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1. What kind of job can I get with a Quest degree?
2. Why choose Quest? (Answered by students)
3. What is an average day at Quest like? (In general)
4. What would you say is Quest's biggest fault?
5. How do students generally spend the weekend?
6. Quest University Canada is so new, how can I judge its quality?
7. I'm interested in going into medicine. Will a Quest degree prepare me for medical school?
8. How does transferring work at Quest?

1. What kind of job can I get with a Quest degree?

Quest offers a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree that cultivates critical reasoning and communication skills, and prepares the mind for a lifetime of learning. Our program does not aim to train students for a particular vocation or profession; rather, we provide a solid academic background that develops each student's intellectual capacities to the fullest The versatility of our arts and sciences curriculum prepares our students to go on to graduate and professional schools for advanced degrees, or to enter into a wide variety of careers.

We believe a comprehensive education best prepares students for the 21st century. Today's world is changing at an ever-accelerating pace with previously unknown careers emerging every day. Labour market studies project that today's university graduates will have a minimum of three careers - not different jobs, but distinct careers - in their working lifetimes. Furthermore, responsible global citizens need to understand the world in all its complexity. Tomorrow's leaders need to learn additional languages and understand diverse systems of government. They must be familiar with the methods of science and the advances of technology. They should be able to converse with both economists and poets. No matter how they hope to put their talents to work, students want an education that prepares them for a rich and meaningful life and enhances both their understanding of the world and the contribution they can make to it.

The best preparation for such a future is the broadly based, intensive and engaging arts and sciences education we offer at Quest. Click here to see our Quest Student Achievements page.

2. Why choose Quest? (Answered by students)

Letter written by a 2nd year Quest student:
Over the past few weeks I have been hearing that a large number of students are applying to Quest. I am so stoked to be hearing this! After learning that so many of you are interested in coming to Quest, I thought that I'd take it upon myself to write to the student body to tell everybody a little bit more about Quest's vibrant and exciting curriculum, enthralling extracurricular activities, and endless student opportunities.

Although I always considered Quest a strong option for post-secondary study, it was not initially my first choice. I was worried about a number of things as I was deciding whether to accept their offer of admission.

Firstly, I was nervous about going so far away from home. While this was a valid worry, I've never found it to be a problem. Since Quest is so small, I got to know everyone so quickly, and I mean everyone. I was able to meet great, new people from literally across the world. In addition to meeting new people, I have also been able to keep in close contact with my friends and family back home thanks to Skype, email, and expensive cell phone calls which leave my Mum bewildered as to why she failed to invest in a long distance plan. The welcoming and supportive Quest community helps to make for a smooth and comfortable transition to university life.

Secondly, I was worried about academics at Quest - specifically, the fact that I had to take math, science, and language classes, all things which make me uncomfortable. I am currently taking Mathematics: A Historical Tour of Ancient Civilizations. Although I am only three classes into the block, I can honestly say that I have never been able to learn so much, and have so much fun in a math class ever. Glen, one of Quest's math tutors, is truly brilliant, and makes math fun and easy to understand. As for science and language classes at Quest, although I have yet to take one myself, I have heard that they are also a lot of fun and manageable. As a result of the courses I have already taken, and of the feedback my friends have given about their courses, I am looking forward to literally every foundation course which I have to take. For students who excel in, and enjoy math, science, and languages, more advanced options are there to challenge them. Friends have just finished a Spherical Trigonometry class, and believe me they were challenged, but despite the challenge, they all rave about how incredible the class was.

The final concern I had, was the future of Quest and the reputation of a Quest degree. After three months at Quest, every one of my concerns with regard to Quest's future has dissipated. Now that I have seen, experienced and become apart of Quest's vision, I have every possible confidence in the institution's future. The school attracts the most highly regarded teachers, invites prominent speakers and routinely hosts academic visitors who want to know more about this dynamic and innovative approach to higher education, Likewise, after realizing how truly diverse, and well educated Quest graduates will be, I believe that a Quest degree will be very respected, and functional. Certainly, after four years at Quest, you will have the background you need to enter whatever profession you wish to pursue and you will have a resume which could not be matched!

