high school doesn't provide a rank in class, what happens then?
Most high schools that don't actually "rank" students do provide us with some type of grade distribution information. We can then determine what grade point average would be necessary to rank in the top 20% of the class. If we're not sure, we'll contact the high school, or we'll estimate based on the information in the file.
Q: What types of scholarships are there?
View a complete list of current scholarship awards.
Q: Should I apply for financial aid?
We recommend that every family who feels they would like to be considered for financial aid should apply for financial aid. These are challenging economic times, and the cost of higher education is considerable. Let us see how we can assist you financially. At the very least, fling the FAFSA allows you access to the Federal Direct Student Loan program. Learn more about the financial aid process.
Q: How do I apply for financial aid?
Students need to file two forms to be considered for financial aid: the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the College Scholarship Service "CSS" Profile form will be required in order to be considered for institutional need-based financial aid. The CSS Profile form is available beginning Oct. 1 and the CSS Profile code for Quinnipiac is 3712. If you are applying early decision as an incoming freshman and wish to apply for financial aid, please file the CSS profile by December 1 and the FAFSA between January 1 and March 1. Go to: https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp to file the CSS Profile.
The FAFSA for 2015-16 is available beginning Jan. 1, 2015. This form can be completed electronically at www.fafsa.gov and must be filed no later than March 1 in order to be given full consideration for funding. Quinnipiac's FAFSA code is 001402. You'll need to have much of your 2014 income tax information available so we encourage you to put that together fairly early in 2015, so that you can use actual information (rather than estimated) when you file the FAFSA. Please file the FAFSA after Jan. 1, and before March 1 for consideration for maximum financial aid.
Q: If my family uses "estimated" information when filing the FAFSA, what happens?
They must go back and correct any misinformation when they have accurate tax data. Any changes may result in a change to your financial aid award. If you haven't gone back and corrected any information, in our verification process (checking information along with copies of your tax return), we might need to change your financial aid award later in the process and it can be confusing to families.
Please check out the FAQ on the Financial Aid page.