Hamden, CT
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Reviews 1093 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It can be a toss-up at times. The weather can be terrible a lot of the time, but the scenery is great to see. The food can be bad and expensive, but the food from the local area can also be some of the best things you could ever have. The students can be really friendly, but if you aren't a social drinker/club goer you can feel left out very easily on the weekends. Some teachers are absolutely spectacular, fun, and really care about their students, and others are awful and are clearly using teaching as either a transitional point or just to add credentials to their resume. It's hard to quantify how good or bad the experience is, as it seems to balance out in the middle somewhere. Really if you put yourself out there and try to meet as many people as you can, which at some points can definitely hard at this school and at others very easy, you'll have a pretty favorable experience.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The career center is so helpful in giving you information for internships and such. However, the school's reach can only extend so far, and if you don't live in the main areas it services (Connecticut, Northern New Jersey, Massachusetts, or New York) you most likely won't find something that suits you in your area, if you find anything at all. The internships and jobs that the school knows of in its area are very plentiful and diverse, however. The alumni network is decent and some come back to help give students jobs but not all do. Some very big names come to the business related career fairs, and the business school does really well with matching its students to employers, especially the high-performing students. Two of the Big 4 accounting firms are seen quite often, with one other seen sporadically, and other nationwide firms and businesses are normally seen also. They also have resume review sessions with these companies to help student prepare their resumes for interviews.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Easily the worst part about the food at school is definitely the price. The school gives you a set amount of money for the whole semester and makes you pay for each item of food separately. Recently they have started to give more options to widdle down the costs, such as meal deals and contests, but these only bring down costs very little and are rarely advertised. Very, very many people run out of their meal plan money early (I have no clue why they tell campus tour guides to say otherwise) and this is usually because they try to eat three meals a day instead of rationing out one or two throughout the day. Healthy food is usually a little bit more expensive everywhere, and this school is no exception.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: Most parties on campus are small or get broken up pretty fast. Off campus parties have more people but are hard to get to if there is no designated driver or cab nearby. The cabs can be very expensive too. The shuttle to New Haven is also an issue because there is usually a huge line to get to the shuttles, and on some weekends people get so aggravated that they decide to take cabs all the way there instead. The cab ride to New Haven is at least $35 each way, though the shuttles also pick people up from the entertainment district they drop people off at. Also, with so many people going to New Haven or home during the weekends, the campus can look almost barren during these times. May Weekend is usually the only time where people all stay and hang out on campus together.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms give you a good community atmosphere and are really close to class no matter where you live. There aren't certain amenities like a water fountain, making you have to pay for water from the vending machine, so I would suggest bringing a water filter to get clean water from your personal bathroom. Other than that, people who live on campus are quite friendly early on and it's hard not to befriend someone in the early stages of classes. It depends on who you have as an RA, but most RAs are aware of what things happen in college and do not try to get people in trouble if they keep to themselves.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Though the scenery is spectacular to look at, most of the local area can be pretty unexciting and hard to navigate. Because it is a mountainous area, many of the roads are very winding and tough to drive through, and without a car, you won't be able to go really anywhere. There is a free shuttle through the school to New Haven that people use, and a couple good places to eat like Ray and Mike's, the Corner Deli, and Acropolis diner. In New Haven however, there isn't too much to do other than go to the small clubs there, the biggest one being Toad's Place, which can get extremely trashy very easily.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The athletic facilities are well made, though the machines tend to break down every now and again. The newly redone student center has become very useful to students and the libraries, although they can be filled up pretty easily, are still very top notch and well taken care of. There are plenty of green spaces around the quad or all over campus where people can sit and talk, and when the weather is nice, you see people all over the place.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I would say the dining is average for a school. QU outsources to Chartwells for meals and food preparation. The food is decent but sometimes there is not much variety and the meal plan is terrible, most students will blow through it before the semester ends.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great no matter if you get a quad or suite. All dorms are close to the academic buildings, the furthest walk is 12-15 minuets.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is very easy to get off campus housing that is reasonably close to campus and is affordable for the average student. All houses that students rent are in very safe areas of town and are relatively high quality for student housing. The only con is that many houses are in residential neighborhoods so anyone who is trying to throw a huge party will most likely have it shut down by either their neighbors or the police.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: The facilities are great and have almost all new equipment for both students and athletes. Intramurals are very popular with the student body and if is very easy to get a team of friends together or to join a random team and meet new people. Hockey is the big sport at QU and the team is one of the best in the nation, but the other teams don't have near the same caliber of performance or attendance at games.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Quinnipiac is Always offering fun stuff to do with student orgs, like play with puppies, free cotton candy, learning how to sail out to the Long Island Sound and lots of other things.

