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University of Notre Dame

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

Notre Dame Admissions

If you are applying to Notre Dame, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 1 and the application fee costs $75.

Students who apply to Notre Dame for fall should hear back from Notre Dame by April 1.

Notre Dame Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Notre Dame's admissions stats.

Notre Dame 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 91%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 48%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 52%
Waitlist Yes

University of Notre Dame Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Notre Dame.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Yes January 15 April 1

Applying Early to Notre Dame?

Notre Dame does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Notre Dame will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Notre Dame accepts approximately 24% of early action applicants and 15% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Notre Dame admitted 1,533 of the 6,345 who applied early action.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Notre Dame Admissions

Is Notre Dame Challenging To Get Into?

It is extremely difficult to get into Notre Dame. Notre Dame evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Notre Dame accepted 15% of students, about 3,562 from the 23,642 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Notre Dame, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of Notre Dame

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Notre Dame

Notre Dame has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Notre Dame Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Notre Dame

Wondering what factors are considered by Notre Dame during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Academic GPA Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Notre Dame for more information on admission factors.

Notre Dame 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Notre Dame, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Notre Dame's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Notre Dame?

Notre Dame has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school. At Notre Dame 91% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 97% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Notre Dame, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Notre Dame directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Notre Dame considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Notre Dame does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 48% of Notre Dame's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 52% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Notre Dame?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Notre Dame students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Notre Dame students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Notre Dame?

To be most competitive at Notre Dame, you should strive to earn between 32 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Notre Dame's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Notre Dame students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to University of Notre Dame

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Notre Dame.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Notre Dame during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Notre Dame Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Notre Dame?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Notre Dame.

Does Notre Dame accept transfer credits?

✅ Notre Dame accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Notre Dame accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Notre Dame accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Notre Dame?

✅ Notre Dame is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Notre Dame's acceptance rate?

✅ Notre Dame's acceptance rate is 15%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Notre Dame?

❌ Notre Dame does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Notre Dame?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Notre Dame was 24% in 2021.

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Notre Dame Admissions Requirements

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How hard is it to get into Notre Dame? Notre Dame is a selective institution. The Notre Dame acceptance rate is 15%. This means that the institution accepts 15 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Notre Dame ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


32 to 35


32 and Less


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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