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Success and Safety Go Hand In Hand

Quincy University prioritizes safety to the highest degree. Thanks to our 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Security Office and leadership members that put safety at the forefront of their decisions, our students are able to enjoy campus life even more knowing that their well-being matters.

Please visit this page to view our Crime Statistics and Security Report to get a quantitative sense of our campus environment in regards to safety. This page is a list of other services our Security team offers to all QU community members. Before our Future Hawks even move into their Residence Hall, they become very familiar with our Director of Campus Security, Sam Lathrop, who provides resources to students that few to no other security directors in the nation offer!

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic, you can see here the steps QU has taken and will continue to take and adapt to keep our community as safe as possible from this virus.

QU Hawks not only help each other become successful, but we also do our best to keep each other safe!

The FAFSA: Why You Should File

It may seem intimidating or not worthwhile, but filing your FAFSA can provide opportunities for your college education to not cost as much. This process opens the door to numerous grants, work-study funds, and federal student loans, as well as certain state-based aid.

The FAFSA is access to over $150 billion. Most students qualify for some type of aid. It’s free, it’s fast, and it’s not just loans. Another important takeaway is that the FAFSA is first come first serve–so you’ll want to get started as soon as possible.

To get started, visit At Quincy University, we are here to help you with this part of your college search journey, too. Please contact our Student Financial Services to speak with a counselor about any questions you may have. You can also view this how-to video that specifically discusses how to file the FAFSA.

Student Financial Services
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Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Discovery Day: Start Planning for Your Success at QU

Saturday, November 14th 10:00am-12:30pm

Discovery Day at Quincy University is the perfect way to learn what the Home of Hawks can offer you on your journey to success. This day is all about YOU! Answering your questions, exploring the majors you’re interested in, learning how you can get involved on campus, and much more.

This is our open house event that allows you to learn about how we design success for every student at QU. While our fall Discovery Day will be a virtual experience, you will get everything you need from a QU Discovery Day from the comfort of your home. Let’s not overlook the chance to win an Apple Watch Series 6 during the event!

Register for Discovery Day at

Virtual Visits for Future Hawks

Our doors are open and Quincy University could not be happier to have our students back! During a time where keeping a distance from one another is important, we still do not want our future Hawks to miss out on witnessing our wonderful campus and meeting our great Admissions Counselors.

If you find that visiting Quincy is not an option at this time, we invite you to take advantage of our Virtual Visit option! By taking part in a Virtual Visit, you will get one-on-one time with your Admissions Counselor via Zoom and links to our virtual tour and other helpful videos. The best part about the Virtual Visit, aside from getting all of your questions answered, is that you still qualify for the $500 Discovery Scholarship after your visit!

Don’t forget, too, that you can always schedule a safe, in-person tour of our beautiful campus on this page of our website.

We look forward to introducing you to the Home of the Hawks in Quincy, IL or virtually from the comfort of your home!

Go To A College Fair! (From The Comfort of Your Home)

College fairs, like everything else this year, will be in a new format. This does not mean that the benefits they offer will be hindered; in fact, you may get more out of these experiences than ever before! The numerous opportunities you have to attend virtual college fairs this season will provide more possibilities during your college search.

The images above highlight the dates and times that representatives from Quincy University will be hosting sessions during these college fairs. You can register to any of them at the links below.


Why should you attend a college fair? This a great start to the college search process. You’ll get a glimpse at the variety of higher education institutions out there and be able to start considering the type(s) you may find more appealing. Scholarships, athletics, student life, and much more can be learned about from multiple schools in one day, but you can always attend more!

We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming college fairs!

Resident Room Must-Haves

Hey Hawks!
A major part of attending college and living on campus is the residence halls! It’s a new space that you are given to really make your own (well, half of it of course!) I have compiled two lists that myself and current QU students feel are absolute MUST-HAVES for living on campus. The first list are essentials and the second list are items that aren’t necessary, but nice to have!

The Essentials:
~The beds in the residence halls are Twin XL beds. Be sure you bring a set or two of sheets that are Twin XL and a comforter. I personally liked having a couple sets of sheets so that I could mix it up! Don’t forget your favorite pillow and blanket as well.

