Squamish, British ColumbiaLOCATION
Estd 2002Established Year

Quest University Canada (QUC) is a private Arts and Sciences university in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. The university was established in 2007. It focuses on undergraduate programs and offers only one degree in Bachelors of Arts & Science.  

Why choose Quest University?

Ranked #1 in student engagement, Quest University has a few more unique features mentioned below:

Ranking and standings to look upon

  • Ranked highest in Canada in the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
  • Ranked 102th in Canada and at 6139th worldwide by Webometrics

Key features at a glance 

  • QUC is also a British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (EQA) approved post-secondary institution.
  • Represents 60 countries worldwide.
  • Students faculty ratio is 14:1
  • Offers seminar-style learning with a maximum of 20 students per course. It divides the curriculum into a Foundation and a Concentration program.
  • Maximum class size is of 20 students.


Type of UniversityPrivate
ChancellorPeter Webster
Programs1 degree (300 courses)
Faculty Members50
Basic Tuition Fee, Undergraduate International StudentsCAD 49,800
Languages for CoursesEnglish and Business Spanish

Knowing about the student Intake Stats

As of 2017, a total of 7,00 students are studying at Quest University. Here are a few stats in terms of the student intake.

  • Total Canadian Students-354 students
  • Total International Students- 346 students
Origin Percentage
United States of America36
Other Countries12

Exploring the beautiful campus of Quest University

Quest University campus is located on a 60-acre hill-top on the edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park. It is approximately 73 km from Vancouver and 57 km from Whistler, British Columbia.

  • The campus includes academic buildings, a library, a recreation center, and a dining hall There are more than 40 clubs on campus for student engagement.
  • The campus design includes geo-thermal heating and cooling and the buildings can accommodate up to 800 students at any one time.
  • There are five main student residences, two of them are built as condominiums. All students are required to live in residence for the full duration of the undergraduate program.

Easy Housing Plans

Quest University Canada promotes community living. Students have to live in campus for 4 years of Under Graduation. Each residence has leaders who are senior students selected by their peers. They work with students to coordinate co-curricular activities, offer help, maintain fosters etc.

  • The newly built accommodation at Ossa and Red tusk contains single rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Additionally, they have common study room and common kitchen room on each floor
  • All food services on the Quest University Canada Campus is provided by Dana Hospitality
  • For availing parking facilities, students have to register and purchase a pass which costs CAD 35 per term

Choose from a variety of programs offered

Quest's academic approach is rooted in the liberal arts tradition. It offers only one degree: Bachelor of Arts and Sciences for almost 300 courses with limited to a maximum of 20 students. QUC divides the curriculum into a Foundation and Concentration program, and also expects from students to create a personalized Question.

Foundation Program

There are 16 Foundation courses that students are required to take during the first half of the program. These courses are distributed among five broad disciplinary areas:

  • Humanities,
  • Life Sciences,
  • Physical Sciences,
  • Mathematics, and
  • Social Sciences.

Concentration program

The second half of the program is devoted to a concentration program. Students can design their own program of Concentration studies according to an interdisciplinary question or topic of research. With the help of a faculty advisor, all students can choose their program. Each Concentration Program consists of four principal elements:

  • Statement of the Question
  • Course plan
  • List of related readings
  • Keystone project

The Concentration program may also include experiential learning components such as semester abroad, leadership training, service learning, or an internship.


At the end of the Foundation Program, students take a course called Question. While working with a course instructor and a faculty mentor of their choosing, they develop a statement of their Question: a proposal for how they will study a topic of particular interest. This is based around the Foundation program's multidisciplinary scope and allows students to align their academic research closely with their academic interests.

  • This Question acts as the student's major for their Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degrees.
  • Questions range from very broad to very specific. For example: What is honor?
  • Questions are often framed in terms of several disciplinary approaches, key works and thinkers that will be addressed.
  • Each question is unique to each Quest student, thus providing a full range of academic pursuits at the University.

Block plan and field courses

It allows taking one course at a time each for 3 ½ weeks. There are four blocks per semester and full-time students take eight blocks per year. The Block Plan allows for schedule flexibility which permits students to take advantage of travel, work, athletic, and various other opportunities. Quest also offers Field Courses that are situated both locally and abroad. Some examples of field courses are:  

  • Visual Anthropology, a photography course taught in the Indian Himalayas,
  • Quest for Antarctica, a research course taught in Antarctica,
  • Marine Zoology taught on the coast of Vancouver Island, and
  • Volcanology, a course taught in Hawaii.

All you need to know about the Application Process at Quest University

Application Process at Quest University is completely online. Students can fill the online application form and also submit the required documents.  


