Columbia is proud to be entering our eleventh year as a QuestBridge Partner school, and we have matched with 200 scholars. QuestBridge is a non-profit organization which identifies high-achieving, low-income students, assists them with the college search and application process and works to connect them to educational opportunities at a range of partner colleges and universities. For more information about QuestBridge, please explore their website.
National College Match Requirements
If you are participating in the National College Match, Columbia will review all materials associated with your QuestBridge Application.
Students should submit their application to Columbia under Regular Decision if they wish to be considered for the National College Match. Please select "Regular Decision" under Entry Term when filling out your application. If you are matched with Columbia through QuestBridge, your application status will automatically switch and be considered in the Early Decision process. Please note that if a student is selected as a College Match with Columbia, the admission contract is binding and they will be expected to attend Columbia the following fall. In addition, students must withdraw all other admissions applications. During the evaluation process for the College Match, the Columbia admissions committee will consider both your QuestBridge application and the Common Application or Coalition Application.
Columbia QuestBridge Questionnaire
After Columbia has received your QuestBridge Application, Columbia will send you information about completing the Columbia QuestBridge Questionnaire. The Questionnaire will ask you about your academic interests, as well as some Columbia-Specific Questions.
Columbia requires an official high school transcript from all high schools attended, which should be submitted by your high school counselor or school official as part of your application to Columbia. The transcript submitted as part of your QuestBridge Application will be considered. Students do not need to submit additional transcripts outside of the QuestBridge Application, unless you wish to submit a transcript with updated information. Transcripts be submitted by a school official. Columbia cannot consider transcripts submitted directly by the student.
- SAT or ACT
- Applicants may self-report their scores
- English proficiency examination score (if necessary)
Scores sent as part of the QuestBridge Application will be considered. Students do not need to submit scores separately or in addition to the QuestBridge Application, unless you wish to submit new or updated test scores.
Finalists participating in the National College Match must take required testing no later than the October test dates for the SAT or ACT in order to be considered for the College Match at Columbia
Please note that our office will verify scores for all enrolling students, and any discrepancies between official and self-reported scores may jeopardize a student's place in the class. If scores are submitted by a school official, there is no need for an official score report at any time.
Financial Aid Information
- CSS Profile
- Federal Income Tax Returns
The financial aid deadline for students participating in the National College Match is November 1.
Options Following the Match
Finalists who participated in and ranked Columbia University for the National College Match, submitted all required application materials, AND did not match at any partner schools may request to be considered as an Early Decision applicant to Columbia.
Only Finalists with a completed application to Columbia will be eligible to make this request; eligible Finalists will receive additional information following match notification.
Interested applicants should carefully review Columbia's policy on Early Decision, as there is a binding agreement to attend if admitted.
All Finalists who rank Columbia for the College Match, but did not match to a binding college will automatically have their applications moved into the Regular Decision process. You will not be able to start or make changes to an application that has already been submitted.
If you do not wish to be considered as a Regular Decision applicant, please email the Admissions office at email@example.com to request that your application be withdrawn.