Princeton is committed to providing a top-quality education to students from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Since 2006, our partnership with QuestBridge allows us to reaffirm that mission and assist students who may have not previously considered Princeton as an option for an affordable education. In the time that we have been a QuestBridge partner, we have "matched" with hundreds of scholars. While this number is not static and can change from year to year, Princeton goes on to accept a larger number of QuestBridge finalists through regular decision. Your chances of being admitted to Princeton are not different depending on how you apply. We apply the same rigorous selection criteria in the National College Match process as we do in regular decision.
QuestBridge & Princeton University
The QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges. For more information on the QuestBridge program or the National College Match, please visit the QuestBridge website.
The QuestBridge Process
All QuestBridge Finalists automatically qualify for a fee waiver. If you are not a QuestBridge Finalist and the cost of submitting an application is prohibitive, you should select the Princeton specific fee waiver on the Common Application. You may also consider applying for a fee waiver through the Common Application with the help of a school official at your institution.
During the National College Match, Princeton will only match with students whose parents or legal guardians have a family contribution of zero as determined by Princeton’s financial aid office. Students whose parents or legal guardians have a family contribution greater than zero will still be considered for admission to Princeton during regular decision and will still qualify for aid to meet their full demonstrated need, if admitted.
- QuestBridge can be reached at 1-888-275-2054 or 1-650-331-3280, or via email at email@example.com.
- Questions about the status of your QuestBridge application and the College Match process should be directed to QuestBridge.
- Questions about Princeton and our admission process should be directed to the Office of Admission at 609-258-3060 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Questions regarding financial aid can be directed to Undergraduate Financial Aid at 609-258-3330 or via email at email@example.com.
- For additional information, please review our QuestBridge FAQs.
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