Impressions Of
Quinnipiac University

Academic Experience

Female International Business Major C/O 2020

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
My major is predominantly case studies and group work. It’s a lot of reading and analyzing case studies and then writing papers. That’s what dominates upper-level classes. It’s also a lot of group presentations and writing case studies as a group. For Marketing, it’s a lot of conducting market research. We usually have a midterm and a final exam, but the papers play a role as well.

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
My department has a 100% job placement rate after six months, which I would say is pretty impressive. I think they do that well because the professors have such good connections from the fields they were in before they were professors. A weakness is that we’re not a prominent department in the business school and I sometimes feel that we’re overlooked. They don’t advertise it well.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s very collaborative. It’s not competitive. The group work makes you interact with your other students and you’re always working towards a common goal rather than working against each other. It’s never about who has the best presentation or paper, it’s more working with the professor to get the best paper you can.

Male Biology Major C/O 2020

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
The Biology department is awesome and my advisor is awesome. The department is very on top of things in terms of letting me know what I need to take and when I need to take it. They make sure that I’m on track to graduate on time.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
In the science world, it’s definitely collaborative because the work is not easy. You find people in your class who you know and all work together. It’s collaborative but still competitive because you’re all trying to go to some type of graduate program and there are only so many spots.

How accessible are your professors?
I think my professors are pretty accessible. They usually have office hours every week and even if you send them an email they’re usually pretty good about meeting you outside of those if you can’t make their office hours.

Male Economics Major C/O 2021

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
I think they do a great job of preparing you for exams. They give you a lot of complicated homework equations and problems that really make you think. Something they do poorly is there are professors you want and don’t want. Sometimes you want a certain professor and they actually set you up with the one you don’t want.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It depends on the professor. I’ve had multiple professors that are very group work oriented and I’ve had other ones where it’s just if you answer questions in class you get participation points.

How accessible are your professors?
They’re very accessible. Office hours are offered three times a week, depending on the professor. You can email them and they’ll respond as quickly as possible. I’ve never had a problem with that.

Social Opportunities

Female International Business Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you like to participate in?
Going to New Haven and going to Toad’s or Brother Jimmy’s. As a junior, I feel like I don’t do that much anymore. Freshman and sophomore year I would go to New Haven Friday, Saturday, and occasionally Thursday. One downside is it gets extremely expensive going downtown to clubs all the time. We have to rely heavily on Ubers too.

What’s an alternative to going to a party or a bar that you like for a night out?
New Haven does offer a lot of non-drinking alternatives. I also think Quinnipiac does a good job of offering things on campus. The other activities I personally like is going to the movies and going to new restaurants in New Haven.

Male Civil Engineering Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you like to participate in?
When I was a freshman and sophomore I’d go out to New Haven Thursday and Friday and Saturdays I’d probably go to New Haven as well. Now that my classes are picking up and I don’t have as much time and desire, I still go to New Haven Thursdays and Saturdays occasionally but it’s just a lot of money that I don’t want to spend. I just go to whatever party is going on at an off-campus house or a frat house. It gets expensive having to Uber down to New Haven and buy drinks, but freshman year I was more fine spending it than I am now.

How happy are you with the weekend options at Quinnipiac? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I definitely wish I went to a bigger sports school, but it’s not that big of a deal. It allows you to focus on school. I know if I had a big football or basketball game to go to I would be more inclined to go to it, so I think that helps in a way. Also, tailgating is definitely not a thing here. The other thing I’d change is accessibility because you have to Uber to whatever bar or house you’re going to if you live on campus. That’s about all I would change though, I’m fine going to bars and house parties. Where I live now, I can walk to whatever houses are having parties.

Male Biology Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you like to participate in?
I like to go to bars and clubs in New Haven. There is one 18+ place that we go to in New Haven that everybody goes to on Saturday nights. I’m also a competitive powerlifter so I belong to a gym off campus and do that during the weekends too. I usually only go out on Fridays, Saturdays, and sometimes Thursdays. There are

How happy are you with the weekend options at Quinnipiac? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I personally enjoy being able to go to bars and club instead of house parties because I find them more entertaining and fun than being in a hot basement.

Campus Culture

Female International Business Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the social scene?
I’m really lucky that I have a good, diverse, group of friends from the Northeast who do different things and are different majors. The social scene is not like high school at all in that there are not any cliques. Even if they’re in a fraternity or on a sports team, people don’t stick to just their group. I feel like we intermingle a lot. It’s a close campus in the sense that we bump into each other very often. There’s a lot of intermingling of diverse groups of people.

