Press Release: January 19, 2023



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 Johns Hopkins University and Smith College Join QuestBridge

Palo Alto, California (January 19, 2023) – QuestBridge is proud to announce Johns Hopkins University and Smith College as its two newest college partners. QuestBridge’s 50 college partners are top liberal arts colleges and research universities dedicated to increasing the presence of high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds on their campuses and to making their institutions accessible and affordable to talented students from all backgrounds. They also share a commitment to helping students thrive and succeed in college and beyond.

“We are honored to welcome Johns Hopkins University and Smith College into the QuestBridge partnership,” says Ana Rowena Mallari, Co-Founder and CEO of QuestBridge. “We are excited that our students will have even more opportunities to realize their potential through attending a world-class college. We look forward to working with these exceptional schools in the months and years ahead.”

Johns Hopkins University is a research university in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland, that encourages fearless curiosity and pursuit of knowledge. As leaders, creators, and innovators, Hopkins students are given an opportunity to thrive in a space where they can explore the ideas that interest them, connect with people who inspire them, and make discoveries that can change their life—and the world. Advisors, faculty mentors, and peer groups help cultivate a supportive community so students can design the college experience that’s right for them. “As a university that believes in the transformative power of higher education, we’re proud to partner with QuestBridge to expand our efforts in bringing the most talented students from all backgrounds to our community," says Ellen Chow, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University.

At Smith College, a liberal arts college located in Northampton, Massachusetts, students from diverse nationalities and backgrounds come together to form an extraordinary intellectual community. Throughout its long history, Smith has been dedicated to offering both the educational opportunities and practical experiences that enable students to develop their passions and talents so they graduate ready to address the complex, urgent problems of today. "Access to education is foundational to Smith College," says Joanna May, Vice President for Enrollment at Smith. "Throughout our history, we have worked to make the benefits of a liberal arts education available to students of every background, most recently by eliminating loans from our financial aid packages to reduce student debt. Our partnership with QuestBridge allows us to expand access even further by attracting and recruiting more high-achieving, low-income students from across the country. We are honored to be selected as a QuestBridge partner and look forward to all we are sure to accomplish together."

Hopkins and Smith will participate in QuestBridge events in 2023 geared toward helping high school juniors selected as QuestBridge College Prep Scholars prepare for selective college admissions. In fall 2023, these two college partners will participate in the QuestBridge National College Match, a college and scholarship application process that connects students from low-income backgrounds with admission and full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge college partners. The first QuestBridge Scholars at these new partners will matriculate in fall 2024.

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About QuestBridge:

QuestBridge, a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California, connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading institutions of higher education and further life opportunities. By recruiting, developing, and motivating these students — beginning in high school through college to their early career — QuestBridge aims to help talented low-income students attend the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their respective careers and communities.