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Founded1987; 36 years ago (1987) (as Stanford Medical Youth Science Program)
  • Michael McCullough
  • Ana Rowena McCullough

QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California. Its goal is to connect low-income and first-gen students with partner colleges and universities.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]


In 1987, Stanford University students Marc Lawrence and Michael McCullough started the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program as an outreach program for eight low-income students from East Palo Alto who were interested in a future in medicine.[8] This program eventually led to the launch of the Quest program in 1994, then called the Stanford Youth Environmental Science Program (SYESP), aimed specifically at Stanford.[8] Although they initially expanded to include Harvard University, this program ended by 2002 as the focus returned to Stanford.[8] By 2004, the program had evolved into QuestBridge.[7] Over the next decade QuestBridge developed partnerships with a number of colleges.[8]

According to the Columbia Daily Spectator in 2021, QuestBridge's goal is to match "high school students with a full-ride offer of admission from one of its 45 partner universities. Targeting students based on data from admissions tests and networks of guidance counselors, QuestBridge aims to reach high-achieving students well before the typical January application deadlines, offering mentoring programs that make the admissions process—which traditionally advantages wealthy students—more accessible for low-income applicants."[5]

Partner colleges

As of 2023, the National College Match officially has 50 partner colleges, a mix of research universities and liberal arts colleges.[9][10]






  1. ^ Wei, Kelly (2019-12-05). "QuestBridge matches up". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  2. ^ "Inside Emory Admission: Quest Scholars Network at Emory University". Emory University. 2019-10-30. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  3. ^ Quiaoit, Jed (2020-12-13). "QuestBridge first to welcome Stanford's Class of 2025". Stanford University. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  4. ^ Chen, Kristina (2020-08-12). "MIT becomes only QuestBridge partner with non-binding admission". MIT. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  5. ^ a b Melbourne, Abby (2021-02-03). "Barnard announces QuestBridge partnership". Columbia Daily Spectator. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  6. ^ Chiem, Ngan (2020-07-26). "U. shifts to binding Questbridge admissions policy". The Daily Princetonian. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  7. ^ a b "Boston College joins QuestBridge". Boston College. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  8. ^ a b c d "Questbridge: History". Questbridge. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  9. ^ "Press Release: January 19, 2023". Questbridge. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  10. ^ "Questbridge: College Partners". Questbridge. Retrieved 2022-01-19.

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