August 10, 2022

QUINCY, Ill. – The Quincy University campus will come alive on Monday, August 15, as first-year students begin to arrive for their Move-In Day and Orientation.

Designed for new students to become better acclimated to campus life, Orientation is the first step to success at QU. Through a series of sessions, students are introduced to the QU House System and learn about service learning, staying healthy, resources for success in the classroom and services available on campus. The QU House System begins its third year, designed to transform the student experience at the university, with each QU student becoming part of a close-knit house community.

New student orientation focuses on Success by Design rotations, providing each student with opportunities to engage in various academic, social, cultural and spiritual sessions. Orientation provides each student with an individualized success plan and a series of university-wide programs to help students graduate on time and be fully prepared for careers or further education. First-year students work with the Orientation leaders who help guide them through their first week on campus.

During Orientation, students will participate in team-building activities and become familiar with Franciscan values. Orientation also features the nationally-recognized organization Playfair, which provides new students a high-energy, interactive experience, and Quincy native Ryan Tanner who will share his story of overcoming adverse situations and reaching the pinnacle of success.

Students will be welcomed back with a variety of facility enhancements completed over the summer break. This includes classroom remodeling, residence hall updates, athletic weight room enhancements, roof replacements, and renovations of Greek Row housing.


Returning QU students will begin checking in on Saturday, August 20, and classes start at 8 am on Monday, August 22.  Official enrollment numbers will be released following the add/drop period on Friday, August 26.

See below for an abbreviated schedule for Move-In Day and Orientation.

Monday, August 15

  • 8:30 am – 1 pm – Check-In and Move-In – Health and Fitness Center
  • 3 pm – Inaugural Ceremony – St. Francis Solanus Church
  • 7:45 pm – Keynote Speaker – Ryan Tanner

Tuesday, August 16

  • 11 am – Playfair interactive experience

Wednesday, August 17

  • 8 am – 6 pm – Success by Design Breakout Sessions – various locations
  • 8:30 pm – Bert & Dev: Surviving College Hip-Hop Stage Play

Thursday, August 18 & Friday, August 19

  • 8 am – 6 pm – Success by Design Breakout Sessions – various locations

Saturday, August 20

  • 9 am – 1 pm – Returning Student Check-in

Sunday, August 21

  • 4:30pm – 6 pm – Back to School Picnic

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 or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or Quincy University. Success by Design.