QuestBridge & Yale. Affordable. For Everyone.
The QuestBridge application is a useful option for students from low-income backgrounds who are interested in applying to selective colleges that offer generous need-based financial aid. The QuestBridge National College Match Application includes questions that allow students from low-income households to discuss their backgrounds and unique circumstances. Students selected as QuestBridge Finalists can easily apply to multiple partner colleges with the same free application.
The QuestBridge National College Match Application is one of three ways to apply to Yale for first-year admission. Yale has no preference for one type of application over another. All applicants should submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle.
Students who apply to Yale through QuestBridge submit the same required application materials as students who apply using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Because students applying to Yale using the QuestBridge National College Match Application must first be selected as QuestBridge Finalists, the timeline for applying to Yale through QuestBridge is different than applying through single-choice early action or regular decision. See the information below to learn about the application steps, options, requirements, and timeline for students applying to Yale through QuestBridge.
Applying to Yale through QuestBridge
- QuestBridge Application Steps
- QuestBridge Application Options
- Standardized Testing for QuestBridge Applicants
- Additional Required Application Material for QuestBridge Finalists
- QuestBridge Application Timeline
- Frequently Asked Questions about Applying Through QuestBridge
QuestBridge Application Steps
Follow these steps to apply to Yale using the QuestBridge National College Match Application:
- Complete the free National College Match Application by the September deadline for evaluation by the QuestBridge organization.
- If selected as a QuestBridge Finalist in October, forward the QuestBridge National College Match Application to Yale and submit the additional required application material.
Students who apply to Yale using the QuestBridge National College Match Application should also submit the required financial aid documents to the Office of Undergradaute Financial Aid by the appropriate deadline. Applicants may be contacted for an interview with a Yale student or alumnus as part of the application process.
QuestBridge Application Options
If you are selected as a QuestBridge Finalist you have three options for sharing your QuestBridge National College Match Application with Yale. Yale has no preference for one option over another.
- Rank Yale as a college choice in the QuestBridge National College Match. The deadline for submitting rankings to QuestBridge is October 11.
- Opt out of the National College Match (i.e. do not rank any colleges) and share your QuestBridge Application with Yale for single-choice early action (deadline November 1). Note Yale’s single-choice early action policies.
- Share your QuestBridge Application with Yale for regular decision by completing the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form (due Dec 10).
Applicants who rank Yale as a college choice in the QuestBridge National College Match are considered for a “match” with Yale. Applicants who match are notified in early December with an offer of admission and a financial aid award with a $0 parent contribution. Unlike many other QuestBridge partner colleges, all admissions offers from Yale are non-binding. If a student is a match with Yale, she/he will have until May 1 to respond to the offer of admission and may still apply to other schools as a regular decision applicant.
Applicants who rank Yale but do not match with Yale are automatically moved into Yale’s regular decision application pool, unless they match with a binding partner college, in which case their applications are automatically withdrawn. Students who match with non-binding partner colleges have the option to have their applications withdrawn or moved into Yale’s regular decision application pool. Applicants who remain in the regular decision application pool will need to submit the QuestBridge Midyear Report when first semester grades become available.
Finalists who do not participate in the National College Match (i.e. do not rank any colleges) may apply to Yale in the single-choice early action program. To have your QuestBridge application considered for early action at Yale, please email firstname.lastname@example.org from the email address listed on your QuestBridge application by November 1. Please include your QuestBridge ID number and the following text: “I would like to share my QuestBridge National College Match Application with Yale for consideration in Yale’s single-choice early action program. I have reviewed the policies outlined at admissions.yale.edu/single-choice-early-action. I will neither rank any colleges for the QuestBridge National College Match, nor submit any early action or early decision applications to other colleges or universities that would violate Yale’s single-choice early action policy.” You will receive a response confirming your request, and a separate invitation to activate your Yale Admissions Status portal on or around November 1.
Finalists who do not rank Yale as a college choice in the QuestBridge National College Match (whether or they rank any colleges or not) may also submit their QuestBridge Application for consideration in Yale’s regular decision program by completing the QuestBridge Regular Decision form on the QuestBridge website by the December 10 deadline.
Standardized Testing for QuestBridge Applicants
Yale requires that all applicants complete either the SAT or the ACT. QuestBridge applicants may submit official or self-reported scores with their QuestBridge application.
First-year applicants attending secondary school in the United States will satisfy Yale’s standardized testing requirement by self-reporting ACT and/or SAT scores in the application. Applicants who are offered admission and choose to matriculate at Yale will be required to provide official results prior to enrolling. First-year applicants attending international secondary schools must submit official results from the testing agency for evaluation by the Admissions Committee.
SAT Subject Tests are recommended, not required. Applicants who do not take SAT Subject Tests will not be disadvantaged. Yale does not participate in score choice for the SAT, but does participate in score choice for SAT Subject Tests. The last possible test dates for consideration in the College Match are September (ACT) or October (SAT). TOEFL is recommended for non-native English speakers who have not spent at least two years in an English-language secondary school.
Additional Required Application Material for QuestBridge Finalists
Yale automatically receives the QuestBridge application materials of all QuestBridge Finalists who rank Yale or who share their QuestBridge application for single-choice early action or regular decision. Applicants must also submit the following materials online or by mail to the Yale admissions office by November 1 for consideration in the match or single-choice early action, or January 2 for regular decision.
- The Yale QuestBridge Questionnaire, available via the Yale Admissions Status Portal after Yale receives a student’s QuestBridge application. The specific short-answer questions on the questionnaire can be found on the essay topics page.
- Midyear Report with official first semester or trimester grades from your senior year. This is due when these grades become available at your school - typically January or February.
QuestBridge Finalists participating in the National College Match should also submit the following financial aid documents by November 1:
- The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submit electronically. (Available Oct. 1)
- The 2019-2020 CSS Profile. Submit electronically. (Available Oct. 1)
- Your parents’ 2016 federal income tax returns (signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2s, and other earnings statements, plus corporate/partnership tax returns, if applicable.) Send using College Board’s IDOC Service, which you may access after submitting the CSS Profile.
If your parents are divorced or legally separated, your non-custodial parent should also submit his/her tax return, W-2s, and a copy of the Noncustodial Profile, available online when completing the CSS Profile.
Alternatively, you may submit financial aid documents via fax: use the QuestBridge Yale University Cover Sheet and include the applicant’s full name, Yale Record ID Number, and “QuestBridge” on all pages.
QuestBridge finalists not participating in the National College Match should follow Yale’s standard instructions for applying for financial aid.
QuestBridge Application Timeline
September 27, 2018: Deadline to submit QuestBridge National College Match application to the QuestBridge organization
October 18, 2018: QuestBridge announces QuestBridge Finalists
November 1, 2018: Deadline for Finalists who rank Yale to submit QuestBridge Questionaire and Financial Aid Documents
November 1, 2018: Deadline for Finalists who are not participating in the National College Match to share their QuestBridge applications with Yale for single-choice early action
December 3, 2018: Matching Finalists notified
December 10, 2018: Deadline for finalists who did not rank Yale in the National College Match complete the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form
Mid-December, 2018: Single-choice early action applicants notified; deferred applicants moved to regular decision
December 17, 2018: Finalists who ranked Yale but did not match with Yale or a binding partner automatically moved into Yale’s regular decision program
March 28, 2019: All Yale regular decision applicants notified
May 1, 2019: Response deadline for all admitted students