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:
Bedding
~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?!

Quincy University

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

From Enforcing the Law to Knowing Why We Have Them

Are you interested in the Behavioral & Social Sciences? At Quincy University, we offer Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology, History, Human Services, Political Science, and Psychology. Any of these degrees combine a strong liberal arts foundation with academic study in your major and real-world learning that will prepare you for your career! Our faculty also have professional careers in the fields they teach, which brings students real-world experience and academic expertise in whatever major they decide to choose! There are plenty of opportunities for internships and even full time jobs in Quincy, even though you can find one anywhere you want! Our graduates choose careers that focus on improving society, such as those in public and social service, the legal and judicial system, and teaching and research. Some examples of jobs in this field are Criminologist, Social Worker, Corporate Coach, Market Research Analyst, and many more! A behavioral and/or social sciences degree is a great degree to have because you can do so much with it! We have graduates all across the world who have this kind of degree and are doing all kinds of different things! If you would like to learn more about any of the Behavioral & Social Sciences degrees, click here.

–Brady White
Admissions Counselor

How To Make QU Your Home Away From Home

  1. Stay connected. It is certainly difficult to keep in touch with everyone you went to high school with after you go away for college, or talk to your family members every single day. Thankfully we have social media, FaceTime, texting, and good ol’ fashion calling to keep us connected with
    our loved ones. Being away for college and getting used to a new place with new people can be challenging, however keeping in touch with you keeps yourself sane, keep in touch with your family and friends.

2. Memories. Bring pictures of your family and friends from your hometown and put them up all around your dorm/apartment. Every time you miss your family or friends, you can look at your pictures as a reminder of the good times.

3. Attend campus events on campus and join club/organizations on campus. In order to make new connections with your peers, you have to actively seek out events and organizations that you are interested in. Don’t stay in your dorm/apartment. You have to get out of your comfort zone and be okay with being uncomfortable so that you can make great connections, network, and make lifelong friends.

4. Explore Quincy. Give yourself an opportunity to explore the “Gem City”! The best way to make your new home feel like home is by getting out and finding out more things about Quincy. Checkout all the awesome local restaurants, small boutiques and shops, the downtown, and all the museums & art centers. You won’t regret it.

5. Be positive & give gratitude.

–Feven Girmay
Admissions Counselor

The Benefits of a Humanities Degree

A degree in a humanities field will give you the skills necessary to succeed in your professional career. Students who study the humanities attain a marketable set of skills that include critical thinking, effective communication, and creative problem-solving. This field of study encourages students to learn about other cultures and religions all while challenging your beliefs and exploring issues related to social justice and equality. Our goal is to prepare our students to be  “thoughtful citizens of a multicultural world” and give them the background needed to be successful in their future careers. 

At Quincy University, we offer a Bachelor of Arts in humanities with concentrations in English, Theology, History, and Philosophy. We also offer Bachelor’s Degrees in English, Theology and Philosophy, and History. There are Special Programs offered for Foreign Languages in American Sign Language, German, French, and Spanish. Recent student outcomes from these programs include journalists, editors, public relations specialists, historians, museum curators, university professors, counselors, and attorneys. Learn more about what a Humanities Degree from Quincy University can do you for you here.

–Taylor Kristicevich
Admissions Counselor

What to Do in the City of Quincy

If you are looking for fun things to do with your friends and family, you’re in luck
because the town of Quincy has a plethora of option for entertainment. Whether you enjoy shopping, going out to eat, checking out museums & art galleries, and nature walks etc. you will find it all here in the Gem City.
Here’re 5 of my favorite places in Quincy that I recommend everyone to check out:

Scotties Fun Spot – Family Entertainment Center
Scotties Fun Spot is an awesome place that is both entertaining for family and
friends. This place is packed with all sorts of activities including: go karts, laser tag, roller skating, mini bowling, mini gold, bumper cars, Ball-O-City, and a ton of arcade games. They always have special offers if you want to throw a birthday party or go with a group of friends on a Saturday night. You can even find some of our Greek Life members there for themed nights! Regardless, you’re bound to have a blast at Scotties Fun Spot!

Electric Fountain Brewing Coffee Bar + Roastery
If you love coffee, free Wifi, and beautiful aesthetics (you know for that perfect Insta post), this is the place for you! Locally owned coffee show EFB is located in downtown of Quincy and offers awesome lattes (like the picture I took below), quick bites, and free WiFi. Definitely a nice place to come on weekends to hang out with your friends or to handout by yourself with your favorite book. You’re going to love EFB!

Bob May’s Park
This park is for everyone to enjoy, especially if you’re an outdoorsy person. There are many things that you can do from play on the playground to playing disc golf. Bob Mays Park serves as the 18th Street trail head for Bill Klingner Trail which was allows you to walk, job, run, or bike. Go out and enjoy the great outdoors!

Moorman Park
Moorman Park is located on 80 acres off North 39th Street. Its features include playground equipment added in 2011, baseball/softball hitting machines, miniature golf, concession stand, drinking fountains, restrooms, and shelter houses with electricity, grills and picnic tables. Moorman Park also features a lake for fishing and paddle boats, as well as baseball fields, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a disc golf course, an archery range and a one-mile path for walking/jogging. Hands down my favorite park in Quincy!

