Prospective Students

Introduction to the QUEST Program

QUEST Application Process

The QUEST Application is now available here. The application is due February 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Please be sure to read the requirements detailed below before applying.

Current freshmen 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 at the end of the Fall semester.

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 Rose Jackson at rjackson@rhsmith.umd.edu

Important Date(s):

Application for Cohorts 23 and 24 will be available mid-December

Admissions Information

Student Qualifications

QUEST is a three-year academic honors program. Freshmen 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.

Admissions Process

Each spring, QUEST collects applications for the incoming cohorts. Applications are available online at the beginning of the Spring semester. Those applying will enter general information, answer essay questions, and provide an unofficial transcript along with the name and contact information of 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.

Expectations

All incoming QUEST students must participate in an offsite orientation prior to the start of classes the fall that they are admitted. QUEST Orientation takes place prior to the first day of fall classes each year.

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