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 only the QuestBridge Application. If Finalists are not participating in the 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 by submitting the Coalition Application or Common Application. If you are a finalist but do not Match, you will be reviewed in our Regular Decision process unless you decide to withdraw your candidacy. Note that in Regular Decision we will review your QuestBridge Application and your Stanford QuestBridge Supplement, and you can provide any updates through the Stanford QuestBridge Regular Decision Update Form.

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, you must submit a 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.

Is Stanford’s Match binding?

No, Stanford’s Match is not binding. We hope that students who Match with Stanford choose to enroll. However, students Matched with Stanford may apply to other institutions Regular Decision and have until May 1 to decide if they will enroll at Stanford.

Application Requirements

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

Yes. The Stanford QuestBridge Supplement is required. 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?

No, but you must submit the Stanford QuestBridge Supplement to be eligible for admission through the College Match. You will receive access to the supplement once you submit your QuestBridge Application.

How do I submit my official transcript?

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 by emailing it as an attachment to credentials@stanford.edu. The document should include your full name, date of birth, and high school name.

How do I withdraw my application from consideration?

Email credentials@stanford.edu with your request to have your application withdrawn and include your full name, date of birth, 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 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 in October, we cannot ensure those test results will reach our office in time for College Match review. Note that Stanford will review applications using either official or self-reported ACT or SAT 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. We recommend that you simply self-report your highest scores in the testing section of the application. You can also have official scores sent to Stanford, but this is not required for us to review your application. If your most recent test results arrive after you submit your application, you can self-report these scores by sending your student score report(s) as an email attachment to credentials@stanford.edu. If you are offered admission and choose to enroll, official scores will be required. In order for test scores to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the College Board or the ACT. Please note: Stanford reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if an applicant's self-reported test scores do not align with those in the official score report.

Does Stanford superscore test results?

We want you to have the best test representation possible, so we will superscore your results according to the following rubric: For the ACT, we will review all subscores and focus on the highest Composite from all sittings. For the SAT, we will focus on the highest individual Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math 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.

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. The QuestBridge College Match timeline does not align with the Arts Portfolio review process.

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.

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, and miscellaneous expenses) 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.