Tradition of progress
Located 100 miles east of Chicago and just outside South Bend,Indiana, the 1,250-acre campus includes 30 residence halls, two serene lakes, several large and loud athletic arenas, two gorgeous dining halls, a multitude of classroombuildings, one beautifully gothic basilica, trees that greet each season with new colors, and, of course, our famous Golden Dome.
Type of School: Private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1842
Size of Campus: 1,250 acres
Number of Students: 8,576 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 74 countries; 20,371 students applied to gain admission for the fall of 2018; 3,608 students were admitted; 2,070 enrolled.
• 52% male, 48% female
• 7% international/outside the United States
• 26% ethnic minority
Number of faculty: Student-faculty ratio of 10:1
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: 74 bachelor’s degree
programs in four colleges and one school:
• College of Arts and Letters
• College of Engineering
• College of Science
• Mendoza College of Business
• School of Architecture
100% of first-year students live on campus; 98% of first-year students return for their second year; 95% of students graduate on time.
International Student Services: Notre Dame International provides many varied resources for international students. Please visit international.nd.edu for more information.
International Student Budget: (2019–2020)
Tuition and Fees $55,900
Room and Meals$16,200
Books and Supplies$1,150
Total Cost of Attendance$76,800
Four-Year Estimated Cost of Attendance:
Total Cost of Attendance: $326,700
Financial Aid: Financial aid opportunities for first-year
international students are available, though limited.
Test Score Requirements: All applicants must submit results of SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or the ACT. Students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Application Deadlines and Fees: Restrictive Early Action: November 1; Regular Decision: January 1; $75 non-refundable application fee
Staying on the forefront of education takes constant innovation. That’s why we expose students to a variety of disciplines, from arts to sociology to the sciences. We developnot only the intellect but the well-rounded character needed to solvetoday’s challenging problems. And with a culture grounded in the Catholic values of service and respect for humanity, our students learn to live life with meaning and purpose. While conventional wisdom has advancedthe world to where it is today, it’s the conviction to shape and reshape those conventions that will continue our progress into the future.
We believe that a rewarding education should do more than just teach—it should facilitate learning. At Notre Dame, you’ll develop powers of discernment that allow you to discoverthe right questions, not just the right answers. You’ll benefit from powerful resources like the IDEA Center, a collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the technological andsocietal impact of the University’s innovations. The Center provides the necessary space, services, and expertise for idea development, commercialization, business formation, prototyping, entrepreneurial education, and student entrepreneurial efforts. The IDEA Center allows you to unlock discoveries, fuel genius, and advance the common good.
“I came here as a young man and dreamed of building a great university in honor of Our Lady, but I built it too small, and she had to burn it to the ground to make the point. So, tomorrow, as soon as the bricks cool, we will rebuild it, bigger and better than ever.” These are the words of Notre Dame founder Father Edward Sorin in 1879after a fire had burned down virtually the entire University. These words echo the role of Catholicism at NotreDame; rather than being a minisculepart of our experience, it should be built as a grand gesture of hope, reverence, and examination. We challenge students to search for unconventional answers and consider their wider role in the world. While our traditions arefounded in Catholicism, we welcome all religions, beliefs, and ideas in the spirit of mutual respect. Discovering your faith is a personal experience, but at Notre Dame, you’ll never be alone in it.
As a Catholic institution of researchand scholarship, we believe in examining our faith, studies, and community from all angles. That’s why we embrace an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion that enriches all facets of the Notre Dame experience. Our 30 unique residence halls reflect this commitment to solidarity, showing how a diverse group of individuals can become one tight-knit community. Years after you leave, you’ll continue to draw upon the unique relationships and connections you’ve developed at Notre Dame. Whether it’s maintaining friendships with your first-year roommates or engaging in a conversation with a stranger wearing the Blue and Gold, you’ll be a Domer for the rest of your life.
We understand that to get the most out of your studies, you have to enjoy your life outside of them. That’s why our students participate in activities that bring the campus community together, like the annual Muddy Sunday volleyball game for charity or the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore Basketball Tournament, the largest outdoor five-on-five basketball tournament in the world. We encourage you to get out and experience all we have to offer, no matter your interests and passions. The experience and perspective you gain is as important to developing your character as the lessons you learn in the classroom.
The value of a Notre Dame education isn’t determined by a challenging curriculum; it comes from giving students the intrepid spirit to make ethical decisions with conviction. In the First Year of Studies program, you’ll explore a variety of topics and issues, giving you a better understanding of the world around you and the opportunity to choose the major that’s right for you. And with 95% of our students graduating on time, the confidence we impart shows in their character and performance. Notre Dame also has one of the widest and most influential alumni networks in the world. It’s one of the reasons that 98% of our graduates find career opportunities within six months of graduation. At Notre Dame, we believe real value is four years of education that lasts a lifetime.