The Notre Dame Scholars Program is an opportunity for merit scholarship finalists to come and see what Notre Dame is like. Participants will meet other prospective Notre Dame students and create friendships while experiencing life as a Notre Dame student. The Program covers four days of planned activities and presentations to answer any questions you may have about the University. In addition, you will participate in an interview (or interviews) as part of the selection process for the merit scholarship for which you have been nominated.
Consideration for a merit scholarship requires complete participation in the Notre Dame Scholars Program. Participants are expected to arrive on Saturday and depart campus on Tuesday morning.
The scholarship interviews will be conversations with two Notre Dame alumni or a Notre Dame alumnus/alumna and University staff member. Finalists should expect fit and behavioral questions, as well as an opportunity for the finalist to learn about how the interviewer benefited from a Notre Dame education.
Finalists will be notified of a decision in early April.
Business professional attire is recommended for the scholarship interview. If acquiring proper attire presents a financial burden, please let us know so assistance can be provided.
Feel free to dress comfortably for travel days! On Sunday morning, attire is business professional for scholarship interviews. Attire is casual for the remainder of Sunday and Monday. The closing dinner with University guests on Monday evening is a semi-formal event. Encouraged attire includes a shirt and tie (jacket is optional), dress slacks, a dress, or a skirt.
The Program is limited to approximately 70 participants. Some events and meals overlap with other concurrent campus visit programs.
There is no parent programming offered during the Notre Dame Scholars Program. For parents and guests who drive and drop off students on Saturday, campus tours will be available at 1:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.
Those flying to a Chicago 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 Notre Dame Scholars Program for mileage and tolls. After your trip to Notre Dame, you will receive a form via email to document miles and request a reimbursement. Please see Travel to ND for Google Maps driving directions and on-campus driving directions.
Those taking Amtrak will receive a pre-paid, electronic ticket from Anthony Travel via email.
Those taking the chartered bus will be given directions on departure times and other important information via email.
Members of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be present at the airport and train station to welcome all travelers. Shuttle buses have been arranged for transportation to and from campus.
Participants will stay the first night at the Hilton Garden Inn on the Saint Mary's College campus across the street from Notre Dame. On the following nights, participants stay with current undergraduate students in Notre Dame’s 30 single-sex residence halls. Student host contact information will be shared with participants just prior to arrival on campus. The student committee will attempt to pair Notre Dame Scholar Program participants with students who share a common academic interest.
For security reasons, all residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Participants will be given temporary key-card access during the program.
The most important thing to consider when packing for the Notre Dame Scholar Program is the variability of Midwest weather. Be sure to review the weather forecast before packing to see if you'll need shorts or snow boots! The average high temperature in late March is 47 degrees, and in the evening the average low is 28 degrees. Notre Dame Scholar Program 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:
- Coat or jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Travel umbrella
- Comfortable shoes or boots
- Sweatshirt or sweater
- Required medications
- Shower sandals
- Pillow (if student host advises)
- Blanket/sleeping bag (if student host advises)
- Gym clothing, athletic shoes (optional, participants have campus gym access)
- Phone charger
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 Notre Dame Scholar 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.