National College Admissions Conferences

QuestBridge National College Admissions Conferences are full-day, invitation-only events for College Prep Scholars, and take place at a few of our exceptional college partners.

Our life-changing conferences are hosted by QuestBridge staff and college partner admissions officers, who collectively offer in-depth admissions and financial aid experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Similar college admissions events can cost several thousands of dollars to attend, but our National College Admissions Conferences are offered exclusively to College Prep Scholars.

Conference Benefits

College Prep Scholars who attend the conference will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss strategies for preparing strong college applications
  • Learn how to write college essays that effectively portray life experiences
  • Discover the full benefit of top colleges' generous financial aid policies
  • Engage with QuestBridge college partner admissions officers in small group settings
  • Hear inspiring words from Dr. Michael McCullough, QuestBridge Co-Founder and President
  • Get to know students from around the country with similar backgrounds and aspirations
  • Learn about opportunities that QuestBridge offers through the National College Match and the QuestBridge Scholars Network


If you are a College Prep Scholar who is invited to attend a National College Admissions Conference, the cost to attend is FREE. The student is responsible for costs related to travel to and from the conference.

Because travel costs may be a hardship, QuestBridge provides a limited number of travel grants to students to attend the conferences. However, as a non-profit organization, we regrettably do not have the resources to sponsor travel for all students who receive conference invitations, and can only provide a limited number of travel grants.

We encourage student to fundraise on their own if possible. Past students have been successful in raising funds from sources such as local businesses, churches, and community organizations in order to cover their travel expenses. You may wish to review the fundraising guide on the Junior Statesmen Foundation’s website for more ideas. (QuestBridge is not affiliated with the Junior Statesmen Foundation.)