Before you arrive

Before you arrive

There are a number of short tasks for you to complete prior to your arrival at Quest, in order to make your enrolment and transition to life as a Quest student a smooth process. Take a look at the information below to see what you need to do next.

A student who is not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident requires a valid study permit. Study permits vary in processing time, so we recommend applying for your study permit as early as possible. Your Admissions Counsellor will send you an Official Letter of Acceptance and an Enrollment Verification letter as well as other pertinent information required for your study permit application. Note that the Letter of Acceptance that you received with your admission offer is not valid for a Study Permit application
For more information visit our Study Permit Page.

Student account statements will be mailed out by July 15. Details of your term balance will also be available by July 15 on Self-Serve.
Find out on how to check your balance on Self-Serve.
Please note the statements are only sent to students from Canada or the USA. International students can rely on Self-Serve to determine their balances or request a copy of their statement by emailing us at here.
Payment for your balances will be due by August 15. Here is a list of payment methods that are accepted by Quest.
If you have any questions, just ask our finance department.

Figuring out what you’ll need at university can be tricky. We’ve made a list of items that you may need or want while living at Quest. The list is just a guideline. Most importantly, bring the items that will make you feel at home! Check it out here.

You can order linen packages online through Residence Linens. If you order them by August 1, they will be mailed directly to Quest and will be ready in your room when you arrive for Orientation. Please note that the bedsheet sizes at Quest are twin XL.

Some students may find it helpful to connect with a Campus Counsellor before arriving at Quest. Counsellors can support students in their transition, provide mental health resources in the Squamish community, and help students plan for success. Students wishing to connect with a Campus Counsellor may start booking sessions anytime. Book a pre-arrival session here. Click on the pictures below to learn more about our counselors.

Classes begin September 4.
All incoming students are automatically assigned to their September Cornerstone course and October Rhetoric course.

CORNERSTONE

Your academic journey at Quest starts with Cornerstone, your first month-long block course. This course is spent exploring the interdisciplinary question “What is Knowledge?” while brushing up on your skills in communication, collaboration, writing, and research.  You will debate the death of Santiago Nasar in A Chronicle of a Death Foretold, delve into The Apology by Socrates, conduct your own unique field research, and attend Cornerstone lectures that explore knowledge through the themes of  What is Truth? and Marine Biology.

REQUIRED READING PRIOR TO CLASSES STARTING:
Gabriel García Márquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, trans. Gregory Rabassa (Vintage; Reprint edition; 2003).

“Chronicle of a Death Foretold is a small book, hardly more than a novella (as Henry James would call it), but in no sense is it minor work. The Chronicle deals with a single, simple, inevitable action in a Colombian riverside town of utter squalor. The time is about a quarter century ago, but the formal action is compressed into less than eight hours. The events of that brief time are retrospectively reconstructed in the novel by a journalist who was a young man in the town, and who now returns to interview the actors and to reassemble his disjointed memories…Exquisitely harrowing…very strange and brilliantly conceived…A sort of metaphysical murder mystery” (The New York Times Review Book Reviews).

RHETORIC 

If you’ve already read this text, we strongly encourage you to read it again. In Cornerstone you will inevitably dive deeper into Marquez’s themes and prose than ever before.

After Cornerstone, you’ll take Rhetoric – while each Rhetoric course varies depending on the tutor, all sections of this block are designed to give students the opportunity to work intensively on good writing and effective public speaking at the outset of their Quest career. The skills involved include research and professional requirements for documentation, the uses and abuses of academic research, an introduction to quantitative reasoning, as well as techniques for writing cogent, persuasive university-level papers. Throughout the entire class we focus on improving students’ critical thinking skills, and students are given the opportunity to make and then improve on several presentations, developing skills to deliver effective talks, reports, and speeches. The lessons from Rhetoric will serve students throughout their university career—indeed, throughout their lives!

Quest requires graduation confirmation and an official secondary school transcript from all incoming first-year students. Students will not be allowed to attend classes at Quest until a final transcript has been received.

Submission form

Contact your Admissions Counsellor or the Admissions Office with any questions on this email.

Quest students are required to live on campus and have a full meal plan throughout their entire degree.

To read more about our housing policies see the Academic Calendar.

2019-2020 housing and meal plan costs are:

Housing $4,000 CAD per term*
Meal Plan $2,840 CAD per term*

*Please keep in mind that these costs may increase annually.

We use StarRez for everything related to Student Life on campus! Students can access StarRez using their Quest credentials (username and password), which are used for all Quest services (e.g. email, portal, etc.). Once your deposit is paid, students are able to login and begin the housing assignment process by creating a web profile.

Students have until June 24 by midnight to complete this process (steps 1-6 on the StarRez portal). Afterwards, students will have until July 2 to find roommates and create a roommate group (steps 7 & 8) in order to start selecting their rooms July 9 – 12 (steps 9 & 10).The instructions for using StarRez are located in the StarRez system and in the email students will receive. Please contact our Student representative if you have any questions about using StarRez to create your web profile.

Students experiencing mental health concerns, learning exceptionalities, medical conditions, or other such protected characteristics are invited to register with Accessibility Services and request academic and/or non-academic accommodations.

For more information about accessibility, visit the Accessibility page on the portal and/or contact Krista Lambie here.

In order to help you succeed in your science courses throughout the Foundation Program and beyond, we want to ensure that you have all the necessary Quantitative Reasoning skills, before you get to class. That’s why we started the Q Skills program, a series of workshops and diagnostics which you will need to complete before you can register for science courses.

There are four strands in the Q Skills program:

Number Strand
Quantity and Calculation, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages

Graphs Strand
Relationships and Graphs, Linear Graphs

Algebra Strand
Expressions and Equations, Systems of Equations, Non-Linear Expressions and Equations, Exponents and Toots, Right Triangles

Measurement Strand
Units for Measurement, Formulas for Length, Area, and Volume, Analyzing Dimensions and Formulas, Scientific Notation

For more information on each strand check out the Q Skills Content by Strand. You can also explore this link to find more about what skills you need, and what resources we have to help you learn them before you get to campus.

When you arrive on campus, those of you who feel ready can write the diagnostic right away on August 31st. This diagnostic is optional and you should write it only if you feel well prepared and confident. Look out for the specific time and place in the Orientation Schedule.

For those of you who don’t feel ready by that date, there will be review sessions throughout Cornerstone and another opportunity to write the diagnostic at the end of the Cornerstone block.

 See the full Q Skills Program Path.

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