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Colleges / University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate13%

About Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame, commonly known as simply Notre Dame, is a highly ranked private Catholic university in Indiana. Notre Dame is known for its academic excellence, emphasis on research, and for having one of the most storied and successful college football teams in history. As a R1 research university, Notre Dame has large and diverse research programs and opportunities for students and faculty of all levels. Undergrad research is highly recommended for students and the Flatley Center helps undergrads get started through workshops, advising, and finding funding. 

Some of the most popular majors at Notre Dame include business administration, finance, psychology, political science, mechanical engineering, and computer science. Students can also find many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom through study abroad, internships, service-learning, co-op programs, and more. Students can also explore, prototype and test innovative and entrepreneurial  projects through the university’s IDEA center

Notre Dame has a strong student community and sense of tradition. Many students form lifelong friendships during their time at the university, which is why many students choose to live on campus even after freshman year. In addition to the highly-ranked academics, students are attracted to Notre Dame’s strong student community, rich traditions, beautiful campus, and Catholic foundation. 

Notre Dame is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for all sports except football. The university retains football independence, meaning it schedules its own football games. This allows for Notre Dame to compete against a wide variety of teams from other conferences and other independent teams. Football is the university’s most popular sport but other popular sports include basketball, ice hockey, soccer, and lacrosse. 

Did You Know? 

Notre Dame has two natural lakes located on campus–St. Joseph Lake and the St. Mary’s Lake. Each lake has a walking trail and hosts water activities, and both are popular spots on campus. St. Joseph’s lake also offers a pier and small beach used for swimming

What the CC Community is saying about Notre Dame

"I wouldn’t worry too much about making friends- I came here knowing NOBODY. The university sets you up pretty well to meet people during welcome weekend, and you inevitably make friends through your classes, clubs and of course your hall! Most of my closest friends are from the improv team or are in one of my classes. College is scary like that, but I promise you’ll find some lifelong and awesome friends here!"

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University of Notre Dame is a private, religious university in the suburb of Notre Dame, Indiana. Notre Dame was founded in 1842. The university currently enrolls around 13,105 students a year, including 8,983 undergraduates.

Notre Dame Acceptance Rate

It is extremely difficult to get into Notre Dame. Around 13% of applicants get into Notre Dame each year. In 2022, 26,509 students applied to Notre Dame and 3,421 were admitted.

University of Notre Dame Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 13%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 21%
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 21%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 54%

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University of Notre Dame is located in the town of Notre Dame, Indiana, in the suburbs of Chicago.

If you would like to see Notre Dame for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 80 to Notre Dame, or book a flight to the nearest airport, South Bend International.

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Notre Dame Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Notre Dame is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Notre Dame is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

University of Notre Dame is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Notre Dame SAT Scores


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Math SAT Range

720 - 790


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

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Wondering what life at Notre Dame is like? There are approximately 13,105 students enrolled at Notre Dame, including 8,983 undergraduate students and 4,122 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 7% percent are from IN and 93% percent of students are from other states.


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