QUEST Program


Prepare to take flight as a UNF Osprey by participating in the QUEST Program. Pilots are not sent into the sky without proper training and a chance to practice before they take a solo flight. We recognize that being a student on a quest to achieve academic success and make the most of their collegiate experience is very similar, therefore we recommend a like approach before starting your first semester at UNF as an Osprey.

QUEST is a year-long experience of academic and personal development for underrepresented incoming college freshmen at the University of North Florida. Students are expected to perform well academically and to balance their academic and social lives, sometimes with little to no preparatory training. The Department of Diversity Initiatives is committed to student success and we want everyone to feel prepared for their first solo flight as college students. As such, the aim of QUEST is to ease the transition from high school to college by helping students acclimate to the academic and social aspects of college life. 

Apply for QUEST 2017-2018


What is QUEST?

There are two components to the QUEST Program. Students who participate in QUEST will be awarded a $500 scholarship upon full participation and completion of the program.

June 19-23, 2017 (Monday-Friday,  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with evening activities)

This one week intensive introductory orientation to the University will assist students in:QUEST2015 1(1)

  • Building skills essential to college success, including time management, strategic thinking, study skills and organizational best practices
  • Increasing their knowledge in the areas of English and math
  • Learning about opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connecting with other incoming and returning UNF students

QUEST and Beyond

Over the course of their first year, QUEST participants will participate in monthly meetings throughout the summer, fall and spring semesters. These group meetings will provide an opportunity for students to build upon the foundation laid during QUEST Intensive “Flight School.” Students will continue to build relationships with each other and the campus community, develop leadership and personal skills, and receive ongoing support from departmental staff in their first year of college.


Eligibility and Program Details

In order to qualify to participate in the QUEST program, students must:

  • Be formally admitted to the University of North Florida (UNF) for summer B or fall 2017 as an incoming college freshman
  • Identify as a student of color or other under-represented group
  • Be available for the entire duration of QUEST program, including the Intensive, June 19 - 23, 2017
  • Submit all application materials outlined below.
Enrollment in the QUEST Intensive Flight School program includes the following at no additional expense to participants:
  • On-campus housing in a UNF Residence Hall
  • A light grab and go continental breakfast 
    • Example: Granola and yogurt with fruit; muffins, Danish, bagels and donuts.
  • Box lunch inspired meals 
    • Example: sub sandwich, piece of fruit, chips and cookie 
  • A special end of Flight School send-off luncheon (Friday, June 23)
  • All printed materials needed for the program
Participants will be responsible for the cost of their evening meals and transportation costs (for local area students who choose not to reside on campus).

 Application Materials and Deadline

All applications should be submitted no later than Friday, May 31, 2017. To complete your application, submit the following:

  •  Application form, including 250 word statement  
  •  One letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor 
Notification of acceptance into the program will be made Monday, June 5.

Any questions should be directed to Brandi Winfrey, Department of Diversity Initiatives Coordinator. Application materials can be emailed or personally delivered to:
Brandi Winfrey
(904) 620-2842
University of North Florida
 Department of Diversity Initiatives
1 UNF Drive
Student Union East (58E) 1103
Jacksonville, FL 32224-2645
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