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 also wants to match with you. 

You can rank up to 12 colleges in order of preference. We encourage you to research all of our college partners by using our Research Worksheet. In previous years, students who ranked more colleges had a higher chance of matching, however you must be absolutely certain you would attend every college that appears on your list.


You should know:

  • You can be matched to only ONE school.
  • You are committed to attending your match school the following fall. Admission through ranking colleges for the National College Match is binding*.
  • If matched, you will receive a full four-year scholarship. So 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 and you may only benefit from applying through QuestBridge Regular Decision.

* MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale do not require students admitted through the match to commit to attending their institutions.


Match Requirements

Once you rank colleges and 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 list by November 1. Click the links below to view each college's Match Requirements, which you can also find on each college partner's Application Requirements page.

Match Requirements

Amherst College

Bowdoin College

Brown Univeristy

California Institute of Technology

Carleton College

Claremont McKenna College

Colby College

Colorado College

Columbia University

Dartmouth College

Davidson College

Duke University

Emory University

Grinnell College

Hamilton College

Haverford College

Macalester College


Northwestern University

Oberlin College

Pomona College

Princeton University

Rice University

Scripps College

Stanford University

Swarthmore College

Tufts University

University of Chicago

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

University of Southern California

University of Virginia

Vanderbilt University

Vassar College

Washington and Lee University

Washington University in St. Louis

Wellesley College

Wesleyan University

Williams College

Yale University