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 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 2018 enrollment includes the following directions:

The University of Notre Dame Writing Supplement consists of one (1) essay response to a required question and two (2) essay responses to questions you select from the options provided. In total, you will write three (3) essay responses. In honor of our University’s 175th anniversary, the recommended word count is around 175 words per essay.

Please provide a response to the following question:

What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions?

Please provide a response to two (2) of the following questions: 

  • The University of Notre Dame is a Holy Cross institution whose educational philosophy has been formed around five core principles inspired by Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. These principles, or pillars, of a Holy Cross education are Mind, Heart, Zeal, Family, and Hope, and they continue to shape our students today. Which pillar or pillars resonate  most with you? Why?
  • For whom are you responsible?
  • What is one thing that you know for a fact? Why are you certain?
  • Tell us about something significant that recently occurred in your community. Why does it matter to you?

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.