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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate15%
Acceptance Rate15%

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 Overview

University of Notre Dame is a private, religious school in the suburban setting of Notre Dame, Indiana. Notre Dame was founded in 1842 and the school presently has around 13,139 students a year, including 8,973 undergrad students. Notre Dame ensures on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 95% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by April 1.

Student Activities at Notre Dame

Interested in music or performing? At Notre Dame you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

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

Notre Dame does not have any greek life opportunties.

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.

2022 Notre Dame Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 15%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 24%
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 24%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 48%
Tuition $60,301
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $59,110

Is Notre Dame a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better sense of what Notre Dame offers and if the college seems like the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of Notre Dame

It is extremely difficult to get into Notre Dame. In 2022, Notre Dame accepted just 15% of all applicants. In 2022, just 3,562 out of the 23,642 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Notre Dame

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 98% of students who start at Notre Dame come back the next year. Around 96% of students who started at Notre Dame earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

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.

Check with Notre Dame directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

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.

Notre Dame's endowment was valued at $13.3 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Notre Dame

Tuition 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. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $59,110 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $29,092 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out 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, does Notre Dame seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Notre Dame a good school for you?

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Where is University of Notre Dame Located?

Notre Dame is located in the suburban setting 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.

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

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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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35 and Above


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Notre Dame SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

710 - 790


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

Notre Dame Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Notre Dame is like? There are approximately 13,139 students enrolled at Notre Dame, including 8,973 undergraduate students and 4,166 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 11% percent are from IN and 89% percent of students are from other states.


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