MISSION & VISION Founded By Franciscan Friars & Welcoming to All Faiths


A Message from the President

Welcome to the website of Quincy University, a vibrant community of students, faculty and staff committed to learning, caring, and connecting with one another and the larger world.

Founded by Franciscan Friars in 1860, Quincy welcomes students of all faith traditions. The essence of the Franciscan spirit is respect for all persons and connection with all of creation. At QU you will find small, stimulating classes, with faculty and staff who know you personally and who encourage you to develop your unique talents. As a contemporary liberal arts university, our highly respected academic programs include a range of internships to help prepare you to succeed in your chosen career.

Highly affordable and generous in its scholarships, QU also offers many opportunities such as campus activities, spiritual retreats, service trips, and study abroad, in addition to our award-winning athletic programs. Whatever your interest and whatever your degree program—undergraduate, graduate, or non-traditional—we encourage you to visit our campus. We warmly invite you to become part of the QU family.

Peace and all good (the blessing of St. Francis),
Dr. Robert Gervasi, President
Fun Fact: Dr. Gervasi has completed 13 marathons, can read or speak six different languages, and is often found on campus bypassing the elevators to take—or run—the stairs.

What It Means to be Franciscan

Hospitality and respect for all.

Reconciliation, justice, and peace.

Service to others.

The integrity of creation.

Our Mission


Quincy University stands as a Catholic, independent, liberal arts institution of higher learning in the Franciscan tradition. Inspired by the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi, we respect each person as a sister or brother with dignity, value, and worth. We work for justice, peace and the integrity of creation. We prepare men and women for leadership and for the transformation of the world by educating them to seek knowledge that leads to wisdom.

We welcome and invite all to share our spirit and life.

Fun Fact: Alumna Rita Niemann '51 donated both St. Francis and Clare statues to the university. They have now become an iconic symbol of our Franciscan spirit. St. Francis arms are wide open to invite all who enter.

Our Philosophy

Quincy University lives in the spirit of Francis of Assisi. St. Francis embraced the whole world in community, and we embrace all seekers of truth by:


Developing our faculty to flourish as educators, mentors, and scholars.


Providing a liberal arts education that leads to fulfilling careers.


Integrating technology to promote a culture of innovation.


Enhancing our students with professional experiences that foster growth.


Preparing ethical leaders for an interdependent world.

There’s no application fee when you apply online.