|Glossary: QuestBridge Terms|
Binding Agreement: An agreement made by National College Match applicants to attend any college on their college rankings list that admits them. All except four QuestBridge partner colleges require a binding agreement for the College Match. The four non-binding colleges are MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. If matched with a binding college, the student is required to withdraw applications to other colleges, and the college is required to provide a full scholarship. If matched with a non-binding college, the student can apply to other colleges through regular decision.
College Admissions Conference: A one-day conference held on a partner college campus for College Prep Scholarship award recipients. College Admissions Conferences are designed to prepare high school juniors to be successful college applicants in their senior year and include presentations, workshops, and a College Fair.
College Match Scholarship: A guaranteed financial aid package covering the full cost of tuition, room, and board, with no parental contribution and no loans, awarded to a National College Match finalist who is matched with a partner college.
College Prep Scholarship: QuestBridge’s program for high school juniors. Several awards, including individualized college admissions counseling, invitations to College Admissions Conferences, and scholarships for summer college programs, are offered through this program. College Prep Scholarship applicants are evaluated on the same academic and financial criteria as the National College Match applicants.
College Rankings: National College Match applicants can submit a list of up to 8 partner colleges to which they would like to apply through QuestBridge, ranking the colleges in order of preference. QuestBridge forwards finalists’ applications to the colleges they rank, and those colleges consider them for admission and College Match Scholarships. A student will be matched with the college highest on their ranked list that would like to admit them with a full scholarship.
Edward Fein Foundation Scholarship Awards: An award program for College Prep Scholarship applicants who identify their religion as Judaism. Awards include laptops, individualized college admissions counseling, and invitations to College Admissions Conferences. Select students also receive a scholarship to attend a summer program at Brandeis University.
Finalist: A student who applied to the National College Match and was selected based on his/her academic achievements and financial need. Only finalists may be considered for the College Match Scholarship. Finalists who rank colleges through the College Match cannot also apply Early Decision/Action to other colleges (i.e. any early admissions program outside QuestBridge). Finalists who are not admitted through the College Match may apply through the Regular Decision process, following the relevant procedure for each college. Finalists receive automatic application fee waivers for all QuestBridge partner colleges.
Finalist who did not rank colleges: A finalist who has decided not to rank any colleges for the College Match may apply to college(s) through Early Decision/Action. Finalists in this category can apply through the QuestBridge Regular Decision process and request to have their National College Match application forwarded to any QuestBridge partner colleges. As finalists, they receive automatic application fee waivers for QuestBridge partner colleges.
Matched: Students are “matched” when they are admitted to a QuestBridge partner college through the College Match process and receive a full scholarship with no parental contribution and no loans. Students are matched with the college highest on their ranking list that would like to admit them. Students can only be matched with one college. If they are matched with a binding school, they must attend the college and are required to withdraw all application to other colleges. Students matched with a non-binding school can apply regular decision to other colleges and make their admissions decisions in the spring.
Match Agreement Form: A form that all National College Match applicants must submit to QuestBridge if they are ranking partner colleges. The form, an acknowledgment of the binding nature of the College Match program, must be signed by the student, the student’s parent/guardian, and the student’s guidance counselor.
National College Match: QuestBridge’s program for high school seniors. Students apply to QuestBridge by September 30 each year and are evaluated based on financial and academic criteria. Students who are selected as finalists have their applications passed on to partner colleges for admissions and financial aid review. Students admitted through this early process receive a guaranteed financial aid package with no parental contribution and no loans. Students who are not admitted through the College Match can apply through the QuestBridge Regular Decision process and request to have their National College Match application forwarded to any QuestBridge partner colleges.
Non-Finalist: A student who applied to QuestBridge and did not meet QuestBridge’s financial and/or academic criteria. Non-finalists are not considered for the College Match Scholarships and are free to apply Early Decision/Action or Regular Decision to any colleges on their own. They do not receive automatic fee waivers from QuestBridge partner colleges in most cases, but may qualify for fee waivers through colleges’ normal channels. Non-finalists are able to apply through QuestBridge’s Regular Decision process and may request to have their National College Match application forwarded to any QuestBridge partner colleges. They should refer to the Regular Decision requirements for non-finalists for details on each college’s application requirements.
Partner College: Any college or university that commits to working with QuestBridge to provide admission and financial aid to qualifying QuestBridge National College Match finalists.
Quest for Excellence: An awards program that honors strong College Prep Scholarship applicants and National College Match finalists with a range of backgrounds and interests. Awards may include laptops and funding for campus visits.
Quest Scholar: Any finalist who is admitted through the QuestBridge College Match or Regular Decision process and enrolls at a partner college.
Quest Scholars Network: A program that provides a supportive community for Quest Scholars once they are on campus. There is a Quest Scholars Network (QSN) chapter on each QuestBridge partner college campus.
Quest Scholars Program: QuestBridge’s parent organization, a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit.
QuestBridge Regular Decision: The second part of the National College Match program through which applicants can apply to QuestBridge partner colleges by requesting that QuestBridge forward their application to the partner colleges of their choice. Finalists who were not matched, were matched with a non-binding college, or chose not to rank colleges, as well as non-finalists, can apply through QuestBridge Regular Decision. Students must submit additional materials according to each college’s own requirements and deadlines; requirements differ for finalists and non-finalists. Through Regular Decision, students are not guaranteed a full scholarship but will be offered financial aid by the colleges in accordance with their need.