English Language Requirements


Minimum scores required


Paper based-580

Internet based-90


 6.5 or higher in each of the four areas (reading, speaking, listening, writing

How, when and where to apply for admission in Quest University?

The application process includes three steps- Filling application form, Interview and fee deposit.

  • Visit the official website of Quest University
  • Click on Apply Now and then Application Form 2018
  • Then application form will be opened. Fill the following information:
  1. Personal information
  2. Address Information
  3. Contact Information
  4. Educational Information
  5. Scholarship Application
  • After that submit the application form. Additionally, apart from a completed application form, you must also submit and complete the following:
  • High School Transcript: Provide your most current transcript or report card. An official copy of your transcript will be required before you take admission.
  • Essay: Compose your application essay and submit the Essay PDF Form.

How is an application considered in Quest University?

  • Once you have submitted your supporting documents, Admissions Counsellor will review your entire application. The Admissions Counsellor will contact you to arrange an interview to be conducted in person, by phone, or through programs such as Skype.
  • Only qualified students will be selected for the interview.
  • Submit your transcript, and essay before the deadline to allow time for Admissions Counsellor to schedule an interview.
  • To confirm your enrolment at Quest, a CAD 500CDN deposit is required before May 1, 2018. Make sure that you have your 9-digit student number ready.

Know what it costs to study in Quest University-Tuition Fee

The tuition fee charged by QUC depends on place of residence of student. These costs are for the full academic year. Students are billed per term.

Undergraduate Courses Cost

For undergraduate courses, the following tuition fee is to be paid by students of different categories: 

 Canadian studentsCAD  49,000
International StudentsCAD 49,800

To park in one of our outdoor, non-reserved lots, the cost is CAD 35 per term. There are four underground reserved lots available, at a cost of CAD 75 per term.

Work While You Study

QUC also offers Work While Study Program. It is an employment opportunity for students who are financially weak. Students can work under the supervision of a faculty or staff member at the rate of pay is CAD 12 per hour. Following are the requirement for the Work Study Program:

  • Students should complete work study application.
  • They should have good academic records.
  • They need to demonstrate financial need.
  • They will be available to work 10-15 hours each week.
  • Should have a SIN.

What is SIN and how to get it?

Social Insurance Number (SIN) is mandatory number in order to work on campus or off campus, for tax purposes in Canada. SIN is valid until the end of your stay or a maximum 5 years and you can renew it as well. You can obtain SIN by going in person to Service Canada office along with the following documents:

  • Your Passport,
  • Your study permit,
  • Your off-campus work permit.

Financial aids as a help to students for funding their education

Quest University Canada offers a number of scholarships to recognize students whose experience indicate they have extraordinary impact on community. Scholarships are renewed each year if you meet the scholarship renewal requirements. Following are the scholarships at QUC:

  • David Strangway Award for Excellence: In this full Tuition Fee is waived. Students interested in this award must submit the Strangway Application form on the Quest website.
  • Quest Presidential Scholarship (CAD 2,000- CAD 18,000): It is awarded to students who stand out not only academically because of their performance and curiosity, but also profoundly influential people. A resume of achievements and recommendation letters are required. Recipients of this award will be notified with their Admission letter.
  • Quest LEAP Scholarship (CAD 10,000): The Leaders in Athletics and Performance Program (LEAP) allows athletes to pursue education and excellence in their athletic careers. If admitted and approved for LEAP, students will be awarded the LEAP scholarship.
  • Need-Based Financial Aid: Quest need-based aid is non-re-payable funds provided to students who demonstrate assessed unmet financial need through application process. Students must apply prior to each academic year for this.

Knowing a few from Quest University’s wide alumni network

  • Katie Vander Sloot, handling an articling position at one of the top Canada’s firms
  • Carmen Petrick, On Eight-month clinical clerkship Kenora, North west Ontario
  • Taylor Lehnhart, working on Killer whale monitoring program
  • Zeeshan Rasool, Product Architect and Tech Lead at Skyrocket digital
  • Brodan Thiel, Athletic Director and PE Teacher, Vancouver Christian Academy School
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Average Tuition Fees (Annual)
$ 24,000
Bachelors Tuition Fees$24000
Accomodation Fees (Annual)
$ 7,300
Total Enrollment
International Students
Male : Female Ratio
Student : Faculty Ratio
Application Deadline
February 01, 2019
Start of Application process September 01, 2018
End of Application process February 01, 2019
Application Fee
$ 500
Application website
Accepts common App No
Direct Application Yes
Acceptance Rate
48 %
Total Applications
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