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The QuestBridge Application

Are you a QuestBridge Scholar? Apply to Colorado College with your QB application and skip filling out the Common Application! Just submit the Preliminary Application (90 seconds, we promise!) to let us know you're applying, then finish the supplement. We'll do the rest! 

About our Partnership with QuestBridge

Since 2013, Colorado College has partnered with QuestBridge - a non-profit organization that matches high-achieving, underserved students with opportunities in higher education. Colorado College participates in National College Match and will enroll a number of QuestBridge students, some through match and others through Colorado College's own admission processes.

Unlike the Coalition and Common Applications, the QuestBridge Application is administered through a third-party organization and only students who have matriculated up through their process may apply using the QuestBridge Application. But like the other methods of application, students applying through QuestBridge must submit the Supplemental Essays (find the link below). 

Matching Process

QuestBridge manages its own application process that begins in the late summer before a student's senior year. Students selected by QuestBridge and matched with Colorado College receive comprehensive, four-year financial aid packages. These packages do not contain student loans.

QuestBridge students who do not match with Colorado College, do not participate in the match process with Colorado College, or do not reach the matching round (non-finalists) are still encouraged to have their applications forwarded to Colorado College. Students may do this by filling out the Colorado College Preliminary Application and indicating QuestBridge as their application method. Non-matched students can apply to Colorado College through Early Action, Early Decision 1 or 2, or Regular Decision rounds.

Application Materials

The following materials are required for a QuestBridge student to apply to Colorado College:

  • The QuestBridge application
  • The Colorado College-specific QuestBridge Supplement
  • If not included in your QuestBridge application packet, submit
    • an official updated transcript with your most recent grades. If not included with your application, this may be sent to
    • OPTIONAL: test scores (CC accepts either self-reported scores on the QuestBridge application or official scores)
    • guidance counselor or teacher recommendations
    • please also submit your mid-year grades when they become available
  • Using the same deadline as your chosen application round, submit all financial aid documents. This includes filling out and submitting the FAFSA and the CSS form. See more about financial aid below.
  • Please note: The Common Application is not required, and there is no application fee.

QuestBridge Application versus the Common Application

Colorado College does not prefer one application over the other. The Office of Admission will review the QuestBridge application for Match Finalists, Match Finalist Non-Participants, and QuestBridge Match Non-Finalists. You do not need to submit the Common Application in order to apply to Colorado College. However, your application will not be considered complete without Colorado College's QuestBridge Supplement. Please follow the instructions on the Colorado College partner page via the QuestBridge website to complete your application to Colorado College.

Application Fee

Colorado College does not charge an application fee.

Test-Optional Policy

Students now have the option to withhold testing as part of their application and decide for themselves whether they would like their standardized test scores to be used toward their admission candidacy.

Application Process for Non-Matched Students

If you do not match, the easiest way to complete the application process is through the QuestBridge application forwarding process to pass your application materials to us.

If you are a finalist who ranked Colorado College and do not match with any institution, you may apply Early Action or Early Decision I by either submitting the Preliminary Application and indicating you're using a QuestBridge application, or notifying us in writing by December 8th.

If you are interested in applying Regular Action or Early Decision 2, you can notify us by submitting the Preliminary Application and the QuestBridge Supplement. The deadline for applying either Early Decision 2 (a binding process that requires an ED Agreement) or Regular Decision (non-binding) is January 15.

All QuestBridge finalists who rank CC but do not match with us or another institution will automatically be considered in our Regular Decision round. Finalists who do not rank Colorado College and do not match with another institution must notify us, in writing, of their interest in being considered for admission and should have their application forwarded to Colorado College.

Financial Aid Availability for Non-Matched Students

Colorado College is also committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, and does so with grants, student employment, and a student loan. In order to be considered for financial aid at Colorado College, you should complete the CSS/PROFILE and the FAFSA.

More Information

Questions about QuestBridge applications or about Colorado College's relationship with QuestBridge should be directed to the Office of Admission at 800-542-7214, 719-389-6344 or

Questions about financial aid procedures, material processing, or specific family circumstances should be directed to