Bathroom Toiletries and Linens
~Don’t forget to bring some towels! I would suggest bringing 3-4 towels so that you have
enough. Girls, if you are anything like me, I think I brought nearly six towels because of course
you have to have one for your hair! Along with this, invest in a shower caddy. This will become
your best friend to transport your toiletries to the shower and back!

Laundry Supplies
~A laundry hamper of some sort is so important to have! Not only does having one help keep
your room tidy and avoid having piles of clothes sitting on the floor, it is a great way to transport
your dirty laundry from your room to the laundry room. Laundry at QU is FREE, so you never
have to worry about saving your quarters. For laundry detergent, I suggest Tide Pods (or
something similar) for the mere fact that they are so easy. You pop one in the washer with your
dirty clothes and that’s all there is to it!

The Extra’s:
The following items are in no way necessary, but they are items that I and other current students liked to have! Your room is like a new little home, so bring what you need to feel at home!
~Picture frames full of friends and family
~Artwork or posters that you like
~A full length mirror
~Blankets (you can never have too many in my opinion!)
~Fun LED lights
~Your favorite board games or cards

I can’t wait to see how all of you future Hawks make your room your own!

–Lauren Mehaffy
Admissions Counselor

The Influence of a Great Teacher is Never Erased

Are you interested in education? At Quincy University, we offer Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Middle Grades Education, Special Education (P-12), and Sport Management. We also offer two Graduate Degrees as well in Master of Science in Education, and Master of Science in Education in Counseling. You will spend part of your class time interacting with K-12 students in structured activities directly tied to the course curriculum here at QU! Our professors here are experienced educators who will supervise your fieldwork and teach your courses! We also have a great advantage of having multiple elementary, middle, and high schools in the Quincy and surrounding area. This means a lot of opportunities for student teaching for our students! The School of Education believes in professional, hands-on experience and that is why our graduates honored for their achievements and become leaders in their schools! Our graduates have gone on to teach in many different education environments and our professors are eager to get more teachers in the classroom! If you would like to learn more about any of the School of Education degrees, click here.

–Brady White
Admissions Counselor

Community Colleges vs. Universities

Given the title of this blog, you may expect paragraphs pitting community colleges against universities or vice versa. Certainly both types of institutions act as competitors in seeking students to enroll each semester. A student, family, staff or faculty member could easily state their preference for a particular institution, or in this instance, institution type. I find it difficult to choose one of the other, as I am a recipient of knowledge, advising, and connections through the community college and university systems. Rather than focus on the superiority of one rather than the other, recognize how each can impact your life.

When you start your college search, consider exploring 2-year and 4-year schools. Before you explore, I encourage you and your family to complete a series of pre-exploration exercises. Think about what you know about community colleges and universities- proximity to home, major offered, or scholarships available. You can easily gather this information with a quick type and a click through your phone or laptop. Consider also what you may not know: additional scholarship opportunities, teaching style encouraged by the institution, or student support services. This information relies on connecting with 2-year or 4-year institutions through introductory communication from the University, talks with Admissions, and visiting campus.

Recognizing your biases should also have a place in your pre-exploration process. Likely you and your parents are looking for a college or university to call home that will prepare you for the challenges of life at the most reasonable financial cost. You may already believe a 2-year school proves the best route. Or you may think that a University is the best route, outweighing cost with a valuable education with professors who will connect you to your major from Day 1 of your college experience. Identifying your biases allows you and your family to keep yourself in check as you explore your institutions of interest, giving yourself a little push to work past your biases and discover new opportunities available to you at a variety of institutions. Recognizing your biases may not minimize their existence, but help you manage your preconceived notions to find the perfect fit to start your college journey.

Starting your college search early is of the utmost importance to successfully choose your perfect college fit. Starting at least a year before your start date allows you the time to make connections with 2-year or 4-year communities, absorb all details most important to your impending journey, and avoid making a quick decision based on buzz words such as low cost, quick decision, easy access, or close by. Choosing an affordable, local institution of learning within walking or driving distance to your home is NOT a wrong decision. In my case, I found the best learning experiences within a 2-year and a 4-year institution within half an hour from my parents’ home. Prolonging your college search and rushing into a decision or not pursuing a search at all limits the scope of your college experience. Think of how much more you could know about your academic or financial resources before you start using these resources. Consider how much richer your knowledge and understanding could be if already connected with faculty or a particular major of interest before Registration Day. Your take away: if your college journey begins or continues within the next year, today’s always the perfect day to start your search.

