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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.

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 Junior

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

5 College Junior

Facilities: I am very impressed with Quinnipiac University. The classroom sizes are perfect, 30 students maximum. This allows teachers to know you by name and know your style of work. The campus size is not large but not tiny, it is a great size for meeting friends and knowing a lot of people. I have been very impressed with the academics thus far. They are challenging but allow you to learn more information to help you in the future. The professors are always willing to help and give you as much time as needed to review with students after class. They really give the impression that they are here for us and they want us to succeed which is a very important factor.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 120th
    Best Library
  • 214th
    Best Student Centers
  • 326th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 462nd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1266th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mary-Catherine Dolan
Broadcast Journalism
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Quinnipiac University is known for its beautiful, aesthetically pleasing campus. Over the past couple of years, Quinnipiac has made a tremendous effort in its expansion. The main campus is known as the Mt. Carmel campus, located on Mt. Carmel Avenue. The Mt. Carmel campus is home to Quinnipiac's famed Arnold Bernhard Library, academic buildings, residence halls, and quad. The library is a two-story picturesque building, but it's often overpopulated. With a higher number of students attending Quinnipiac each year, the library is running out of seats and cubbies for everyone. In 2010, students were told they had to reserve a study room if they wanted to use it, unlike previous years where they could just take it if it was open. Maintenance does a great job of maintaining the campus grounds and indoor areas. Freshman and sophomore residence halls are cleaned daily, along with all public bathrooms. 

The University has two new campuses. The York Hill campus is its upperclassman campus, located about five minutes away from main campus. York Hill is a brand-new, state-of-the-art $300 million residence hall and student center that sits atop a hill with sprawling views of Hamden and New Haven. Finished in 2010, the residence hall houses more than 1,000 students. The student center has a ski lodge feel to it, with wooden staircases and a live burning fire in the winter. Equipped with a gym, cafeteria, study and conference rooms, York Hill is enviable of other college dorms. The other new campus is the North Haven campus, home to all health science classes and graduate programs. The building is a refurbished Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield building that contains state-of-the-art medical equipment and beautiful study areas. This campus also has a gym and a cafeteria. 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
640 acres
Student Centers
  • Carl Hansen Student Center (Mt. Carmel campus)
  • Rocky Top Student Center (York Hill campus)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Arnold Bernhard Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • In the Rocky Top Student Center
  • In your dorm room
  • On the quad
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
Quinnipiac recycles in every one of its buildings and dorms. The coffee cups used in the cafeteria are eco-friendly. The University is also slowly becoming a paperless campus. Professors present their syllabi and many handouts on the University site Blackboard. Students take many quizzes and have interactive discussions on the site, as well.
School Slang
  • The Lib: This is the main library on campus, the Arnold Bernhard Library
  • The Rat: This is what everyone calls the other dining place on campus, the Bobcat Den. It is called "the Rat" because of its less-than-mediocre food.
  • Celebrating May Weekend: The weekend before the last week of classes (usually the last weekend in April) is known as the "unofficial" May Weekend. Students have shirts made, attend parties at off-campus houses during the day, play outdoor games, and drink and sit in the soccer fields or quad.
  • Climbing Sleeping Giant Mountain: Usually every freshman QU 101 class (a mandatory introductory Quinnipiac course) hikes the Sleeping Giant Mountain at the end of the semester. If your class doesn't do it, you definitely should attempt the climb with your friends on a nice weekend.
Urban Legends
All Quinnipiac girls wear North Face jackets and Ugg boots.
Favorite Things To Do
In the springtime, a fun activity for students is to sit out on the quad and relax, or play a game of football or Frisbee. Many students use the gyms on the Mt. Carmel, York Hill, and North Haven campuses on a daily basis. During peak times, there are waits and sign-ups for cardio machines. The spinning classes and group fitness classes are also very popular among students year-round.
Student Newspaper
The Quinnipiac Chronicle
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Quinnipiac has more than 70 student organizations! There are many opportunities to become involved.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Literary magazine
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 45 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 27% Working with intramurals
  • 27% Public Safety
  • 18% Help desk
  • 9% School store
  • 9% School of Business
  • 9% Department of Residential Life

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 7 responses

  • 31% On the quad
  • 23% In your dorm room
  • 23% In the Rocky Top Student Center
  • 8% Dance studios
  • 8% Caf
  • 8% In Carl Hansen Student Center

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 54% Climbing Sleeping Giant Mountain
  • 31% QU vs Yale Game
  • 8% Celebrating May Weekend
  • 8% Saturday morning Ray & Mike's runs

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Go to the gym
  • 40% Hang out with friends
  • 10% Greek events
  • 10% Programmed Events

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 11% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 43% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 43% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 48 responses

  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 27% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Sleeping Giant
  • 20% Couples fornicating in the Sleeping Giant castle

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Cafeterias
  • 50% Polling Institute



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