Museums
Quincy is home to 11 eclectic museums. Some historical in nature, some inspired by the arts, others reflecting agriculture, architecture, and unique collections. One of my favorite museums in Quincy is the Villa Katherine. Described on their
website as, “The Villa Katherine is a four-acre park located on Gardner
Expressway in Quincy, Illinois. It houses Quincy’s Tourist Information Center and is located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The Villa is a Moorish-style structure built in 1900 by the wealthy and eccentric George Metz. Our castle on the Mississippi has a storied history and offers many services, amenities and
merchandise to guests.” If you enjoy exploring museums, or if you’re a history buff, be sure to check out any/all of the museums Quincy has to offer!

–Feven Girmay
Admissions Counselor

5 Items Transfer Students Need to Know

With April quickly on its way out, the Fall semester draws closer. For some of you, the next step includes choosing a new college or university to complete your degree. For others, the same process may begin next year. In spite of the recent pandemic, the time and resources available through colleges and universities, albeit electronic and cellular, offer you opportunities to explore your options as you narrow and/or begin your college search. No matter the current status of your academic journey, it’s important to develop a lens, through which you may analyze and synthesize the best possible choice for your degree completion and your future. Consider the following list of information, not as a comprehensive list, but one that will help you know how to explore and weigh the important pros and cons of each school of interest.

5 Things You Should Know
Your Degree Progression– Will my credits transfer? Certainly an important question to ask. More than likely, a fair number of your credits will transfer to a majority of the schools on your list. With each school, it’s important to expand this initial question into one that will offer a response more pertinent to you. For example, how will my credits transfer? This question encourages the individuals at each
institution to help you explore how your particular credit hours will, or will not, transfer to their school. Better still- how will my credits transfer toward my degree of interest? Without question, each college or university you engage with will know your particular degree, examine how your courses compare to the courses required for the particular degree, discuss the evaluation results with you, and connect you with the particular advisor that will help you create a plan for successful degree completion. Note: as soon as you have a rough idea of your intended major(s) and potential schools of interest, reach out to these schools. They will help you discover how your hard work will transfer toward your program of choice.

Affordability vs. Cost– Any college or university you consider a serious contender during your search will likely disclose tuition/room and board cost on their webpage or during your initial conversations with your schools of choice. Cost can prove an overwhelming part of the college search process, and push students and parents to worry and wonder how they will pay for the charges involved in finishing a Bachelor’s degree. While cost should be an important factor as
students weigh their options, affordability is equally important. Affordability involves the availability of institutional scholarships and grants, state and federal grants, and even Federal Student Loans to reduce the cost of attendance, as well as the comparison of cost with the amount you actually pay out of pocket. Colleges and universities across the country have created and strengthened scholarship and grant opportunities for students transferring to their institutions, and have worked endlessly to promote these opportunities. While admissions counselors will talk with students and families about these opportunities, even promoting scholarship and grant programs through endless call, text, and email campaigns, students and families should also be equally proactive in their search of institutional opportunities. Completing your FAFSA is equally important in the search for collegiate affordability. Even if you or your family have not qualified for state or federal aid at the current institution of learning, you may qualify for more with schools on your search list, particularly if schools of interest have higher tuition rates, your family now has more than one student attending college, your family has experienced a significant decrease in income, or any number of other financial factors. Knowing your role in uncovering the affordability of the schools in your search and remaining connected with admission counselors throughout your search process can uncover possibilities that will reduce your college cost and alleviate the initial worry and wonder inflicted by sticker shock.

Academic Value and Resources– Exploring academic value and resources available at each institution should become a part of your affordability conversations with family and admissions counselors. A school’s out of pocket cost may look great for your wallet, but what will that school do for you in the classroom and around campus to ensure your successful graduation and preparation for your future?
Would you want to attend a college or university that cost you very little, yet
eased you through a degree program, offered a curriculum that did little to push your critical thinking and offered few opportunities to derive the greater
implications of the lessons learned? For parents, would you want to send your
students to institutions that created next to no support for students who need tutoring or supplemental instruction, offer learning accommodations in the classroom that meet the bare minimum of state and federal standards, and/or
have not developed relevant, contemporary, and engaging opportunities for students to experience what they learn? Completing a college education should neither empty your bank account for the sake of attaining greater knowledge nor fill your wallet at the cost of your educational experience and professional advancement. As you dig deeper into the top schools on your list, make it a priority to meet with faculty during your college visits, witness students and the staff/student interactions playing out as you tour campus learning centers, ask to sit in on classes within your major of choice. Knowing the value of the education you’ll receive is crucial to the value of your financial investment in your institution of choice. In conducting a thorough search and after analyzing details of each school, you may find that the academic value of your top choice, though not the top choice in affordability, makes the out of pocket cost invaluable to a lifetime of success.

