Prospective Students

Introduction to the QUEST Program

Expand Your Major, Join A Passionate Community, Collaborate with Motivated Peers, Impact Real-World Clients, Gain New Perspectives, JOIN QUEST!

QUEST is a challenging, hands-on learning community for motivated students with diverse backgrounds, interests, and skill sets. Through team-based, experiential learning projects in each class, QUEST students solve complex problems and gain new skills and perspectives outside of their major. After successful completion of the program, students receive a notation on their transcript. 

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 graduating in Fall 2021 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 
  • Taken a minimum of 12 credit hours at the University of Maryland, College Park
  • Achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in first semester

Successful candidates exemplify the pillars of the program:

  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Intellectual Curiosity 
  • Creative Thinking
  • Adaptability

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

To hear from recent QUEST grads about their QUEST experience, click here!

Timeline

Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • November 5, 2018 - 6:30 PM - VMH 2333
  • November 13, 2018 - 6:30 PM - ESJ 1215
  • November 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM - KEB 1111 

Applications for Cohorts 33 and 34 will open in December 2018.

Admissions Process

QUEST admits two new cohorts each spring. During the application process, students will indicate which cohort they would like to join. This will have no effect on their application, but if admitted, will determine when they take their four required courses.

Those applying will enter general information, answer essay questions, and provide the contact information for one reference at the university. 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

As a member of QUEST, each student is required to complete a sequence of five courses. Click here for information on the QUEST curriculum.

Students are required to stick to their course timelines. For information on QUEST course timelines, click here. For all QUEST student policies, click here

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.

For more information on the admissions process, please contact Jessica Roffe at jroffe@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Quest Students at Orientation