Undergraduate Program

Prospective Students

Introduction to the QUEST Program

QUEST Application Process

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 notation on their transcript, not to mention access to the QUEST network of alumni, friends, and corporate sponsors. For more information, please contact Jessica Macklin at jmacklin@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Admissions Information

Student Qualifications

QUEST is a three-year academic honors program. Students interested in joining QUEST must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently a freshman or will have at least 5 semesters left at UMD once admitted
  • Currently enrolled in a major offered by the Robert H. Smith School of Business, A. James Clark School of Engineering, or College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences 
  • Taken a minimum of 12 credit hours at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Please note that students are only eligible to apply for QUEST once.

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.

Important Date(s):

Applications for Cohorts 29 and 30 will open in December 2016.


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. Students are required to stick to their course timelines. Electives may be taken during any semester. For more information on QUEST courses and timelines, click here.

Quest Students at Orientation