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About Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame, located in South Bend, Indiana, is a private Roman Catholic university founded in 1842. As of 2020, it is ranked #15 of National Universities according to U.S. News and World Report (tied with Vanderbilt) and #11 for undergraduate teaching. There are 8,617 undergraduates enrolled who take classes and declare majors within the following schools and colleges: the School of Architecture, the College of Arts and Letters (which includes three divisions—The Humanities, The Arts, and The Social Sciences), the College of Science, the Mendoza College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the Keough School of Global Affairs.
Notre Dame’s many academic centers and institutes complement the academic offerings and provide research support to students and faculty. These include the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, the Center for Social Concerns, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and the Medieval Institute, among many others. Notre Dame has produced 20 Rhodes Scholars and demonstrates a commitment to research through resources on campus like the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), which facilitates funding and opportunities for the 33% of undergraduates who are involved in research. While Notre Dame is a major research institution, the university also maintains a focus on intimate classroom instruction: 90% of classes have fewer than 50 students and the 10:1 student to faculty ratio ensures students have the opportunity to get to know their professors.
Notre Dame Campus Life
Notre Dame, as a Catholic university, offers a unique campus culture with priests in residence who are available for spiritual guidance and more than 100 masses celebrated each week at the 50+ on-campus chapels. The Office of Campus Ministry fosters spiritual growth and encourages students to get involved in worship, prayer, pilgrimages, and service. The university’s commitment to Catholicism also manifests in the many service-learning programs available, and more than 80% of Notre Dame students participate in such service, even while abroad on one of the nearly 50 international study programs. On campus, there are also over 400 student clubs and organizations that range from academic clubs, like the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club, the Machine Learning Club, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Student International Business Council to other student groups like the Brazil Club, the Bowling Club, the Calligraphy Club, and Debate Team. There are also more than 900 arts events annually and approximately 1,110 performances, exhibitions, and events each year that take place on campus at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Snite Museum, or other venues. Students interested in Shakespeare studies can take advantage of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, a regional center and incredible resource for Shakespearean scholarship, research, and programming.
Applying to Notre Dame
Notre Dame offers a Regular Decision admissions plan and a non-binding Restrictive Early Action admissions plan with a November 1 deadline. This year, 44% of the incoming class was admitted in the early action cycle.
As stated on their admissions website, the guidelines for Restrictive Early Action are as follows:
- A student applying Restrictive Early Action to Notre Dame may apply to other Early Action programs.
- A student applying Restrictive Early Action to Notre Dame may not apply to any college or university in their binding Early Decision program.
- Students do not indicate a first-choice preference by applying early, and still may wait until May 1 to indicate their decision to attend.
- On rare occasions, students will request to move their Regular Decision application to Restrictive Early Action. We will allow students the opportunity to make this request through their applicant status portal no later than November 15.
Students who apply through this process receive an admissions decision (either admission, denial, or deferral) in mid-December. The Regular Decision deadline is January 1.
Notre Dame Essay Questions
Notre Dame’s 2019 Writing Supplement consisted of three essays, each of which had a 200-word maximum.
Question 1: Please provide a response to the following question:
What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions?
Question 2 & 3: Please provide responses to TWO (2) of the following questions:
- The founder of the University of Notre Dame, Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., was only 28 when he established the University with the vision that it would become a “powerful means of doing good.” We have always known that young people can be catalysts for change. What is one way that you have made an impact in your community?
- If you were to bring a new friend to your hometown and give them a personal tour, what is a meaningful place you would show them?
- Defend an unpopular opinion you hold.
- Many high schools have books that are required reading. Thinking beyond the common examples, what book do you believe should be on your school’s reading list and why?
Notre Dame Admissions Wrap Up
Out of 21,270 applicants this year, Notre Dame admitted 3,507 students into the Class of 2024 and placed 1,777 on the waitlist. Due to the current uncertainty amidst COVID-19, there were 100 more students admitted this year versus 2019 to account for a potential decline in yield. There were 4% fewer applicants than last year, but the admitted students were exceptionally qualified when it comes to GPA and test scores. Of the admitted students, 15.2% were legacy applicants (the children of alumni). The mean ACT score range was 33-35 and the mean SAT score range was 1430-1540.