Personal Growth and Development– For some of you continuing your education this Fall, you may want a college experience that includes attending classes, passing classes, and earning your degree. The cliché remains true- life is what you make of it. Many of the schools on your short list will offer so much more than serving as degree mills. The purpose of higher education is growth and development. All of us have opportunity to grow through experiences, changes, and challenges we face every day. Seeking chances to grow not only offer a richer college experience, it provides opportunities to continually develop into an inclusive, just, contemplative person. Growth as a scholar, growth as a team player, growth as a club/organization member, and growth as a person— what does such growth require? Your personal growth and development in all of these stages requires a successful fulfillment of responsibility between student and the institution of learning. All colleges and universities have a mission statement, which should be readily available online or on-campus. Consider this: how do your schools of choice live up to their mission statement? Do they assist students in every potential avenue with connections and challenges to grow? Do they provide opportunities such as campus projects, meetings, trips, and other experiences for students to explore areas outside of their personal comfort zones? How are students encouraged to contemplate how such experiences promote personal learning, affect personal and community change, and evaluate changes in personal attitude and character? Such questions are important to ask faculty and staff you encounter during your visits, as well as engaging with current students. Learning about potential growth opportunities and hearing stories from students of how the college or university experience has developed their growth as a person offers information for you to consider as you compare and contrast your schools of choice. Once you make your choice, and your college journey begins, the responsibility remains in the hands of your college, and extends to you. When comparing who you are at the start of your college career with who you are at the end of your college career, you should notice changes in your world view, changes in how you treat others, and changes in the way you think and act. For you and your families, the opportunity to attend an institution that will shape the way you impact the world may sound good in theory or convoluted to some, but nonetheless important and true. Clichés aside, life is what you make of it, and the
opportunity to grow and develop as people who lead and change the environment around them remains just a campus away.

Personal Fit– As you previously read, a school may look good on paper. In fact, you may have a list full of schools that offer comparable affordability, academic excellence, and resources to succeed and grow. Yet, particular schools may leave you feeling inexplicably uneasy or unsure. When a college or university looks like the perfect fit, students and families still need to make sure the school is a personal fit. If students cannot envision themselves learning and living on-campus or families cannot imagine their student successfully growing and graduating at a particular institution, this should encourage students and families to take a step back, and reinvestigate. Take another tour, reconnect with staff, faculty and students you may have met with initially, and reexamine all of the evidence. You will likely discover the school is not the perfect fit as you originally thought. With thousands of schools across the country, it is ok if a school proves not to be your personal fit. Discovering the lack of fit at a particular institution leaves you time and energy to explore your other schools of choice or research additional opportunities to expand your list. Finding your or your student’s personal fit can prove costly and time consuming. Before you explore your academic possibilities online, through advisors, or relations, consider 3-5 deal breakers- resources, attitudes, and/or opportunities a school must have to seal the deal. As you start looking for colleges or universities, explore school website, seek out people you or your family may know that are connected to your schools of interest, and watch virtual tours, envisioning yourself on campus. Schools you believe may prove strong contenders should be the ones you visit, and are worth your time and potential travel cost. With much information at your disposal with a mere click of a button, it is easier now than ever to narrow your search list without leaving your house. Much like buying a house, however, you cannot confirm a school’s value, affordability, or fit in your or your student’s life without making time and effort to explore what value, affordability and fit mean to possibly you, your family, your student, and/or your future. Evaluate, analyze, reevaluate, and reanalyze your options, and know with each options available, you have staff and faculty who await to help you on the journey.

With so much information mentioned here, you may have questions about particular ideas or questions not mentioned above. Please, do not hesitate to reach out via phone (217-228-5491) and email(rayju@quincy.edu) to discuss your/your student’s search, further tips to successfully compare your options, or your interest in attending Quincy University. I look forward to hearing from you, and welcome an opportunity to help you reach your personal fit this or in the coming academic semester(s).

–Justin R. Ray
Associate Director of Transfer Admissions

Get Creative at QU: Fine Arts/Communications Department

Think you want to pursue a degree in Fine Arts/Communication? As a Quincy University Communication Bachelor and Master grad, I can tell you the programs are top-notch! Majors include Graphic Design, Music, Music Education, Multimedia Journalism, Sports Communication, Communication & Music Production, and Public Relations & Strategic Communication. QU allows students the chance to learn by doing – meaning every major offers hands-on experiences. QU features a Graphic Design Complex outfitted with computer labs with the latest Adobe software and ceramics studio, newly renovated music performance facilities, student-run website, a campus newspaper, and a state-of-the-art broadcast studio where students produce original programming. QU stays on top of technology, using hi-def equipment and the latest software in production labs.

When deciding if QU is right for you, it is important to remember QU features:

  • Small class sizes and hands-on opportunities.
  • Professors with real-world experience rather than a graduate assistant in charge of the lecture auditorium.
  • 92.5% placement into graduate and professional schools six months after graduation.
  • Opportunities to participate in Art Club, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, The Falcon, and even become a lead anchor on QUTV!

Take it from me, at QU you’ll find world-class majors that you can afford. Go Hawks!

–Brittany Weise, M.A.
Director of Admissions

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