Early Action: November 1

The Early Action process at Notre Dame is non-binding, meaning that students who apply Early Action do not indicate that they will attend Notre Dame if they are admitted. They do not indicate a first-choice preference by applying early, and still may wait until May 1 to indicate their decision to attend.

Students who apply in the Early Action process receive an admissions decision before Christmas. Three decisions are possible:

  • Admission to the University
  • Denial of Admission to the University
  • Deferral of Decision until Regular Action.

Students admitted to Notre Dame have until the May 1 deadline to decide whether they would like to confirm their attendance at the University. If a student is denied admissions in Early Action, then the process ends and he/she cannot apply later during the Regular process. If a student is deferred, the Admissions Committee has decided to review the application further in the Regular Action process, and so “rolls over” the application to Regular Action.

Because the Admissions Committee is unable to extend all of its offers of admission in the Early Action process, it is highly conservative when making Early Action admission decisions. The Admissions Committee advises students to apply in the Early Action process only if they are in the very top ranges of our applicant pool. Further clarification of Early Action standards for this year can be gained by seeing the Admissions Counselor who may travel near your area in the autumn or by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at

Regular Action: January 1

The Regular Action process at Notre Dame is also non-binding. Three decisions are possible following the Regular Action process:

  • Admission to the University
  • Denial of Admission to the University
  • Waitlist

Students will receive one of these decisions by the beginning of April and, if admitted, are required to send in a confirmation card and deposit by May 1. Students who are denied admission to the University may choose to attend another four year institution for one or two years and then apply to Notre Dame as a transfer student. 


Students who are waitlisted will receive a final admission decision by mid-June. The Admissions Committee waitlists students who would be viable candidates for admission. Students are asked to visit to confirm or reject a space on the waitlist.

Confirmation Deadline: May 1

Students who receive an offer of admission to Notre Dame should return their confirmation card and $500 deposit by May 1 should they choose to attend the University. Students who decide not to attend Notre Dame should inform the Undergraduate Admissions Office of their decision, so as to make additional spaces available for students on the waitlist.