The University of Notre Dame

Founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame is an independent, national Catholic research university located adjacent to South Bend, Indiana, approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. The University is ranked among the top 20 national research universities and the first-year academic class profile is in the top 15 in the nation. Notre Dame offers more than 70 majors within four undergraduate colleges and one school: Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, Mendoza College of Business, and the School of Architecture. Students may also obtain a supplementary major from the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Enrollment: 12,607 students overall including 8,617 undergraduates. Notre Dame’s retention rate (the number of students who continue to sophomore year) is 98 percent and the graduation rate of 95 percent is the best 4- and 5-year rate among top universities.

Eighty-six percent of students participate in internships or research projects and more than 75 percent of students take advantage of international study. Notre Dame has a unique spirit. It is traditional, yet open to progress and innovation. It has always offered an education with values and its mission is to be a major force for good in the world.

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We want to know the real you. If you choose to apply for admission, we promise to treat your application with great care because it represents you during an important time in your life. You’re about to make an important decision about your future and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Notre Dame is here to make sure you have all the information you need to prepare your application. You can learn more about our evaluation criteria here.

Application Deadlines

Applicants have the opportunity to apply in Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision. Visit our website to learn about the differences and decide how you want to apply.

  • Restrictive Early Action: November 1
  • Regular Decision: January 1
  • Priority Submission Date to Apply for Financial Aid: February 15
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1

Application Materials

In addition to the Coalition Application, please submit:

  • Notre Dame Writing Supplement (included in the online application)
  • Your ACT or SAT scores

    Notre Dame is test-optional for the 2021-22 application year. Students may choose whether or not to include test scores when submitting their applications. Learn more about the test-optional program. For convenience, students may self-report SAT and/or ACT scores directly in their application or via their applicant status portal. If admitted, students who have taken the SAT and/or ACT will be required to submit official score reports from the testing agency.

  • Your high school transcripts
  • Two letters of evaluation—one from a guidance counselor and another from a high school teacher in an academic subject area who knows you well
  • Application fee of $75

Financial Aid

The University of Notre Dame is one of a small number of universities that meets 100% of a family's demonstrated need. Meeting each student’s full demonstrated need allows us to be more sensitive to a family’s individual situation and assist accomplished students from a wide range of backgrounds. The Office of Financial Aid thoroughly reviews each student’s application on an individual basis. 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE are considered a student’s application for financial aid. Learn more about the process here.