Introduction to the
QUEST Application Process
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
Melanie Ashton at 301-405-9553.
Important Dates 2012-2013
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.
Each spring, QUEST collects applications for the incoming cohort.
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 by Friday, April 13, 2012.
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