University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame


Notre Dame is a place where faith is treasured and diverse traditions shared and respected. Our students represent all 50 states and over 100 countries. Our campus community is rich in diversity and committed to inclusion. Students travel from around the country and the world, seeking the academic excellence for which Notre Dame is known. What they find is a place where they can learn about other cultures, beliefs, and perspectives. They find a place where they can engage with peers, be supported by mentors, and conduct research with some of the foremost scholars in the world. Students are welcomed into a community where they can come together in large group activities or find the friends and space to call their own. Our students are becoming culturally competent, global citizens while studying in a community that is growing more diverse.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience Notre Dame Leadership Seminars

Notre Dame Leadership Seminars explore topics affecting the global community. The courses are centered on vibrant discussion and a robust exchange of ideas. This creates a context in which students are encouraged to examine their own conclusions and hone their own leadership capacities by improving their communications and analytical skills. Expenses for students accepted to Leadership Seminars – including transportation to and from Notre Dame— will be paid for by the University. Approximately 100 students are admitted to Leadership Seminars each year, and students are eligible to receive one college credit upon completion of the program. Learn more about Notre Dame Leadership Seminars

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Open House/Fly-Ins

Notre Dame’s Open House and Fly-In weekends are an opportunity for some of the most promising and talented students in the country to experience Notre Dame. These special weekends provide opportunities for students to visit Notre Dame’s campus and learn more about the University, as well as the admissions and financial aid process. Students will be assigned a student host, have the opportunity to go to classes, meet students and faculty, attend workshops, and find out more about the campus community.

Special Admissions Policy Special Admission Policy Need-Blind

Notre Dame has a need-blind admissions policy for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents. A student’s financial situation is not considered in the evaluation of his or her application. Notre Dame is committed to meeting 100% of each family’s demonstrated financial need in its need-based financial aid process, which is completely separate from its admissions process.

Scholars & Leadership AnBryce Scholars Initiative

The AnBryce Scholars Initiative provides intellectual and social opportunities for underserved youth. Selected scholars are the first in their families to attend college. They also have demonstrated great promise in the face of challenging socioeconomic circumstances. AnBryce Scholars are offered enrichment programming that includes opportunities to connect with professionals and faculty from a range of fields. Learn more about AnBryce Scholars Initiative

Student Diversity

  • 8,530
  • 53/47
  • 22%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 11%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 69%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • <1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 6%

Student Success

  • 98%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 95%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 79%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,126
    Full-time faculty
  • 194
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Aerospace Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Economics, Finance, Management Consulting, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, Political Science, Pre-Professional/Pre-Health Studies

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian American Association, Black Student Association, Chinese Culture Society, Diversity Council, La Alianza, Organizacion Latino Americana, Korean Student Association, Native American Student Association,Vietnamese Student Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $49,178
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $507
    Required Fees
  • $14,358
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $138,187,774
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $44,507
    Average aid package
  • $27,237
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 11%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 45%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 94%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 19,505
    # of applicants
  • 19%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 670—760
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 680—780
    SAT Math
  • 650—750
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 12/31
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date