Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 770
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 760
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
32 - 34


Early Action
November 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General

Students Say

Notre Dame has many traditions, including a “devotion to undergraduate education” you might not expect from a school with such an athletic reputation. Professors here are, by all accounts, “wonderful”: “Not only are they invested in their students,” they’re “genuinely passionate about their fields of study,” “enthusiastic and animated in lectures,” and “always willing to meet outside of class to give extra help.” Wary that distance might breed academic disengagement, professors ensure “large lectures are broken down into smaller discussion groups once a week to help with class material and…give the class a personal touch.” For its part, “the administration tries its best to stay on top of the students’ wants and needs.” They make it “extremely easy to get in touch with anyone.” Like the professors, administrators try to make personal connections with students. For example, “our president (a priest), as well as both of our presidents emeritus, make it a point to interact with the students in a variety of ways—teaching a class, saying mass in the dorms, etc.” Overall, “while classes are difficult,” “students are competitive against one another,” and “it’s necessary to study hard and often, [but] there’s also time to do other things.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Condoleezza Rice
Former Secretary of State

Regis Philbin
Television Personality

Anne Thompson
Correspondent NBC Nightly News

Hannah Storm

Thom Browne
Fashion Designer

Kevin Ford
Astronaut & Commander of the International Space Station

John York
Owner San Francisco 49ers

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

At Notre Dame, The Career Center’s mantra to students is “YOU must take ownership of your future.” But, of course, career counselors and staff are there to support and assist students every step of the way. To that end, experiential career opportunities abound for freshmen and seniors alike: students can complete a Wall Street externship, shadow an alum at work, or be matched to a mentor in the industry of their choice. The Career Center funding program will even support students who need financial assistance to participate in a full-time summer internship. The university hosts several career and internship fairs each semester, along with networking programs like a Civil Engineering Luncheon or Consulting Night. Finally, Students visit Go IRISH, the center’s primary recruiting database, for information about interviewing opportunities, employer information sessions, or opportunities that specifically seek a ND student or alum.

Colleges that Create Futures

Service Learning

The Social Enterprise and Microfinance Internships (SEMI) offer sophomore and junior business majors (or any student who has taken the prerequisite enterprise and microfinance courses) a chance to work with organization that either provide social welfare service (combating poverty, providing access to healthcare, reducing recidivism) or provide “high impact” financial services to communities, small businesses and individuals. The organizations that Notre Dame partners with operate throughout the United States in urban and rural areas. Depending on the organization they are placed with, students might learn how microfinance operations structure their loans, help research startups and conduct market research, or help develop business plans and economic models. Interns are expected to develop academically and follow a syllabus of reading and writing during their eight-week assignments that are designed to help them engage with the development and service organization they work for. Students who are selected for one of the internships are awarded a stipend to cover the cost of housing, food, and transportation, and, in addition, receive a substantial scholarship for their effort. Students who participate in the internships don’t necessarily have to hold a burning desire to go into non-profit work, though many of them are inspired by the work they do and develop a strong interest in social services. However, these microfinance companies and micro-entrepreneurs require the same kinds of skills and techniques that big, for-profit corporations need, so interns get the pride and satisfaction of engaging in a social justice cause without losing out on any of the financial or business experience of their corporate corporate-intern counterparts. For example, Mission Markets, Inc., a New York based firm that “makes it easier to learn, source and move capital into investments that have a positive social and environmental impact,” explains in their SEMI site description that “past projects have included specific market research reports, impact sector development reports, and mapping particular impact ecosystem stakeholders and the relationships between them.” During the first week, Mission Markets teaches interns about impact investing and the specific markets it works with. And CleanTurn, a SEMI partner in Columbus, Ohio, says that it “will ensure the student has exposure to every aspect of the business, operations, business development, etc. The student will understand the dynamics involved in starting and stabilizing a social venture in a service based company.”
Global Education

