Before the term begins

Before the term begins

Completing a few short tasks will help ensure you’re off to a smooth start at Quest. Check out these next steps.

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 have been mailed out. Details of your term balance is also available 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 here.
Payment for your balances will be due by August 14. Here is a list of payment methods that are accepted by Quest.
If you have any questions, just ask our finance department.

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 August 31.
All incoming students are automatically assigned to their September Cornerstone course and October Rhetoric course.


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.

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).


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.

Students are required to live on campus and have a full meal plan throughout their studies at Quest. Since we’re starting Fall 2020, we will begin housing selection when it is safe to return to campus.

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

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 Roots, Right Triangles

Measurement Strand
Units of 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.

 See the full Q Skills Program Path.


All incoming students attending Quest University Canada are required to have a laptop as this will be used as study and research tool.



Quest is a PC and Mac campus and recommends the following minimum software packages:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 or higher, or Mac OS 10.14 or higher
  • Microsoft Office is provided for free while you are an active student (Log in at
  • Antivirus software. Antivirus software is required to be installed on your laptop to participate on the Quest WiFi network. Free versions are okay.



  • We strongly recommend a modern laptop not older than 3 years.
  • A full featured laptop, not a tablet. Tablets can be useful as an addition to but not as a replacement for a laptop.


Additional Hardware

  • Flash drive (1GB minimum)
  • Back up capability E.G. External drive (highly recommended)



Quest provides students with a wireless campus. Students can work on academic assignments and access the internet and e-mail from the Library, University Services, Academic, RecPlex and Residence buildings. Certain locations within these buildings also have wired access.



Printing will be available for purchase through the University print services. A personal printer can be useful, but is not required.



Please plan on having your laptop computer ready for use before the beginning of classes, and preferably by the beginning of orientation. If you plan on purchasing or upgrading your laptop over the summer, keep in mind that some vendors offer academic discounts.



Additional information can be found under the FAQ for Technology Services on the Quest Portal.

Technology related questions can be sent to

Please note that the Quest IT department is responsible for Quest owned hardware, infrastructure, and network. They cannot fix problems with your personal laptop.

The Quest University Library is here to support your learning and research. We provide a vast range of resources including journals, eBooks, and films that can be accessed off-campus, as well as personalized support and assistance while you’re learning remotely. From figuring out citations to getting you started on your research, we can help!

Visit our website for more details about the services we offer students, or contact us with questions or requests.

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