Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Undergraduate Admissions office will be holding a Spring Open House on Monday May 13th. There will be representatives from all of the academic offices and student life organizations ready to meet the students and their families.
The spring open house is designed to help high school students who are getting ready to apply for colleges in the fall. Students and their families can tour our Mt. Carmel and North Haven campuses as well as visit the York Hill campus with its spectacular views from the Rocky Top Student Center. The York Hill campus is also home to the High Point Solutions arena, home to the Quinnipiac Men's Hockey team and the host site for the NCAA Women's Frozen Four tournament in 2014.
Families visiting our North Haven campus will see our state of the art facilities for students in nursing, diagnostic imaging, occupational therapy, physican assistant and physical therapy programs. The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is also located on the North Haven campus and will welcome its first class of medical students this fall.
So come join us on May 13. You can still register for the Open House using this link, https://app.timetrade.com/tc/login.do?url=quinnipiac.
Friday, April 26, 2013
It is hard to believe that next Wednesday is May 1. Before I began working in higher education that day held little meaning. But, in the admissions office at Quinnipiac as well as admission's offices throughout the United States, May 1 is D Day- Decision Day, Deposit Day.
It is coming down to the wire for students and their families. The admissions office has been very busy with students and their families visiting just one more time to get every question answered and reassure themselves that they are making the right decision about where they will be studying in August.
There are some important questions to ask any institution if you are still undecided.
1. Is the institution adding new programs and faculty? Growth is good. It is important to ask how many new faculty have been added to the institution. New programs, new majors and minors also indicate that an institution is growing and improving academic offerings for students.
2. How easy is it to change your major? How will this affect my ability to graduate in 4 years? It is very common for freshmen to change their major during their first year or two in college. Make sure that whatever institution you decide to attend has enough choices and flexibility to allow you to make a change and still stay on track to graduate in four years.
3. What kind of advising can I expect? How often can I meet with my advisor? The role of the academic advisor is very important for all students. Your advisor should be accessible and available. Ask current students how their relationship is with their advisor.
4. How far away can I actually be from my family? Think long and hard about how long you can go without seeing mom and dad. Some students wouldn't mind coming home only on the long breaks. But if you are someone who needs to connect in person with your family on a regular basis attending a school that is a four or five hour car ride or a plane ride away might become overwhelming.
It is hard to imagine exactly what college life will be like. Your experience will be different from every other person you know. So trust your instincts and your research to bring you to the right place for you.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
|Courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics|
It really is an exciting time to be a member of the Quinnipiac community! Since my last blog post, our men's hockey team has made it to the Frozen Four. For those of you who do not follow college hockey, this is the national championship for Division 1 Hockey. As I write this, our neighbor Yale University has defeated their opponent, University of Massachusetts Lowell to advance to the finals.
Quinnipiac beat St. Cloud 4-1 in the semi-final round and will face off against Yale on Saturday for the NCAA National Championship title.
It is also an exciting time in the Admissions office. We have been very busy with both accepted students visiting campus for their last look before the decision date of May 1 and high school juniors who are beginning their college search.
The transfer admissions staff is still processing applications, evaluating transcripts and answering questions for admitted students. While it can be a challenge juggling all of the priorities, it is exciting to know that the success of our athletic teams, the opening of our medical school and the spring weather has our campus buzzing with activity.
I am watching all this activity from Portsmouth, NH where I am attending a conference and visiting a high school in Massachusetts. I am glad for social media which allows me to connect virtually with my Quinnipiac friends to cheer on the men's hockey team.
I was also happy to receive a virtual postcard from Hamden from one of my students. She knew I was out of town and wanted to share the view of our campus on the first warm sunny day of the spring.
Photo courtesy of Nora Li
Next week is expected to be just as beautiful. We look forward to seeing you on campus! Until then - Go Bobcats!