College Corner: Quinnipiac University


Kristina Hughes

Located in Hamden, Connecticut, less than two hours away from Pascack Hills, is Quinnipiac University, home of the Bobcats. Quinnipiac houses 6,700 undergraduate and 2,600 undergraduate students, with an average class size of 24. It is the perfect school for any student who is looking for a small to medium sized college in a scenic, suburban setting.

There are more than fifty undergraduate programs to choose from and over  twenty graduate programs offered. The five most popular majors at Quinnipiac include health professions and related programs, business, communication and journalism, psychology, and biology.  QU is also one of few colleges that offer dual degree programs in majors like Athletic Training and Doctor of Physical Therapy, which include seven years of study.

Quinnipiac University has three campuses, including Mount Carmel, North Haven, and York Hill, with shuttles offered from each campus. The Mount Carmel Campus, located in perfect view of the Sleeping Giant mountain, houses freshman and sophomores, while York Hill houses juniors and seniors. The university offers unique rooming options, including rooms of two, four, or eight (known as a suite) and 95% of all freshmen live on campus.

Other aspects of Quinnipiac that stand out from other colleges would definitely be the resources offered to students. For example, the Arnold Bernhard Library is open 24/7 during semesters and available to commuters and students from all campuses.

It is easy to get involved at Quinnipiac with more than 110 clubs and organizations, including Greek life, honor societies, and student media and arts groups. Community service is a huge part of the college experience, and QU offers opportunities such as building homes through Habitat for Humanity during spring break.

Athletics are often a factor in a student’s college decision. Quinnipiac has 21 Division I teams in the MAAC and ECAC Conference. The TD Bank Sports Center, home of the Bobcats basketball and hockey teams, is located on the hilltop York Hill Campus. “Boomer” the bobcat mascot has a large presence at sporting events along with an active student section, band, kickline, and sideline cheerleaders. Unfortunately, Quinnipiac does not have a football team, but many students will take trips to Yale University to cheer on with their fans.

When asked about his experience at Quinnipiac University and why he chose the college, former Pascack Hills’ student, Adam Cazaz, said, “I could see myself walking through the Quad when I went on a tour… The school size of fewer than 7,000 was not too big or too small. I didn’t want to sit in lectures with 100 students or more.” Cazaz, now a junior at Quinnipiac majoring in business management, had nothing but good things to say about his school and college experience.

He added, “Quinnipiac has 58 undergraduate degree programs, so I knew going in that I had the opportunity to switch into another program or area of study had I decided on a different career path.”  QU offers endless opportunities and prides itself in developing a strong relationship with each student.

If you are thinking of applying to Quinnipiac University for the Fall 2016 semester, know that admissions are rolling, with the option of Early Decision for freshmen. Go Bobcats!