Who We Are
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Quest University Canada is Canada’s only independent, not-for-profit, secular liberal arts university. Quest offers one degree, the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. Our ground-breaking curriculum offers flexible, student-centred learning that combines intellectual rigour and creativity with hands-on experience. Instead of taking five classes at a time, you immerse yourself in one subject for 3.5 weeks. You create a Question instead of declaring a major.
Less than an hour from both Vancouver and Whistler, our University is nestled in the Coast Mountains in beautiful Squamish, BC. Students live on campus, fostering closeness in this stunning natural setting. At Quest, you’ll become part of a vibrant community that is driven by an unquenchable curiosity. You’ll know when you get here.
3200 University Boulevard,
3200 University Boulevard
Named one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses, Quest offers stunning views, trails, a café with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a serene setting perched high above the town of Squamish. Students live in residences built in a variety of styles and down the hill find bustling cafés, restaurants, craft breweries and locally owned shops. Vancouver, ranked one of the world’s best cities, is an hour’s drive south and just 45 km north is Whistler instead, a year-round recreational haven and legendary spot for winter pursuits.
- Bachelor’s Degree: Arts & Science
Build Your Degree
We offer a single degree, the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, which gives you the best of both worlds: a basis for advanced studies if you want to go on to specialize, with the flexibility of a multidisciplinary background that equips you with broad knowledge and skills. In the first two years, students take a Foundation Program consisting of multidisciplinary courses that span the liberal arts and sciences. Then, instead of declaring a major, students design a Question to conclude the Foundation Program. The Question drives the rest of a student's undergraduate education, and can range from narrow to broad in scope. In years three and four, students transition into the Concentration Program: a program that's inspired by the Question and designed by the student, including focus courses, electives, Experiential Learning and a final synthesis project called The Keystone.
The Block Plan
At Quest, you don't take four classes at once, and your courses don't run for a whole semester or quarter. Instead, you take one Block at a time, a single course that meets for three hours each weekday for about a month. The Block Plan is a major part of Quest's teaching philosophy. Among its benefits are: full immersion in a single subject, close interaction between faculty and students, highly interactive classrooms, seminar-style learning, never more than 20 students in a class, scheduling flexibility, where students can take a Block off without missing multiple courses, and more. You'll delve deeply into a topic, which may be laser-focused or pull from many disciplines. The Block Plan allows for a deep and immersive experience where you'll work both independently and collaboratively and come out learning much more than you did.
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Areas of Study Available
- Liberal Arts and Humanities
- Agriculture, Natural Resources and Science
- Health Related
- Visual, Performing and Fine Arts
Study Abroad Opportunities
Studying abroad can be one of the highlights of an undergraduate education, and a memorable personal and academic experience. Quest students can spend one or two academic terms abroad. From Wales to South Korea, from Morocco to Sweden, and from Hong Kong to India, Quest keeps adding Study Abroad partners all over the world.
Study Abroad Info
Basic Admissions Requirements
Quest welcomes applications from students around the world and from all schooling types. All applications are reviewed the same way, regardless of citizenship or education background. The application process includes submission of transcripts, two essays and optional supplementary documents, but only qualified applicants will be invited to an admissions interview.
IB and AP Credits
Students may receive up to 4 Blocks of credit for IB, AP, CEGEP or A-Levels courses. Transfer credit is subject to final approval by the Transfer Credit Evaluation Committee. The Committee evaluates each course on a case-by-case basis, and there is no guarantee that a course will receive transfer credit.
English Proficiency Requirements
The substance of Quest Blocks and the style in which they are taught demands a high degree of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension of English. Students who have completed schooling in English are exempt from English proficiency test requirements. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of a TOEFL or IELTS exam.
Admissions applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full. We encourage students to complete their Quest Admissions application as soon as possible due to the limited number of spots available.
FALL 2021 DEADLINES:
The Early Action Deadline is December 1 and the Regular Decision Deadline is February 15.
2020/2021 ACADEMIC YEAR – START ANYTIME DURING THE YEAR:
The Block Plan makes it possible to start at Quest almost anytime without having to wait for a new semester. We are currently using remote learning because of COVID-19, and you can start at the beginning of any of our 3.5 week Blocks throughout the 2020-21 academic year. Check out our Term Calendar to see when each Block begins and contact Admissions for help getting started.
The Quest Application fee is $20 CAD.
For students who are admitted and enrolled at Quest, the $20 application fee will be applied as a credit towards your first term’s billing statement.
If admitted, students confirm their enrolment with payment of a $500 deposit by May 1st.
How to Apply
In addition to completing the application form online, students are required to submit the following items:
- High school transcript: An official copy of your most recent transcript or report card. International and Transfer students may be required to submit additional documents.
- Long and short essay: Quest’s program is writing-intensive, and the application essays are our window into how you communicate your ideas with the written word. Submissions are evaluated on originality, structure and flow, and language and mechanics.
- Bursary application form: All applicants must either complete this form or opt-out of need-based aid.
- Scholarship application form: All applicants must either complete this form or opt-out of merit-based scholarships.
- English language proficiency test scores (if required — check here for language testing policies)
- $20 CDN application fee: Payment can be made by credit card via your SquareOne Application. For students who are admitted and enrolled at Quest, the $20 CDN application fee will be applied as a credit towards your first term’s billing statement.
- An original piece of work that demonstrates your individual interests and abilities, such as an artistic portfolio, video statement, or research project
- SAT/ACT test scores
- Reference letters from educators or community members
- Your professional resume or CV
- An additional writing piece (e.g. an assignment prepared for class)
Entrance Scholarships Available
Entrance Scholarships Deadline
Students must apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid at the same time they submit their application for Admissions.
David Strangway Award for Excellence – Full tuition
This award honours the extraordinary career of Dr. David W. Strangway, Quest’s first President and Founding Chancellor, and provides full tuition for four years.
Recipients will have achieved very high levels of academic excellence combined with an outstanding record of leadership and service. Students with a high school average above 90% are encouraged to apply. Winners are notified no later than April 1. Up to six full-tuition scholarships are awarded each year. This award is only available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Presidential Scholarships – $2,000 to $8,000/year
Presidential Scholarships are awarded to students who have distinguished themselves not only through their academic performance but also through their curiosity, ability to lead, and willingness to contribute to their community. Quest’s Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (BA&Sc) program is rigorous. An applicant’s academic record is important for this scholarship, but all components of the admissions application are weighed during the evaluation. Reference letters and a resume or CV can significantly strengthen the application. This award is available to all applicants.
Canadian Academic Performance Scholarship – $10,000/year
Quest is committed to providing a liberal arts and sciences education of the highest quality for Canadian undergraduates. The Canadian Academic Performance Scholarship (CAPS) provides a $10,000 scholarship; it’s available to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents who apply with an 80% average or above and are accepted into Quest as full-time students. Full program details, including province and territory-specific course eligibility, are available here.
Entrance Scholarships Info
Other Scholarship Info
Student Loan Info
First Year Residence Spots
All students live in single accommodation on campus in our beautiful residence buildings.
Total Average Residence Cost
Residence Cost Details
Further information on residence cost can be found here:
Residence Application Deadline
Students are guaranteed housing at Quest. Students begin the residence application process typically in May or June after they have confirmed their enrolment at the University.
International Student Info
Quest welcomes applications from students around the world and from all schooling types and reviews all applications the same way, regardless of citizenship or education background. Quest’s 600 student body is represented by 40+ countries.
English Language Requirement
The substance of Quest Blocks and the style in which they are taught demands a high degree of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension of English. Students who have completed schooling in English are exempt from English proficiency test requirements. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of a TOEFL or IELTS.