Undergraduate Program

Prospective Students

Introduction to the QUEST Program

QUEST Application Process

Current students with at least 5 semesters left at UMD and who are enrolled in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, A. James Clark School of Engineering, or College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences are invited to apply to become a part of QUEST.

QUEST is a challenging action learning program focusing on quality management, process improvement and system design in a team setting. Students follow a series of five courses during the three year program and participate in co-curricular learning and community events each semester. After successful completion of the program, students receive a citation on their diploma, not to mention access to the QUEST network of alumni, friends, and corporate sponsors during their time in the program.

For more information, please contact Jessica Macklin at jmacklin@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Important Date(s):

Applications for Cohorts 27 and 28 will be available in mid-December 2015.

Admissions Information

Student Qualifications

QUEST is a three-year academic honors program. Students majoring in business, engineering, or computers, mathematics, or natural sciences are encouraged to apply. Students who are interested in joining QUEST should have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have taken a minimum of 12 credit hours at the University of Maryland, College Park. Students must also have at least 5 semesters left at UMD.

Admissions Process

QUEST admits two new cohorts each spring. Applications are available online from December to February each year. Those applying will enter general information, answer essay questions, and provide the contact information for one personal reference. Applications are reviewed by a selections committee comprised of students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Upon review of the applications, selected students will be invited for an in-person interview. Applicants will be notified of their final status before the registration period for the next semester.


All incoming QUEST students must participate in an offsite orientation prior to the first day of classes in the fall that they are admitted.

As a member of QUEST, each student is required to complete a sequence of courses that train students in quality enhancement through teamwork as well as participate in additional extra-curricular enhancement activities. More information about the curriculum and enhancement activities

Quest Students at Orientation