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Questbridge... What exactly is it?

awkwardpenguin13awkwardpenguin13 Posts: 1,943Registered User Senior Member
edited September 2011 in Questbridge Programs
I know that it matches you to a school, but my question is how exactly does it work? Is it like early action/decision except through questbridge? Or does it happen through regular decision??

And let's say it is basically early action/decision, could I apply to other schools early action that aren't a 'partner school'? (I want to maybe apply to Georgetown, Northeastern and SUNY Binghamton)

...I think I may be totally misunderstanding the program. XD
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  • awkwardpenguin13awkwardpenguin13 Posts: 1,943Registered User Senior Member
    Oh, and if you apply through questbridge, do they guarantee admissions to at least one school on your list?
  • courtscourts Posts: 90Registered User Junior Member
    Questbridge pretty much is like a super early action plan on the partner colleges. You can apply to other schools early action as well, but the results for Questbridge will come out before that of your early action/decision school. Plus, if you do get matched, you will have a matching financial aid package too! So that's when you withdraw your early action/decision application to the other school.
    However, if you do not get matched with a college, you will have to ED/EA to other colleges by yourself (without Questbridge).
    The program does not guarantee admission to any of your schools, but it doesn't hurt to apply because has free applications.
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Posts: 4,881Registered User Senior Member
    ^
    You may NOT apply EA or ED if you are a finalist and going through the Match process. You are allowed to apply to schools with rolling decisions. If you do not make finalist status, you may then apply EA or ED.
  • awkwardpenguin13awkwardpenguin13 Posts: 1,943Registered User Senior Member
    Ohh... Apparently the match rate is really low though...?
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Posts: 4,881Registered User Senior Member
    If I remember corretly it was around 5% my daughters year.
  • scoutsmomscoutsmom Posts: 524Registered User Member
    From QB's website "Acceptance Rates"

    2010. National College Match Statistics

    Number of applicants 6647
    Number of finalists. 2748
    Number of finalists offered admission and College Match scholarship. 310
    Number of finalists offered admission and financial aid through Regular Decision. 1240
    Total number of finalists offered admission and financial aid through College Match or Regular Decision. 1550
  • awkwardpenguin13awkwardpenguin13 Posts: 1,943Registered User Senior Member
    310 out of 2748? 11%? Well, that's about the average for most selective schools anyway. (Ivies + stanford, MIT, etc)
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Posts: 4,881Registered User Senior Member
    ^

    Considering you are a HS sophomore, I find your comment actually quite sad. Please get help.
  • iluvbooks94iluvbooks94 Posts: 1,009Registered User Senior Member
    ^^

    Is it necessary to promote clas warfare through your obviously bigoted statement? Not everyone has mommy and daddy's money to rely on, thanks.
  • awkwardpenguin13awkwardpenguin13 Posts: 1,943Registered User Senior Member
    @SholtoPinn What an ignorant thing to say.
  • snipersassnipersas Posts: 677Registered User Member
    I am sorry that the three of you are apologists for failures and their parents. If someone were legitimately qualified they would apply through the regular channels.


    There is no statistical benefit in admissions terms to applying through Questbridge. If you want to criticize admissions set-asides, there are far more legitimate targets then Questbridge, particularly because QB finalists are by definition disadvantaged (unlike the beneficiaries of many other "diversity" programs).
  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Posts: 4,673Registered User Senior Member
    SholtoPinn, I remember applying to the QuestBridge College Prep in junior year, not getting in, then applying to college regular decision senior year and getting into many of them, so I don't know if one way is actually any easier than the other ;). There was also a poster on CC who got into her non-binding QB top choice, then opted instead to go to another, equally selective college to which she was accepted RD.
  • scoutsmomscoutsmom Posts: 524Registered User Member
    I am sorry that the three of you are apologists for failures and their parents. If someone were legitimately qualified they would apply through the regular channels.

    Hey, SP, leaf through these stats and give us a shout when you're this qualified:

    Finalists: Post your stats. - College Confidential
  • awkwardpenguin13awkwardpenguin13 Posts: 1,943Registered User Senior Member
    @SholtoPinn Just because you go through questbridge doesn't mean you're not qualified. The point of questbridge is to get a full-financial package for those who need it. You sound like an arrogant jerk.
  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Posts: 4,673Registered User Senior Member
    LOL, good call, scoutsmom!

    Lesley, you may find this thread helpful:
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/massachusetts-institute-technology/1192154-questbridge.html
    It reiterates some important points about QB that an applicant should be aware of.
    MITChris wrote:
    The QuestBridge process takes place chronologically before our Early Action process. Students whom are matched will be offered the match before EA; those who are not but who wish to be considered EA will be deferred into the EA process.

    All students, Questbridge or not, will be awarded financial aid as needed. Put another way, your financial aid award does not change whether or not you apply during QB or EA. The only "advantage" to applying QB is that it provides students with unusually or especially disadvantaged or complex family backgrounds to provide additional information and context with a more elaborate application.

    The financial aid part applies to some of the partner schools with generous FA, but probably not to all. Still, it's something worth noting.
    In general, I think it's useful to apply via QB if you're eligible, mostly because applying via QB specifically identifies you as a high-achieving low-income student in a way that wouldn't otherwise necessarily be obvious -- it makes that piece of your context perfectly clear to the admissions officers. In addition, QB applicants who aren't matched are rolled over to EA. It's my position that the more times your application can be reviewed, the better --QB + EA gives your application two chances to be seen and considered by the admissions officers.
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