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Mariah Ramirez

"Applying to college through QuestBridge opens countless doors for students facing financial challenges. QuestBridge's gift to me has impacted my life forever. Low-income students may think that the most prestigious universities in the country are out of reach, but it is imperative for these students to realize that through QuestBridge, all things are possible."

Kansas City, MO
2013 National College Match Recipient
Vanderbilt University, Class of 2018


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College Match Process & Requirements

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college-matchThe National College Match allows you to apply early to up to 8 partner colleges and rank them in order of preference. You would “match” to the highest school that appears on your ranked list that also wants to admit you through the College Match. It is important to understand the unique elements of the College Match before you decide to apply:

  • All partner colleges offer binding admission* through the Match with the exception of MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.
  • Matches will receive a guaranteed full four-year scholarship to attend the school.
  • The College Match is highly competitive and only a select number will match to a school; many others may be admitted through Regular Decision with outstanding financial aid.
  • If you are matched, you can only match to one school and you will not be informed of the admissions outcomes of other schools on your ranking list.
  • Applicants who rank schools for the College Match cannot apply early elsewhere. Please review the Early Application Policy for details and exceptions.

College Match Finalists who rank colleges are also eligible to receive fee waivers for the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

*Binding admission means that you must attend the college and are required to withdraw applications to other colleges. If you are matched with a non-binding college, you can still apply to other colleges through Regular Decision.

Apply for the Match

Complete the following steps to apply for the College Match:

Date/Deadline What to complete Who
September 26 National College Match application All applicants
October 13 QuestBridge College Rankings Form: Rank up to 8 colleges in order of preference (select "Regular Decision only" if applying Regular Decision only). 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 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 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 materials be sent to them by November 1st in order to complete the application.

Amherst College Scripps College
Bowdoin College Stanford University
Brown University Swarthmore College
Caltech Trinity College
Carleton 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
Rice University


Information for Non-Matched Finalists and Non-Finalists

kiara aguirre Regular Decision Process & Requirements
Learn how to apply Regular Decision through QuestBridge if you are opting out of rankings or if you didn't match.
jonathon burne Information for Non-Finalists
What you can do with your College Match application if you are not selected as a finalist.
muhammad jalal Automatic Regular Decision Consideration
If you don't match, many colleges will roll your application into Regular Decision automatically. Learn more.


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