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Edmund Korley

"I had planned to apply to local schools in my area with the help of state programs to finance my education even though I really wanted to go out of state. QuestBridge has helped me reach this dream and the future is brighter than it ever has been for me now."

Newark, NJ
2011 National College Match Recipient
Oberlin College, Class of 2016


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The National College Match: How it works

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number-1 The National College Match allows you to apply early to up to 12 partner colleges and rank them in order of preference.
number-2 Partner colleges review Finalists who ranked them. They select who they wish to admit with a full four-year College Match scholarship.
number-3 You would “match” to the highest school that appears on your ranked list that also selected you.

If you are matched:

  • You can be matched to only ONE school.
  • You are committed to attending your match school the following fall*. 
  • You will receive a full four-year scholarship with $0 parental contribution, including tuition, room & board, and additional expenses.

Please keep in mind:

The College Match is highly competitive and only a select number will match to a school; many additional Finalists will be admitted through QuestBridge Regular Decision with outstanding financial aid.

Applicants who rank schools for the College Match cannot apply early elsewhere. Please review the Early Application Policy for details and exceptions.

*All partner colleges, with the exception of MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale, require students to commit to attend and withdraw any outstanding college applications as a part of their College Match Agreement.

Apply for the Match

Follow this timeline to apply for the National College Match:

Date/Deadline What to complete Who
September 28 National College Match application All applicants
October 13 QuestBridge College Rankings Form: Rank up to 12 colleges in order of preference. All applicants
October 13 QuestBridge Match Agreement Form: Obtain signatures from your counselor and a parent/guardian. Rankings are only considered official when this form is submitted. All applicants who wish to participate in the College Match
October QuestBridge selects Finalists
October 21 Finalist Notification: Log into your account to see if you were selected as a Finalist. All applicants
November 1 Submit additional College Match requirements to each of the colleges you ranked to complete your applications. Finalists
November 3 QuestBridge College Rankings Form: Last chance to rearrange or remove colleges. Submit a new Match Agreement Form if changes are made. Finalists
November 5-December 9 QuestBridge Regular Decision Form: Select which partner colleges you intend to apply to through Regular Decision. Finalists
November Partner colleges select College Match Scholarship Recipients; QuestBridge matches based on student rankings
December 1 Match Notification: Log into your account to see if you have been matched.

Finalists (College Match withdraw from Regular Decision)


College Match Requirements for Finalists

The National College Match application serves as the college application for many of our partner colleges, however, each partner college also requires additional college-specific materials. Please send these items directly to the colleges in order to complete your application. Deadline: November 1st

Amherst College Rice University
Bowdoin College Scripps College
Brown University Stanford University
Caltech Swarthmore College
Carleton College Trinity College
Colby College Tufts University
Colorado College University of Chicago
Columbia University University of Notre Dame
Dartmouth College University of Pennsylvania
Davidson College University of Southern California
Emory University University of Virginia
Grinnell College Vanderbilt University
Haverford College Vassar College
MIT Washington and Lee University
Northwestern University Wellesley College
Oberlin College Wesleyan University
Pomona College Williams College
Princeton University Yale University


Additional Information 

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Applying through Regular Decision in case you do not match offers you a second chance of admission. Learn how.


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