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

Why Study STEM at QU?

As a graduate of Quincy University with degrees in both Biological Sciences and Chemistry, I cannot recommend QU’s STEM programs enough! I could talk for days about my experiences as a science major at QU, so I thought I would highlight my top 10 reasons why you should sudy a STEM field at QU:

1. Small Class Sizes: Overall, QU has average class sizes of about 20 students. However, as you move into your major specific courses, this number starts to dwindle. By the time Junior year rolled around, most of my bio and chem classes had fewer than 10 students! With fewer students in my classes, I was able to be more involved in discussions and formed a tight-knit study group.

2. The Faculty: With small class sizes, I was able to get to know my professors pretty well. To this day, I still play badminton with my advisor every Wednesday in the HFC! It’s truly an environment where your professors want you to succeed and will provide you with awesome letters of recommendation when applying for internships or graduate schools.

3. The Majors: QU offers 12 different majors within the STEM field as well as 7 Pre-Professional concentrations. You can learn more about each degree here.

4. Research Opportunities: Students have the opportunity to participate in research opportunities both on and off campus. Whether you are taking one of our independent research courses, interning at a local lab, or preparing a research project for the Academic Symposium, 

5. Experiential Learning: We are located in the heart of the city of Quincy. Our campus is a 3-minute drive from Blessing Regional Hospital and a 4-minute drive from Quincy Medical Group. These are both great options for students looking to shadow physicians, work in a lab, or volunteer. I worked as an Emergency Department Scribe during my undergraduate years and was able to see first-hand what it is like to work in the fast-paced ER. If there is a certain profession you are hoping to shadow, your professors as well as the QUEST Center are great resources in helping you land an internship.

6. Unique Courses: As someone interested in attending medical school, one of the main reasons I chose to attend QU was due to the Cadaver Lab that is offered in the Spring. I even had the chance to study abroad in Belize for my Tropical Ecology course! To learn more about courses within your major, check out our Academic Catalog.

7. NSF S-STEM Grant: Interested in a non-clinical science? Then talk to your Admissions Counselor to see if you qualify for a $21,000 grant!

8. Pre-Medical Scholars Program: Interested in attending SLU’s Medical School? If you have a composite score of a 30 ACT or 1390 SAT and have not received a grade of C in any science or math courses in high school, you could qualify for our Early Acceptance into SLU’s Medical School. This allows you to apply for conditional acceptance by April 1st of your sophomore year. You can find all requirements here.

9. Clubs and Organizations: Though we are a small campus, there are plenty of ways to get involved within the sciences! Our Pre-Professional Sciences Club brings speakers to campus who talk about their experiences in medical school, dental school, physical therapy school, etc. and creates a network for undergraduates looking to gain shadow experience. Chemistry Club participates in webinars, American Chemical Society meetings, and has many opportunities for service learning opportunities. The Environmental Club raises awareness about conservation and protection of our ecosystems. 

10. Student Outcomes: Our students have gone on to become medical doctors, physical therapists, veterinary doctors, software developers, and analytical chemists, just to name a few!

–Taylor Kristicevich
Admissions Counselor

Nursing is a Work of Heart

If you enjoy caring for others and are looking for a rewarding, diverse, and flexible career; then nursing might be the major for you! Quincy University partners with Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences and offers a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing. The Blessing-Rieman Nursing program is accredited and includes hands-on learning, small class sizes, and expert faculty ensuring that you are ready to enter the workforce with excellent clinical reasoning skills.

These skills will give you confidence in caring for patients with complex conditions and will help you advance quickly in your career. Your education will include general education coursework, nursing coursework, and more than 700 hours of clinical experience. As part of your clinical experience, you will have the opportunity to train in Blessing’s Simulation Center. The Simulation Center allows you to master your clinical skills before you enter the real clinical setting. Here, you will be provided with opportunities for specialized instruction, research, leadership, and experience working with different types of patients. Whether you are interested in being a hospital nurse, clinical nurse, public health nurse, or home health nurse, QU’s partnership with Blessing-Rieman has you covered!

High school students who have a 3.0 grade point average and a 22 on the ACT or an 1100 on the SAT will be directly accepted into the nursing program. If you don’t have the direct accept scores, talk with your admissions counselor about how to get accepted.

Come join the QU family and learn the skills to be an excellent nurse!

–Paige Owsley
Admissions Counselor

The Business of a Business Major

Interested in majoring in Business? Begin your journey at Quincy University! The QU School of Business offers programs in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Management, and Marketing. Minors include Economics and Entrepreneurship. When deciding if QU is right for you, it is important to note the School of Business features the following:

  • A challenging curriculum to provide the technical and professional skills students need to succeed.
  • Students easily find internships at one of Quincy’s 125 corporations, as well as in their hometowns and large cities throughout the US. (Companies featured below!)
  • Our faculty has the real-world experience to share with the students, and all offer an open-door policy so they are easily accessible!
  • Classes are small – average size is 14! – so students have the opportunity to build rapport with both their peers and professors.
  • Two student clubs: Institute of Management Accountants and Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization – both allow members to widen their vision of the business world and network with professionals.

I know it may be early, but are you considering getting your MBA? QU’s program is 30-credit hours and can be done on-line or on-ground. Students can even elect to start their Master’s courses early through the Accelerated Bachelors to Masters Program their senior year.

I encourage you to schedule a meeting with our faculty to learn more about the majors you are interested in. Hope to see you on our campus soon. Go Hawks!

–Brittany Weise, M.A.
Director of Admissions

The Major Situation

“How am I supposed to decide what I want to major in?” I remember having this thought as an 18-year-old high school senior, and I remember being stressed out about it.

The fact is, many students are not sure what they want to study. National studies have shown that over 50% of college students will change their major at some point. The bottom line is that it’s okay not to know. As an incoming college freshman, students will be introduced to a vast world of academic disciplines. This is the perfect opportunity to exercise some of those educational pursuits and see if it’s the perfect career path. Often, being open to exploring a couple routes, helps the student to truly find their niche. I adore the way that QU has set up its curriculum. Our Bonaventure Program, which is rooted in the liberal arts tradition, requires students to take some classes outside of their major. This translates to a little flexibility as a student decides what career to pursue. It also creates a safety net for those students that do decide to switch a major. We expect our students to have a well-rounded education as they take classes outside of their major field. We believe this philosophy prepares them to be worldly thinkers, but it also provides the benefit of truly finding their academic passion.

–Dominic O’Donnell, M.A.
Associate Director of Freshmen Admission

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