At Quest, there are so many things to do after class. The mountain biking in Squamish is some of the best that you'll find anywhere in the world. Nearly every major North American biking movie has been filmed within a two minute ride from campus. I make a habit of going for afternoon bike rides with a fairly large group; a truck shuttles us up to the top of the mountain which lies behind campus. I am proud to add that a school record of 13 bikes and 15 people fit into one Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, truly a testament to the spirit of Quest students! Squamish also boasts some of the best rock climbing and fishing in Canada. In addition, Whistler is 30 minute ride away, making an afternoon or morning trip possible even on weekdays!

By far the most incredible part about Quest is the ability that students have to create the school. This point was made especially evident today at Quest's community day. Students, staff and faculty alike had the ability to voice their opinions in large group, small group and seminar formats. It is an incredible feeling to know that students have the ability and power to bring about change. For example, there is currently a student-proposed amendment, aimed at changing how scholarships are distributed. I am confident in saying that students at other post-secondary institutions could not imagine having such a direct impact on policy and opportunity to shape their learning institution.

I firmly believe Quest offers more opportunities, and opens more doors than any other university; anywhere. At Quest, I'm on first name terms with my professors, they know trivial facts about my personality, such as my favourite football team, but more importantly, they mark my work, understand my problems, actually and genuinely want me to improve and do better. At Quest, the cooks all know my name, they also know that I don't like pickles on my burgers. At Quest, I get extra math help by day, from the President, a renowned astrophysicist, and play inter-house trivia with him by night! Quest is truly a place where everyone feels at home, and where everyone receives the finest education available. I think that Quest's president put it best; at Quest you pay for an education, at other institutions you pay for a degree.

If you're looking for an intimate, closely knit community, where you have the ability to bring about change, experience the beauty of British Columbia, know your professors and actually receive an education which will give you the tools to succeed in any graduate course or profession, then Quest is for you. I firmly believe that there is no better place to study than Quest.

3. What is an average day at Quest like? (In general)

Answer from a 4th year student:
An average day would have at least 3 hours of class, and then anywhere from 4-6 (and for a select few classes lots more) hours of homework. Generally if you are involved in on-campus clubs or events you might have activities/meetings and if you have an on-campus job you may work a couple of hours. If you like the outdoors you might also hit the trails running or biking. There might be a yoga class happening as well. A lot of people also spend the afternoon doing spontaneous things: slacklining in the basement, jamming with friends outside or heading off to Alice Lake or the Chief to swim or climb when the weather is nice. Every day will generally have a large element of work, but also some arts or physical fun as well. People are usually up on campus as opposed to being in the dorms.

Answer from a 2nd year student:
You are right about there not really being an average day but as a general overview it might look a little like this.

Get up and head out for a run/exercise of some sort and then head up for breakfast at the cafeteria- often with some friends or fellow classmates of your block. Head to class from 9 to 12 (if you have a morning class) and be awed and inspired by your tutor and fellow classmates. Head to lunch, probably with some classmates and spend the rest of your lunch discussing the issues raised in class as well as telling the others sitting at your table all about it while also hearing about several other classes' issues. Now its time for homework, on campus work, in town work, more exercise, something crazy, club meetings, workshops, training for sports teams, etc. There is no end to co-curricular opportunities at Quest. There is also often yoga classes during this time which are great for stress relief and intramural dodge-ball just in case you feel like chucking balls at someone else to relieve a little tension. Some days homework will take all of this time, others none, it all depends on the class and what part of the block you are in (i.e., first week vs final 3 days etc.). From there dinner tends to follow with more talk about classes or clubs then home for some final homework or to some final meetings of the day. Your average day is really up to you since you can choose how much you want to be involved in. Ultimately you can have a completely filled schedule that leaves very little time for inconsequential things like food and sleep or fill in your afternoons with catnaps, relaxation, and fun with friends.

4. What would you say is Quest's biggest fault?

Answer from a 4th year student:
The Quest bubble- although this is definitely getting better as we get more students. Sometimes you just need to get off campus and see new people and experience a bit of anonymity (i.e., see people that don't know quite so many details about your personal life).

Answer from a 2nd year student:
The biggest fault is... Hmm. This is a really tough question. To me it's the lack of enough students to make everything feasible. Almost everyone here is so engaged in both curricular and co-curricular activities that they often run out of time to do everything they want to do and have a hard time solidly committing to specific events/initiatives regardless of their level of interest in the topics. I can't wait for a new group of students to arrive to boost our numbers, bring new talents, and help grow already existing clubs. Other than that there are pros and cons to many aspects of Quest life but for me the pros far outweigh the cons.

