We make applying to Notre Dame as easy as possible.
The Common Application and Coalition Application are online-only applications. After your application is submitted electronically, letters of recommendation and transcripts can still be sent to complete your application. Visit our FAQ page for more information regarding the Coalition Application.
You must submit the Notre Dame Writing Supplement in addition to the Common Application or Coalition Application; this is available to registered members of either website and must be completed online.
The Writing Supplement for first-year applicants seeking Fall 2020 enrollment includes the following directions:
The University of Notre Dame Writing Supplement consists of one (1) essay response to a required question and two (2) essay responses to questions you select from the options provided. In total, you will write three (3) essay responses. The recommended word count is approximately 200 words per essay.
Please provide a response to the following question:
What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions?
Please provide responses to TWO (2) of the following questions:
- The founder of the University of Notre Dame, Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., was only 28 when he established the University with the vision that it would become a "powerful means of doing good." We have always known that young people can create meaningful change. What is one way that you have made an impact in your community?
- If you were to bring a new friend to your hometown and give them a personal tour, what is a meaningful place you would show them?
- Defend an unpopular opinion you hold.
- Many high schools have books that are required reading. Thinking beyond the common examples, what book do you believe should be on your school's reading list and why?
Remember: You’re on a deadline.
Submit the online version of the Common Application (with the Notre Dame Writing Supplement) or the Coalition Application (the writing supplement is included within the application) no later than November 1 for Restrictive Early Action or January 1 for Regular Decision.
We reserve the right to make a decision on your application based on the materials that we receive. Be sure to pay careful attention to your applicant status portal and monitor your email as well. We send regular communications to students with incomplete applications.
Note that we will continue to accept required supplemental application materials past the application deadline (i.e., letters of recommendation, test scores), but encourage students to submit documents as soon as possible so that we may take all important information into consideration during our review.