Student Blogs

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    Maddie Hahn, Class of 2016
    Sociology and Spanish
    Education, Schooling and Society Minor
    Wilmette, IL
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    Emma Fleming, Class of 2016
    English and Spanish
    Education, Schooling and Society Minor
    Chicago, IL
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    Katie Martin, Class of 2016
    IT Management with a concentration in Visual Interface Design, Asian Studies
    Granger, IN
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    Megan McCuen, Class of 2016
    English and French
    Education, Schooling, and Society Minor
    Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
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    Randi McQueen, Class of 2017
    Architecture and French & Francophone Studies
    Indianapolis, Indiana
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    Emily Vincent, Class of 2018
    Anthropology and Chinese
    Business Economics Minor and Glynn Honors
    Morristown, New Jersey
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    Danielle Rieger, Class of 2016
    American Studies
    Journalism, Ethics and Democracy Minor
    San Diego, CA
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    Hugo Muñoz Ríos, Class of 2017
    Economics
    Peace Studies Minor
    Santiago, Chile
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    Brynelle Rozario, Class of 2016
    Chemical Engineering
    Bloomington, Illinois
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    Gabe Tauro, Class of 2019
    First Year of Studies, Biology Intent
    Stockton, California
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    Julia Tombari, Class of 2017
    Marketing
    International Business Certificate and Mandarin Chinese Minor
    Seattle, WA
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Admissions Staff Blog

Advice, thoughts, and reflections from the people who know best.


Introducing the 2016 Notre Dame Short Answer Prompts!

Author: Courtney Kelly

It all began with a brainstorming meeting that resulted in nearly one hundred possible short answer prompts. Yikes! The committee then sought feedback, and proceeded to edit, cut, and imagine the breadth of responses these prompts might yield. We continuously asked ourselves: Are the prompts creative enough? Will applicants enjoy writing the essays? Will our staff be excited to read the essays? Will the essays tell us more about the heart, mind, and spirit of the applicant?…

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In Between: Advice For Those On The Waiting List

Author: Jordan Schank

For the vast majority of the 18,000+ applicants for Notre Dame’s First Year class, we have been able to provide a final admissions decision; but for a small percentage of applicants, the waiting will continue a little longer.

I write this blog entry for those who have been offered a place on Notre Dame’s waiting list. I hope to eliminate some of the uncertainty surrounding the process by providing advice and answers to our most frequently asked questions.

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Advice to Applicants Who Received Deferred Decisions

Author: Mary Goodman

I’m writing today to address a topic that can often be confusing for a group of our applicants who applied to ND in the Restrictive Early Action round. Our office released our decisions in mid-December, and for many, this yielded a definitive decision – admit or deny. But for a number of students, this meant receiving more ambiguous news – a deferred decision.

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What Does a Deferred Decision Mean?

Author: Mary Goodman

I’m writing today to address a topic that can often be confusing for a group of our applicants who applied to ND in the Restrictive Early Action round. Our office released our decision letters in mid-December, and for many, this yielded a definitive decision – admit or deny. But for a number of students, this meant receiving more ambiguous news – a deferred decision.

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