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Academics

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.”

Student Body

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 typeA 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

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.”

Overview

Applicants
19,564
Acceptance Rate
19%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
680 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 770
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
32 - 34

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
1,348
with Terminal Degree
1,172

926
Men
422
Women
272
Minority
28
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
95%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Management Science.
  • 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/Space Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics 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.
  • Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • 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.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
  • Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.
  • Philosophy.

  • 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.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Condoleezza Rice
Former U.S. Secretary of State

Regis Philbin
Entertainer

Anne Thompson
Environmental Affairs Correspondent NBC News

Brian Moynihan
CEO, Bank of America

Thom Browne
Fashion Designer

Joe Donnelly
US Senate

Nicholas Sparks
Author

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
95%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$62,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$127,900

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$64,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$133,800

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
26%


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.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,673

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,921

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,993

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
46%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,254

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,884
Required Fees
$507
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,050

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$750

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,410
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
8,576
Foreign Countries Represented
68

Demographics

4.96%
Asian
3.86%
African-American
10.53%
Hispanic
68.91%
Caucasian
6.18%
International

47% female
53% male
92% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
79%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Scott Howland

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Computer allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
400
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
9

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Fighting Irish)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Fighting Irish)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

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

Sustainability

“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.

92/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, IBM, Dell

Campus Visits Contact

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

Phone
574-631-7505

Email
admissions@nd.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Grotto
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
574-631-7505

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
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
High school seniors only; 1-night stay;

Transportation

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.


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