ADMISSIONS FAQ’s

Is there a student government @ Quest?

Yes, the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) represents student interest on campus through working with University administration and acting as a funding body. Quest SRC

What kinds of clubs are there at Quest?

Quest has over 40 clubs. Take a look here – Clubs and Groups

What will my social life look like?

Check our our Campus Events Calendar.

How can I get involved in the local community?

Quest students are involved in the local community, doing everything from volunteering at the local homeless shelter to working at coffee shops. The Student Affairs team provides opportunities to engage with the local communities of Squamish, Vancouver, and Whistler.

What sort of services are available in Squamish?

Although Squamish is a small town, it has many of the same amenities of larger cities –Living in Squamish

What is transportation like at Quest? Do I need a car on campus?

There is hourly public transit from campus into Squamish, allowing for easy access to local amenities. There are also some ride-share initiatives at Quest aiming to reduce emissions and provide transit to those without cars.

Whistler is only 35 minutes away. Can I ski?

Yes, Quest students enrolled in full time studies are eligible for discounted seasons passes atWhistler Blackcomb.

Can I stay on campus in the summer?

No, you cannot stay in residence if you are not enrolled during the summer blocks.  Quest does hire a number of students each summer to assist with maintenance tasks and summer programming, such as Summer Scholars and Renew Your Quest. Quest also offers a few research fellowships each summer: learn more about the Summer Fellows Program. Some local businesses employ Quest students for the summer. Finding a summer job is something our Student Opportunities Office can assist with.

What are student residences like?

Check out our Residence Life Page and our Residence Virtual Tour.

How is the cafeteria food?

Our cafeteria service provider Black Katz, works closely with students and staff to offer a variety of options for both healthy and restricted diets. When possible, ingredients are locally sourced.

How am I matched with a roommate?

Our Residence Life team works with incoming students regarding roommate selection. This past year, we gave incoming students the opportunity to choose their own roommates through our online residence management system StarRez.

What resources are available to stay physically & mentally healthy while at Quest?

Quest has resources to help keep you happy and healthy. Check out our Health and Wellness Page.

Why is Quest so expensive?

In the absence of federal or provincial funding, tuition revenue and private donations must cover the costs of running the University.
Quest offers the best undergraduate education in Canada, and we do not compromise on quality. We cap classes at 20 students, and the faculty member teaching it teaches only that one class. Faculty members work with each student as an advisor from their first day at Quest. They take students outside the classroom, enriching their learning with fieldwork, research opportunities, and the possibility of studying abroad. When it is time for you to enter the Concentration Program, you pick a faculty mentor who will work closely with you on your individual Question. We provide a genuine support system for learning such as our Learning Commons and our thoroughly integrated co-curricular program. These are a few reasons why we consistently rank number one in undergraduate excellence in the National Survey of Student Engagement.

How can I pay for Quest?

Quest provides scholarships, financial aid, and a Work-Study Program as well as other campus employment opportunities. Read more here.

Do you offer merit based scholarships?

Yes, Quest Scholarship Awards recognize student excellence in academics, community service, leadership, sports, and other talents. Quest Scholarships range from $2000/year to full tuition. Read more here: www.questu.ca/scholarships

Do you offer need based financial assistance?

Yes, Quest offers Financial Awards helping students who demonstrate financial need. Read more here: www.questu.ca/financial-aid

Can I use my parents RESP to help pay for Quest?

Yes, please read about Financing your Education.

Am I eligible for government assistance?

Canadian and U.S. students are eligible for government assisted loans. Read more about Financing your Education.

Can I have a job on campus?

Yes, Quest offers an on-campus work program for students who demonstrate financial need. Work-Study Program information.

What can I do with a Quest degree?

Read about what our graduates are doing via our Student Achievements webpage.

What are your graduation rates?

Please visit Student Achievements.

What international opportunities can I participate in?

Quest students can study abroad at one of our international exchange partners, they can take part in experiential learning abroad, and can fulfill their language blocks abroad. A few of our field courses also take place internationally.

What sort of academic supports are available?

The Learning Commons is a collaborative learning space at Quest where students are invited to discuss papers, concepts, assignments and projects with each other and with trained Peer Tutors. Each student also has a faculty advisor all four years.

What does the keystone project look like? – Concentration page

The Keystone course is required of all graduating students, and takes place in the block immediately preceding the Commencement ceremony. It has four main purposes: 1) students put the finishing touches on their Keystone projects; 2) students prepare and deliver a public presentation about their Question to the University community; 3) students take some time to reflect more broadly on their education—both prospectively and retrospectively— in hopes of understanding how a liberal arts and sciences education has changed them, and how they will integrate that learning into their future plans; and finally, 4) students practice job skills such as writing resumes and interviewing.

Tell me more about what my first two years will look like!

The first two years of studies at Quest constitutes the Foundation Program, which offers a balance among the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and the arts.

Can I transfer IB, AP, or other University credits to Quest?

Yes, but only once you are a student at Quest.
Read more about our transfer credit policy.

I’m interested in medicine – what does this process look like at Quest?

Please read this document [PDF, 598 KB] which outlines how Quest prepares students for medical school.

Do you offer music, theatre and art classes?

We offer some visual arts and performing arts courses.
Please refer to our 2016-2017 Course Catalogue to read more about our course offerings. Quest also has an Artist in Residence program, bringing in creative artists to campus for 6-week residencies and teaching a block.

1. Read your emails.  We will send you important information relevant to you and your application in our communications to you.  Taking the time to read these emails in full can often answer many of your questions.

2. Details matter.  Please be sure to follow instructions carefully for submitting documents, scheduling interviews, and completing your application.

3. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box for your application – if you would like to take a different approach on your application documents, please don’t hesitate to ask your admissions counsellor.

4. Be prepared to discuss your academic history.   We’re not only interested in the grades you’ve received in secondary school, but also your course choices. We look for students who have challenged themselves and studied outside their comfort zone.

5. Don’t be nervous about the interview.  It is your chance to share your story with us and to learn more about Quest too! We are looking to get as much information about you as possible.

6. All documents should be mailed to Quest or emailed as PDF or WORD documents only to admissions@questu.ca. Please name ALL submissions using the format LAST NAME-(type of document – eg. essay, original piece, transcript)

7. Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT) are not required for the application, but can be submitted if you feel they strengthen your application.

8. Please take the time to ensure your documents have been edited for errors.  We are assessing both the content and structure of any writing samples you submit, including your application essay.

9. Reference letters that are submitted as part of your application for admission can ALSO be used in your application for scholarships.

10. Make use of your Admissions Counsellor. They are all former Quest grads and are excited about sharing their experiences.  They can you to the community at Quest.