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|President||Dr. Robert Gervasi (June, 2008)|
|Location||Quincy, IL, USA|
|Colors||brown and white|
|Affiliations||Franciscan Roman Catholic|
A small group of Franciscan friars left Germany in 1858 to serve the German-speaking population in what was then the frontier state of Illinois. In 1860, they founded the institution as St. Francis Solanus College, receiving a formal charter from the state in 1873.
The college proved to be an excellent site for the training of young Franciscan priests, and in 1917 the name was changed to the Quincy College and Seminary.
In 1932, women were admitted to the college for the first time. Until the 1960 – 61 school year and the construction of Centennial Hall, they were housed several blocks south of the main campus, in converted Victorian mansions that still exist today, though no longer owned by the school. (Stillwell Hall is now the Quincy Museum, and Bonfoy Hall is privately owned.)
In 1970 the seminary portion of the school was closed and the school renamed to simply Quincy College. The seminary campus, a mile north of the main college campus, has since been used by the college for extra dormitory space, athletic fields, and classroom and office space. The dormitory is now used as a retreat center, and the academic portion of the North Campus houses most of the Division of Mathematics and Science. North Campus has also been leased to local Police and 911 services.
In the late 1980s, the college began considering granting graduate degrees; this became a reality a few years later and in 1993 the college was officially renamed Quincy University.
At the graduate level, QU offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree and a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree.
At the undergraduate level, QU offers a contemporary liberal arts education. Majors and concentration include Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 32 major areas of concentration. They also offer an Associate of Science degree in Aviation, and a variety of non-degree programs. Quincy also has a Communications program.
Through a partnership with The Learning House, Inc., Quincy University offers an online Bachelor in Human Services. The accelerated degree program is Web-based and allows versatile learning.
Quincy University is an NCAA Division II school and has been a part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference for most sports since the 1995-96 school year. Men's volleyball competes in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (NCAA Division I).
Prior to joining the NCAA, Quincy's women won the NAIA national softball championship in 1985 (after being runners-up the previous year) and the men won the NAIA national men's soccer championship a record eleven times, 1967-67, 1971, 1973-75, and 1977-81 (the five consecutive titles is also a record) and finished second in 1968 and 1970. From 1987 through 1990, the Hawks' men's soccer competed in the NCAA Division I Big Central Soccer Conference.
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