Applying to Notre Dame

Everything you need to know to join the Notre Dame family.

Our goal is twofold: to enroll the best possible students at the University and to treat with dignity every student who expresses interest in applying. We appreciate your sincere interest in joining the Notre Dame family. If you choose to apply for admission, we promise to treat your application with great care because it represents you during an important time in your life. You’re about to make one of the most important decisions of your life. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Notre Dame is here to make sure you have all the help—and information—you need as you prepare your application.

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  • Applications become available: August 1
  • Restrictive Early Action: November 1
  • Priority Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid (REA Applicants): November 15
  • Regular Decision: January 1
  • Priority Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid (RD Applicants): February 15
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1


2021 First-Year Applicant Pool

  • 23,642 Applications
  • 3,561 Admitted
  • 2,063 Enrolled
  • 58% Yield Rate

2021 Enrolled Students Profile

  • 51% Male
  • 49% Female
  • 17.1% International/U.S. citizens abroad, dual citizens, permanent residents
  • 20.4% First generation/Pell/<$65,000 household income 
  • 31.6% U.S. students of color
  • 89% Participated in community service 
  • 48% Involved in music, drama, fine arts, or dance
  • 43% Captains of a varsity sport
  • 10% Study Body/Class President
  • 1460-1540 SAT (Mid 50%)*+
  • 33-35* ACT (Mid 50%)*+

* Notre Dame is test-optional for the 2022 and 2023 application cycles: Applicants may choose whether or not to submit their ACT or SAT scores. Learn more about our test-optional program and check out our test-optional FAQs for further information.

+ Score ranges based on applicants that requested their test scores to be reviewed and part of their application. Notre Dame uses the best score (the highest composite score and highest scores on each section, regardless of test date) from either the ACT or SAT (if both tests are provided.)

High Schools Represented

  • 46% Public
  • 35% Catholic
  • 19% Private/Charter/Other

Academic Interest of Enrolled Class

Pie chart of academic interests of enrolled class
  • 25% Business
  • 20% Engineering
  • 26% Science
  • 2% Architecture
  • 27% Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Regions for Enrolled Students

  • 14% West
  • 18% Central Midwest
  • 13.5% Midwest
  • 23% Northeast
  • 13.5% Southeast
  • 7% South
  • 11% Outside the U.S.

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