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    Compare the Questbridge Partner Schools

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    Updated: December 12th, 2023

    The Questbridge Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for students to receive a full ride to a top-tier college. As you’re filling out the application, you may be asking yourself what schools to rank first. We’ve compiled these partner schools below to allow you to compare them side-by-side and make an educated ranking decision. Scroll down to compare the Questbridge partner schools by size, graduation rate, admissions rate, and more:

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cambridge, MA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Cambridge, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    4,629 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $5,084 average per year after aid
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    Stanford University

    Stanford, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    Stanford, CA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    7,645 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $7,200 average per year after aid
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    Princeton University

    Princeton, NJ • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Princeton, NJ

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    5,236 undergraduate students
    98% graduation rate
    $11,080 average per year after aid
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    University of Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, PA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Philadelphia, PA

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    6% acceptance rate
    10,644 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $14,851 average per year after aid
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    Columbia University in the City of New York

    New York, NY • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    New York, NY

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    8,832 undergraduate students
    97% graduation rate
    $12,836 average per year after aid
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    Yale University

    New Haven, CT • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    New Haven, CT

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    5% acceptance rate
    6,535 undergraduate students
    97% graduation rate
    $16,341 average per year after aid
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    Johns Hopkins University

    Baltimore, MD • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Baltimore, MD

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    8% acceptance rate
    5,727 undergraduate students
    95% graduation rate
    $14,254 average per year after aid
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    Pomona College

    Claremont, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    Claremont, CA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    7% acceptance rate
    1,747 undergraduate students
    93% graduation rate
    $9,170 average per year after aid
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    Claremont McKenna College

    Claremont, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Claremont, CA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    11% acceptance rate
    1,414 undergraduate students
    93% graduation rate
    $20,114 average per year after aid
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    Rice University

    Houston, TX • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Houston, TX

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    9% acceptance rate
    4,240 undergraduate students
    92% graduation rate
    $17,805 average per year after aid
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    Williams College

    Williamstown, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Town, Need-Blind

    Williamstown, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, Town, Need-Blind

    9% acceptance rate
    2,129 undergraduate students
    94% graduation rate
    $14,739 average per year after aid
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    Amherst College

    Amherst, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    Amherst, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    9% acceptance rate
    1,971 undergraduate students
    92% graduation rate
    $17,304 average per year after aid
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    California Institute of Technology

    Pasadena, CA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Pasadena, CA

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    4% acceptance rate
    987 undergraduate students
    93% graduation rate
    $29,279 average per year after aid
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    Swarthmore College

    Swarthmore, PA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    Swarthmore, PA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    8% acceptance rate
    1,643 undergraduate students
    94% graduation rate
    $20,780 average per year after aid
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    University of Virginia-Main Campus

    Charlottesville, VA • Public, Suburb

    Charlottesville, VA

    Public, Suburb

    21% acceptance rate
    17,041 undergraduate students
    94% graduation rate
    $20,507 average per year after aid
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    Vanderbilt University

    Nashville, TN • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Nashville, TN

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    7% acceptance rate
    7,104 undergraduate students
    93% graduation rate
    $22,204 average per year after aid
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    Brown University

    Providence, RI • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Providence, RI

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    6% acceptance rate
    7,125 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $26,308 average per year after aid
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    Duke University

    Durham, NC • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Durham, NC

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    6% acceptance rate
    6,815 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $31,416 average per year after aid
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    University of Chicago

    Chicago, IL • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    Chicago, IL

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    6% acceptance rate
    7,558 undergraduate students
    96% graduation rate
    $22,690 average per year after aid
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    Bowdoin College

    Brunswick, ME • Private, Non-Profit, Town, Need-Blind

    Brunswick, ME

    Private, Non-Profit, Town, Need-Blind

    9% acceptance rate
    1,948 undergraduate students
    94% graduation rate
    $16,925 average per year after aid
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    Tips for applying to Questbridge

    The Questbridge Scholarship is very competitive, so if you are sending in an application, it’s a good idea to give it your all. Here are a couple pointers to help you stand out from the crowd.

    Ask for your letters of recommendation early

    When it comes to letters of recommendation, it’s never too early to ask. In fact, the more time you give your recommender, the better chance they will have an opportunity to sit down and give the letter their all.

    Whether you are asking your teacher, your counselor, your coach, your boss, or a leader in your community, make sure not to put off your request. Some students may feel awkward about asking for a letter of recommendation; just remember, many people are honored to be asked for one of these letters, and the earlier in advance you ask for it, the less of an imposition it is on the recommender.

    Get feedback on your essays

    The Questbridge application involves writing personal essays. It’s a good idea to start brainstorming for these well in advance. Try writing down the first experiences that come to your mind when you see the prompt, just as bullet points. Don’t worry about writing the actual essay. Then, ask some friends and family how they think the prompts apply to you. Sit down and write a first draft and show it to peers, teachers, and people with writing expertise. The longer you have to tweak and perfect the essays, the better.

    Also see: How to write a winning scholarship essay

    Take SAT/ACT practice tests

    The Questbridge Scholarship takes three main factors into account: Financial need, GPA, and standardized test scores. So, it’s a good idea to take your test prep seriously. Check out our free resources, including practice tests, for preparing for the SAT, as well as our guide to improving your SAT score in six steps.

    Related: How many times can you take the ACT?

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    Frequently asked questions about Questbridge Partner Schools

    What colleges are included with Questbridge?

    Questbridge has fifty partner schools, including MIT, Stanford, Princeton, UPenn, and many more. However, earning the Questbridge scholarship is not a guarantee that you will get into these schools. You’ll still have to apply to the schools, and you have the option to use your Questbridge Scholarship at any of the partner schools that grant you admission.

    Why isn't Harvard on the Questbridge list?

    Although Questbridge partners with many of the country’s most prestigious schools, Harvard has not opted into the program. That being said, students who receive the Questbridge award can use it at many different top-tier schools.

    Additionally, it’s worth noting that a school like Harvard has very generous need-based financial aid. If a student who has high enough need to earn the Questbridge award also gains admission to Harvard, it is likely they will receive a generous aid package that will allow them to attend the school without too significant of a financial burden.

    Does Questbridge make it easier to get into Ivy Leagues?

    Most Questbridge partner schools have stated that they do not consider Questbridge Match applications with any higher priority than regular applications. So, while Questbridge alleviates the burden of paying for school once you’re admitted, it is far from being a ticket to admission in the Ivy Leagues.
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