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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Gearing up for the Next Academic Year

The centerpiece of Quinnipiac, our campus quad, is quiet on a summer morning.  But this image doesn't reflect the flurry of activity in the undergraduate admissions office. We have welcomed hundreds of prospective students and their families for information sessions, campus tours and individual interviews since spring. If you haven't had a chance to visit us yet, the month of August is a perfect time to come and learn more about our three campus settings, as well as the admissions process and financial aid! Detailed schedules can be found here.

The Common Application opened on August 1 and is now available to college-bound high school seniors who want to get a jump on the admission process. We look forward to receiving applications from those who aspire to become members of the QU Bobcat Nation. It's not too early to apply now!

There have been some exciting changes at Quinnipiac this summer!

On July 1, Quinnipiac officially added our sixth academic school within the university.  Dr. Justin Kile, was appointed Dean of the School of Engineering.  Dean Kile and the engineering faculty have accomplished a great deal in the past four years. The school's first class of engineering majors graduated in May 2016.  The department is now fully immersed in the formal ABET accreditation process, which will be complete by the fall of 2017.

Our virtual campus tour now includes 360-degree panoramas of many of the new Engineering labs and classrooms.  Access the virtual tour here. (Select the Mt. Carmel campus tour,  and click on the Center for Communications and Engineering tour stop to view the facilities.)

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions welcomes Greg Eichhorn, Associate Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid.  Greg has an extensive background in higher education most recently as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean at Albright College in Reading, PA. 

Greg is looking forward to meeting many of our prospective students and their families in the coming months and getting to know the QU campus community.  As a self-professed "foodie" Greg is also looking forward to sampling the many fine restaurants in the Greater New Haven area.

Our admissions counselors are hard at work setting up their fall travel schedules.  They will be visiting many high schools and participating in college fairs across the U.S. and abroad. 

Register now for one of our fall Open House events being held on the following Saturdays: September 24, October 22, November 12 and December 3.

We look forward to welcoming our new and returning students to campus in just three weeks. In the meantime, a sunny summer to all!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Making the Decision to Attend Quinnipiac

At this point in the admissions cycle, applications have been read and decisions have been communicated to high school seniors who are considering Quinnipiac for the fall of 2016.

The focus now shifts to decision making regarding a place to spend four years learning and growing in a college environment.  Making that final decision can be overwhelming for students and their families.  To help make that decision less daunting, the office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting Admitted Student Days on Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3 on our Mt. Carmel and North Haven campuses. 

Students who have received their admissions decisions are encouraged to register for one of these days and visit us during this time.*  Each Admitted Student Day event will provide students with direct access to faculty and students in their majors, as well as the opportunity to learn more about their areas of study and the range of opportunities available to them.

Along with these academic sessions, there will be representatives from all areas of student life and many of the student organizations.  There is definitely life outside of the classroom and a Quinnipiac education combines the best academics with involvement in community service, leadership and fun.

*Students accepted to the Accelerated Nursing Program are only required to attend their orientation program in June, as stated in their acceptance letter.

Athletics plays a big part in our campus community with the #1 Quinnipiac Bobcats Men's Ice Hockey team heading to the Frozen Four for the second time in program history.  The men's and women's hockey teams were profiled this week in Sports Illustrated.

This quote from Melissa Samoskevich, a freshman woman's hockey player echoes what most students say about Quinnipiac.

“I didn’t know I was going to fall in love with it like I did,” she says. “Once I stepped on campus, I got that feeling. It was awesome. I knew right away.”(http://www.si.com/nhl/2016/03/25/qunnipiac-hockey-2016-ncaa-hockey-tournament)

Here are some additional reasons that Quinnipiac could be the right place for accepted students.

The entry level Master's in Occupational Therapy program is rated number one in Connecticut by US News &And World Report
The Physician Assistant program is rated number one Connecticut and number 5 in the country by US News &And World Report

Military Times rated Quinnipiac as the number one "Best for Vets" college in Connecticut.

And of course, we can't forget the beauty of our campuses and the outstanding facilities and resources Quinnipiac University invests in our students.
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Come see it all for yourself and fall in love with Quinnipiac.

Friday, February 12, 2016

"Engineering" growth and success

 In May of 2016, we will graduate our first class of Quinnipiac engineers.   Since its humble beginnings in Tator Hall, the program has expanded into the entire lower level of the Center for Communications and Engineering on our Mt. Carmel campus.
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Dr. Justin Kile, Associate Dean of Engineering enjoys the challenges of building a program.  He also appreciates the fact that not all students decide on their academic major prior to beginning college.

 "My dad was a civil engineer.  During my senior year in high school, I had three majors in mind when I started the college search process, teaching, business and engineering. " I decided that I liked the "concreteness of engineering" and enrolled at the Rochester Institute of Technology," he said.

Like many of our students, Dr. Kile was an undeclared engineering major when he started at RIT.  "I liked the breadth of the industrial engineering major," he said.  Dr. Kile uses his own experience when helping undeclared engineering majors at Quinnipiac.  He says that he has "become pretty good at finding them all a home" during the first two years of their curriculum. 

Quinnipiac University requires all students to complete courses outside of their majors as part of the university core curriculum.  Dr. Kile says that "taking courses in the humanities and social sciences improves their abilities to be better engineers". 

"Engineering is about using technical skills to solve problems.  But problems do not exist in the technical realm alone," he said "A broader, well rounded education allows students to be more productive in their solutions to these problems."

After graduating from RIT, Dr. Kile chose to continue his education at the University of Michigan with an MS in Engineering.  But, he wanted to share his passion for engineering with others, so teaching became his path to that goal and he continued on to receive his PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering.

Dr. Kile joined Quinnipiac as one of the founding members of the Engineering program at Quinnipiac along with Dr. Jonathan Reap.  He was named Associate Dean in 2013. 

One of Dr. Kile's favorite programs outside of the classroom is the Engineering department's Hard Hat Ceremony which is held in the spring semester.  This ceremony is designed to build community between the students and faculty and reward effort by the engineering students.

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 Students who are within two years of graduation receive an authentic hard hat that can be worn on their job sites.  They receive a sticker indicating their discipline within one year of graduation and another sticker with their year of graduation right before they finish.  There are also stickers for academic success, volunteerism, leadership and research. 

All of the labs and classrooms that have been added to the facility are available for students.  And the department is happy to accept feedback from students to improve their facilities.  The space has been designed for use, and all lecture classrooms are adjacent to the labs so that the theories taught to the students can be put into practice right away. 

The best way to experience what the Engineering program has to offer is to visit with us and tour the campus.  We will be holding information sessions in our office during school vacations and Saturdays during the coming weeks.  We hope to see many future Quinnipiac Engineers.