National College Match

Dream big and apply for full four-year scholarships to over 50 top colleges through QuestBridge.

A top college is possible

Our 52 college partners are actively seeking students like you. Apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship. The National College Match application gives you extra space to tell your unique story as a student who has excelled academically despite financial hardship. 

If admitted to a college partner through the Match or QuestBridge Regular Decision, you will join a supportive community of over 10,000 other QuestBridge Scholars currently attending our college partners, and upon graduation, you'll be welcomed into a network of over 20,000 QuestBridge Alumni for continued support, networking, and growth opportunities.  


  • High school seniors, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the U.S. and planning to attend college the fall after graduation, and U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents living abroad
  • Earning primarily A’s in the most challenging courses offered
  • Demonstrating strong writing skills and intellectual curiosity, plus resilience, integrity, and motivation to succeed
  • Typically from a household earning less than $65,000 annually with minimal assets (for a household of four members).

Benefits of the National College Match

Full four-year scholarship

Be considered for a full four-year scholarship that covers tuition, housing and food, and other expenses.

Share your unique story

We review applications holistically, including academic achievement, financial qualifications, and personal qualities. Showcase your achievements, talents, potential, and unique story. 

Access to top colleges

Our 52 college partners are committed to making college affordable so that you can access the education you deserve.

Support along the way

Receive expert support and guidance from QuestBridge as you navigate the college application process.

By the numbers

National College Match Finalists are competitive candidates for admission to our college partners. Finalists who match are admitted to a college partner with a full four-year scholarship, worth over $325,000 each.


Finalists matched to a college partner in 2023

Over 14000

Finalists matched to a college partner since QuestBridge's founding

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