At Quinnipiac University the first thing you may have to learn is how to pronounce it (for the record, it's KWIN-uh-pe-ack). The private university offers a variety of liberal arts undergraduate programs, as well as graduate programs in selected professional fields (business, education, health sciences, communications, and law) to some 8,500 students. It often appears on lists of top colleges, including those published by U.S. News & World Report. The university, which is known to political junkies and others for its polling operation, includes eight schools and colleges across three Connecticut campuses (Mount Carmel, York Hill, and North Haven).
Originally named the Connecticut College of Commerce, the school was founded in 1929 by Samuel W. Tator as a small business college awarding associate's degrees. The college changed its name in 1951 to Quinnipiac College, commemorating the early Indian settlers who made their home in and around the New Haven, Connecticut harbor area.