Stanford University FAQ

Stanford National College Match Policies

Does Stanford have a maximum number of students that they accept via the National College Match?

No. The College Match is a partnership to provide access and opportunity for high achieving, low-income students. We review applications holistically and work towards creating a strong and diverse cohort of College Match Finalists. We also view our partnership with QuestBridge as more than just the College Match process-a number of amazing students are admitted through our Regular Decision review cycle having utilized QuestBridge as a platform.

Will Stanford review both the Coalition Application/Common Application AND the QuestBridge National College Match application?

If Finalists are participating in the College Match and ranked Stanford, we will review both the College Match application and the Coalition Application/Common Application. If Finalists are not participating in College Match and decide to apply Restricted Early Action or Regular Decision, we will focus on your Coalition Application or Common Application.

If I don't become a Finalist OR if I don't get Matched, will Stanford still review my College Match application?

If you are a non-finalist for the QuestBridge College Match, you can apply Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision to Stanford. If you are not Matched, you will be reviewed in our Regular Decision process unless you decide to withdraw your candidacy. Note that we will focus on either your Coalition Application or Common Application. Any relevant information from the College Match application should be included in either your Coalition Application or Common Application.

I am a QuestBridge Finalist but I am not participating in the College Match. Can I apply to Stanford via the Restrictive Early Action cycle?

Yes. However, we will focus on your Coalition Application or Common Application. Any relevant information from the College Match application should be included in either your Coalition Application or Common Application. When answering the Stanford Questions (the "supplement"), select "QuestBridge Finalist" under fee waiver options to denote your Finalist status.

Can I apply to Stanford via the Restrictive Early Action process and still apply to other institutions (binding or non-binding) via the College Match? Alternatively, can I apply to Stanford via the College Match and apply to other institutions via their early admission (ex. Early Action, Early Decision) programs?

No. Please see QuestBridge's Early Application Policy.

Application Requirements

I am a QuestBridge Finalist applying to Stanford via the National College Match. Do I have to submit other application materials?

Yes. Refer to Stanford's College Match application requirements outlined on the QuestBridge website for more information.

I am a Finalist applying to Stanford via the College Match using the QuestBridge Application. Do I also have to submit the Coalition Application or the Common Application?

Yes. You must submit either the Coalition Application or Common Application in addition to the QuestBridge Application. We will review both applications for Finalists participating in the College Match.

I am a Finalist applying through the College Match but accidentally appplied under Restrictive Early Action (REA) instead of Regular Decision (RD). What should I do?

Email credentials@stanford.edu with your name, birth date, QuestBridge ID, Coalition Application or Common Application ID, and high school name to request to change your application round from REA to RD. All Finalists applying to Stanford via the College Match must select the "Regular Decision" option and NOT "Restrictive Early Action" on the Coalition Application or Common Application.

Can I submit the same essays for the Coalition Application or Common Application that I submitted for the QuestBridge Application?

Yes. You are allowed to reuse essays. However, we encourage you to take extra time editing grammar and spelling when transferring your QuestBridge essays to the Coalition Application or Common Application-rarely do you have a second chance to edit! Similarly, you are welcome to write new essays but we do not require or encourage this.

I am applying to Stanford via the College Match. Do I have to ask my counselor/teachers to resubmit my school report, school profile, transcript, and recommendations again using the Coalition Application or Common Application forms?

No. We will accept the school report, school profile, transcript, and recommendations submitted with the QuestBridge Application. However, if you are not Matched to a binding institution and wish to be reviewed via the Regular Decision process, you will then be required to ask your counselor/teachers to resubmit the school report, school profile, transcript, and recommendations using the Coalition Application or Common Application forms. They may submit the same recommendations or submit new recommendations.

How do I submit my official transcript?

For College Match participants, we will accept the transcript submitted in the QuestBridge Application. If you would like to submit an updated official transcript, ask your school counselor to submit the transcript using the online Coalition Application or Common Application forms. They can also be emailed to credentials@stanford.edu. They should include your first name and last name, date of birth, QuestBridge ID, Coalition Application or Common Application ID, and high school name.

I submitted my Coalition Application or Common Application. Will I receive a confirmation that you received my application?

Yes. A few days after you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on accessing your Application Status Page. Once you access this page, you will be able to determine which application materials have been received.

How do I withdraw my application from consideration?

Email credentials@stanford.edu with your request to have your application withdrawn and include your first and last name, date of birth, QuestBridge ID, Coalition Application or Common Application ID, and high school name.

Testing

I couldn't take the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Essay before October. Will Stanford receive my test scores in time for review?

Please review our test score deadlines. If you took the SAT with Essay in October and listed Stanford as a recipient of your score results, our office should receive them in time for review. If you took the ACT with Writing in October, we cannot ensure those test results will reach our office in time for College Match review. Note that Stanford will review applications from students attending U.S. high schools using either official or self-reported ACT with Writing or SAT with Essay scores. Official score reports are not required unless the student is admitted and chooses to enroll.

I can't afford to send test scores. Will Stanford accept unofficial test reports?

