Quincy University’s First Year Student Retreat gave QU’s first year students an opportunity to spark friendships, interact, and give back to the community during a day-long series of outdoor activities and projects at Camp Eastman in nearby Nauvoo, Illinois, on August 16. Activities included swimming, archery, dodgeball, soccer, basketball, kayaking, canoeing, Frisbee golf, and volleyball in addition to a number of team-building exercises. Students were asked to refrain from cell phone usage throughout the retreat in order to be fully-engaged with one another. The retreat fulfilled a portion of each student’s QUE100 course—a required course designed specifically for all incoming QU students.
Quincy University’s 2014-15 enrollment is 1,065 traditional students including 1003 full-time traditional students and 62 part-time traditional students. Quincy University recently welcomed a a total of 293 new full-time traditional students. QU’s total enrollment (including non-traditional students and graduate students) is 1,237.
This year’s spring-to-fall retention, or percentage of eligible students returning full time to QU, exceeds 80 percent. Quincy University's full time student retention sits at approximately 10 percentage point higher than the national average for annual retention, which is approximately 70 percent. The significantly higher number of full time students returning to Quincy University shows that students who join the QU family persist and thrive here, and demonstrates a real point of pride for the university.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University office of communications by calling (217) 228-5275.