QuestBridge Program

If I am not named a QuestBridge Finalist may I still apply to Yale?

Yes. Students who are not named QuestBridge Finalists may still apply to Yale for single-choice early action or regular decision. These students must submit either the Common Application or Coalition Application. Students who are not named QuestBridge Finalists may not share their QuestBridge National College Match Application with Yale. Yale has no preference for one application option over another, and all students are eligible for the same need-based financial aid, regardless of how or when they apply.

If I am selected as a QuestBridge Finalist, am I required to apply to Yale using the QuestBridge Application?

No. Being selected as a QuestBridge Finalist does not prevent a student from applying to Yale using the Common Application or Coalition Application for single-choice early action or regular decision. Students who apply using the Common Application or Coalition application, however, may not share their QuestBridge Application with Yale for the National College Match, single-choice early action or regular decision. Students may submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle.

I am not a US citizen. May I apply to Yale through QuestBridge?

Yes. Yale considers all applicants regardless of citizenship and awards need-based financial aid to all students regardless of citizenship.

If I share my QuestBridge Application with Yale, may I also submit supplementary materials?

Yes. Review Yale’s policies for submitting supplementary materials (music, art, dance, film, scientific research) via SlideRoom at admissions.yale.edu/supplementary.

Are interviews required for QuestBridge Finalists?

No. Interviews are not required for freshman applicants. After sharing your QuestBridge National College Match application with Yale, you may be contacted by a Yale graduate who volunteers with the “Alumni Schools Committee” (ASC) to arrange an interview, either in-person or online. Some QuestBridge Finalists are offered interviews during the QuestBridge College Match process, and others are interviewed during the regular decision process. If you are contacted for an interview, you are encouraged to reply and schedule the interview as soon as possible. In some regions, the number of applicants exceeds the number of interviews available. If you are not contacted for an interview, don’t worry; Yale does not disadvantage applicants we are unable to interview. High school seniors who visit campus in the summer or fall may also schedule an on-campus interview with a Yale senior, before or after applying. For more information see admissions.yale.edu/interviews.

Will my financial aid award be different if I am admitted through regular decision and not the match?

No. Yale provides full need-based financial aid (with no loans required) to all admitted students and will meet every student’s demonstrated need regardless of when or how a student applies for admission. Yale is only able to match with QuestBridge Finalists whose completed financial aid documents qualify them for a zero parental contribution according to Yale’s financial aid policies. All admitted students with demonstrated financial need, however, qualify for a Yale financial aid award that meets 100% of demonstrated need without loans. 

If I rank Yale but don’t match with Yale what happens next?

All QuestBridge Finalists who rank Yale but do not match with Yale or another binding partner college are automatically considered in Yale’s regular decision process and will be notified of an admissions decision April 1. These students should submit the QuestBridge Midyear report as soon as first trimester or first semester grades are available. Applications from QuestBridge Finalists who match with a binding partner college are automatically withdrawn. QuestBridge Finalists who match with a non-binding partner college have the option of remaining in Yale’s regular decision applicant pool. 

If I am named a QuestBridge Finalist may I apply to Yale for single-choice early action?

Yes. Students named QuestBridge Finalists who choose to opt out of the National College Match (i.e. do not rank any colleges) may apply to Yale for consideration in the single-choice early action round using their QuestBridge National College Match application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application. All single-choice early action applicants must follow Yale’s policies on applying to other colleges and universities. QuestBridge Finalists who rank Yale in the National College match are not considered early action applicants. QuestBridge Finalists may not participate in the National College match and also submit a separate application to Yale for consideration in the single-choice early action round.    

If I am a Finalist but did not rank Yale may I still apply to Yale with my QuestBridge Application?

Yes. Finalists who opt out of the National College Match completely (i.e. do not rank any colleges) may share their QuestBridge application with Yale for either single-choice early action or regular decision. Finalists who participate in the National College Match but do not rank Yale and do not match with a binding school may share their QuestBridge application with Yale for regular decision. Applicants must ensure that all required application materials are sent by the appropriate deadline: Nov. 1 for single-choice early action, Jan. 1 for regular decision.  

If I share my QuestBridge Application with Yale, should I also submit the Common Application or Coalition Application?

No. Students should submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle. Students who chose to share their QuestBridge Applications with Yale for consideration in the National College Match, single-choice early action, or regular decision may not also apply using the Common Application or Coalition Application.

If I share my QuestBridge Application with Yale, do I need to submit additional essays, recommendations, or transcripts?

No. By sharing your QuestBridge Application with Yale you will also share the essays, recommendations, and transcripts you submitted to the QuestBridge organization in September. You will not need to submit any additional material besides official standardized testing and the QuestBridge MidYear Report (after first trimester or first semester grades are available at your high school). If you would like to send new information to the Yale Admissions Committee that was not available when you completed your QuestBridge Application (e.g. new honors and awards), use the appropriate form on your Yale Admissions Status Portal.

Are my chances of getting into Yale different depending on how I apply?

No. QuestBridge Finalists are evaluated using the same standards as all Yale applicants, taking into account the context of a student’s high school program, family circumstances, and personal achievements. QuestBridge Finalists do not have an advantage or disadvantage in the admissions process compared to other applicants, and QuestBridge Finalists who rank Yale are not at an advantage or disadvantage compared to Finalists who do not rank Yale or who do not participate in the match. 

If I rank Yale in the National College Match, what else is required to complete my application for financial aid?

QuestBridge Finalists who rank Yale in the National College Match should also submit their parents’ 2015 federal income tax return (via fax to 203.436.9768) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (online) by November 1. Financial aid documents are sent to Student Financial Services, not the admissions office. When submitting financial aid documents via fax, use the QuestBridge Yale University Cover Sheet and include the applicant’s full name, Yale Applicant ID Number, and “QuestBridge” on all pages. 

If I rank Yale in the National College Match, what else is required to complete my application for admission?

Yale will automatically receive the QuestBridge application materials for QuestBridge Finalists who rank Yale in the National College Match. Students should also submit official standardized testing results by November 1. Please review Yale’s policy on official standardized test scores and note that students may submit official scores from the test agency before applying. Applicants who do not match with Yale or a binding QuestBridge partner college are considered in the Regular Decision process and should submit the QuestBridge MidYear Report as soon as first trimester or first semester grades are available.

How do students become QuestBridge Finalists?

Interested students should submit a complete QuestBridge National College Match Application to the QuestBridge organization by the September deadline. The QuestBridge organization reviews these applications and selects Finalists in October. QuestBridge Finalists may rank Yale in the National College Match or may submit their QuestBridge National College Match Application to Yale for consideration in the single-choice early action or regular decision rounds abc.