University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

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Because our tradition informs our progress

Tradition of progress
Staying on the forefront of education takes constant innovation. That’s why the University of Notre Dame exposes students to a variety of disciplines, from arts to sociology to the sciences. We develop not only intellect but the well-rounded character needed to solve today’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 advanced the 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 a rewarding education should do more than just teach—it should facilitate experiential learning. At Notre Dame, you’ll develop powers of discernment that allow you to discover the right questions, not just the right answers. You’ll benefit from powerful resources and state-of-the-art research facilities—like our research-class telescope, a Digital Visualization Theater where you can explore the edge of the observable universe on a 50-foot-wide dome, or solar filters that allow for examination of the sun. It’s this process of intellectual engagement that will help you find your true calling in life then apply it to the world.

Catholic tradition
“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, said in 1879 after a fire had virtually burned down the entire University. These words echo the role of Catholicism at Notre Dame: Rather than being a minuscule part 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 are founded 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 research and 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 31 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 Notre Dame, you’ll continue to draw upon the unique relationships and connections you’ve developed here. Whether it’s maintaining friendships with your freshman roommates or engaging in a conversation with a stranger wearing our Blue & Gold, you’ll be a Domer for the rest of your life.

Campus life
We understand to get the most out of your studies, you have to enjoy your life outside 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 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. You’ll explore a variety of topics and issues, giving you a better understanding of the world around you. And with 95% of our students graduating on time, the confidence we impart shows in both 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 why 98% of our graduates find career opportunities within six months of graduation. At Notre Dame, we believe real value is a four-year education that lasts a lifetime. 


Located 100 miles east of Chicago and just outside SOTH BEND, INDIANA, the 1,250-acre campus includes 30 residence halls, two serene lakes, several large athletic arenas, two gorgeous dining halls, a multitude of classroom buildings, one beautifully gothic basilica, and—of course—our famous Golden Dome.

Notre Dame At A Glance

Type of School: Private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1842

Size of Campus: 1,250 acres

Student Demographics: 8,874 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 75 countries
• 52% male, 48% female
• 7% international/outside the United States
• 29% ethnic minority
• 100% of first-year students live on campus
• 98% of first-year students return
• 95% of students graduate on time

Number of faculty: 10:1 student-faculty ratio 

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: 75 bachelor’s degree programs in four colleges and two schools:
• College of Arts & Letters
• College of Engineering
• College of Science
• Keough School of Global Affairs
• Mendoza College of Business
• School of Architecture

International Student Services: Notre Dame International provides many varied resources for international students; please visit for more information.

International Student Budget (2023–2024): 
• Tuition and Fees: $61,800
• Room and Board: $17,200
• Books and Supplies: $1,250
• Personal Expenses: $2,450
• Health Insurance: $2,800
• Total Cost: $85,500

Financial Aid: Limited financial aid opportunities available for first-year international students

Test Score Requirements: SAT/ACT test-flexible option for some overseas applicants; Applicants must have (1) completed secondary education outside of the US and (2) received one of these credentials:
• International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (IBDP)
• GCE Advanced Levels (3+ require)
• French Baccalaureate

These applicants have the option to submit one of these predicted exam results in lieu of SAT/ACT results and will still be considered for merit scholarships. This applies to international students and US citizens and eligible non-citizens who meet both above criteria. Students whose native language is not English must also take the TOEFL, IELTS, DET, or PTE Academic, unless you qualify for a waiver. TOEFL and College Board: 1841. 

Application Deadlines and Fees:
• Restrictive Early Action: November 1
• Regular Decision: January 1
• $75 non-refundable application fee

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