Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Reilly Visitation Program?

Reilly is an opportunity for high school seniors of exceptional talent who are highly qualified to excel at Notre Dame to come and see what the University is like. Participants will meet other potential Notre Dame students and create friendships while experiencing life as a Notre Dame student.  The program covers four days and is full of planned activities and presentations to answer any questions you may have about the University.

How many students take part in Reilly?

The typical Reilly program is limited to approximately 80 participants. 

Is Reilly a scholarship program?

The Reilly Visitation Program is an all-expenses-paid campus visit. Invitations to the Reilly Visitation Program are made independently of any financial aid consideration or merit scholarship selection. Please visit our Financial Aid website to learn about financial aid and merit scholarships. 

Is Reilly an honors program?

Reilly is not a formal honors program, but many participants build relationships that carry over through their years at Notre Dame. These relationships result in a strong community of support and camaraderie while on campus. 

Students who have indicated an intended major in either the College of Arts and Letters or the College of Science often receive an invitation to apply to the Glynn Family Honors Program. These Reilly participants will have the opportunity to meet with the directors of the Glynn Family Honors Program while on campus.

Students who have indicated an intended major in the College of Engineering are often invited to apply for the Engineering Scholars Program, which is a gateway to the Engineering Honors Program for First Year and Sophomore students. Information about ESP is available during Reilly. 

Is there any parent programming during Reilly?

There is no formal programming for parents during Reilly. However, parents are welcome to take a guided tour of campus on Saturday afternoon and meet with a member of the Admissions Staff. 

I was also invited to the Science or Engineering Open House. Should I attend the Open House or Reilly?

Students are welcome to attend both the Open House and the Reilly Visitation Program if they wish. However, it should be noted that information covered during the Open House is also covered during Reilly. Also, Reilly incorporates more campus and community opportunities than the Open House does.

We can provide travel arrangements to arrive to South Bend on Thursday to attend either Open House, but the Reilly Visitation Program is not responsible for meals, accommodations, or supervision until Saturday afternoon. Participants who arrive early for an Open House are also responsible for transportation from the South Bend Airport to campus. 

I can't attend Reilly. What are my other visit options?

If you cannot attend Reilly, please contact us to discuss other campus visit opportunities and Open Houses. 

What is the Reilly Directory?

The Reilly Directory is a publication that includes photos, email addresses, and cell phone numbers of Reilly participants. This publication is only distributed to the Reilly Committee and the 80-90 Reilly participants.

Please note that Notre Dame student hosts are given participants' cell phone numbers and email addresses to facilitate meeting and special packing suggestions. 

How is my travel arranged?

Those flying to South Bend Regional Airport will receive a pre-paid, electronic ticket from Anthony Travel via email. Participants are responsible for checked baggage fees. Those who have significant financial need can request a reimbursement. 

Those driving to campus will be reimbursed following the Reilly Program for mileage and tolls. Please download, complete, and submit the Reimbursement Form for Drivers upon your arrival to campus. Please see Helpful Links for Google Maps driving directions and on-campus driving directions. 

Those taking the Coach USA Bus or Amtrak will be sent a pre-paid ticket.

Those taking the South Shore Train from Chicago will submit a receipt for ticket reimbursement.

What happens after I arrive at the airport or train station?

Members of the Reilly Committee will be present at the airport and train station to welcome all travelers. Shuttle buses have been arranged for transportation to and from campus. 

With whom will I stay during Reilly?

Reilly participants will stay with a current undergraduate student in one of Notre Dame’s 29 single-sex residence halls. Most likely this student will have participated in the Reilly Visitation Program in the past.  Student host contact information will be shared with participants just prior to arrival on campus. The student committee will attempt to best pair Reilly participants with students who share a common academic interest.

For security reasons, all residence halls are locked 24-hours. Participants will be given temporary key-card access during the program. 

What should I bring?

Weather Forecast

The most important thing to consider when packing for Reilly is the variability of Midwest weather. Temperatures could very well hover around the freezing point, and there could be snow on the ground.  Reilly Participants will be spending time outside walking across campus, so planning a warm and comfortable wardrobe is advised.
In addition to the essentials, here’s a suggested packing list:
  • Heavy coat
  • Hat and gloves
  • Travel umbrella
  • Comfortable shoes or boots
  • Sweatshirt or sweater
  • Toiletries
  • Required medications
  • Shower sandals
  • Towel
  • Pillow (if student hosts advises)
  • Blanket/sleeping bag (if student host advises)
  • Gym clothing, athletic shoes
  • Camera, phone charger
Saturday evening's activities night includes the opportunity for volleyball and basketball. Packing athletic clothing and shoes is encouraged. The closing dinner is a semi-formal event. Men are encouraged to wear a shirt and tie. Jackets are optional. Women are encouraged to wear dress slacks, a dress, or a skirt.

Do I need to bring any money with me?

All meals to and from campus on travel days are the participant's responsibility. All meals, programming, and special event tickets are provided by the University during the Reilly Visitation Program. Participants may wish to purchase snacks on campus and/or gifts from the Notre Dame Bookstore. There is a small convenience store on campus where toiletries can be purchased. 

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