We make applying to Notre Dame as easy as possible.

We encourage you to apply online via the Common Application website at www.commonapp.org or via the Coalition Application website at www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org. It’s quick, easy, and secure.

The Common Application and Coalition Application are online-only applications. After your application is submitted electronically, letters of recommendation and transcripts can still be sent to complete your application. Visit our FAQ page for more information regarding the new Coalition Application. 

The Notre Dame Writing Supplement: We want to meet the real you.

You must submit the Notre Dame Writing Supplement in addition to the Common Application or Coalition Application; this is available to registered members of either website and must be completed online.

The Writing Supplement for First Year applicants seeking Fall 2017 enrollment includes the following directions:

Notre Dame admissions staff will read your essays as we seek to learn more about you. Tip: Use personal examples, anecdotes—anything that helps differentiate you from your peers.

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

  • Notre Dame is an adventure that will develop more than just your intellect. Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, believed that to provide a true education “the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” What excites you about attending Notre Dame? 

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

  • Home is where your story begins. Tell us about your home and how it has influenced your story.
  • Think about when you first meet people. What is a common first impression they might have of you? Is it a perception you want to change or what else do you want them to know about you?
  • The late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame's president from 1953 to 1987, served as a trusted adviser to U.S. presidents and popes. A champion for human rights, Fr. Hesburgh was one of the architects of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Reflect on the current state of civil rights, the progress that has been made, or the problems still being faced today.
  • This is your chance to take a risk.

Remember: you’re on a deadline.

Submit the online version of the Common Application (with the Notre Dame Writing Supplement) or the Coalition Application (the writing supplement is included within the application) no later than November 1 for Restrictive Early Action or January 1 for Regular Decision. We will not review your application documents (e.g. transcripts, teacher evaluations, etc.) until we receive your completed application and the required payment or the confirmed fee waiver.