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About Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings, but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice, and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.

University of Notre Dame is a private, religous school located in the suburban setting of Notre Dame, IN.

Founded in 1842, Notre Dame currently enrolls around 12,809 students a year, including 8,874 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $14,961,392,000.

2021 Admissions Facts About Notre Dame

Acceptance rate: 19%

Does not offer early decision.

Offers early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Notre Dame is January 1

All regular decision applicants should hear back April 1.

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Notre Dame Acceptance Rate 2021

Notre Dame is a extremely difficult school to get accepted to. Around 19 percent of all applicants are admitted to Notre Dame each year. Last year, 21,253 students applied to Notre Dame and 4,035 were admitted.

Is Notre Dame a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Notre Dame, around 97 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,011 students who started at Notre Dame as first-time freshman, 1,865 graduate within four years.

Around 97 percent of students who started at Notre Dame earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 65 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $28,696 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Notre Dame sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Notre Dame a good school for YOU?

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January 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All applicants will be notified by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

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College Info

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

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Notre Dame ACT Scores

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ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above

Good

32 to 35

Avg

32 and Less

Low

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Notre Dame SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

720 - 790

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Reading SAT Range

680 - 760

Notre Dame Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$74,933

In State

$74,933

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$57,192
$57,192
Fees
$507
$507
Housing
$15,984
$15,984
Books
$1,250
$1,250

Student Life

Wondering what life at Notre Dame is like? There are approximately 12,681 students enrolled at Notre Dame, including 8,730 undergraduate students and 3,951 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 9% percent are from IN and 91% percent of students are from other states.

100%

Full Time

0.27%

Part Time

9%

In State

91%

Out-of-State

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

12,681

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

16%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$57,699

Out-of-State

$57,699

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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