National College Match: How To Apply

The 2017 National College Match application will open in summer 2017.

Before you apply

  1. Review who should apply to make sure you qualify.
  2. Learn how the National College Match works.
  3. Carefully consider our college partners, including their testing requirements to make sure you are on track to rank these colleges.

Application Requirements 

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

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

Download our 2016 Application Guide >>

Download our 2016 Income and Assets Guide >>

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 27, 2016

Application Requirements for Finalists

If you are selected as a Finalist in October, additional college materials are due to the colleges you rank. View each college partner page for more "Application Requirements".

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