Enrollment continues to grow at Quincy University.

This fall, the university welcomed 327 freshmen. This marks the largest freshman class in 50 years and a 7% increase over last year.

Combining freshman with new transfers, there are 411 full-time new students at QU, up slightly from last year and the highest since 1990.

The total of full-time undergraduate students at QU for the Fall 2023 academic term is 1,011, a 2% increase over last year.

“Once again, Quincy University is breaking modern enrollment records because of the hard work of our faculty and staff and the accomplishments of our students,” said Brian McGee, PhD, president of Quincy University. “Our Success by Design program, where each student has a personalized success plan, continues to make a difference in attracting students and families to QU. We are proud of all that is being accomplished at this wonderful Catholic and Franciscan university.”

The class of 2027 comes to QU from over 240 different high schools, located in 31 states and 17 countries. Most students at Quincy University come from Illinois and Missouri, as has been the case throughout the history of the university.

“My team and I are very pleased to welcome the largest class of first-year students in fifty years,” said Tom Oliver, M.A., vice president for enrollment and senior director of student

financial services. “This incoming class includes students who bring a diverse range of life experiences, perspectives, and talents to our campus community.  There is no doubt the QU community will see exciting things from the incredible group of students.  We are excited to see how they learn to use their talents and gifts to make a lasting impact on campus and in the world, once they have completed their education at Quincy University.”

The freshman class has an average GPA of 3.40 and average SAT scores of 1133. Nineteen percent were admitted as “test optional,” where submission and consideration of an SAT or ACT score are not required.

“This year’s large new student class is continued evidence that the University provides one of the best values in private higher education. With our commitment to student success through QU’s Success by Design education model and affordability through our generous scholarship programs, the University is able to make an exceptional education available to an increasing number of students,” said Oliver.

Freshman Music Education major Hunter Hildebrand is confident in his decision to come to QU. “The service aspect of the curriculum is very important to me, and I am thankful for all the opportunities for success that are offered to me as a student,” said Hildebrand, a recent graduate of Quincy High School and a recipient of multiple scholarships. His grandmother is a QU alumna who earned a nursing degree.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is a small Catholic university emphasizing the sciences, liberal arts and the professions. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate and adult education programs integrating practical experience and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with students to design customized success plans to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. QU is a member of NCAA Division II for intercollegiate athletics. For more information, please visit www.quincy.edu or contact the Office

of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or communityrelations@quincy.edu. Quincy University. Success by Design.