“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. Today, Quest University is one of Canada’s important institutions of higher learning, leading the way in innovation and preparing students for a changing world.

Quest has a unique approach to the liberal arts and sciences. We believe in teaching skills that work in the real world. We believe in preparing students for any endeavour they choose — from graduate school to professional programs, and from traditional careers to independent paths. In short, Quest seeks to reinvent higher education, using an innovative philosophy and novel curriculum. We offer an environment of intellectual rigour and personal enrichment, where students help design their own education and delve 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 University Canada 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 is an inherent part of our mission to promote social responsibility through academic and extracurricular excellence, and a guiding principle in honouring our entire community.

This involves:

  • recognizing 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;
  • committing ourselves to an accessible, welcoming campus environment made of individuals of diverse perspectives, histories, and life goals, removing barriers, and recruiting and retaining marginalized students, faculty, and staff;
  • striving for a social environment in which people of all backgrounds are able to share their experiences and wisdom, make mistakes and learn from them, support community members as they negotiate ongoing inequalities, and together celebrate the rich heterogeneity of humanity;
  • promoting the emancipating power of education in the ongoing struggle against systems of violence and inequity in Canadian society and the world; and delivering academic and co-curricular programs that hone critical thinking skills necessary for community members to recognize and combat systemic, institutional, and interpersonal barriers to equity.

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Parent Perspective | Mike Slinger

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