Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Back To the Business of Educating Students

Quinnipiac Welcome Weekend 2015 courtesy of YouTube

Here we are already in the third week of the semester.  Activities and classes are well under way and the Undergraduate Admissions staff has already started traveling throughout the country and abroad to meet the next group of high school seniors who are considering Quinnipiac as a destination for the fall of 2016.

We have introduced a new First Year Seminar that focuses on Inquiry.  The summer reading was "A More Beautiful Question" written by Warren Berger.  Berger's book highlights the role that asking questions plays in the development of breakthrough ideas.  Freshman are expected to develop their own guiding question that will help them to begin their academic journey and assist them in choosing courses and co-curricular activities that will lead them to their personal quest for their education at Quinnipiac.

In keeping with the theme of inquiry, I asked some of our student workers a question, What advice would you give to your freshman self?

Pat- Media Studies major,'16- "Appreciate every single moment because four years go by so fast.  Push yourself, it's better to get overinvolved at first than to miss out on opportunities."

Lauren- OT Major, '17- "Don't procrastinate.  I had to learn that lesson early on."

Steven, DPT major '16- "Get more involved.  And work hard early so you can relax later." 

Jamie, Nursing major '16- "Study Abroad!  My biggest regret is not planning better to be able to do this."

Hannah Psychology major '16- "Go into as many open doors as possible your first week on campus.  That's how you meet people."

And finally, from Caroline Gaudet, our Graduate Assistant and first year resident assistant-
"Be open to new experiences and new ways."

We look forward to meeting students who are looking to ask us questions on the Quinnipiac experience by visiting us at our Open Houses, Information Sessions or Informational Interviews.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It's time for freshman orientation!

The Mt. Carmel campus has been pretty quiet over the past few weeks.  But that is all about to change with the start of freshman orientation on June 8 and 9. 

We will be welcoming the newest Bobcats to campus for a jam packed two day program designed to help them begin to acquaint themselves with their new home for the next four or more years.

Some of our admissions student workers took a look back at their own orientation experience and we will share them here.

Hannah Grigorian is a Psychology major from Connecticut.  Hannah's orientation was in 2012. 
"I was so nervous before orientation I actually thought I might pass out in the car before drop off. But the moment I stepped onto campus the rest of the weekend went by in a flash of fun, games and great people.  Three years later, I'm still friends with the people that were in my orientation group."

Allison Florentino is from Massachusetts. She is an Athletic Training major.  Ali's orientation was in 2011.
"My favorite Orientation memory is looking a the "Build Me Up Buttercup orientation group picture.  I realized that I am standing next to my future roommate and one of my best friends at QU."
Mariam Nozadze is a Finance major and an International Student from Greece.  Her orientation was in 2013
"My favorite memory comes from the very first day at orientation when I pretty much missed the whole day because I was late.  But then I met everyone in my group and everyone remembered my name as "the girl who was late".

Amber Gianni is an Occupational Therapy major from Connecticut.  Her orientation was also in 2013.
'My favorite memory form Orientation was being able to open up to strangers and leave as good friends."
It will be busy on campus for the next two weeks as our Orientation Leaders greet "their' freshmen.  The students will build bonds with their OL's that will last throughout their time here at Quinnipiac and they will meet faculty, staff and the other members of the class of 2019.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wow, what a weekend!

Quinnipiac University welcomed almost 6000 accepted students and their families to our Mt. Carmel, York Hill and North Haven campuses on Saturday and Sunday March 28 and 29.  The recreation center was the first stop for remarks by President John Lahey, Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid Joan Isaac Mohr, Provost Mark Thompson and Student Government President, Mostafa  Elhaggar.

Families then headed off to attend academic sessions based on their chosen majors and had the opportunity to hear from faculty about the programs and more importantly, have time to ask all of the important questions that will allow them to make a decision on whether Quinnipiac is the place for
them to receive a first class education.

Dr. Justin Kile, who heads our Engineering programs presented a lively information session on the exciting new developments in our Engineering disciplines.

Some of the Special Sessions included a reception attended by staff and students who are part of the Multi Cultural and Global Education office.  Students and their families learned about our Schweitzer Institute that sponsors service learning trips and other educational opportunities as well as faith based student organizations, Study Abroad programs and services for our international students.


I participated in moderating the student life panel. The representatives from student organizations, orientation, public safety and residential life fielded numerous questions from parents and students about what happens outside the classroom to keep our students safe, busy and happy.

We heard from many happy and excited parents and students who have made their decision to attend for the fall.  The admissions office is happy to answer any last minute questions for students and parents via email or 1-800-462-1944.