National College Match: How To Apply

To be considered for a full four-year scholarship to one of our 40 college partners, your first step is to submit a free, online National College Match application. The 2019 National College Match application is due on September 26, 2019Learn more about how it works.



Application Components

  • A free, online National College Match application, including information on your academic and extracurricular accomplishments, financial background*, two essays, and short answer questions
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers in core academic subjects
  • A School Report from your high school counselor
  • A School Profile (optional, but recommended)
  • A high school transcript and additional transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
  • Any standardized test score reports to date. We accept SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, IB, AP, or TOEFL test scores. SAT and/or ACT test scores are highly recommended (unofficial test score reports are accepted).

*Access to previous year tax returns and other financial documents is highly recommended and will help you complete the application accurately.


Application Resources

Use the resources below to complete the National College Match application. Visit AskQB, our online help portal, if you have any questions.


Live, online webinars designed to give you key information about being a competitive applicant.


Short video tutorials on the QuestBridge YouTube channel for key sections of the application.

Income and Assets Guide

 A glossary of terms to help you complete the Income and Assets page fully and accurately. 

Application Instructions

A quick-start guide to the National College Match application.

Bridge Blog

Stories and advice about the application process, featuring insight from admissions officers, QuestBridge Scholars, and QuestBridge Staff.

Student Resource Center

Detailed information about recommendations and writing essays.

Application Requirements for Finalists

If you are selected as a Finalist, additional materials are due to the colleges.

Learn more about Match Requirements >>

Learn more about QuestBridge Regular Decision Requirements >>