Quincy University is a private liberal arts Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition. It is located in Quincy, Illinois, United States and currently enrolls around 1,300 students.
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 ï¿½ 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: one of them, Stillwell Hall, is now the Quincy Museum; the other one, 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.
Quincy University stands as a Catholic, independent, liberal arts institution of higher learning in the Franciscan tradition. Inspired by the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi, we respect each person as a sister or brother with dignity, value, and worth. We work for justice, peace and the integrity of creation. We prepare men and women for leadership and for the transformation of the world by educating them to seek knowledge that leads to wisdom. We welcome and invite all to share our spirit and life.
Rick Hummel, Hall of Fame Baseball writer Kane (wrestler) aka Glen Jacobs, Professional Wrestler (although he did transfer to Truman State University) Josh Kinney, relief pitcher for the Seattle Mariners John Mahoney (Bachelor of Arts), television and theatre actor Zoe Nicholson, Equality Activist, Speaker and Writer Father Augustine Tolton, first African-American Catholic priest Josh Rabe, former outfielder for the Minnesota Twins James Pankow, trombonist for the band Chicago (only for his freshman year) Lindell Shumake, Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives Francis G. Slay, mayor of St. Louis, Missouri Michael Swango, Serial killer Scott L. Thoele, U.S. Army National Guard general Dr. William D Payne, Organ Transplant Surgeon, Chief of Staff University of Minnesota Hospital Paul Splittorff (Decsd) Pitcher and 20 Game Winner, Kansas City Royals (freshman year only) Adrian Dixon, WR receptions leader.