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QuestBridge Application

Swarthmore is a proud partner of QuestBridge, a program that links low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges and universities. The QuestBridge National College Match program helps high-achieving, low-income high school seniors gain admission to and receive full four-year scholarships at a variety of selective colleges through an early application process. The QuestBridge application is completely free to students.

National College Match Program

QuestBridge’s National College Match program consists of two parts:

  • Students submit the College Match application to QuestBridge and rank up to 12 of QuestBridge’s partner schools based on their preferences. QuestBridge evaluates these students and selects finalists. QuestBridge forwards the applications of finalists to partner schools that the students have identified as their top choices.
  • The partner schools evaluate the students’ applications and select students for admission; these students are “matched” with their choice schools. Students who are selected for admission to multiple colleges attend—and “match” with—the institution at the top of the ranking list that was submitted with their application. You can see how National College Match works [pdf] or watch this helpful video.

Students who match with a partner college receive a full four-year scholarship. This scholarship covers the entire cost of college (tuition, room, board, and other expenses), is loan-free, and requires no parental contribution.

How to Apply

Students must follow the application timeline designated by QuestBridge. Students choosing to participate in the National College Match must also submit additional materials to Swarthmore, such as financial aid documents, by the stated deadlines on Swarthmore’s QuestBridge requirements site. Swarthmore's QuestBridge Application Conversion form is not required for any National College Match applicants prior to Dec. 1.

Non-finalists and those finalists who do not match to a partner college may convert their QuestBridge application to a Swarthmore application by completing the QuestBridge Application Conversion form and indicating an application plan (Fall Early Decision, Winter Early Decision, or Regular Decision). This eliminates the need to submit a separate application for admission to Swarthmore beyond the QuestBridge application. Swarthmore is committed to meeting full financial need with loan-free financial aid packages for all students admitted to the College.


  • Students can search Frequently Asked Questions on the QuestBridge website.

  • Students with specific questions about the QuestBridge partnership can email us directly.

  • Students who need to submit financial aid documents as part of a QuestBridge application to Swarthmore should submit these documents via IDOC. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at with any questions. 
  • Our current QuestBridge Scholars are available to talk with prospective students! Students who have questions for current QB Swatties are encouraged to email the Executive Board; your email will be answered by a current Swarthmore student who participated in QuestBridge while in high school.