University of Notre Dame
220 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-7505
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

The University of Notre Dame is a Roman Catholic institution founded in 1842. It offers a rigorous academic curriculum to more than 12,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. It is located in South Bend, Ind., 100 miles outside of Chicago. The 1,250-acre campus is recognized for its picturesque landscape, which includes Gothic buildings, outdoor sculptures, and the gilded Golden Dome atop the campus’s Main Building. The school boasts more than 25 varsity NCAA Division I athletic teams and is consistently recognized for its football program. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of “Best Colleges,” Notre Dame ranks 19th among universities nationwide.

Programs Offered

Undergraduate degrees are available through five schools, including the School of Architecture, the College of Arts & Letters, and the Mendoza College of Business. All incoming students will participate in the First Year of Studies, which provides structure and support as students complete the first year curriculum. Undergraduates can also participate in one of Notre Dame’s 44 international study programs, as well as many undergraduate research opportunities.

Graduate students can pursue more than 50 master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees, including several combined degrees. These are offered through the School of Architecture; the Mendoza College of Business; the Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Program (ESTEEM); The Graduate School; and The Law School. Some online programs are available through the Mendoza College of Business.


The University of Notre Dame is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also accredited by specialized accreditation agencies such as the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, and the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.


Every applicant must submit the Common Application, along with the Notre Dame supplement. The admissions office also considers the high school curriculum, SAT and/or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, and the teacher recommendation forms of each applicant. The admissions office will consider the highest math score and the highest verbal score of students who have taken the SAT more than once. All standardized test scores must be received by March 1. Prospective first-year students should apply by the early action deadline of November 1, or the regular action deadline of December 31.

Transfer students should consult the specific schools they are interested in applying to, as requirements vary. Generally, they must submit the Common Application’s transfer application along with the Notre Dame supplement; college and high school transcripts; college official’s report; and standardized test scores. The application fee is $65. The University of Notre Dame has an acceptance rate of 28.8% and an early acceptance rate of 44.6%.


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