Notre Dame’s community-based learning courses also include international opportunities, like “Approaches to Poverty and Development in Chile,” where students travel to Santiago to study at the Jesuit University Alberto Hurtado and work with local service agencies. Notre Dame is great at preparing students for the opportunities and responsibilities of service learning abroad. All students are required to take a one-credit class that helps them prepare for the experience before participating, and students are encouraged to talk to professors in their major before their travel to discuss any reading or areas of inquiry that might prove useful in their overall degree and career plans. Before they arrive, students are well-versed in the cultural, economic, and political realities in Chile, and they have devoted thoughtful consideration to the theological concerns that they will be addressing as well. This way students don’t have to spend their precious time abroad with experts learning the basics that they can pick up anywhere. In addition, because the students have all spent a whole semester together at home, they have already bonded as a group and can avoid the additional strain of getting to know one another in a foreign country. The class is divided into two sections that deal with perspectives on poverty and approaches to development, respectively. Students are given a multidisciplinary understanding of the social, economic, moral, and theological issues surrounding poverty and development through a series of lectures by Alberto Hurtado faculty and guest lecturers, who often work in organizations that provide social resources. Throughout these lectures, students are encouraged to add insights and ask questions that have arisen from their weekly work with social service organizations in Santiago. This sense of collective engagement and collaborative inquiry is enhanced as each session a few of the students make a simple meal and the group dines together. Students also get the benefit of a total language immersion, as all lectures, presentations, readings, and papers are in Spanish.
The primary purpose of the International Summer Service Learning Program is to educate students about the causes and consequences of endemic poverty throughout the world and “to create links of solidarity across borders.” These service learning programs grant students international perspective and cross-cultural understanding while training them to cipher through complex problems, just as they gain insights into “the multi-dimensionality of poverty in the developing world,” and “analyze root causes, and identify strategies for social development” to help alleviate and prevent it. This international education is also vital to understanding the social issues that affect a huge portion of the world’s population and developing a sense of global citizenship. This experience is great for anyone interested in development, sustainability, international affairs—or any career that requires dynamic, creative thinking and a willingness to take risks. In the past, students have taught children in Bangladesh; worked with women in prison, helped with nutrition programs, and conducted environmental research in Bolivia; and worked with various HIV/AIDS related issues in Cambodia. Before they travel, students take a semester-long course that prepares them for the experience with weekly classes, public lectures, special training, and a weekend retreat to develop cross-cultural skills. Students also have to option to integrate their experience into a senior thesis, independent study, or research with a member of faculty. The early start that students get helps with the planning and logistics of these kinds of arrangements.
Alumni Network

Prominent alumni include notable voices in the fields of government, politics and foreign policy, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, political analyst Mark Shields, and U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly. Notre Dame alumni maintain the dedication to service they learned in college throughout their extensive alumni networks. Alumni continue to be service leaders and stewards of their communities through programs like the Hesburgh Service Initiative’s Month of Service, which bring alumni and current students together. According to the university, the initiative celebrates the 16th President of the University of Notre Dame, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., “who spent his life championing major social issues,” by announcing a service theme every year that “is an invitation to celebrate, through continuing his pursuit of peace and stalwart promotion of human dignity.” Many of the service learning initiatives on campus trace their roots to Father Hesburgh’s tenure as president of the university. Students can visit Go IRISH, the careers center’s primary recruiting database, for information about interviewing opportunities, employer information sessions, or opportunities that specifically seek a Notre Dame student or alum.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 28

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Notre Dame, while certainly providing a wonderful academic environment and superb education, does reflect this in the cost of attending the college. Annual tuition is $45,730. With room, board, and books, students are looking at close to $60,000 a year. Fortunately, over half of incoming needy freshmen are provided with need-based scholarship or grant aid. Over 80 percent of undergrads receive some form of financial aid.

Bang For Your Buck

Notre Dame is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Almost everyone who enrolls is in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and possesses test scores in the highest percentiles. But, as the student respondents suggest, strong academic ability isn’t enough to get you in here. The school looks for students with other talents and seems to have a predilection for athletic achievement. Each residence hall is home to students from all classes; most will live in the same hall for all their years on campus. An average of 93 percent of entering students will graduate within five years. Students report that “the administration tries its best to stay on top of the students’ wants and needs.” The school is also extremely community-oriented, and Notre Dame has some of the strongest alumni support nationwide.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



48% female
52% male
92% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

Undergrads at Notre Dame report “the vast majority” of their peers are “very smart” “white kids from upperto middle-class backgrounds from all over the country, especially the Midwest and Northeast.” The typical student “is a type-A personality that studies a lot, yet is athletic and involved in the community. They are usually the outstanding seniors in their high schools,” the “sort of people who can talk about the BCS rankings and Derrida in the same breath.” Additionally, something like “85 percent of Notre Dame students earned a varsity letter in high school.” “Not all are Catholic” here, though most are, and it seems that most undergrads “have some sort of spirituality present in their daily lives.” “ND is slowly improving in diversity concerning economic backgrounds, with the university’s policy to meet all demonstrated financial need.” As things stand now, those who “don’t tend to fit in with everyone else hang out in their own groups made up by others like them (based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.).”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Students Say

