Application Overview

How to Apply

The University of Notre Dame offers three secure online applications for first year applicants:

  • Common Application at commonapp.org.
  • Coalition Application at coalitionforcollegeaccess.org.
  • Questbridge Application at questbridge.org (QuestBridge applicants are not required to submit the Common Application or Coalition Application.) Please note: the 2019 National College Match application closed on September 26, 2019. 

Please note that after your application is submitted electronically, letters of recommendation and transcripts can still be sent to complete your application. 

The Notre Dame Writing Supplement: We want to meet the real you.

We require applicants to submit the Notre Dame Writing Supplement in addition to the Common Application or Coalition Application. This form is available to registrants of either website and is submitted separately after the application. It must be submitted online. 

The writing supplement gives us an opportunity to get to know you in a more personal way outside of your stats. So, let your personality shine, take risks, and remember that there is no right answer.

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 word count is a maximum of 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:

  1. 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 be catalysts for change. What is one way that you have made an impact in your community?
  2. 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?
  3. Defend an unpopular opinion you hold.
  4. 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?

Application Checklist

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must have all of the following items before beginning application review:

  • Your application, submitted via the Common Application or Coalition Application website.
  • The Notre Dame Writing Supplement, submitted via the Common Application or Coalition Application. 
  • Results of your ACT or SAT assessment scores
  • Official high school transcripts or record of academic achievement in secondary school
  • A letter of evaluation from a high school teacher in a core academic subject area who knows you well
  • Counselor evaluation (recommended, not required)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75

NOTE: If you are an international student, please visit the International Admissions pages for additional instructions and information. 

Regarding Deadlines

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.

Don't Lose These Dates

Print them off, mark your calendars, set reminders on your devices.

  • Restrictive Early Action: November 1
  • Regular Decision: January 1
  • Priority Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid: February 15
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1