Questbridge College Match – highly competitive but big payoff

by Grace


The QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s most selective colleges.

It is a highly competitive process that last year matched 310 students to top-ranked colleges such as Princeton, MIT and Wellesley.  Selection criteria include:

    • Academic achievements
    • Financial need
    • Additional criteria, such as parent’s level of education and extracurricular activities

The College Match application process is time-consuming and the odds of winning are less than 5%, but the payoff can be big.  Here is a profile of the 2010 award recipients.

Of the 310 National College Match award recipients:

• 77% were among the first generation in their family to attend college.
• 22% were 1st in their class.
• 80% were in the top 5% of their class.

SAT Score (CR + M)
• 9% scored above 1500.
• 29% scored above 1400.
• 61% scored above 1300.
• 89% scored above 1200.

• 33% had family income less than $20,000.
• 79% had family income less than $40,000.
• 97% had family income less than $60,000.

• 32% Black/African American
• 32% Latino
• 17% Asian
• 16% White
• 3% Native American/Alaskan Native

Educators are encouraged to refer qualifying students to Questbridge.

Successful QuestBridge applicants are academically high-achieving students who have experienced challenges due to economic circumstances.


One Comment to “Questbridge College Match – highly competitive but big payoff”

  1. Some of this year’s Questbridge applicants are posting results on collegeconfiidential. I can’t help but feel excitement for those who were matched and sympathy for those who were not.


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