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Questbridge College Match 2016 Applicant Thread


Replies to: Questbridge College Match 2016 Applicant Thread

  • covenas98covenas98 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Hey @future1997

    If I'm a finalist, I'm unsure about using the NCM or applying early action to Yale. This is mostly because I'm afraid a Yale will not match with me because I'm not the most extreme case of low-income student. I do meet the standards for full aid though. Should I apply early action instead? I'd only be ranking Yale and Princeton through NCM.
  • blink24blink24 Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    @covenas98 Ik you were asking future but just my 2 cents if u qualify for full aid they most likely will match you and if they don't they'll move you to RD and you'll get full aid there anyway so I'd say go through NCM if you apply just early action and not through QB you miss showing them a really large part of your app...what's the point of spending so much time on that longggg application if you're not gonna use it?
  • okruthokruth Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    One more week!!!
  • EOW2012EOW2012 Registered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    @okruth good luck to you on your results/decisions. I see you indicated issue on the CSS non-custodial parent filing. Not sure of your situation but I can tell you my Son had this waived for him at his school (non-matched finalist). His mother has even less and certainly less stable with no communication/support. We filed the waiver (I think you need a second statement - School, church, counselor etc) and have not provided any info for her at all.
  • latinvibeslatinvibes Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    Two days!! Super nervous because our income is *right* below the threshold; may be the thing that holds me back
  • QueenOfBohemiaQueenOfBohemia Registered User Posts: 329 Member
    Ahhhh my body is NOT ready.
  • momcincomomcinco Registered User Posts: 1,069 Senior Member
    covenas98 we went through the same dilemma 2 years ago. S decided to follow his instinct (I wanted him to rank instead so as to have several possibilities but he could not live with himself without doing absolutely everything to boost his Yale app). If S #2 is lucky enough to become QB finalist next year I hope that he will rank, we'll see. S #1 did EA at UVa at the same time, which is permitted because it is a public school. If I remember correctly they specifically state at Yale that they will only match a finalist whose family has a 0 EFC.
  • blink24blink24 Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    @latinvibes @QueenOfBohemia shaking and stomach hurting those are my physical reactions to my anxiety ahhh I don't even know if I want to check on Thursday I've spent so many hours on the app it's crazy!!! Just trying to think positive thoughts at this point
  • HailuMuHailuMu Registered User Posts: 203 Junior Member
    @momcinco my daughter had planned to do NCM but today decided to SCEA for Yale. We are almost 0 EFC if not considering non custodial parent.
    If she is a finalist she will RD through QB providing Yale doesn't happen.

    What was your sons experience or insights with his decision?
  • soukaryagsoukaryag Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    @future1997 what time of day were the results posted last year? Does anyone know when they may be posted this year? Anxiety is eating me alive lol
  • WWWardWWWard Registered User Posts: 2,237 Senior Member
    1:46pm eastern @soukaryag

    Last year, only 0.11% of America's 4.6 million high school seniors were named as QuestBridge Finalists. So, if you are named a QB Finalist, it is quite an accomplishment as I see it.

    Good luck...
  • 676339784676339784 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    edited October 2016
    @WWWard Haha, that 0.11% is quite a misleading statistic. Out of that 4.6 million, only about 15 thousand apply to QB so...
  • sky3sky3 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I'm a bit nervous, but mostly excited. I just want to fall asleep already and wake up to an email in my inbox. Good luck, everyone! :D
  • WWWardWWWard Registered User Posts: 2,237 Senior Member
    @676339784 yes - that much is true too.

    But neither you nor QB can control that. If the # of applicants magically jumped by 10 times this year, I doubt that the # of finalists would jump by that margin. Like all potential opportunities, they have to be taken advantage of to realize the final pay-off. Choosing to apply and committing the time needed to do so is step one.

    From what I have been told, only about 5% of those who even get contacted about QB choose to apply. So the first 95% of the prospective applicant pool (those who at least know about QB and/or were recommended to consider applying) self-evaluate and choose not to even apply - for whatever reason. If they were qualified and chose not to apply, that is their loss.

    The vast majority who do apply are generally well-qualified, but only maybe 30% of those become finalists... and then only 16% of QB Finalists who try to Match actually Match successfully. And that final # of 657 last year represented quite a small percentage of the overall pool of seniors... 0.014%. Anyway you slice it, the # of finalists (4895) and the # of matched finalists (657) is very small versus the total # of high school seniors out there (4,600,000). So... if you are named a finalist, embrace it! :) You accepted the challenge and found a good way to differentiate yourself among millions of competitors. There is nothing wrong in taking full advantage of the extra assistance that QB provides...

    Good Luck...
  • WWWardWWWard Registered User Posts: 2,237 Senior Member
    I have actually heard many different people, including QB applicants themselves, sort of downplay the significance of becoming a QB Finalist simply due to the relatively low # of initial applicants. I believe though that this is a huge mistake to do so.

    Look at the Rhodes Scholar program. While it is likely the most prestigious collegiate scholarship program in existence, selecting only 32 Americans each year, the reality is that only 850 or so American college kids even officially apply annually. It is not the resulting 3.7% acceptance rate that makes it special. Millions of college kids would love to be able to become Rhodes Scholars... but only 32 annually become so. The real rate is more like 32/millions.

    My point is... just focus on yourself, your QB candidacy and hopefully the new found honor of becoming a QB Finalist. How it eventually aids your college admissions chances and your ability to pay for such is the ultimate prize.

    Again... good luck. Hours away now :) and then only 43 days to Dec 1st...
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