When we review applicants for admission, we look for a strong performance in a college preparatory curriculum. There is no specific grade point average or SAT score that is 'required', but on average, students gaining admission have a B or stronger average (average GPAof 3.3) in high school with an SAT score range of 1080 to 1240 representing the 25th to the 75th percentile of the incoming class. We look at your grade patterns over grades 9 - 11. Your junior year courses and grades are probably the most important as they are the most recent work you have completed at the time of your application. We also look at what you are taking in your senior year, along with your first quarter grades. Students who are admitted are expected to continue with the same academic excellence through to graduation.
Your essay gives us an opportunity to learn more about you, and a letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor (and perhaps a teacher) helps us understand your experiences in your high school setting. If you have any questions about the admission process - please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to receiving and reading your information.
High school students should take a college preparatory sequence which includes:
- at least four years of English
- three years of mathematics (physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and physician assistant applicants should have four years)
- two or more years of science (all health science applicants are expected to have biology and chemistry; physical therapy applicants should also have physics)
- two years of social science.
- two years of a foreign language
- three academic electives
High school grades in these subjects and the SAT I Reasoning Test or ACT scores are important factors in the selection process. Please submit ALL scores for tests taken. Although you may opt to choose the 'score choice' option when taking the SAT, we value the effort involved in taking the test itself - and we will select the highest critical reading, math and writing scores when reviewing your file. We recommend that you do not select 'score choice'.
For students wishing to major in physical or occupational therapy, we recommend they have volunteer or paid work experience in that field. Becoming acquainted with the activities of a physical or occupational therapist will allow students to better understand the demands of their career choice. Physical Therapy applicants should provide documentation of having observed/volunteered in at least two types of rehabilitation facilities (acute care and rehabilitation).
Quinnipiac normally accepts transfer credit for courses appropriate to the chosen curriculum, completed with a grade of C or better, at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Advanced placement will be considered for entering freshmen who have completed college-level credit courses through a recognized college or university or through AP, IB (higher levels) or CLEP examination programs. Be sure to have official scores, transcripts and grades sent to us. See a list of AP scores and the credits awarded.
Quinnipiac works closely with a variety of community colleges which helps us evaluate transfer credits. Transfer students can ask to have their previous work evaluated prior to applying. If students are interested in the physician assistant or physical therapy programs, the option will be to apply at the graduate level once the bachelor's degree is completed.