Ranking Colleges

Ranking colleges for the Match

Being able to rank colleges is what makes the National College Match so unique. By ranking colleges, you could be “matched” — or admitted early with a guaranteed full four-year Match Scholarship — to the college that appears highest on your list that is also able to match with you. 

You can rank up to 15 colleges in order of preference. We encourage you to research all of our college partners as you make your choices. Typically, students who rank more colleges have a higher chance of matching. However, you must be absolutely certain you would attend every college that appears on your list. 

Keep in mind

  • You can be matched to only ONE school.
  • When you rank colleges and are matched, the admission decision is binding. You are committed to attending your match school the following fall.*
  • If matched, you will receive a full four-year scholarship with no loans or parent contribution. You can be confident that you can afford to attend a great college!
  • You have the option not to rank colleges, but then you will not be considered for the Match Scholarship. Not ranking? Explore your options via QuestBridge Regular Decision.
*MIT does not require students admitted through the Match to commit to attending their institution.

Last year...

71 %

Percent of Finalists matched to one of their top 5 college partners


Average number of college partners on a rankings list

68 %

Percent of Finalists ranked 7 or more college partners

Match Requirements

If you are selected as a Finalist, you have started an application with the colleges you have ranked, and you must submit additional materials (called Match Requirements) to each of the colleges on your ranking list by November 1. Click the links below to find each college's Match Requirements on their Application Requirements page.

If you have a question about submitting materials that is not answered on the school's Application Requirements page, please contact the school's admissions or financial aid office directly through the contact information on their Application Requirements page.

Dates and deadlines

Mark your calendar with the important deadlines for your National College Match application.

After the Match

If you are a Finalist who did not match, you can check to see if a college partner you ranked will still consider you for Early Decision or Early Action. Learn more about options following the Match for each school.

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