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
  • 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

Successful candidates exemplify the four pillars of the program:

  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Intellectual Curiosity 
  • Critical Thinking

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

Important Dates

Interview invitations for Cohorts 29 and 30 will be sent in late February 2017.

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 a mandatory two-day offsite orientation prior to the first day of classes during the semester in which they take BMGT/ENES 190H. Cohort 29 Orientation is scheduled for August 24-25, 2017. Cohort 30 Orientation is scheduled for January 22-23, 2018.

As a member of QUEST, each student is required to complete a sequence of courses that train students in quality management, process improvement, and system design through teamwork. Click here for information on the curriculum for Cohorts 29 and 30.

Students are required to stick to their course timelines. For information on the QUEST course timelines for Cohorts 29 and 30, click here. For all QUEST student policies, click here.

Quest Students at Orientation