Yes. Stanford will review applications from students attending U.S. high schools using either official or self-reported ACT with Writing or SAT with Essay scores. Official score reports are not required unless the student is admitted and chooses to enroll. You are able to self-report your scores in the testing section of either the Coalition Application or the Common Application. All scores from all high school sittings of either exam (or both if you took both) are required. If you have taken the test more than once, you may use the Additional Information section in the application to report additional scores or send your student score report(s) as an email attachment to credentials@stanford.edu. All official scores will be required if you are offered admission and choose to enroll. Test scores reported on official secondary school transcripts will be considered official.

Does Stanford superscore test results?

Yes. We want you to have the best test representation possible, and we will superscore your results according to the following rubric: For the SAT, we will focus on the highest individual Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and Essay scores from all test sittings. For SAT exams taken prior to March 2016, we will focus on the highest Critical Reading, Math and Writing scores. Because we are not able to superscore across the two exams, we will superscore results within the old and new SAT exams separately. For the ACT, we will review all subscores and will focus on the highest Composite and the highest English and writing scores from all test sittings.

Does Stanford require SAT Subject Tests?

No. SAT Subject Tests are optional. Because SAT Subject Test scores can highlight your areas of strength, we welcome self-reporting of these results in your application.

Arts Portfolio

Can I submit an Arts Portfolio if I am applying to Stanford via the National College Match?

No. Finalists applying to Stanford via the College Match must select the "Regular Decision" option when submitting the Coalition Application or Common Application, meaning they are unable to submit an Arts Portfolio using the Restrictive Early Action deadline of October 15, which is before Finalists are announced. Note that if you are not Matched to a binding institution, you can submit an Arts Portfolio to be considered under Regular Decision review, though you would have to submit the Arts Portfolio by December 1, which is the date College Match results are announced. If you are submitting an Arts Portfolio, you are required to submit the Common Application instead of the Coalition Application.

I submitted a Restrictive Early Action (REA) application to Stanford and an Arts Portfolio because the deadline was before QuestBridge Finalists were announced on October 19. What should I do?

If you are a QuestBridge Finalist participating in the College Match and have submitted an Arts Portfolio to Stanford in our REA process, you will need to contact credentials@stanford.edu to change your application round from Restrictive Early Action to Regular Decision (RD). You should also note that we are unable to review Arts Portfolios for any students participating in the College Match; therefore your Arts Portfolio will not be reviewed. If you are not Matched to a binding institution, you will be considered under the RD review process and you can submit an Arts Portfolio by December 1 deadline, though you will need to submit another Arts Portfolio (you can resubmit the same materials). We are unable to switch REA Art Portfolio submissions to RD.

I am a QuestBridge Finalist not participating in the College Match. Can I submit an Arts Portfolio?

Yes. You can submit a Common Application with the Arts Portfolio by October 15 if you are applying Restrictive Early Action or by December 1 if you are applying Regular Decision.

Financial Aid

Will Stanford consider Finalists for the College Match if their EFC is above $0?

Stanford's financial aid process is need-based therefore we are focusing our College Match efforts on students whose families are determined to have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 based on Stanford's financial aid policies. However, Stanford is committed to meeting full demonstrated need for all admitted students, including those who apply via the Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision cycles. You can estimate your aid using the Net Price Calculator.

If I Match with Stanford, will I automatically receive a full-four year scholarship?

Stanford's financial aid program is need-based, meaning aid eligibility is determined by your family's financial circumstances. We will meet your family's full demonstrated need throughout your time at Stanford, meaning that for families with an income at or below $65,000 a year with typical assets, the family will not have to contribute at all towards the cost of tuition and room & board. Stanford will offer financial aid awards to cover these costs in the form of grants, which is money that does not need to be repaid. Merit scholarships and loans are not offered in our financial aid packages. Note that you will have to reapply for financial aid every year, and every student is expected to contribute toward their own expenses (to cover the costs of books, travel, etc) from their summer income or part-time work during the year.

What financial aid documents do I have to submit to Stanford?

Refer to the financial aid application requirements outline on the QuestBridge website.

Who do I contact with questions about the financial aid application requirements (including questions about the FAFSA, CSS Profile, tax forms, noncustodial forms, etc.)?

You may contact the Financial Aid Office at (650) 723-3058 or at financialaid@stanford.edu with any questions about the financial aid application requirements. You may also find answers to your questions on the Financial Aid FAQ page.

How can I submit supplemental financial aid application materials to the Financial Aid Office?

You can use the Secure Document Upload tool to submit any additional financial aid materials directly to the Financial Aid Office.

Undocumented Students

I am an undocumented/DACA student. Can I apply to Stanford via College Match?

Yes. Citizenship and immigration status are not a condition of admission to Stanford. We welcome applications from all students who are ready to make the most of the extraordinary academic opportunities available at Stanford. Please review our information page for undocumented applicants.

Are there different financial application requirements for undocumented students?

Yes. If you are an undocumented or DACA student, follow the instructions for Undocumented Students applying for financial aid.

I am an international citizen studying in the U.S. with a visa. Can I apply to Stanford via the College Match?

No. Stanford will only review U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented/DACA students in the College Match process. International citizens are welcome to apply to Stanford via the Restrictive Early Action (if they are not participating in the Match) or Regular Decision cycles.