Dates & Deadlines

National College Match timeline

High-achieving students from low-income backgrounds can apply for free to our college partners through the National College Match. All deadlines occur at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. 

Dates and deadlines will be updated in fall 2024. 

Dates & deadlinesWhatWho
August 1National College Match application opens.Eligible high school seniors
September 26National College Match application deadline.Eligible high school seniors
September 27Match Rankings Form opens. Research college partners and rank up to 15 schools through the Match Rankings Form, which is available on your Manage page.All applicants
October 12Match Rankings Form deadline. The Match Agreement Form (available after submitting Match Rankings Form) is also due October 12. It must be signed by the applicant, their parent/guardian, and school counselor, and uploaded to the Manage page.All applicants
October 18

Finalist decisions released on the Manage page.

Finalists who ranked colleges continue with their Match Requirements.

Non-Finalists should proceed on their own with college applications, including exploring QuestBridge Regular Decision opportunities.

All applicants
November 1Deadline for Match Requirements to be submitted to the college partners the student ranked.Finalists who ranked colleges
November 3QuestBridge Regular Decision Form becomes available on the Manage page. Finalists can begin to select colleges they wish to apply to if not matched or if not participating in the Match.All Finalists
December 1 

Match Day! Match results released through the Manage page.

Matched? Congrats! Finalists who match are admitted early with a full four-year scholarship to the school they matched with and must withdraw all other applications.

Not Matched? That’s okay! Finalists who do not match can explore their options following the Match for the schools they ranked and/or continue with QuestBridge Regular Decision.*

*Because all of our college partners have extremely competitive admissions processes, Finalists who do not match should also apply to a range of target and likely non-QuestBridge colleges where they are confident they can be admitted.

Finalists who ranked colleges
December 10QuestBridge Regular Decision Form deadline.Finalists who did not match
January - February 2024Additional Regular Decision Requirements must be submitted to each of the colleges you selected on your QuestBridge Regular Decision Form by the colleges' Regular Decision deadlines.Finalists participating in QuestBridge Regular Decision
Spring 2024Admissions decisions are sent out by the colleges for QuestBridge Regular Decision applicants.Finalists participating in QuestBridge Regular Decision
Fall 2024Celebrate! Any Finalist who attends a college partner through the Match or QuestBridge Regular Decision joins the QuestBridge Scholars Network.Finalists attending a college partner



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