“Quest’s culture is supportive
yet pushes us to limits we didn’t know existed.
I’ve never felt so challenged or so at home.” Anna Marie Obermeier ‘16

About

Quest is unique. Its groundbreaking approach to postsecondary education began as an experiment. Now in its second decade, the university has made its mark, staking its claim as one of Canada’s important institutions of higher learning.

Quest seeks to reinvent higher education through its innovative philosophy and novel curriculum. We offer an environment of intellectual rigour and personal enrichment, where students gain universal skills while delving deep into topics they’re passionate about.

We are Canada’s first independent, not-for-profit, secular liberal arts and science university devoted entirely to excellence in undergraduate education.

Quest is accredited by the Degree Quality Assessment Board of the province of British Columbia and is a member of the Education Quality Assurance.

Fast Facts

2007

year founded

600

students

20:1

student to faculty ratio

one degree

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

blocks

not semesters

questions

not majors

one

course at a time for 3.5 weeks

40+

countries represented

70%

go abroad at least once

Traditional Territory Acknowledgment

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

Quest University Canada aims to foster an inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning and working environment for all members of our university community that recognizes, respects, and promotes diversity, and encourages intellectually rigorous debate and collaboration among different points of view. Our commitment is motivated by both our social obligations as well as by our deeper desire to build a more equitable society and increase opportunities for all. We recognize that not everyone understands and experiences the world in the same ways; therefore our vision is to cultivate a climate in which all members are supported and feel welcomed.

Understanding that identities are fluid, socially constructed, and historically contingent and
to encourage self-identification and expression, our vision is to equip our community members with the language, perspectives, and resources to critically analyze and take thoughtful action to address internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic forms of oppression and privilege. We strive to inspire the university and larger community to be engaged, committed and conscientious citizens, who, regardless of what they do, champion fairness and equality.

Diversity at Quest University Canada is not a top-down initiative. Rather, it marries our campus history of promoting social responsibility through academic and extracurricular excellence to try and holistically meet the needs of the diverse members of our community. We recognize these are lofty aspirations to continually work towards. Therefore, we commit ourselves to reflecting on our actions, and to working on ourselves, our peers, our students, faculty, staff, and communities to collectively move towards their realization.

In pursuit of this vision, our mission is to:

  • Recognize that Quest is on unceded Squamish First Nation territory and that we need to acknowledge our position within a system of oppression while striving towards our emancipatory potential. We will consult and collaborate with the Squamish First Nation to create and maintain a strong relationship by means of academic and non-academic initiatives both on and off campus.
  • Foster an accessible and welcoming campus environment composed of individuals of diverse perspectives, histories, and life goals. Therefore, we commit ourselves to removing barriers and increasingly recruiting and retaining marginalized students, faculty, and staff in our admissions, hiring, and retention efforts.
  • Work to foster a social environment in which people of all backgrounds are able to share their experiences, wisdom, make mistakes and learn from them, support community members as they negotiate on-going inequalities, and gather together to celebrate the rich heterogeneity of humanity.
  • Promote the emancipating power of education in the ongoing struggle against systems of violence and inequity in Canadian society and in the world at large. We will build and deliver academic and co-curricular programs that hone critical thinking skills necessary for community members to recognize and combat systemic, institutional, interpersonal barriers to equity.

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