Notre Dame is known for its extremely competitive admissions process. Every year, approximately 19,500 apply with only 3,700 or 19 percent receiving acceptance letters. 2,000 will decide to enroll the following Fall.

All applications to Notre Dame must be filled out using either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. They should include ACT/SAT scores, Recommendations, and a Secondary school record but the completion of college-preparatory program, Secondary school GPA, and Secondary school rank are also recommended. Certain majors may require additional materials. Undergraduates will be required to pay a fee of $75 and graduates, $75.

Applications first become available on August 1st. Students who wish to apply for Restrictive Early Action should aim for November 1st. Early decision for Notre Dame is non-binding, meaning students are free to apply to other schools. For regular decision students, the due date is January 1st. For those who are unsure which to apply for, ND on the Road may be visiting their city to give them a better idea of the university.

Notre Dame is made up of four colleges and one school. Each department requires different high school courses. If any courses were missed, the university offers students the chance to make those courses up prior to attending in the fall. Language and algebra classes taken in 8th grade can also count towards high school credit.

Admissions at the university look at the application as a whole, not at one particular part. Most are in the top 1% of their class, with a SAT Combined range of 1,430 - 1,560 or an ACT Composite range of 31 - 35. Passions, extracurricular activities, course rigor, and letters of evaluation are also considered. The team also encourages students to make their essays unique and take it as a chance to show off their personality.

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Student ACT Scores

25th %
75th %



Student SAT Scores

25th %
75th %



First-Year Admission Statistics

Application, Acceptance, Enrollment Statistics from the 2016 Admissions Cycle
Applications
19,505
Male 9,646
Female 9,859

 

Acceptance
3,654
Male 1,902
Female 1,752

 

Enrollment Total
2,046
Male 1,097
Female 949


Acceptance Rate
18.7%
Male
19.7%
Female
17.8%

 

Yield
56%
Male
57.7%
Female
54.2%


Application Fees and Other Information

Application Fees

Undergraduate

$75


Graduate

$75



Credit from AP or Pre-college classes

  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits

    Admission considerations

    Required

    Admission test scores
    Recommendations
    Secondary school record


    Recommended

    Completion of college-preparatory program
    Secondary school GPA
    Secondary school rank