Notre Dame Online Application and Writing Supplement

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The Notre Dame Online Application for First Year Admission

The University of Notre Dame is an exclusive member of the Common Application.  We encourage you to apply online by visiting the Common Application web site at It’s quick, easy, and secure. 

The Common Application is an online-only application and is not available in paper form. After the application is submitted electronically, portions of the application like letters of recommendation and transcripts can still be mailed to complete your application. You will be able to print-preview the application, but please do not mail the print-preview to us. We recommend printing a copy of your completed application to keep for your files.

The Notre Dame Writing Supplement

You must submit the Notre Dame Writing Supplement in addition to the Common Application’s First Year Application; this form is available to registered members of the Common Application and must be completed online. The Writing Supplement is submitted separately after the application. 

The Writing Supplement for First Year applicants seeking Fall 2015 enrollment will include the following directions:

Your responses will be read by Notre Dame admissions staff as we seek to learn more about you. We encourage you to use personal examples, anecdotes, or anything that helps differentiate you from your peers.

Please provide a response between 150 and 200 words to the following question. (required)

  • Why Notre Dame? 

Please select two of the following four prompts and provide a response between 150 and 200 words to each. 

  • A good story starts with a good beginning. Get us hooked in the first 150 words.
  • Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, described education as “the art of helping young people to completeness.” How are you incomplete?
  • Notre Dame students are encouraged to learn through discovery by interacting with the world around them. Describe your ideal intellectual field trip.
  • Initiate an in-person conversation with someone whom you've never met but who you think might be interesting. What did you learn about that person or yourself?

You should submit the online version of the Common Application’s First Year Application and the Notre Dame Writing Supplement no later than November 1 for Early Action or January 1 for Regular Decision. We will not review your application documents (e.g. transcripts, teacher evaluations, etc.) until we receive these two documents and the required payment or the confirmed fee waiver. 

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