"The QuestBridge application is free, and if you become a finalist, applying to other partner universities is also free. Besides the fact that QuestBridge removes the financial burden, it provides an application that focuses on low-income students' accomplishments while highlighting the hardships they endured. Applying to QuestBridge certainly benefits low-income students because colleges come to understand the challenges they have faced."
QuestBridge is the provider of the National College Match, the College Prep Scholarship, the Quest for Excellence Awards program, and the Quest Scholars Network. Please read below for more information.
All Quest programs require that applicants fill out and submit an online application. Uniquely designed and administered by QuestBridge, the application highlights each student's outstanding strengths and achievements, and turns low-income challenges into advantages for the college admissions process.
The National College Match
We know that many of the most talented low-income students in the country do not apply to top colleges. We also know that top colleges want talented low-income students on their campuses. The National College Match was designed specifically to help high-achieving low-income students gain admission and scholarships to some of the country's best colleges and universities.
Through an application uniquely designed for low-income students, applicants can apply to our 36 partner colleges and may be admitted with full four-year scholarships to these schools. The National College Match application opens in August and is due at the end of September.
Visit the National College Match section for more information.
The College Prep Scholarship
We believe that the right information can change the way outstanding low-income juniors see their futures. For qualified students, the purpose of the College Prep Scholarship is three-fold: to make them realize a top-tier education is possible; to prepare them for the college admissions process; and to equip them with practical knowledge on how to gain admission to the nation's leading colleges and universities.
The College Prep Scholarship provides students with the potential to receive multiple awards, including full scholarships to summer programs at leading colleges, individualized college admissions counseling, invitations to our College Admissions Conferences, all-expense-paid visits to college campuses, and more. The College Prep Scholarship application opens in February and is due in late March.
Visit the College Prep Scholarship section for more information.
The Quest for Excellence Awards Program
Several years ago we began offering individuals and organizations the chance to create personalized awards where students would complete some of their college application process at the same time as applying for an award, scholarship, or prize (e.g. a laptop computer). This is called the Quest For Excellence Program, and eventually we hope to have hundreds of partners bringing value to our students, one in the junior year coupled with our College Prep Scholarship, and then again in the fall of senior year in conjunction with our National College Match and Regular Decision process. Our hope is to find ways to add value to top low-income students who use our admissions process, as well as those who do not.
Visit the Quest for Excellence section for more information.
Quest Scholars Network
Applying through QuestBridge means that if you end up at one of our partner colleges, you are part of the Quest Scholars Network. Through this national network, you can access leadership opportunities, internships, and more. As we grow, we expect the opportunities that are available through being a Quest Scholar to expand. It is completely free to apply to our programs, free to remain a part of the network, and free to gain future support and access to programs as we create them.
Learn more about the Quest Scholars Network