Compared to other Universities in the Northeast, Quinnipiac University is relatively young, having been established in 1929 as a co-educational, nonsectarian private college. Initially a junior college called Connecticut College of Commerce, it only granted graduates Associates Degrees. In 1951 it assumed the name Quinnipiac College in honor of the local Quinnipiack tribe. In 1966 the school moved to the Mt. Carmel Campus and instituted a liberal arts curriculum. It expanded over the next few decades, installing dorms and academic buildings as well as a law school. In 2000, Quinnipiac College became Quinnipiac University, and the undergraduate population has now reached 5,400, with 3,500 students living on campus.
Quinnipiac’s carefully-maintained and landscaped campus in the shadow of Sleeping Giant Mountain is noted for its aesthetics and given a unified appearance by its low red brick buildings. Although students appreciate the beauty of the surroundings, there are not many spots where they congregate aside from dorms. A great place to hang out are the beach volleyball courts behind Mountainview. Students can play volleyball, softball, or other games and use the grills to have barbecues when the weather is nice enough that students can enjoy the outdoors. The one place students do love to hang out is the Quad. The second the weather warms up in the spring, students camp out on blankets and towels and hang out, do homework, or play Frisbee.
When it’s colder, people will move to the game room in the Student Center where there are ping-pong tables and pool tables. There is also a big screen TV which students use to watch sports games and movies. Most people typically don’t spend time here, though. It’s a lot more common just to hang around the dorms to spend time with friends.
Although most students are fans of the school’s proximity to Yale University and New Haven, CT, easily accessible by shuttle, they are less excited about the options in their immediate vicinity. Quinnipiac is located in suburban Hamden, a mostly residential area which doesn’t offer much more than strip mall shopping, a local Wal-Mart, and fast-food chains. New York City, however, is only an hour and a half away by train, and many students also appreciate their ability to make it there for entertainment and internships.
The QU shuttle to New Haven: students swarm this free shuttle that takes them to Toads, a famous bar in New Haven, on Saturday nights.
Laying out on the Quad: as the weather hits 60 degrees, students cover the grass with blankets and will lie there for hours with friends, enjoying being in the middle of campus. Girls usually tan and do homework while guys bring Frisbees, footballs, and baseballs to throw around.
May Weekend: this annual finals week party was cancelled in 2008. Instead students put on a substitute, unofficial event they called “Maybe Weekend.”
Yankees vs. Red Sox or Patriots vs. Giants: A majority of the campus is divided between New England and New York/Jersey, so anytime the representative teams play each other is a major event. In 2008, the Sox won the World Series and the Giants won the Super Bowl, and the campus went crazy celebrating in the traffic circle by Hill and Village.
Murray Lender (attended) is the founder of Lender Bagels.
Rachel Margolis (1999) is the director of communications for the Big East Conference.
Paula Meronek (2003) was a cast member on “The Real World: Key West.”
William Weldon (1971) is the CEO of Johnson & Johnson.
Although Quinnipiac is home to sixteen Division I athletic teams and eight intramurals programs, one stands out: Men’s Ice Hockey, the school’s pride and joy. It competes in the ECAC, a division with some of the best and most prestigious schools in the Northeast. The team has a huge new arena to play in, the TD Banknorth Sports Center, and hockey games are a destination for many students on Friday nights. The Men’s Basketball team also plays in the new arena and has been on ESPN’s Sports Center as one of the “Plays of the Week.” In the spring, students also enjoy turning out to cheer for the Lacrosse and Baseball teams.
Quinnipiac Students, who are often listed among the most politically apathetic in the nation, ironically share their campus with the highly-regarded Quinnipiac Polling Institute.
The Bernhard library houses one of the largest collections of art commemorating the death of millions during the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s.
First-years must live on campus and can choose between Commons or Ledges, which offer quads, or Irma and Dana, the oldest dorms on campus, which offer triples. The triples are much smaller than the quads but they do encourage closeness. Commons is the most popular choice because its rooms are spacious and located relatively close to all class buildings. Ledges, though further away from the center of campus, is somewhat bigger than Commons.
Sophomores can live in Mountainview, a newer, bigger, more expensive dorm, located at the edge of campus, or the Suites, which are older, smaller, and less expensive, but closer to the center of campus. Both dorms have suite-style rooms set up to house eight students in four connected bedrooms with one shared bathroom and a living room.
Juniors can choose to live in four-person suites in the Village dorms, which do not have kitchens, or apartments in the Hill dorms, which do. The newer suites in the Village were completed in 2007 and are the nicest housing available on campus.
Seniors cannot, at the moment, elect to live on campus.