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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 2002
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 3200 University Boulevard, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
    • Phone:
    • +18887837808
    • Setting:
    • Rural

The History of Quest University

Quest University Canada (QUC) is a private secular non-profit liberal arts and sciences university in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. It has an exclusive focus on undergraduate education and offers only one degree, a Bachelor of Arts & Science.

QUC runs on a Block Plan scheduling system, adapted and modified from the Block Plan at Colorado College. Quest believes this unconventional way of structuring the academic year offers students more flexibility, focus, and the chance for deep exploration of their academic interests.

Academic Highlights

Quest's curriculum is considered unconventional. A four-year school, it offers one degree, the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. It uses the Block Plan, adapted and modified from the Block Plan at Colorado College. Classes are seminar-style and are capped at 20 students. There are five divisions (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Mathematics, and Social Sciences) instead of traditional departments. In lieu of declaring a major, students write a personalized Question. The degree culminates in a major work called a Keystone project.

Life in Quest University

The campus has been named one of Top 10 Most Beautiful Campuses in Canada. It is built on 60-acre (24.3 ha) a hilltop in Squamish, BC. According to the Traditional Territory Acknowledgment on its website, Quest sits on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Squamish peoples; the university has successfully maintained a strong relationship with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh ("Squamish") Nation.

Quest's campus includes an academic building, a library building, a "RecPlex" which contains a full gymnasium facility, and a services building that includes a cafeteria. There are currently five main student residences, each are priced the same as an average Canadian university and with nearly twice the floor space. All students have access to a kitchen, and nearly 60% of students have access to a private kitchen.

School Ranking

Quest University   World Rank - 5514 and  Country Rank - 81


Notable Alumni

David Strangway (geophysicist; founding president of Quest University Canada; President Emeritus at the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia)

David Helfand (astrophysicist; former Chair of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University and co-director of the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory; President Emeritus of Quest University Canada)

Glen Van Brummelen (mathematics scholar; past President of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics)

Richard Hoshino (mathematics professor; winner of the 2017 Adrien Pouliot Award for Significant and Sustained Contributions to Mathematics Education in Canada; former coach for Canadians competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad)

Acceptance Rate

 50% is the average acceptance rate of Quest University  

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