Comparing 2-year with 4-year schools, and in turn 4-year with 2-year schools, may result in more similarities than you may initially realize. Both offer academic scholarships and encourage you to apply for financial aid. Both provide a wide array of degree focuses taught by faculty with doctoral degrees and master’s degrees. Both possess the academic networks and internship or practicum opportunities to prepare you for your career path. Both house a wide range of athletic, art, music, theatre options to provide additional scholarship opportunities OR fulfill your athletic and artistic ideals. Both support students wanting to excel in their course work through success coaches and tutoring. Both encourage students to get involved on campus, hosting a long list of events each day, evening, and week of the semester to connect students with new friends and few interests to gain what students would call the college experience. Both, finally, offer the space, the details, and the encouragement to connect all facets of your college years to become a successful student, critical thinker, and well-rounded individual ready for the next steps and the next steps of your life.

If 2-year and 4-year schools maintain countless similarities with one another, how will you ever choose the route best for you? You have already read about starting your college search early. What you do with your search will ultimately help you with your decision. Maintain a proactive attitude when you explore your schools of choice. Consider questions that may prove important to your academic, financial, and social future, and follow through with discovering the answers. Faculty and staff within 2-year and 4-year institutions maintain a student focus, and want to help you connect the dots. Be open to all possibilities as you visit your schools of choice. Imagine yourself learning and living on a certain campus or consider how a school’s particular program would help you pursue your major of choice. Remaining open allows you to dig deeper, beyond walking around and looking at buildings, and build substantial connection to the schools on your list. One of the primary factors of a successful college experience stems from turning connections to relationships. Connections start as early as your college search, and plant a seed to grow into relationships that not only promote a successful academic career, but a successful transformation into your adulthood. When you find the 2-year or 4-year school that matches your proactive attitude, fulfills your openness with welcoming, enthusiastic connections for further exploration into who they are and what they do, and convey the desire to create your foundation for future student-school relationships, you have discovered your route, your perfect fit, and you are on your way to an amazing, life-altering experience.

–Justin R. Ray
Associate Director of Transfer Admissions

New Times–New Changes to Support You

Now is the time for high school seniors to finalize their college plans. Many students would like to complete a campus visit before choosing the college that they will attend in the fall. Quincy University has created a virtual tour for students and their families to view right from their homes. This allows you to maintain social distancing guidelines while also getting a chance to see our campus! Check out the virtual tour here.

Not only do we have a virtual tour, we also offer virtual meetings with Admission Counselors and Financial Aid Counselors. These meetings allow you to learn all of the things that will make your experience at Quincy University unique, successful, and affordable!
Schedule a Virtual Visit Now

If students complete a virtual visit by August 1 st they will qualify for our $500 Discovery Scholarship. During our virtual visit we will discuss why Quincy University is a good fit for your educational goals. What’s better than learning more about your successful future at Quincy University while also earning a scholarship?!

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During this time, QU is here for you! If you were unable to take or retake the ACT and/or the SAT due to the coronavirus, no worries. QU is now test optional and you can be accepted by completing a 500-word essay in lieu of a test score. Ask your Admissions Counselor for more details.

Due to the circumstances we understand that high school seniors are needing more time to make this huge decision for their future. So to adapt to the circumstances, we are being very flexible with our deadlines. Students can now submit an updated ACT or SAT score until August 1st , and we have pushed back our deadline for the enrollment fee. We recommend that students have their enrollment fee paid no later than June 1. However, we will accept the enrollment fee whenever you decide QU is the school for you! Pay Enrollment Fee Now.

Lastly, if you are experiencing any financial difficulty due to COVID-19, please be sure to reach out to your Admissions Counselor on how we can adjust your financial aid according to your circumstances. Quincy University is committed to helping prospective students and their families any way we can during this time of global uncertainty. We hope these actions eliminate some of the stress you are feeling about the college search process.

Our hearts go out to all of you high school seniors during this time. Just remember, you have a bright future ahead of you! Quincy University is here for you and we want to help you create a customized success plan to reach your educational goals! We hope you decide to join the QU family next fall and remember, it’s always a great day to be a Hawk!

–Paige Owsley
Admissions Counselor