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 admissions@quinnipiac.edu. 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 the list of AP courses and credits awarded below.

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

Advanced Standing: Quinnipiac does grant credit for AP level courses taken in high school. To receive consideration for credit students must take the AP exam and receive the following score(s).

Advanced Placement - AP Policy

Score

Subject

Equivalency (credit)

3

Art History

AR 103 (3CR)

3

Art, Studio: Drawing

AR 159 (3CR)

3

Art, 2D Design

AR 159 (3CR)

3

Art, 3D Design

AR 159 (3CR)

4

Biology

BI 101 - BI 102 (8CR)

4

Chemistry

CH 110 - CH 111 (8CR)

4

Computer Science A

CSC 110 (3CR)

4

Computer Science AB

CSC 110 - CSC 111 (6CR)

4

English, Lang + Comp

EN 101 (3CR)

4

English, Lit + Comp

EN 102 (3CR)

4

Environmental Science

BI 139 (8CR)

3

French, Language

FR 101 - FR 102 (6CR)

3

German, Language

GR 101 - GR 102 (6CR)

3

Gov and Pol., Amer

PO 131 (3CR)

3

Gov and Pol., Comp

PO 101 (3CR)

3

History, European

HS 111 - HS 112 (6CR)

3

History, US

HS 131 - HS 132 (6CR)

3

Human Geography

GP 139 (3CR)

3

Italian Language

IT 101 / IT 102 (6CR)

3

Macroeconomics

EC 112 (3CR)

4

Math, Calculus AB

MA 141 (3CR)

4

Math, Calculus BC

MA 141 - MA 142 (6CR)

3

Microeconomics

EC 111 (3CR)

3

Music Theory

MU 230

4

Physics, B

PH 110 - PH 111 (8CR)

4

Physics C, Elect. + Mag.

PH 139 (8CR)

4

Physics C, Mech.

PH 139 (8CR)

3

Psychology

PS 101 (3CR)

3

Spanish, Language

SP 101 - SP 102 (6CR)

4

Statistics

EC 271 (3CR) for business
MA 275 (3CR) all others

3

World History

HS 139 (3CR)


Quinnipiac also awards credit for college courses taken as part of the high school curriculum. Students must request an official college transcript be sent to our Office of Undergraduate Admissions for evaluation. Courses completed with a “C” or higher, which are part of our regular curriculum, will transfer. If students have taken an IB curriculum, we will consider awarding advanced standing for Higher Level courses, based on a minimum exam grade of 4.

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