Take advantage of the LLC's (Living Learning Communities) I signed up for the leadership one and we took an all expense paid trip to NYC in the spring, and in the fall we went zip lining and trained on an obstacle course. If you don't want to get involved that way there are plenty of other leadership options

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I love the setting that quinnipiac is in, we live in a very beautiful rural are of CT so its fun to hike the Mtn on Campus. The tech center is really helpful, and so is the health center. I love that the library is open 24/7 it makes it a really great place to be able to get work done whenever the mood strikes you.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't a lot of off campus dinning near campus, but if you take the shuttle into New Haven there are endless options (Prime 16, Insomniac Cookies, Thai Garden, BASTA, Zinc) they all have really good food and are open pretty late and have a good atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got the deans scholarship, the only thing you have to do to keep it is to maintain a certain gpa.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I like the food for the most part but the dinning plan is small compared to how expensive the food is. I ended up eating sushi just about every day because I didn't feel like there were a ton of healthy and good tasting options.

1 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus dining is TERRIBLE. You get a set amount for your meal plan at the start of each semester - a little over $1000 if you don't have a kitchen in your dorm, and around $800 if you do. Despite what they may tell you in tours, nearly EVERYONE runs out of meal plan money by the last two months of the semester. You'll often see people selling meal plan money on Facebook, and plenty of people throwing down even more money just to get more meal plan credit. Plus, the food is not that great. There's no variety - it's the same stuff every week. The quality of the food is poor, and way too expensive. The workers are all really nice, and Chartwells is not really to blame. It's the school. They control the prices, not the food company. As if tuition and housing didn't cost enough.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's plenty of places to go. You've got chains like Chili's, Chipotle, Panera, and Wendy's just ten minutes down the road. There's also some local restaurants and businesses in Hamden that are good, like Ray and Mike's, and some you'll even get student discounts at. If all else fails, New Haven has plenty of great places, like Pepe's and Insomnia Cookies.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Facilities are really nice here. Clean bathrooms, clean classrooms, and the beautiful aesthetics really add to the atmosphere.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is present, but never overwhelming. If Greek life is your thing, you'll find a fraternity or sorority, meet lots of people, and enjoy that aspect of life. But there are just as many, if not more non-Greeks who enjoy campus life without being bothered by it. There's pretty much no separation between Greeks and non-Greeks.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Quinnipiac has some of the best athletics in the country. Our most well known sport is our men's ice hockey team but we also have an amazing men's soccer and women's field hockey teams. Quinnipiac is also so supportive that they are supporting an upcoming sport called acrobatics and tumbling, which is slowly spreading across the country. Not only is the athletic department supportive but so are the students on campus. We have an amazing fan club at our school that supports all of the sports especially during playoff or important games. The whole school comes together to support the athletic teams. We have some of the best athletic facilities in the country, where the women's frozen four was hosted in 2014. The basketball and hockey facilities are state-of-the-art and attract spectators from all over the country.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have enjoyed my college experience thus far. I have made great friends and memories throughout the past two years. If I could pick schools all over again I would pick my school for everything but the cost. I might have picked a school that is more affordable because the prices keep rising. If I did not have the friends that I do I would transfer due to the cost.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not apart of Greek life.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have not yet looked at off campus housing.

4 College Junior

Majors: I did not find any difficulties getting into the health science program. The main challenge I had to overcome was how driven I was towards my overall goal. I am going to need to apply to the nursing program soon which is tough to get into. Being driven allows you to succeed at anything you want to.


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The school provides students with exceptional academics, real world experiences, lifelong relationships, a sense of independence, and a stronger sense of identity. Initially, though, there is an adjustment period when arriving to campus. There is a certain type of student that goes to Quinnipiac, one that has money and wears nice clothes, but if you take some time and explore other avenues, there are so many other people and things beneath the "surface" stuff. The orientation teams at Quinnipiac are made up of nurturing, fun upperclassmen who make the new students feel at home.

The faculty also does a great job of getting to know students on a personal level. From the professors to the people working in financial aid, everyone seems to want to get to know the students and help them in some way. There are also so many organizations and clubs you can join to meet people who have the same interests or career paths as you. The location of the school is another key factor for many students. The campus is so aesthetically pleasing that it puts you in the study/college/independent mode. Its close proximity to New York City and Boston make it a great place to be if you want to take a weekend trip with your college friends. The location also provides students with the option to intern right in New York City. 

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