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The 2018 National College Match application is now open.

The deadline to apply is September 27, 2018.


We are looking for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges.


In order to be eligible to apply to the National College Match in the fall of 2018, applicants must graduate from high school during or before the summer of 2019 and plan to enroll as a freshman in college in the fall of 2019.

The QuestBridge National College Match is open to all:

  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents or
  • Students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States.

Additional Citizenship Requirements

Important considerations for students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, but are attending high school in the United States: Only some of our colleges will consider non-U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents for admission and full scholarships through the College Match. 

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Academic Achievement

We seek students who have demonstrated a level of academic achievement that meets or exceeds the admissions standards of our colleges. The following is based on profiles of past Finalists, and are not strict cut-offs:


Grades and rigor of high school curriculum

Primarily A's in the most challenging courses available (usually including Honors, AP, and/or IB level courses.)

Class rank

Top 5-10% of your graduating class.

Standardized test scores

SAT or PSAT scores > 1310
ACT composite score > 28

We also recommend submitting any AP, IB, or SAT Subject Test scores.  Review the standardized testing requirements for each college.

Additional Criteria

We also look for evidence of strong writing ability, intellectual spark, and determination through essays and teacher/counselor recommendations.


Financial Qualifications 

Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less. This is not a strict cut-off and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial details carefully to see if they may qualify. 

All sources of family income are taken into account, including:

  • Salaries, wages, and tips
  • Business and farm income
  • Rental income
  • Interest and dividend income
  • Retirement distributions
  • Alimony
  • Child support received

Students with divorced or separated parents must report the income of both biological parents, as non-custodial parent information is taken into consideration by our partners when determining financial need. The only exception is when the student has not had contact with the non-custodial parent for an extended period of time.

All assets held by the family are taken into consideration, including:

  • Home ownership
  • Business or farm ownership
  • Cash and savings
  • Investments
  • Additional properties

 Individual household circumstances are taken into consideration, including:

  • The number of people supported by the household income
  • The number of students in college (undergraduate only)
  • Unemployment or other changes to the household income
  • Eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch
  • Having been in foster care
  • Other non-discretionary financial commitments, such as high medical bills

Please note that Finalists will need to submit official documentation verifying their financial situation to the colleges to which they apply. A thorough financial review will be performed by QuestBridge and by the colleges for all students who become Finalists. 

Personal Circumstances

We also take the following factors into account when reviewing applications:

Personal Circumstances

Parents' level of education

70% of Finalists are among the first generation in their family to attend a U.S. four-year college.

Extenuating circumstances

If students have an unusual level of responsibility, such as part-time jobs to help their parents pay the bills, or caring for siblings if their parents are absent or at work.

Extracurricular achievements

Accomplishments and leadership roles in extracurricular and community activities.


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Application Requirements 

  • A free, online National College Match application, including information on your academic and extracurricular accomplishments, financial background*, two essays, short answer questions
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers in core academic subjects
  • A Secondary School Report from your high school counselor
  • A School Profile (optional, but recommended)
  • A high school transcript and additional transcripts (if applicable)
  • Any standardized test score reports to-date. We accept SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, IB, or AP test scores. SAT and/or ACT test scores are highly recommended.

*Access to previous year tax returns and other financial documents is highly recommended and will help you complete the application.

Application Requirements for Finalists

If you are selected as a Finalist in October, additional college materials are due to the colleges you rank. View each college partner page for more "Application Requirements".

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Application Resources Guide

Welcome to our Application Resources Guide for the 2018 National College Match. We hope that it will help you stay on track to complete your application! The deadline is September 27, 2018.

Key sections:

  1. Household and Income
  2. Recommendations
  3. Academic
  4. Writing
  5. Review
  6. Submit

Household and Income

Income and Assets Guide

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Household Section FAQ

Video Tutorials

Household Page Video

Parent/Guardian Income & Assets Page Video

Bridge Badge

Earn the Household Badge by filling out the Household page.

Recommender Information Sheet Download now

The Student Resource Center: Applying for College



Recommendations FAQ

Bridge Badge

Earn the Recommenders Badge by registering two high school teachers as recommenders.



Academic Section FAQ

Submitting Materials FAQ

Video Tutorial

Submitting Materials Video

Bridge Badge

Earn the Coursework Badge by adding your 12th grade coursework.

Earn the Transcript Badge by uploading your transcript.

Earn the Secondary School Report Badge by registering your school counselor.


The Student Resource Center: Applying for College

Writing Essays

The Bridge Blog Posts

Four tips to improve your essay

What makes a college essay stand out?

Bridge Badge

Earn the Writing Badge by completing your short answers and essays.

  • Visit your Review and Submit page to identify any errors or missing information.

  • Check your entire application to make sure you answered all the questions and to proofread for any typos or grammatical mistakes.

  • Check your application proof to be sure all your responses appear the way you would like them to. Watch for any cut-off text or other issues that you should fix before submitting.