QuestBridge Application Information
Tufts University is proud to be a QuestBridge partner college
QuestBridge is a national non-profit organization that connects high-achieving, low-income students with some of the country’s best universities. Students interested in learning more about QuestBridge and the National College Match should visit http://questbridge.org. See below for frequently asked questions about QuestBridge.
- I am a QuestBridge National College Match finalist. What materials do I need to send to Tufts?
- Should I submit the Common Application or Universal College Application?
- Can I apply to Tufts through the National College Match if I am not a US Citizen?
- How does the application process work for undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students?
- Is the National College Match binding at Tufts?
- Will Tufts accept standardized test scores taken in October or November of my senior year?
- Can I have an interview if I apply through the National College Match?
- I am a QuestBridge Finalist, but was not matched with Tufts. Can I still apply?
- Is there an application fee?
- How does financial aid work for QuestBridge students who are admitted through regular decision?
- Who can I contact for more information?
- How do I begin my application?
I am a QuestBridge National College Match finalist. What materials do I need to send to Tufts?
A complete application to Tufts through the National College Match will consist of the QuestBridge Application, including one guidance counselor recommendation letter and one core subject teacher recommendation letter, your official high school transcript, official scores for the SAT and two subject tests or the ACT, and senior year progress report/grades when available. Finalists for the Match who have not had the opportunity to complete SAT Subject Tests may still be considered for admission, with the expectation that the tests will be taken later in the senior year. See below for details about what is required to apply for financial aid.Back to top
Should I submit the Common Application or Universal College Application?
No. Tufts only requires the QuestBridge Application.Back to top
Can I apply to Tufts through the National College Match if I am not a US Citizen?
Yes. All students are welcome to apply through the National College Match.Back to top
How does the application process work for undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students?
Tufts’ core values include a commitment to equal opportunity, inclusion, accessibility, and diversity. Therefore, Tufts welcomes all undergraduate applicants regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students who apply to Tufts are treated identically to any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident in their high school. Undocumented and DACA students should follow the same application procedure for all domestic applicants to Tufts. Tufts meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students. While procedures for financial aid vary between domestic and international applicants, undocumented and DACA students are considered for domestic, need-based financial like any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Because federal financial aid is not available for undocumented and DACA students, Tufts provides institutional financial aid in its place.Back to top
Is the National College Match binding at Tufts?
Yes. If you match with Tufts, you are accepting a binding offer of admission, and are required to withdraw any applications submitted to any other colleges or universities.
Will Tufts accept standardized test scores taken in October or November of my senior year?
Unfortunately, October ACT scores and November SAT Subject tests will not arrive before decisions have to be made in the Questbridge National College Match program. However, finalists for the Match who have taken the SAT but have not had the opportunity to complete SAT subject tests may still be considered admission, with the expectation that the tests will be taken later in the year.Back to top
Can I have an interview if I apply through the National College Match?
Unfortunately, the tight timeline of the National College Match does not allow for finalists to participate in Tufts' optional interview process. During regular decision, QuestBridge applicants are welcome to request an interview.Back to top
I am a QuestBridge Finalist, but was not matched with Tufts. Can I still apply?
Yes! All QuestBridge finalists who rank Tufts, but do not match with Tufts or another binding institution, will be automatically rolled into our regular decision applicant pool. Please be sure to send Tufts an official transcript with your most recent set of grades once it becomes available.
To send an updated transcript in hard copy, please use the following mailing address:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
2 The Green
Medford, MA 02155
To send via fax:
If Tufts is your first choice and you wish to apply through Early Decision Round 2, please email email@example.com. An Early Decision Agreement must be signed and submitted by you and have the signature of your parent or guardian, and guidance counselor. The Early Decision Agreement for QuestBridge Finalists is available here. This is a binding commitment with an application deadline of January 1, 2016. You will receive an admissions decision in early February.Back to top
Is there an application fee?
There is no fee to apply to the National College Match, and Tufts’ $70 application fee is also waived for all QuestBridge finalists.Back to top
How does financial aid work for QuestBridge students who are admitted through regular decision?
Tufts meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, making the school a very affordable option for low-income families regardless of the method of application. To learn about financial aid and the related deadlines, please visit the website of our financial aid office here: http://uss.tufts.edu/finaid/.Back to top