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Ana Maldonado

"QuestBridge allows you to show college admissions officers the challenges you have overcome. My future has become so much brighter due to this opportunity."

Santa Ana, CA
2011 National College Match Recipient
Princeton University, Class of 2016


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Regular Decision Process & Requirements

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regular-decisionAdmission through QuestBridge's Regular Decision is not binding and does not come with a guaranteed financial aid package; however, because all of our partner colleges are committed to meeting financial need, many finalists are admitted to our partner colleges each year with very generous financial aid. You may apply to our partner colleges through QuestBridge Regular Decision if: 

  • You want to apply to QuestBridge partner colleges as a QuestBridge applicant but do not wish to rank colleges for the College Match (also called “opting-out” of rankings).
  • You ranked colleges for the National College Match but are not matched.
  • You are not selected to be a finalist. View information for non-finalists for details and restrictions.

Take a look at the benefits you can gain from applying to our partner colleges through Regular Decision!

Apply through Regular Decision

Complete the following steps to apply Regular Decision:

Date/Deadline What to complete Who
September 26 National College Match application All applicants
October 13 QuestBridge College Rankings Form: Select "opt-out" if applying Regular Decision only. (Rank colleges if participating in the College Match.) All applicants
October QuestBridge selects finalists
October 21 Finalist Notification: Log in to see if you were selected as a finalist. All applicants
December 1-11  QuestBridge Regular Decision Form: Select which partner colleges you intend to apply to through Regular Decision. Finalists who opted-out of rankings or did not match.
January (various deadlines) Submit additional Regular Decision requirements to each of the colleges by the colleges’ Regular Decision deadlines. Finalists who opted-out of rankings or did not match.
Spring Receive admissions and financial aid decisions from colleges. Finalists who opted-out of rankings or did not match. 


Automatic Regular Decision Consideration

If you ranked colleges but did not match to a binding school, some schools will automatically consider your application for Regular Decision if you ranked them and submitted all of your College Match requirements. Learn more.

Regular Decision Requirements

For finalists who are opt-ing out of rankings, or for finalists who did not match, please review these additional college requirements due to the colleges by their Regular Decision deadlines.

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-matches and non-finalists

lea trusty Early Decision after the College Match (coming soon)
Information for finalists who did not match, but would still like to be considered for early admission to a partner college.
paul bierman Information for Non-finalists
What you can do with your College Match application if you are not selected as a finalist.


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