Note: As of September 2013 there are 540 students at Quest (53% Canadian, 33% US and 14% International).

5. How do students generally spend the weekend?

Answer from a 4th year student:
Weekends are pretty diverse. Depending what you are interested in, most of us try to do homework one day and then head up skiing or head into Vancouver for an exhibit/show on the other day, although you will usually find many students on campus over the weekends. On Fridays people might party, or they might drink tea and draw, it can be tame or crazy, depending on what you are in the mood for. Last weekends of blocks tend to be work intensive and you will find people in the library for most of that weekend.

Answer from a 2nd year student:
Hmm, again challenging to answer. Once again it comes down to which weekend and what class. Often students tend to get outside and have some fun on Saturdays then cram in all their homework on Sundays but on the final weekend of the block sometimes both days are needed. On the flip side, some weekends you may have very little homework and fit in a 1-2 night hike or head to Vancouver for some city time. I tend to try and get homework done Friday afternoon and on Sunday leaving my Saturdays to sleep in and get outside. But you can approach it however you like. There are always things going on that you can join in on.

On our block breaks - the four days we get off between classes- students tend to get off campus and either head home or off on some adventure. The Adventure Club normally arranges awesome trips like the Elfin Lakes hike and surfing in Tofino which many students take advantage of. If you are lacking gear no worries as there is almost always someone you can borrow off of or even borrow from the school as the Recplex and Adventure Club have both invested in gear that is available to the student body.

6. Quest University Canada is so new, how can I judge its quality?

Here are several pieces of information that should help.

First, accreditation. In Canada, all educational institutions are accredited through provincial governments. As the country's first independent, non-profit, secular university, we had to pass through exactly the same rigorous process as do all the public universities in British Columbia. Every year, the Degree Quality Assessment Board of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development reviews our faculty, our programs, and our finances, and certifies both our fitness to use the term "university" and our right to award degrees. In our most recent review, the Board noted a number of "Good Practices" including "promotion and support [for] student involvement at all levels of the institution", an "impressive core faculty... supplement[ed] by world-class guest tutors from elite American and Canadian universities", and the "hands-on, personal nature of student support services."

Registered as a British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (EQA) approved post-secondary institution. The EQA is a quality assurance designation that identifies BC public and private post-secondary institutions that have met or exceeded provincial government recognized quality assurance standards and offer consumer protection.

We have further external evidence of our success. As demonstrated by the results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), a tool used for over ten years to assess the quality of undergraduate education in North American universities and colleges. In all five categories - Level of Academic Challenge, Active and Collaborative Learning, Student-Faculty Interaction, Enriching Educational Experiences, and Supportive Campus Environment - Quest received the highest score of the 53 major Canadian universities and the more than 500 US universities who have administered the survey in the last two years.

7. I'm interested in going into medicine. Will a Quest degree prepare me for medical school?

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

Given the public nature of the Canadian health care system, most medical schools in Canada do not accept (or only accept a very small number of) non-Canadian students. Since our health care system is provincially managed, most of the spots are reserved for "Province residents" only. Students of other nationalites may wish to look to the US for training after completing their degree at Quest.

8. How does transferring work at Quest?

Transferring into Quest

Transfer students from other universities, colleges and CEGEPs are encouraged to apply for admission. Given the unique nature of the Quest curriculum, any previous coursework completed by transfer students will be evaluated individually to determine its applicability and transferability to the Quest degree.

Transfer students are required to apply to Quest through our regular application procedure and should provide us with both high school and post-secondary transcripts. More information can be found here.

Transferring out of Quest

Although uncommon, we have had a few Quest students transfer to public universities and other private universities within Canada and the US. These students have been able to transfer their Quest credits with no problems thus far.

Quest is listed on the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT) website under Private Institutions: www.bccat.bc.ca/system/psec/.

Here's what BCCAT says on their page regarding Transferring Credit between Private and Public Institutions in BC:

"If no articulation agreements exist, students can attempt to seek credit on an individual case-by-case basis from the public institution. In order to do so, students will likely be required to supply program descriptions and detailed course outlines relating to programs or courses completed at a private institution. Therefore, private institutions should ensure that such documentation is readily available, and information for previous years is maintained" (www.bccat.bc.ca/system/private/).


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