Vassar College FAQ

QuestBridge is a non-profit organization that connects high-achieving, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges and universities. QuestBridge is the provider of the National College Match Program and the College Prep Scholars Program. Vassar College has been a proud QuestBridge college partner since 2007.

Information for QuestBridge College Match Finalists

I have been named a QuestBridge College Match Finalist. What materials do I need to submit to Vassar College?

A complete list of application requirements to Vassar College can be found on our Application Requirements page, including information about applying through the College Match, Early Decision II or Regular Decision. 

What is the latest test date Vassar College will accept?

For College Match Finalists who would like to match with Vassar College, the October sitting for the SAT and October sitting for the ACT are the latest exams that we will consider. Please clearly indicate that you are scheduled to take the October test dates on your QuestBridge application.

Will I be interviewed as part of the Match process?

No. We do not offer evaluative interviews as a part of the QuestBridge College Match review or as a formal part of our Admission Review.

Is the QuestBridge College Match at Vassar College binding?

Yes. If you match with Vassar College, it is a binding offer of admission and we expect you will withdraw any applications at other college or universities. If you match with any QuestBridge partner school, QuestBridge will also notify the partner institutions of your College Match outcome.

I am an international student. Will Vassar College consider my QuestBridge College Match application?

No. At this time we are only able to offer the Match Program to U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents, and undocumented students (students who live in the U.S. but do not have a current visa). International students or undocumented students may apply to Vassar College either through Early Decision II or Regular Decision.

If I match with Vassar College, and become a QuestBridge Scholar, what will my financial aid look like?

All applicants to Vassar College are reviewed in a need-blind admissions process. All of our financial aid is need-based. QuestBridge Scholars can anticipate receiving the financial aid outlined in our Match Scholarship Profile.
 

Information for Non-Finalists and Non-Match Finalists

If I ranked Vassar and I’m not Matched, what are my options at Vassar College?

If you ranked Vassar College on your match list through QuestBridge, your application will automatically roll to our Regular Decision applicant pool.  You will need to complete the Vassar QuestBridge Writing Supplement. 

If you wish to apply for Early Decision II using your QuestBridge application, you must submit a signed and completed Early Decision Agreement Form along with the Vassar QuestBridge Writing Supplement confirming your application program. 

If you no longer wish to be considered for admission to Vassar College, you must send us a written request to withdraw your application.

If I did not rank Vassar and I am not matched OR if I am a Non-Finalist, what are my options at Vassar College?

Select Vassar on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 6 and December 11. Only check the box if ou fully intend to submit a complete application to Vassar. 

You will need to complete the Vassar Selection Form for QuestBridge Applicants and the Vassar QuestBridge Writing Supplement. 

If you wish to apply for Early Decision II using your QuestBridge application, you must submit a signed and completed Early Decision Agreement Form along with the Vassar Selection Form for QuestBridge Applicants and Vassar QuestBridge Writing Supplement confirming your application program. 

What is Early Decision?

The Early Decision Plan is intended for those candidates who have decided that Vassar College is a clear first choice. Students may have only one Early Decision application to any college pending at any time. In order to be considered for Early Decision admission, candidates must submit a completed Early Decision Agreement Form. Your senior year first quarter/ trimester grades are required.

If I choose to forward my QuestBridge application, what additional items do I need to submit?

A complete list of application requirements for Vassar College can be found on our Application Requirements page.

May I submit the full Common Application or the Coalition Application in addition to my QuestBridge application?

Yes. Students may apply to Vassar College using either the QuestBridge Application OR by submitting a completed Common Application or Coalition Application. It is not necessary to submit multiple applications. Vassar College does not prefer one application over the other.

How do I request a fee waiver on the Common Application or Coalition Application?

All QuestBridge Finalists automatically qualify for a fee waiver. When you submit your Common Application or Coalition Application to Vassar College, please check the “Request a Fee Waiver” box on the application and it will be waived. You do not need to submit additional paperwork.

If you were not named a QuestBridge Finalist and are requesting a fee waiver for your application to Vassar College through our general process, please follow the same instructions listed above for Finalists. 

When do I need to get all my materials into the Vassar College Admission Office?

The application deadline for both Early Decision II and Regular Decision admission at Vassar College is January 1, 2018. 

If I already listed Vassar College on my rankings list, do I need to resubmit my financial aid forms?

No. However, if you are a Regular Decision applicant, you will need to complete and submit the 2017-2018 FAFSA forms. For more information, please visit our Financial Aid website.

Is financial aid available for non-matched QuestBridge students?

Vassar College has an excellent financial aid program. We have a need-based financial aid policy. We are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for accepted students who apply for aid. Check out our Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of what a financial aid package at Vassar College might look like for you. 

For more information regarding the Financial Aid program at Vassar College, please visit our Financial Aid profile at QuestBridge.

When do I need to submit my mid-year grade report?

You should submit your mid-year grade report as soon as it becomes available. If you apply to Vassar College using your QuestBridge Application, please use the QuestBridge Midyear Report.  Your school counselor can send your mid-year grade report by:

  • Fax to: (845) 437-7063, or
  • Mail to:
    Office of Admission, Vassar College 
    124 Raymond Avenue, Box 10 
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0010
  • Email: questbridge@vassar.edu

If you apply to Vassar College using the Common Application or the Coalition Application, use their Midyear Report

I forwarded my application to you, how do I know you received it?

Within 10 days of receiving your application, you will receive an email with a Vassar ID and directions on how to access an online checklist for your application. 

Due to the heavy volume of applications and supporting materials received by our office, it generally takes us a few weeks to enter supporting documents such as transcripts, teacher's recommendations, test scores, etc. on our system, especially around the January deadline for regular decision applications. If there are items missing from your application, you will be notified by the beginning of February.

How do I contact QuestBridge?

Contact information for QuestBridge can be found on this page. Questions about the status of your QuestBridge application and the College Match process should be directed to QuestBridge.

How do I contact Vassar with additional questions?

Please contact Vassar College at questbridge@vassar.edu