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.
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 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.
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.
No. Please see QuestBridge's Early Application Policy.
Yes. Refer to Stanford's College Match application requirements outlined on the QuestBridge website for more information.
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. They should include your first name and last name, date of birth, QuestBridge ID, Coalition Application or Common Application ID, and high school name.
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
Refer to the financial aid application requirements outline on the QuestBridge website.
You may contact the Financial Aid Office at (650) 723-3058 or at email@example.com with any questions about the financial aid application requirements. You may also find answers to your questions on the Financial Aid FAQ page.
You can use the Secure Document Upload tool to submit any additional financial aid materials directly to the Financial Aid Office.
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.
Yes. If you are an undocumented or DACA student, follow the instructions for Undocumented Students applying for financial aid.
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.