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University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN

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About the University of Notre Dame

Founded in 1842 by Reverend Edward Sorin near South Bend, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame is a mid-size private research university centered on the Roman Catholic faith. ND has been a leading research university for more than 100 years. Significant research achievements include work leading to the development of neoprene, pioneering work in aviation and engineering, including initial development of wireless communication, and development of cancer treatments.

ND has many notable alumni including members of the United States Congress, U.S. ambassadors to foreign nations, athletes, and astronauts. The University of Notre Dame also has the oldest college marching band in the nation, which was founded in 1843.

In 2012, the university's website noted that it was ranked among the top 25 of all national higher education institutions by publications that included U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Time. The university was also ranked among the top ten universities in the nation based on the salary potential of graduates, according to in a 2011-2012 report.


The University of Notre Dame offers 65 undergraduate, 40 master's degree, and 24 doctoral degree programs to its 12,000 students through four undergraduate colleges and three graduate colleges. The academic departments at ND include the College of Arts and Letters, Mendoza College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Science, First Year of Studies, Graduate School, and Law School.

The university's website noted in 2012 that the undergraduate program at the Mendoza College of Business was ranked the best program in the nation by BusinessWeek, with the MBA program ranked 24th in the nation. Finance, accounting, and political science were among the top undergraduate majors in 2010. Only Harvard and Princeton top the 95% graduation rate at the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, students at ND have the opportunity to study abroad in 20 countries both as undergraduate and graduate students. ND also offers ROTC programs for all four branches of the United States military.


The University of Notre Dame accepts undergraduate applications for admission by November 1st for early action and by December 31st for regular action. Applications can be submitted online or through the mail, and the application fee is $65. Early action applicants are notified of their status in mid-December, regular action applicants are notified of their status by early April. Prospective first year students should be prepared to submit high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, a list of extracurricular activities, two letters of evaluation, and a personal essay.

The University of Notre Dame also accepts transfer students; however, applications are not accepted for the university's business college. Transfer students must apply online by April 15th (notification June 1- July 1) for fall enrollment and by November 1st (notification December 15 - January 5) for spring enrollment. Students transferring to ND should have a 3.70 college GPA and at least 27 transferable credits with a grade of a B or better. Transfer students will also need to provide high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a personal statement.

Prospective graduate students may apply online and should be prepared to submit college transcripts as well as graduate test scores. They should consult departmental websites for specific admission requirements and application deadlines.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition for undergraduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year was $12,432 per semester. Room and board totaled to $4,148 per semester, and fees were $325. Graduate students paid $528 per credit hour. The university also charges special fees, such as health insurance and a new student orientation fee. First year students are required to live on campus. The university charges a flat tuition rate for all students.

Undergraduate financial aid packages may include grants, scholarships, work-study, loans, or ROTC. A monthly payment plan is also available. ND offers merit and need-based scholarships to incoming freshman. Most students in the Graduate School receive full tuition scholarships. Fellowships, teaching assistantships, and federal student loans are available to meet the remaining needs of graduate students.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctor's degree (research/scholarship, professional practice)*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 8,452 undergraduate students, 3,552 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing There are 29 undergraduate residence halls; around 80% of the undergraduate students live in on-campus housing
Schools and Programs Four undergraduate colleges offering 65 degree programs
Three graduate colleges offering 40 master's and 24 doctoral degree programs **
Student-Faculty Ratio 10 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Finance (217)
Master's: Business Administration and Management, General (314)
Doctorate: Law (189)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 90% in four years
96% in six years
96% in eight years*
Admission Rate 24% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 2,000 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 97% (full time students)*
Average ACT Composite Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 32-34 in 2011**
Application Due Date November 1st for early action applications; December 31st for regular action applications**
Decision Notification Date Mid-December for early action applications; early April for regular action applications**
Tuition 2012-2013 base tuition rate: $24,864 per year (does not include room, board, or any other additional fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011 (full-time beginning undergraduate students):
Federal grants (19%)
State and local grants (2%)
Institutional grants and scholarships (57%)
Federal student loans (65%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Notre Dame.

University of Notre Dame Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, University of Notre Dame, 220 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556
  • Phone: (574) 631-7505
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