Quest University - QuestU
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Canada / British Columbia
Other locations: Squamish,
Institution Description
Quest University Canada is Canada's first independent, not-for-profit, secular university. Quest offers only one degree, a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences, and focuses entirely on excellence in undergraduate education.

Overview
  • Founded in 2002 by former University of British Columbia president Dr. David Strangway
  • Opened with a 73-student inaugural class on September 3, 2007
  • Current president: Dr. David Helfand

Degree
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (4-year program)

Academics
  • Maximum 20 students in a class; average class size is 15
  • Courses scheduled on a "Block Plan" where students take one course at a time for three-and-a-half weeks
  • All small, interactive, seminar-style classes, in which faculty lead students through discussions and activities
  • 12:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Each student has a faculty advisor all four years
  • Curriculum
  • 2-year Foundation Program introduces students to fields across the arts and sciences
  • 2-year upper-level Concentration Program allows students to design their own major with faculty input and guidance
  • All students engage in experiential learning off-campus
  • All students complete a major senior thesis or project
  • Multiple opportunities for field work, study abroad, and internships
  • Curricular emphasis on effective written and oral communication, critical thinking, personal and intellectual development, civic engagement, and employability

Campus & Location
  • Situated on a 60-acre hill-top campus on the edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park in Squamish, British Columbia.
  • Overlooking the spectacular Tantalus mountain range and Howe Sound, Canada's southern-most fjord
  • Close proximity to both the city of Vancouver (1 hour) and Whistler Ski Resort (45 minutes)
  • Campus includes 5 residence halls, library, academic building, university services building, and recreation centre
  • "Green" buildings are geothermally heated and cooled

Enrollment
  • Current enrollment: 540 undergraduate students
  • Enrollment increasing annually to a full capacity of 650 students
  • 53% from Canada, 33% from United States, 14% from other countries
  • Over 40 countries represented in the student body, including Germany, Morocco, Nepal, China, Thailand, Mexico, Switzerland, Morocco, Mali, Uganda, and Italy

Scholarships & Financial Aid
  • Generous financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships, bursaries, and student employment
  • Scholarships range from $2,000/year to full tuition for all four years
  • All students (Canadian and international) are equally eligible for scholarships and bursaries; all fees are the same independent of country of origin
  • Canadian students are eligible for all federal and provincial student aid programs
  • Quest is a United States Department of Education Title IV-approved institution giving US students access to federal student aid funding through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. This program includes Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized loans as well as Direct PLUS loans for parents of dependant students.
Costs 2014 - 2015
  • Tuition cost: $30,000 CAD per year
  • Room and board fees start from approximately $10,000
  • Many of our current students receive some form of scholarship or financial bursary

Residence Facilities
  • 2- and 3-bedroom condo-style residences each with 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchenette or full kitchens, and balcony
  • Both private and shared bedrooms available
  • 24-hour access to study spaces, common lounge, and laundry facilities
  • Free access to fitness facilities including gym, fitness room, squash courts, and playing field
  • Wireless internet available throughout campus and student residences

Accreditation
  • Accredited by the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) under the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, following a rigorous review of policies and programs
  • 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.
  • Authority to grant degrees from the Sea to Sky University (SSU) Act passed in 2002 and ratified regularly by the Ministry of Advanced Education

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