As I sit here composing this blog post, New England has received its first real snow storm of the winter season. With the help of our tremendous facilities staff, we are back and open for business.
Fortunately, Mother Nature waited until we welcomed the newest members of the Quinnipiac community on January 15-16 for move in and orientation. The number of students who join us for the spring is smaller in number than the traditional fall start of classes. However, the enthusiasm of the orientation staff is just as strong.
Below are some pictures of the orientation staff and students that were posted on the orientation Twitter page . https://twitter.com/QUOrientation.
Now the focus turns to the fall class of freshmen and transfer students.
Many accepted freshman students may have questions on transferrable college credit. The good news is that Quinnipiac does accept AP credits, International Baccalaureate credits and college credits received from a regionally accredited college.
We welcome inquiries from accepted students as well as high school juniors or sophomores who are considering obtaining a valuable head start by taking college courses while they are still in high school. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also many opportunities for students to visit campus. We will be holding group information sessions on Saturdays throughout the semester as well as during the traditional Winter break in February and the spring breaks in April. You can register for those sessions using our www.quinnipiac.edu/visit link.
So use these cold, snowy days to visit us virtually and accepted students should make plans to join us on March 28 or March 29 for admitted student days
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Monday, December 22, 2014
Although the rest of the campus is quiet, the admissions office is still very busy processing transcripts and applications. Our student workers are also busy putting together admissions decision packets that will be arriving soon for many of our applicants.
I asked some of our office staff and student workers to sum up their 2014 and what they are looking forward to in 2015.
Andrew and Joanna, two of our admissions student workers are pictured here sorting the incoming mail.
Andrew, a broadcast journalism major says that he has a great deal to look forward to in 2015. "I will be graduating in 2015. I have enjoyed every minute of the time I have spent here at Quinnipiac. It is bittersweet to leave, but I feel that I am more than prepared to enter the working world."
Joanna, a business major said that "2014 is the year that I found that all of my classes started to fit together. I can see where my education will be taking me."
As students progress through their academic programs they do make the connections between their education and career preparation. Quinnipiac offers them the opportunity to take what they have learned and apply it to the real world.
Donna Cuomo, one of our admissions assistants, is looking forward to a big trip to start 2015. "I am so happy to have been invited to Hawaii". Donna's role in our office could be described as air traffic controller. She manages the multiple priorities of scheduling information sessions, importing applications and keeping us in good humor through it all. We wish Donna Momma a fantastic journey.
Erica's best experience of 2014 would be "moving to the York Hill campus. I have really enjoyed the change and have had a great semester "on the Hill" The undergraduate residential experience at Quinnipiac does offer upperclassmen the opportunity to change their environment with the move to York Hill. Our junior and senior students look forward to that move towards more independent living in the apartment style residence halls.
Kanicka Ingram-Mann, Sr. Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions says that she is "looking forward to the opportunity to meet our next class of incoming freshman". Our counselors spend their winter months getting to know many of our freshmen virtually by way of their applications.
The Undergraduate Admissions office will be closed from December 24-January 5. We wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season and look forward to 2015.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Some thoughts on gratitude for the fall semester.
Pictured above is a group photo from our third Annual Veterans Day Dinner. Quinnipiac University has benefited from the addition of veterans to our student body. As Executive Vice President and Provost, Mark Thompson, stated in his remarks before dinner, the first annual dinner was attended by approximately 20 veterans, faculty and staff who support our student veterans. This year's attendees numbered over 100. We continue to grow in the number of student veterans who find their home here at Quinnipiac University.
Our Admissions Fall Open Houses were busy and well-attended. We were very happy to welcome so many students and parents who are considering Quinnipiac as a college destination. Thanks to all the faculty, students and staff who assist us in these events.
The freshman class, our newest group of QU Bobcats, has almost made it through their first semester. From all accounts, this group of freshmen are involved, active and engaged. As an instructor for the QU 101 seminar class, it has been a distinct pleasure for me to spend three hours a week with twenty four freshmen. They are intelligent, curious and lots of fun to be around. Our discussions revolve around not only relevant issues but also their struggles as first year college students. I learn as much from them as they do from me.
All of our admissions counselors have returned from their travels safe and sound to begin the process of reading the many applications that arrive daily. In the admissions world it is good to be busy!
The Admissions office wishes all members of the Quinnipiac family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving holiday.