The Internal Transfer Application to the Mendoza College of Business

Applicants to Notre Dame are admitted to the University’s First Year of Studies, not to an individual school or college. However, upon application to Notre Dame, all students are asked to make a non-binding indication of the college or school and specific major or discipline in which they intend to major.

Beginning with the Fall 2015 first year class, applicants who indicate an intent to enroll into the Mendoza College of Business, will be informed, at the time of admission, whether or not they are “preapproved” to do so at the end of their first year.


A small number of students who were not preapproved to major in business will be selected to matriculate into Mendoza through a transfer application process. This number will include both First Year students currently enrolled at Notre Dame as well as some students applying to Notre Dame as transfer applicants from other universities. The number of openings will be managed to ensure the University achieves the desired enrollment goal per class for Mendoza.

The information included on this site is for currently enrolled First Year students at Notre Dame. Information for students applying to transfer to Notre Dame from other universities can be found here

Application Checklist and Instructions

  • Notify your First Year of Studies advisor of your intentions to apply to the Mendoza College of Business during an advising meeting
  • Complete the online applicationNote: applicants must apply using their NetID email (i.e. 
  • Complete the application essay
  • Submit your first semester Notre Dame transcript
  • Submit one letter of recommendation (example: Notre Dame faculty member, club advisor, rector)
  • Submit personal statement

Application Essay

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will read your essay 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 of approximately 500 words to the following question: "Why do you want to transfer to the Mendoza College of Business?"

Application Timeline

  • Application Available: December 16, 2016
  • Application Deadline: January 30, 2017
  • Decision Notification: Mid-March 
  • Confirmation Deadline: Late March