Dartmouth is proud to be a QuestBridge partner.
We are pleased to be in partnership with QuestBridge, a non-profit organization that connects high-achieving, low-income students from across the country with educational opportunities at partner colleges and universities. QuestBridge provides thousands of high school students the chance to gain additional support during the college admissions and financial aid process through the College Prep Scholarship program and the National College Match.
Questions & Answers
How do I become a QuestBridge applicant?
Students interested in QuestBridge programs, including the National College Match, should apply directly through QuestBridge. QuestBridge will review applications and then share your application materials and applicant status with partner institutions, including Dartmouth. If you have questions about applying to QuestBridge or your application materials or status, you should contact QuestBridge directly.
Information for National College Match Finalists
I have been named a QuestBridge National College Match Finalist. What materials do I need to submit to Dartmouth?
A complete list of Dartmouth's requirements can be found on our QuestBridge profile, including information about applying through the National College Match or through Regular Decision.
How will I find out if I match with Dartmouth?
As a Finalist participating in the National College Match, QuestBridge will notify you directly regarding your match. Important Questbridge dates and deadlines can be found directly on their website.
Is the National College Match at Dartmouth binding?
Yes. If you match with Dartmouth, it is a binding offer of admission and we expect that you will withdraw any applications at other colleges or universities.
Will I receive an interview?
Given the early review of National College Match Finalist applications and the relatively short window of time in which this review takes places, an alumni interview will not be part of the admissions process. If you become a Regular Decision applicant to Dartmouth, you may be contacted by one of our alumni interviewers. Learn more about our alumni interview program.
I am not a U.S. citizen. Will Dartmouth consider my National College Match application?
Unfortunately, Dartmouth does not consider non-US citizens for the National College Match process. However, non-US citizens are welcome to apply to Dartmouth through Early or Regular Decision. Dartmouth is need-blind for all students in Early and Regular Decision, regardless of citizenship.
If I match with Dartmouth, and become a Quest Scholar, what will my financial aid look like?
All applicants to Dartmouth are reviewed in a need-blind admissions process. All of our financial aid is need-based financial aid and Dartmouth, as a member of the Ivy League, does not offer merit or athletic scholarships. Quest Scholars can anticipate receiving the financial aid outlined in our Match Scholarship profile. You will receive a final financial aid package directly from Dartmouth after Match notifications are released on December 1. Learn more about our Financial Aid program.
As a Finalist, am I eligible to apply to Dartmouth Early Decision?
Finalists who do not wish to participate in the National College Match may apply to Dartmouth under our Early Decision program. Finalists who do participate in the National College Match are not able to apply Early Decision. Learn more about Early Decision.
I participated in the National College Match, but did not match with Dartmouth. What are my chances of admission in Regular Decision?
Many National College Match Finalists who do not match during the Match are admitted to partner institutions during Regular Decision. This is the case at Dartmouth, and we strongly encourage you to take the steps to complete a First-Year Application in Regular Decision if you do not match with Dartmouth in December. While it is important to keep in mind that the admissions process at Dartmouth is highly selective, students who do not match with Dartmouth during the National College Match should not necessarily take this as an indication of their prospects for admission in Regular Decision.
As a National College Match finalist who did not match with Dartmouth (or any other National College Match partner institution), Dartmouth will automatically initiate a Regular Decision Application for you. Please visit the Regular Decision Requirements section of the QuestBridge website to learn what other materials we require to complete your application.
How do I apply for Regular Decision consideration?
1. Review the Regular Decision requirements for Finalists.
2. Use the Dartmouth Regular Decision checklist as a guide.
3. Use the Common Application to submit your application materials.
4. Request Regular Decision application forwarding on your QuestBridge "My Locker" page. (The deadline is generally early to mid December.)
Information for Non-Finalists
I have not been named a Finalist; may I still apply to Dartmouth?
Yes. Students who apply to participate in the National College Match, but are not named Finalists by QuestBridge, are welcome to apply to Dartmouth through either Early Decision or Regular Decision. You may also find it helpful to review the Regular Decision requirements for Non-Finalists on the QuestBridge site.
If I am admitted to Dartmouth during Early or Regular Decision, what financial aid can I expect?
Students are admitted to Dartmouth through a need-blind review process - regardless of citizenship - and we are committed to making Dartmouth accessible for all students. We provide need-based financial aid for all students who demonstrate need. In some cases, tuition is free. If your family has an annual income of less than $100,000 and possesses typical assets, you may qualify for grants (not loans) that will cover the cost of education. Learn more about our Financial Aid program and the materials required to apply for financial aid.