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix on campus?
In that perspective, I think we can do better. In terms of sexual orientations, we’re fine. That stigma doesn’t exist around campus. It’s unfortunate, but there are certain races that stick more to themselves.

Male Civil Engineering Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the social scene?
Greek life seems big because I’m in it, but that’s only [25%] of the population. In the fall and spring there are a lot of events that are put on by fraternities and sororities. The school also puts on a lot of events on the quad then. I wouldn’t say that we’re a huge athletic school, but I think that depends on the season. Our biggest sport is hockey, so if you’re big into hockey you’ll be big into the Quinnipiac hockey team. The social scene is pretty broad so if you are interested in something you’ll probably find it.

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix on campus?
A lot more now than when I was a freshman. When I was a freshman it was a lot more White but it’s more diverse now. As a person of color, I think people mix pretty well. I would say I have a diverse group of friends. [20% of the Class of 2022 self-identified as people of color.]

Male Biology Major C/O 2020

To what extent do people in Greek life and not in Greek life mix socially?
The Greek life people will hang out with their fraternity and sorority, but they still have their friends outside of that. Like, all of my roommates are in fraternities and I’m the only one who’s not. I still hang out with all of their friends in Greek life and they like me, so even if you’re not in Greek life you can still mix in.

Do you think people are generally happy with their choice of Quinnipiac by senior year? Do you think people leave loving Quinnipiac?
Yeah. My parents are both graduates from Quinnipiac and they loved it and still talk about their experiences and have good friends from Quinnipiac that we see occasionally. I feel like a lot of my friends are happy with their choice. I also had a few friends come here and hate it and left, so I feel like if you haven’t left yet you probably love it.

Hamden, CT

Pros of

  • “The lack of restaurants in Hamden. When my parents come we only go to Eli’s because that’s the only place that’s close for dinner.”
  • “I like hiking and being outside, so Sleeping Giant [State Park] is the best part of Hamden.”
  • “Whitney Avenue, where some restaurants are and a lot of off-campus houses are, is very accessible.”
  • “New Haven is nice and only about 20-minutes away.”

Cons of

  • “It’s Hamden, Connecticut and there is not too much to do around here. Your options for doing things are limited.”
  • “I wish Hamden was closer to a nicer city than New Haven.”
  • “Not that it’s not a safe area, but it can be sketchy in a few areas, but I don’t think it makes a difference.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female International Business Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Quinnipiac before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew more about the clubs on campus. I think from an outsider’s perspective it’s a little hard to get a good sense of what’s available here. Once you’re here, there’s a laundry list of ways to access what’s available to you, but from an outsider’s perspective, I think it’s kind of hard.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The food is subpar here. I think that’s an area we definitely need to work on. If somebody is picking between two schools and is very picky or has a food allergy, they should look at the options Quinnipiac has because they are suffering in that department.

Male Civil Engineering Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Quinnipiac before entering as a freshman?
How much money I would be spending to go out. Getting there isn’t too bad, but once you get there you have to pay cover and get drinks, it adds up. Over time, it gets expensive.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The York Hill Campus is pretty cool and I don’t think I saw that when I first came.

Male Biology Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Quinnipiac before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew more about what Greek life was. It’s definitely prevalent around campus and I wish I got involved with it earlier on. I had no idea what it was and assumed I didn’t want to do it, so I think it’s important to understand what it is. [About 25% of students are involved in Greek life.]

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
Go see York Hill campus because that’s just a cool thing to see. Also, explore the library because it’s a really beautiful building.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Quinnipiac University

To Attend

  • “The career office is really good. I think they really go out of their way to help students succeed. Especially the school of business goes above and beyond.”
  • “I like the class sizes. It’s very nice to be able to know the professors and not just be a name on the roster. [The student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1.]”
  • “The professors are very accommodating and willing to help and do what they can to make sure you succeed.”

To Not Attend

  • “People here are very privileged. If you don’t like that, that can be a turn off as well. [Socioeconomically, 28% of students come from the top 5%.]”
  • “Public safety can be very strict.” [In the 2017-2018 academic year, Quinnipiac campus safety experienced an increase in liquor violations.]
  • “Although they offer programs for people who don’t want to participate in drinking, if you really don’t like to party, you’ll be really bored on Friday and Saturday night.”
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