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Notre Dame


School Name: Notre Dame
School Location: Notre Dame, IN
School Type: Catholic Research University
Category: Reach

Class of 2025

Applications: 21,270
Admitted: 3,507
Acceptance Rate: 15.80%
Admitted Early: 1,540

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General Info


(Test Optional for 2020 Applicants)

Math: 720-790
ERW: 700-760
ACT: 32-35


ED / Restrictive EA: November 1
Early Results: mid December
Regular Deadline: January 1
Regular Results: late March

School Information

Schedule: Semester
Curriculum Type: Core Curriculum
Greek Life: No
Athletics: DI Atlantic Coast Conference

Notre Dame Application Requirements, Admissions Tips, and University Guide:

How do I get into Notre Dame?

Admissions counselors at Notre Dame are looking for kind, thoughtful, generous, and faithful students. While community service is not required, 80% of students engage in the activity at least once while on campus. In addition to good grades and a strong work ethic, Notre Dame wants to admit students who will be someone’s future best friend and really give to those around them on campus.

Here’s your cheat sheet checklist for your Notre Dame Application:

  1. Submit through the Common App or Coalition App
  2. Transcript- Show consistent effort in your classes, but you don’t need a perfect 4.0
    • Take AP, IB, honors classes to show you are college ready
  3. SAT or ACT- You can superscore, so it’s in your best interest to take the test multiple times. And the essay is not a Notre Dame Requirement!
  4. Letter of Recommendation – Ask one core subject teacher who knows you well
  5. Creative portfolio- Required if you are applying for a first or second major in the Department of Art, Department of Design, or the School of Architecture.
  6. Talent samples – Submit via SlideRoom if you are applying to the Department of Music
  7. No interviews

Is Notre Dame A Jesuit School? Do I have to be Catholic to Attend?

Yes, Notre Dame is Roman Catholic School with a huge emphasis on values of faith, religion, and spirituality. Religion is also physically and academically interwoven into the college experience; you will see chapels in academic buildings and 2 theology and philosophy classes are part of graduation requirements. However, you are not required to be Catholic to gain admission. Roughly 80% of students are Catholic, but the religion is not imposed on non-Catholics.

Where is Notre Dame?

Notre Dame is a private Catholic research university in Notre Dame, Indiana. Notre Dame is just outside of South Bend, within driving distance to Indianapolis, and about 90 miles east of Chicago. Although many consider Notre Dame to be in a bit of a remote location, there is very easy transportation from campus to South Bend. Students frequently head into town for performances at the Civic Learning Center or out to the Rapids to enjoy white water rafting.

While some students may hesitate toward going to a school that is not located super close to a major city or distinct professional opportunities, it’s important to know that Notre Dame’s website promises “500 employers visit campus every year to recruit our students, conducting more than 7,000 interviews.” Additionally, alumni are located all around the world, so you’ll feel very connected to the Notre Dame alumni network no matter where you find yourself living or job searching post graduation.

What Standardized Testing is required for Notre Dame?

Notre Dame accepts the SAT or ACT. For the 2020-2021 application cycle, neither the SAT II’s nor the essay section are required. You are allowed to superscore the best scores from your recent standardized tests. It is also important to note that Notre Dame will not be penalizing students who cannot take standardized tests due to Covid-19 changes or test cancellations. Historically, the University is test flexible for international students, accepting A level, IB, or other tests in the place of more traditional SAT or ACT scores.

What academic majors are offered?

You can study pretty much anything and everything at Notre Dame! The University offers over 75 majors in its Arts and Letters, Business, Science, Engineering, Architecture, and (most recently) Global Affairs schools. Notre Dame is particularly known for Finance, Business, Marketing, and pre-med programs. Double majoring is also an option, and there are also concentrations, supplementary majors, and minors offered within each specific department.

Notre Dame students are set up for success. 98% are placed in a job come graduation and 95% graduation. Support as a graduate is also abundant for the Fighting Irish Alum.. 93% are accepted into law school and roughly 87% pre-med majors get into med school.

Should I apply Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision?

You should apply to Notre Dame whenever your application is at the highest quality and at the time that makes the most sense for you. You can apply Restrictive Early Action by November 1, which means you can’t apply Early Action or Early Decision (binding Early Action) elsewhere and it is a requirement to attend Notre Dame if admitted Restrictive Early Action. You also have the option to apply Regular Decision by January 1. Make sure you spend as much time as needed to edit and polish your application so that it is at the highest quality possible before you hit submit.

How Difficult is it to get in?

Notre Dame has about a 16% acceptance rate so it is a relatively competitive school. 38% of students are in the top 1% of their class. The Middle 50% of ACT scores is a 33-35 and SAT is a 1430 to 1540.

Additionally, Notre Dame is need blind meaning only academics and non academic experiences are factored into decision making (not financial circumstances).

How expensive is Notre Dame?

The total price of Notre Dame for the 2020-2021 academic year is $76,883. This is obviously a high sticker price, however, ND offers incredible financial aid— it is 1 of less than 60 schools to fully meet your financial needs for all four years. As stated on the website, the fall of 2019 median need-based scholarship was over $42,000.

What are the students like?

Kind. Generous. Smart. Fun. Students at Notre Dame tend to be friendly, passionate about their school, but not elitist or in your face about it. The culture at ND is more collaborative than competitive while students still want to learn at a high level alongside their classmates and peers.

Notre Dame is known for the wonderful spirit on campus. “Students at Notre Dame love their school and definitely seem to ‘drink the kool-aid,’ but boy does the kool-aid taste good!” – ND alum

What’s it like to be on campus?

The campus at Notre Dame is very connected. There are 32 single-sex dorms which have their own mascot and identity. Your doormates will likely become your best friends because there is no greek life on campus. These assignments are done randomly for freshmen. The random assignment of freshman year dorms is sort of like being placed into a Hogwarts house, if an analogy were to be made. Students tend to stay in their dorm Freshman and Sophomore year. Some students move off campus for their Junior and/or Senior years, but still associate themselves with their Freshman year dorm and participate in their dorm’s activities. You can live on campus all 4 years.

Another incredible thing about undergraduate life at Notre Dame are the student clubs and organizations. There are over 400! Many students played sports in high school, so there are a lot of club and intramural sports for those not on a D1 varsity team.

Notre Dame is also a very social campus with fun traditions such attending football games and tailgating. There are frequent parties for students that like to go out, but there is also a large part of the student population that doesn’t drink alcohol and partakes in other social activities together.

What other unique opportunities are offered at ND?