University of Notre DameThe University of Notre Dame is a private school located in South Bend, Indiana (about 100 miles outside Chicago.) The school, founded in 1842, is considered one of the top twenty universities in the country. The urban setting, on 1,250 acres of land, offers many off-campus opportunities for students. Notre Dame is a Catholic university; the name translates from the French ‘our lady’ or the Virgin Mary. Despite having over 8,700 undergraduates, 62% of Notre Dame classes still have less than 20 students.

All undergraduate freshmen take part in a program called The First Year of Studies. It was established in 1962 to help incoming freshmen decide which area of study to focus on. Students are assigned academic advisors from the program they’re interested in, and they are given assistance on choosing classes. Students have the opportunity to explore multiple majors, by taking classes in various fields. With this program, students are not locked into a major right away; rather they have the chance to be exposed to many fields that interest them. As freshmen, students are also given the chance to attend the Learning Resource Center, where they can find guidance on study techniques, time management skills, and tutoring in specific subjects.

Notre DameOnce students have decided on a major, they attend one of the university’s many colleges. The College of Arts and Letters (founded in 1842) includes 20 departments with 33 majors. About 2,500 students are enrolled in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Science has six departments (biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, pre-professional studies, and applied and computational mathematics and statistics (ACMS), serving more than 1,200 undergrads. The School of Architecture offers a five-year undergraduate program. The College of Engineering has five programs (aerospace and mechanical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, civil engineering and geological sciences, computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering.) The Mendoza College of Business offers degrees in accountancy, finance, management, and marketing for over 1,600 students.

The University of Notre Dame also offers a lively on-campus atmosphere. Only freshmen are required to live on campus, but 78 percent of undergraduates decide to remain in college-affiliated housing. About 81 percent of students identify as Catholic, so religion plays a significant part in the Notre Dame experience.

University of Notre Dame footballCatholic Mass is celebrated more than 100 times during the week. Athletics also play a large part in the university. The teams, known as the Fighting Irish, participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level. There are 19 varsity teams in total, but Notre Dame is best known for its football team.

Students with a Catholic background who are looking for rigorous academic programs should look into University of Notre Dame. The ability to explore several fields before selecting a major is another reason why the school is lauded for being flexible and nurturing. Located in an urban setting, the school also offers many opportunities for off-campus internships and extracurricular activities. Notre Dame’s impressive alumni numbers near 120,000 individuals, including members of Congress, professional athletes, and Nobel Prize winners.


Acceptance Rate

Notre Dame acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

UND top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Notre Dame SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

University of Notre Dame ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early action:  Nov.1

Regular decision: Jan. 1

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 21,270
Enrolled: 2,165
Yield: 58.5%
Acceptance rate: 16.5%

Early Admission Statistics
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) EA applicants: 7,295
EA applicants admitted: 1,540
EA acceptance rate: 21.1%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 760
Admitted: 229
Transfer acceptance rate: 30.1%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 1,028
Admitted off waitlist: 108
Waitlist acceptance rate: 10.5%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 90%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 680-760
SAT Math: 720-790

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 32-35

Standardized Test Requirements

UND does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Notre Dame does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

ND does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

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Graduation Rates

Notre Dame graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

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Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 91.2%
5 years: 95.4%
6 years: 95.9%

Loan default rate: 0.7%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 19

Salary after attending: $78,400

R&D Expenditures: $220.0 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 23
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 3
Burglaries: 12
Car thefts: 10

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

University of Notre Dame financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $73,683

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $76,883

Net Cost
Average: $30,536

By income
$0 to $30,000: $12,498
$30,001 to $48,000: $15,609
$48,001 to $75,000: $17,768
$75,001 to $110,000: $24,392
$110,001 and more: $44,547

Graduates with student debt: 39.5%

Average student debt at graduation: $27,460

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

University of Notre Dame undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

University of Notre Dame student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 8.6 to 1

Women: 48%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 62%
20 to 39: 21%
40 to 99: 14%
100+: 3%

Student Population
Total: 12,681
Undergraduate: 8,731

Student Residence
In State: 7%
Out of State: 84%
International: 9%

Notre Dame student population

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This page was last updated in November 2020.