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Different perspectives… May 5, 2010

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Joanne Robertson, the Assistant Director of Admissions at Quinnipiac, sees many sides of the retention story.  She has two children who attend Quinnipiac and also interacts with each student who transfers into QU from another college or university.

She believes that choosing a major plays a huge part in deciding whether to transfer in or out of any school.

“Although we have a lot of very strong programs sometimes there’s a major that they all the sudden become passionate about that we don’t offer enough variety or enough coursework and they need to leave,” she said.

She cites the Criminal Justice program as an example of the differences in academic programs within QU.

“We offer a Criminal Justice major, but I certainly would not say to a student come to Quinnipiac for Criminal Justice. Come to Quinnipiac for Health Sciences, communications, business, or the MAT program,” she said.  Every school has its strengths and not every school can answer everyone’s requirements for a major.”

Sophomore Samantha Secor came to Quinnipiac because she liked the campus but didn’t know exactly what she wanted to study. Now that she knows what she wants to do she wants to challenge herself by going to Boston University.

Most prestigious schools actually have higher acceptance rates for transfer admissions than freshmen admissions.  This means, Secor might not have been accepted to BU as an incoming freshman but after declaring her major and doing well at Quinnipiac she can now transfer in.

“I am really impressed with their academic reputation,” she said. “Now that I’ve chosen a major I’m ready to move on.”

These are the schools with the top 10 highest acceptance rates for transfers of the US News Top 50 Colleges and Universities.

Senior Andy Lumnah almost transferred because he also felt he wasn’t getting what he wanted academically. He was torn between what Quinnipiac was offering for his minor and wasn’t offering for his major.

He is a Media Production major and wants to do production for a news station.  “I noticed that the production classes here were aiming more towards film and going into Hollywood and directing and that’s not necessarily what I wanted to do,” he said. He looked into Emerson College because of their strong news production reputation.

However, Emerson doesn’t offer a language program.  Completing a Spanish minor was too important to Lumnah to leave QU.

Sophomore Tom Corino was happy with the film training he’s experienced at QU, but wants to transfer for social reasons. Corino has a passion for music and feels he doesn’t really fit into the social scene at Quinnipiac.  He wants to go to Emerson or SUNY Purchase which have reputations for being “artsy schools.”

Here is more of what Robertson, Secor, Lumnah, and Corino had to say.

Robertson feels that although some students transfer out of QU because of the academic programs or the social scene, those are the very same reasons some students transfer into QU.

Matt Hudak and Lindsay Kazin are two heavily involved Quinnipiac students.  They feel they fit perfectly into the community and are taking advantage of all that QU has to offer. Here are their stories:

Survey says… April 14, 2010

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A recent survey of 100 Quinnipiac students found that 57 percent had thought about transferring at some point in their college experience.  Many think this is due to the high cost of a college education, especially at a private institution such as Quinnipiac University.  According to Maureen Tillman of the New York Times, “parents are viewing the cost of college with a stronger lens and are becoming more assertive by telling their children that unless they take their academic experience seriously, they will not continue to pay the high costs of going away to college as opposed to commuting from home.”  In her article, Tillman quoted Mara Model, a former Quinnipiac student, who said she transferred to Temple University because she felt the QU campus was too small and isolated.

Also in the survey, students were asked “why do you think most students leave Quinnipiac?”  40 percent said financial reasons, 38 percent said dissatisfied with the social scene or didn’t fit in, 17 percent said dissatisfied with housing and/or university rules and regulations, 3 percent said academics weren’t challenging enough, and one percent choose either academics are too challenging or a family or medical situation respectively.  Allen Grove, in his article “5 Bad Reasons to Transfer,” said that challenging academics is the second highest reason people transfer – which is the opposite of what the survey at Quinnipiac showed.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that 17 percent were dissatisfied with housing because QU is going through such dramatic housing changes for this upcoming year.  Nathalie Weinstein of the Daily Journal of Commerce wrote that “students that live on campus during their first year come back at a higher rate than students who live off campus” which is a piece of the puzzle for QUs new housing plan.

Here are the Survey Monkey results:

College Planning Widget April 7, 2010

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This widget, available from Widgetbox, is called the College and University Planning Information widget. This widget tightly packages everything from College and University information, to tips on how to balance classes and clubs, to information about tuition costs, tips for parents, and of course… retention rates!

This widget has been installed in 64 different sites.