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University of Notre Dame -- #15 (tied) National University (US News & World Report)

University of Notre Dame is a private institution that was founded in 1842 in South Bend, IN. (100 miles outside of Chicago) by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, a French missionary order. Chartered by the state of Indiana in 1844, the University was governed by the Holy Cross priests until 1967, when governance was transferred to a two-tiered, mixed board of lay and religious trustees and fellows.

Today, Notre Dame is considered one of the best Catholic universities and has remained faithful to both its religious and intellectual traditions. Notre Dame has a unique spirit. It is traditional, yet open to change. It is dedicated to religious belief no less than to scientific knowledge. It has always stood for values in a world of facts. 

It’s not just academic rigor that brings men and women from all walks of life to campus. The University of Notre Dame seeks individuals whose intellect is matched by their capacity and desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world. Our students are leaders in and out of the classroom who understand the benefits of a holistic education of mind, body, and spirit. They seek to ask enduring questions of the world, and of themselves.

Admissions Requirements

Application Fee$75
Standardized TestsSAT or ACT
SAT Subject TestsEither the SAT or ACT. Two SAT Subject Tests related to intended area of study recommended.
AP and IB examsYou may self-report
Supplement Questions/Essays (found in the Writing Supplement section in My Colleges tab on the Common Application- Questions are updated August of every year.)The Notre Dame Writing Supplement via the Common Application or Coalition Application*.
RecommendationsCounselor Recommendation (Recommended,not required).
1 Teacher evaluation in a core academic subject area who knows you well
From Your High SchoolSchool Report, Transcript, Mid-Year Report, Final Report
International StudentsTOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic (if applicable)
Restrictive Early ActionNovember 1, decision by mid-December
Regular DecisionJanuary 1, decision by mid-to-late March

**The seven undergraduate schools have different requirements, please confirm on Cornell’s website before applying.                Admission Requirements

Supplement Questions

*Please provide responses to TWO (2) of the following questions:


  • As a Catholic university, we strive to be a community in which the dignity of each person is respected and everyone can truly flourish. Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., challenged our community to reflect on the following statement: “Let us never do anything to make another member of our community feel unwelcome, and let us not stand by if we see others doing so. Either we walk together in mutual support, or we do not walk at all. Either we are all Notre Dame, or none of us are.” Tell us about a time when you walked with others.
  • What is one thing you will definitely bring to college with you?
  • What is your proudest accomplishment for which you did not receive recognition?
  • You have 150 words. Take a risk.

Academic Parameters

When applying to an institution, it is important to look at the academic information of previous applicants. This includes the SAT/ACT test scores, SAT Subject test scores (if available), GPA ranges, or class ranking. By looking at these data points, you may assess where you fall and how likely is your admission into this college. Please note, there are students who do fall below the middle range and are still admitted, but then their application has one or more factors that boosts their application, such as a special talent, a recruitable athlete, legacy, racial or socioeconomic minority. Use the chart below to see where you fall and if you may raise your test scores and grades to keep your application in the running.

Testing/GPA Guidelines

Middle 50 SAT (means the 50% of incoming students scored at or higher)SAT Composite: 1410-1540
Middle 50 ACTACT Composite: 33-35
Rank38% of Students in Top 10% of their class

IvyBound Consulting featured University of Notre Dame on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter from July 1 - July 7, 2019

Day 1 • Notre Dame

According to US News & World Report, University of Notre dame is ranked #18 (tied) in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Please check their website to read up on these indicators. We are using US News for its popularity, but by no means should they be the only source in determining your “best fit” college. Your best fit colleges should be determined by your academic goals, your personality fit, and financial considerations.  

University of Notre Dame:
Private, total undergraduate enrollment of 8,576, and the campus size is 1,265 acres 

Founded in 1842


Tuition & Fees:
$53,391 (2018-19)

Only freshmen are required to live on campus, but most students choose to remain on campus in one of the 30 single-sex residence halls. Types of campus housing available: women’s dorms and men’s dorms.

Admit Rate:
Highly competitive.

Rice has a percentage of 52% males and 48% females. White 68%, Black 4%, Hispanic 11.5%, Asian 4%, Multicultural 5%, Native Americans 0.2%, Native Hawaiian 2 students, International students 6%.

Religious Affiliation:
Roman Catholic

Other Awards by US News:
#18 in National Universities, #11 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #22 in Best Value Schools.

Day 2 • School Mission, Mascot, Sports

The Leprechaun can be seen around campus on football game weekends as he acts as the MC of Friday night pep rallies and makes several appearances at tailgates before games. During games, he or she leads the traditional cheers of the student section, who are named “The Leprechaun Legion.”

Blue and gold.

Notre Dame teams are known as the Fighting Irish. They compete as a member of the NCAA Division I, primarily competing in the ACC. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football(independent), golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and track & field; women’s sports include basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Day 3 • Academics/Top Undergraduate Majors/Student Life

Divided into eight schools and colleges, the largest of which is the College of Arts and Letters. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 98 percent. The student-faculty ratio at University of Notre Dame is 10:1, and the school has 61.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

Academic Calendar:
Semester system.

Undergraduate programs:  Top Undergraduate Majors:
Finance, General; Accounting; Economics, General; Political Science and Government, General; and Psychology, General.

Highly-ranked Graduate programs:
Notre Dame’s graduate and professional programs include the highly ranked Mendoza College of Business and Law School in addition to a well-regarded School of Architecture, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Student Life:
Notre Dame is located in South Bend, IN, just 100 miles outside of Chicago. The halls serve as the centers of social life at Notre Dame, as there is no Greek life on campus. Legends, an on-campus restaurant and pub, is a popular spot for watching sporting events.

Day 4 • Notable Alumni

Notable alumni include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, talk-show host Regis Philbin and Hall of Fame football player Joe Montana. The 1993 film “Rudy,” ranked one of the top 25 sports movies of the past 25 years by ESPN, was filmed on Notre Dame’s campus and depicts the true story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who overcame many obstacles to play football at Notre Dame.

Day 5 • Applying to Notre Dame? Be Collegebound with IvyBound.

Looking at first-time, Freshman Applicants: 

Admission Rate: 
17.7% (including early applicants)

Total Applicants:



Yield Rate:
57%- Number of students who actually attended or matriculated once admitted. 

Early Option:
Restrictive Early Action (November 1 is the deadline)

Regular Deadline:
January 1

Admission Requirements:
See Table above

Admissions into this prestigious University, Notre Dame, is highly competitive as the acceptance rate is decreasing each year. With the increase of sheer number of applicants, how do you stand out and get admitted? If Notre Dam is one of the colleges on your list, use this invaluable worksheet to plan and prepare when applying to University of Notre Dame. 

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Next week, I will cover, US News Week’s #20 (tied) Nationally Ranked University, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Stay Tuned.

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* Sources used: the college website, common data set, college factual, US World News, other websites.

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