Quinnipiac University is a private, 4-year school located in Hamden, CT just 11 miles north of New Haven. The school was founded in 1929 by prominent business people in response to Northeastern University leaving New Haven at the onset of the Great Depression. The school was founded as Connecticut College of Commerce; in 1951 it was renamed Quinnipiac in honor of a local Native American tribe. The campus was relocated in 1966 to Hamden and achieved university status in 2000. The campus is set at the bottom of Sleeping Giant State Park, also called Mt Carmel, named for its resemblance to a human figure lying down on its back. Most building and activity centers on the 250 acre campus are focused around a central quad; there are also many open spaces as well as the State Park adjacent to the campus.