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QuestBridge Finalists Ranking Penn

Learn more about the process if you are a QuestBridge Finalist and have ranked Penn among your match schools.

If you:

  • Are a QuestBridge Finalist
  • Are participating in the National College Match
  • Ranked Penn among your College/University preferences

Below are the application requirements to be eligible for the National College Match at Penn.

Please note that students who rank Penn and don’t match at any partner school will automatically roll into Penn’s Regular Decision pool and also have the option of being considered for Early Decision. Information about the Early Decision option is sent to eligible students in December.


Checklist and Deadlines for QuestBridge Finalists Ranking Penn
(2023-2024 Admissions Cycle)

Application Fee

  • Application fees are waived for all QuestBridge Finalists

QuestBridge Application & Penn Supplement or Common App & Penn Writing Supplement or Coalition Application & Penn-specific Essay

  • If applying with your QuestBridge application, the Penn Supplement will be available through the Penn Applicant Portal. You will receive log in instructions for how to access the Penn Applicant Portal once your QuestBridge application has been forwarded to Penn.

  • If applying using Common App or the Coalition Application, you should select Regular Decision when submitting your application. Students can reuse essays from QuestBridge Application for Common App or the Coalition Application personal statement. 

  • Applicants must write an original essay for the Penn-specific essay or Penn supplement. Essay topics can be found on our website.

  • November 1 deadline

Official High School Transcript

  • If an official transcript was submitted through QuestBridge, it will be accepted. If an unofficial transcript was submitted, please have your guidance counselor or registrar submit your official transcript directly to Penn.

School Report

  • We will use the School Report that your school submitted to QuestBridge. You do not have to submit this form again.

Letters of Recommendation (3)

  • We will use the letters of recommendation that are submitted to QuestBridge. You do not need to submit these again.


Penn will not require applicants to submit the SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests for the 2023-24 application cycle. This applies to first-year and transfer applicants. Applicants who do not submit SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test scores will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process. Students who are able to take the SAT, ACT, and/or SAT Subject Tests and wish to report them may continue with that plan. Learn more about our testing policy here.

Alumni Conversations

  • Mid October–Early December
  • Offered based upon availability.

2023-2024 FAFSA

2023-2024 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE 

  • If your parents are divorced or separated:

    • Your noncustodial parent must submit the online Noncustodial PROFILE using the login ID and password that will be emailed to you when you complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
    • If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.
    • CSS code: 2933
      Available October 1

A copy of your parents’ 2021 federal income tax returns

  • Signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms and other earning statements. Include personal and corporate partnership tax returns. Also include copies of your parents' recent pay stubs or other verification of current-year income. Submit directly to Penn using this online form or cover sheet.
  • Mail or fax to the Student Financial Services Office.