Life at Notre Dame is centered around two things—“residential life” and “sports.” The “dorms on campus provide the social structure” and supply undergrads with tons of opportunities to get involved and have fun.” “During the school week” students “study a lot, but on the weekends everyone seems to make up for the lack of partying during the week.” The school “does not have any fraternities or sororities, but campus is not dry, and drinking/partying is permitted within the residence halls.” The administration reportedly tries “to keep the parties on campus due to the fact that campus is such a safe place and they truly do care about our safety.” In addition to parties the dorms are really competitive in the Interhall Sport System, and “virtually every student plays some kind of sport [in] his/her residence hall.” Intercollegiate sports, to put it mildly, “are huge.” “If someone is not interested in sports upon arrival, he or she will be by the time he or she leaves.” “Everybody goes to the football games, and it’s common to see 1,000 students at a home soccer game.” Beyond residential life and sports, “religious activities,” volunteering, “campus publications, student government, and academic clubs round out the rest of ND life.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Scott Howland

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
The University follows the guidelines developed by the Associate for Higher Education and Disability.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Same as above

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Fighting Irish)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Fighting Irish)
14 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


“Going green” might be a mantra for the university of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but now it’s an institutional commitment. Notre Dame’s recently expanded Office of Sustainability now includes three full-time staff and seven interns; the team has been hard at work developing measurable goals for Notre Dame’s future. The university is amidst a $10 million investment in energy conservation projects in more than eighty buildings, and has established a $2 million Green Loan Fund to support capital projects that save energy and natural resources. Those projects are numerous: Notre Dame’s nine-million-square-foot campus has grown by more than 700,000 square feet. Thanks to Notre Dame’s commitment to pursuing LEED certification for all buildings currently under construction or in planning and design, that growth will be sustainable. The campus already boasts seven LEED-certified buildings with an additional building pursuing LEED certification this year. The installation of low-flow faucets, low-flow showerheads, waterless urinals, and dual flush toilets reduces the water usage per fixture by up to 30 percent per year. Single-stream recycling has been instituted in all buildings on campus, and the “Old 2 Gold” program, Notre Dame’s end-of-the-year salvage, raises more than $70,000 for local charities each year and diverts more than 80 tons of waste from the landfills. Getting to campus is easy if you have a Notre Dame ID: TRANSPO bus is free. Notre Dame’s Students for Environmental Action and green ND student groups are committed to protecting the environment through educational initiatives, community service projects, and environmental advocacy.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, IBM, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
220 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Golden Dome (Main Building)
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Notre Dame Stadium
Eck Center
Hesburgh Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Morris Performing Arts Center
East Race Waterway (whitewater rafting)
Bendix Woods Park
Studebaker National Museum
Lake Michigan

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday from Sept-Apr
8am-5pm and 8am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Jan-Dec: Mon-Fri 11am and 3:00pm;Sat 10am and 11am
Average Length:

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

High school seniors only; 1-night stay;


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, IN is 4 miles from campus. USAir and Northwest Airlines provide direct connecting flights into the airport; United Express and American Eagle Airlines have several daily shuttle flights in from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Other airlines fly to South Bend from other Midwestern cities. Taxis are always available at the airport's terminal entrance for the ride to campus. Amtrak and South Shore railroads serve South Bend from Chicago. Taxis are available at the train station for the ride to campus. Bus transportation to the area is provided by Greyhound and United Limo bus lines through their terminals at the South Bend Regional Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Approach S. Bend on the Indiana Toll Rd. (I-80/I-90) and exit at Interchange 77. Proceed south on U.S. Rte. 31/33. Turn east on Angela Blvd., and at the next traffic light, turn north on Notre Dame Ave. As you approach the campus, turn right on the drive between the Hesburgh Center and the University Club. Follow the signs to the visitor parking area, which is located to the south of the stadium, near the Alumni-Senior Club.

Local Accommodations
The on-campus Morris Inn (574-631-2000) has a restaurant. You also enjoy athletic privileges, including racquetball, tennis, and golf. Prices are at the low end of the moderate range. Simple, inexpensive accommodations may be found at the Signature Inn Hotel (220 Dixie Way S.; 574-277-3211), 5 minutes from campus. There is an outdoor pool and a free breakfast. A Marriott Hotel (123 N. St. Joseph St.; 574-234-2000) is about 10 minutes from campus in downtown.