We make applying to Notre Dame as easy as possible.

We encourage you to apply online by visiting the Common Application website at www.commonapp.org. It’s quick, easy, and secure.

The Common Application is an online-only application. After the application is submitted electronically, letters of recommendation and transcripts can still be sent 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: We want to meet the real you.

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 2016 enrollment will include 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).

  • What excites you about attending Notre Dame?

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

  • Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, 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.
  • What question fascinates you? Tell us why.
  • What’s broken, and how would you fix it?
  • 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?
  • Identify a recent Facebook post, Tweet, text, Instagram photo, Snap, blog post, or WeChat post of yours. What does it reveal about you and your digital footprint?

Remember: you’re on a deadline.

Submit the online version of the Common Application’s First Year Application and the Notre Dame Writing Supplement 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 these two documents and the required payment or the confirmed fee waiver.