Quinnipiac began as a small college in New Haven in 1929. In the early 1960s, Quinnipiac purchased land across from Sleeping Giant State Park, which is now the Mount Carmel Campus. Quinnipiac transitioned from a college to a university in 2000, and has since grown into a national university with eight schools and colleges and two additional campuses.
Quinnipiac, pronounced KWIN-uh-pe-ack, is an altered version of a Native American word. Theories differ on the word's exact meaning. Some sources, such as "The Quinnipiack Indians and Their Reservation," written in 1900, assert that the name Quinni-pe-auke means "long-water land or country" and that Quinnipiack means "people from the long-water land." Later sources claim the word Quinnipiac apparently derives from quinnuppin-uk, defined as "a turning point" or "to make a change in the direction of travel." Both definitions seem appropriate for Quinnipiac, which is near a long tidal river and which marks a turning point in students' lives.
Quinnipiac University consists of three campuses, the Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses in Hamden and the North Haven campus in North Haven, Connecticut. The oldest of these campuses is the Mount Carmel campus, at the foot of Sleeping Giant State Park. The Arnold Bernhard Library, Carl Hansen Student Center, university administration, and many of the student residences are found on this campus. In 2007, Quinnipiac acquired a 100-acre campus in North Haven, Connecticut, from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and has been gradually converting it for use by graduate programs at the university.
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