Deadlines

Restrictive Early Action: November 1

Notre Dame has a Restrictive Early Action process.

  • A student applying Early Action to Notre Dame may apply to other colleges with Early Action programs.

  • A student applying Early Action to Notre Dame may not apply to any other college or university in their binding Early Decision process.

  • Students 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 admission decision before Christmas. Three decisions are possible:

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

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 admission in Early Action, then the process ends and he/she cannot apply later during the Regular Decision process. If a student is deferred, the Admissions Committee has decided to review the application further in the Regular Decision process, and so “rolls over” the application to Regular Decision.

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. Please review our current admissions statistics. This data reflects enrolled students and we typically admit at the higher end. 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 admissions@nd.edu.

Regular Decision: January 1

The Regular Decision process at Notre Dame is also non-binding. Three decisions are possible following the Regular Decision 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, students who receive an offer of admission to Notre Dame should inform the Admissions Office of their intention to either confirm or decline their attendance at confirm.nd.edu. Confirmed students will need to pay their $500 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. 

Waitlist

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 waitlist.nd.edu to confirm or decline a space on the waitlist.

Confirmation Deadline: May 1

Students who receive an offer of admission to Notre Dame should inform the Admissions Office of their intention to either confirm or decline their attendance at confirm.nd.edu. Confirmed students will need to pay their $500 deposit by May 1.


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