Quincy University or QU was established because of the initiative taken by the Franciscan friars who felt the need to educate the German-speaking population. The College was established in 1860 as the St. Francis Solanus College in Quincy, Illinois. Its name was changed in 1917 to Quincy College and Seminary. In 1932 women were first seen on the college campus. Again in 1970 the college was rechristened and given its present name when the seminary was closed. Approximately 1,100 students enroll in the college.
The College offers courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. At an undergraduate level, the college provides contemporary liberal arts education. The graduate level courses include an MBA degree, a Masters of Science in Education as well as a Masters of Theology degree.
QU hosts a number of men's and woman's sports teams which compete in NCAA division II. The teams, which participate in basketball, soccer, football and tennis, are also a part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
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