QuestBridge at Macalester

The mission of QuestBridge is to connect America’s brightest low-income students to the country’s best universities and colleges like Macalester. Our rich tradition of multiculturalism, internationalism, high scholarship, and service to society is an ideal fit for QuestBridge. Additionally, Macalester meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.

The best place to begin learning more about QuestBridge is www.questbridge.org/. You will find information about the 39 college partners, including information on National College Match, College Prep Scholarship, and Quest for Excellence Awards.

National College Match at Macalester

Finalists are seniors who applied to the National College Match by late September and were selected by QuestBridge based on academic achievements and financial need. Finalists have the option to rank 1-12 of the 39 college partners. Finalists that rank Macalester will be considered for the College Match Scholarship and will receive an application fee waiver.

  • Matched Finalists are students who are matched to Macalester through binding admission and will receive a financial aid package that covers the full cost of tuition, room, and board, with no loans. Matched Scholars are announced December 1.
  • Non-Matched Finalists are students who were not matched to Macalester or any other college. They are encouraged to apply for Early Decision II by January 1 or Regular Decision by January 15. Applicants interested in Early Decision II must send an email to admissions@macalester.edu with "QuestBridge applicant seeking Early Decision II" in the subject line.

Non-Participating Finalists are students who choose not to participate in the National College Match. They are encouraged to apply Early Decision I, II, or Regular Decision. Please contact Admissions to be considered for Early Decision. All non-participating finalists can use their QuestBridge application to apply to Macalester along with the Macalester QuestBridge Supplement.

Non-Finalists are students who applied to the National College Match and did not meet the criteria for QuestBridge Finalists. All Non-Finalists may apply Early Decision I, II, or Regular Decision. If Macalester is your first choice, please contact Admissions to be considered for Early Decision I or II.

Scholarships & Need-Based Aid

Macalester meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Whether applicants are Non-Matched Finalists, Non-Participating Finalists, or Non-Finalists, they will be considered for merit scholarship and need-based aid provided they complete the FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (CSS code: 6390) and submit parent federal income tax returns.

Get Started

Please refer to the deadlines and application requirements listed on the Macalester Questbridge Application Requirements Page.

Macalester QuestBridge Supplement

Students applying through QuestBridge must submit the Macalester Questbridge Supplement. No application fee is required. You will be sent a username and password after your QuestBridge Application is received for your Application Portal. The portal will allow you to learn what has been received and what is missing.

Contact Us

Macalester Contact (regarding QuestBridge applications):
Philana Tenhoff
Associate Director of Admissions
questbridge@macalester.edu