Prospective QUEST Students

Do you want to...

  • Expand your major
  • Join a passionate community
  • Collaborate with motivated peers
  • Impact real-world clients
  • Gain new perspectives

Then apply to QUEST!

How do I apply?

Applications will open in mid-December 2020 for students who meet the following criteria:

  • Currently a freshman (or graduating in fall 2023 or later)
  • Currently enrolled in a major offered by the Robert H. Smith School of Business, A. James Clark School of Engineering, and/or College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
  • Achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the first semester

QUEST admits 90 students per year into two cohorts of 45 students. Applications for Cohorts 37 and 38 will open in December, remain open over winter break, and close in early February 2021. Those applying will enter general information, answer essay questions, and provide the contact information for one reference.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed 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. Successful applicants exemplify the five pillars of the program: professionalism, teamwork, intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, and adaptability.

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What is required of QUEST students?

QUEST students complete 5 classes and earn 17 credits. Students who complete all 17 credits will earn a notation on their transcript. Students take four required courses and one elective. Learn more about the QUEST curriculum.

Additionally, all QUEST students must participate in a mandatory orientation prior to the first day of classes during the semester in which they take BMGT/ENES 190H.

Fadil Ibrahim"QUEST really jump-started the professional mindset I now have and allowed me to think and carry myself in ways I didn't before. I loved the creativity of it and how it intersected with many of my other classes in the application of what I learned. It was hard for me not to talk about QUEST, whether to recruiters, incoming freshmen, or friends. Without QUEST, I don't think I would have the tools to properly apply my computer science major in the real world."

— Fadil Ibrahim, Computer Science '20, Capital One


UMD’s Career Center completed a study of 2017-19 comparing QUEST graduates with other graduates from the Clark School, the Smith School, and CMNS and found the following:

57% with 3+ internships 30% with 3+ internships
98% total job placement rate 94% total job placement rate
47% involved in a student organization 38% involved in a student organization
65% employed in a position directly aligned with career goals 59% employed in a position directly aligned with career goals

Kellen Liu"All of the experiences I have had in QUEST have taught me so much more about the real world, teamwork, and client communication than I could have learned elsewhere, and I really loved the people that I got to work with. Everyone is so bright and resourceful, and I feel like that was such an inspiring thing about all of the people and teams I was with."

— Kellen Liu, Information Systems and Operations Management & Business Analytics '20, Deloitte


Questions about applying to QUEST?

Email QUEST Program Coordinator Rachel Didonna at

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