College Quest

College Quest will not be running in 2022. Check back with us for College Quest 2023!

College Quest helps high school students entering grades 10-12 prepare for and understand what it takes to succeed in college. Join us online to explore what Western has to offer. In this one-week program, students attend a college course of their choice taught by Western faculty, earning one transferrable credit. A variety of activities will be scheduled with RAs, the WWU admissions team and other program staff guides to help students understand the whole college experience.

Youth program participants must abide by all University regulations and program rules.


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At a Glance


10 - 12








Week 1

Is it true that we use only 10 percent of our brain? Or that we should only believe part of what we see? And what is a phantom limb, anyway? Participants learn the answers to these and other questions in College Quest’s Behavioral Neuroscience 194 course.

Students will:

  • Investigate the neural substrates of normal and abnormal behavior, thought and emotion.
  • Actively learn about brain structure and function during hands-on brain dissections.
  • Become familiar with different ways to study brain and behavior.
  • Interact with some of the student and faculty researchers from Western’s Behavioral Neuroscience program.
  • Understand the basics of the chemical and neural signals neurons use to communicate.
  • Be able to think about specific behaviors in terms of the brain regions that work together to produce them.
  • Appreciate the diversity of approaches that behavioral neuroscientists use to study brain activity and behavior.
  • Appreciate the neural changes that underlie different forms of psychiatric or neurological illnesses.

Instructors: Dr. Janet Finlay and Dr. Mike Mana


What does a typical day of College Quest look like? 

  • 9-11 a.m. Class/ Collaborative session by course 
  • 11-noon Lab/Study time (TA/Staff available and holding office hours during this time for help and questions) 
  • noon - 1 p.m. Break/Lunch 
  • 1-3 p.m. Class/ Collaborative session by course 
  • 3-4 p.m. Workshop with WWU Admissions or team building workshop or study time with a TA available.
    (The activity for this time is dependent on day of the week) 

Minor adaptations may be made to the schedule by instructors to best fit the needs of registered students. 

Registered students receive a program information letter prior to their course with a full list of how to prepare for a successful week and the full schedule for the week.

Cancellation Policy

Any request for participant cancellation must be made by email to A cancellation request received on or prior to July 1, 2021 will be assessed full refund, minus a $25 fee. There will be no refunds for cancellation requests after July 1, 2021.

Full refunds with no cancellation fee will be given for any program cancelled by Western.