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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.

Notre Dame Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Notre Dame is expected to release their ED1 decisions on Thursday, December 16th at 18:42 CST (6:42 pm CST). Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Notre Dame Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

University of Notre Dame Overview

University of Notre Dame is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Notre Dame, Indiana. Notre Dame was founded in 1842 and now enrolls around 12,809 students a year, including 8,874 undergrads. Notre Dame provides housing for students. The majority of students live on campus. On the weekends, about 95% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Notre Dame! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Notre Dame's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Notre Dame students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Notre Dame, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Notre Dame has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Notre Dame on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Notre Dame on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

2021 Notre Dame Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 19%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 24%
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 24%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 42%
Tuition $57,192

Is Notre Dame a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at to get a clearer idea of what Notre Dame offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for University of Notre Dame

It is extremely difficult to get into Notre Dame. Notre Dame admitted 19% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, just 4,035 out of the 21,253 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Notre Dame

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Notre Dame, around 97% return for the next year. Notre Dame's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 97%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Notre Dame Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 65% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Notre Dame's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $15 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Notre Dame

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Notre Dame meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Notre Dame full-time are awarded $55,639 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $28,696 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Notre Dame. 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 ask yourself: Is Notre Dame a good school for you?

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Where is Notre Dame?

Notre Dame is located in the suburban setting of Notre Dame, Indiana.

If you want to see Notre Dame for yourself, 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.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Notre Dame and Notre Dame are like without leaving home.

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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


ACT Range

32 - 35

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Math SAT Range

710 - 790


Reading SAT Range

690 - 760

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Notre Dame Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Notre Dame is like? There are approximately 12,809 students enrolled at Notre Dame, including 8,874 undergraduate students and 3,935 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 8% percent are from IN and 92% percent of students are from other states.


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