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Notre Dame Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Notre Dame, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application is $75.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Notre Dame Admissions Stats at a Glance

Notre Dame 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 90%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 42%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 58%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Notre Dame?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Notre Dame will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Notre Dame accepts about 24% of early action applicants and 19% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Notre Dame admitted 1,533 of the 6,345 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Notre Dame?

Getting into Notre Dame is extremely difficult. 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 19% of all applicants, around 4,035 of the 21,253 students who applied.

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.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

In 2021, Notre Dame waitlisted 1,778 students. Of those, 1,253 eventually got in.

What Does Notre Dame Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating 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 put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Notre Dame

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important

Notre Dame Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Notre Dame?

At Notre Dame 90% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 98% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

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

Notre Dame has 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 2021, 42% of Notre Dame's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 58% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's 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 690 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 690 or higher.

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What's 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.

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?

No, Notre Dame is test optional, so you can make the call whether to submit your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Notre Dame's acceptance rate?

Notre Dame's acceptance rate is 19%.

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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How hard is it to get into Notre Dame? Notre Dame is a selective institution. The Notre Dame acceptance rate is 19%. This means that the institution accepts 18 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

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

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Math SAT Range

710 - 790


Reading SAT Range

690 - 760

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Notre Dame GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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