Quest Facts at a Glance

Traditional Territory Acknowledgment

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh peoples (Squamish). Quest University Canada sits on the Squamish traditional territory, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work, learn, and live in this blessed territory.

• Quest University Canada is Canada’s first independent, not-for-profit, secular university.

• The campus is placed and operating on ancestral lands of the Squamish Nation.

• Founded in 2002 by former University of British Columbia president Dr. David Strangway. The current president is Dr. George Iwama.

• Opened with a 73-student inaugural class on September 3, 2007. Current enrolment numbers 700 students.

• 52% of Quest students are from Canada, 36% from the US, and 12% from 41 other countries.

• Offers only one degree, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences.

• Students focus on single “block” courses that run three hours a day, every day, for 3-1/2 weeks. Maximum class size is 20 students.

• Students chose from more than 300 courses and enjoy a student-faculty ratio of 14:1.

• While at Quest, more than 70% of students study abroad.

• More than 40 clubs on campus for student engagement.

• Included in MacLean’s Canadian Universities Guidebook.

• Consistently ranks at or near the top of Canadian and US universities in all five measures of educational excellence in the yearly National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

• Accredited by the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) under the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education in 2006, and renewed in 2011 and 2016, following a rigorous review of policies and programs.

• Given the authority to grant degrees from the Province of British Columbia by the Sea to Sky University Act passed in 2002.

• Registered as a British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (EQA) approved post-secondary institution. The EQA is a quality assurance designation that identifies BC public and private post-secondary institutions that have met or exceeded provincial government recognized quality assurance standards and offer consumer protection.


All Quest faculty, known as Tutors, offer excellent interdisciplinary, seminar-style courses.


Our students come from 43 different countries with almost 50% from outside of Canada.


Quest's alumni are thriving in graduate and professional programs as well as pursuing jobs in a multitude of professions.