Everything you need to know to apply.
The University of Notre Dame accepts both the Common Application and the Coalition Application. You may apply at www.commonapp.org or www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org. Please note that the application deadline is November 1 for Restrictive Early Action or January 6 for Regular Decision. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must have all of the following items before beginning the application review:
- The Notre Dame Writing Supplement via the Common Application or Coalition Application.
- Optional: Results of your ACT or SAT assessment scores - Notre Dame is test-optional for 2020. Students may choose whether or not to include test scores when submitting their applications. Learn more about the test-optional program.
- Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, DET, or PTE Academic, if applicable
- 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
- A completed Certification of Finances plus financial documentation (see below) verifying the totals on the Certification of Finances submitted via your applicant status portal
A copy of your passport submitted via your applicant status portal
If applying for need-based financial aid, a completed CSS Profile
Financial Documents Required with Application for Admission
University of Notre Dame admissions decisions for international applicants are need-aware. This means that they will be evaluated for admission with consideration of the ability of students or parents to pay educational costs. Please note that all international students except U.S. citizens and permanent residents must submit a Certification of Finances with supporting financial documentation for all amounts stated via their applicant status portal. Supporting documents should be provided in English in order to expedite the evaluation process. The University of Notre Dame requires students seeking need-based international financial aid to complete the Certification of Finances for four years, rather than one year.
International applicants who indicate on their Certification of Finances that they will not be applying for financial aid (and who are admitted) will not be eligible to apply for financial aid at any time after the admission decision or as an undergraduate at Notre Dame.
Once you complete the Certification of Finances, upload your supporting financial documents to your applicant status portal. Financial documents are outlined within the Certification of Finances, and should verify all sources of intended funding. Please do not submit through mail, fax, and email. If further information is needed regarding your financial documents, you will be contacted by a member of the International Admissions staff.
Need-based Financial Aid for International Students
International applicants requesting need-based financial aid are required to submit the CSS Profile in addition to the Certification of Finances, indicating that they are not able to cover the full cost of attendance.
Notre Dame is need-aware for international students, meaning that when reviewing applications for admission, the Committee evaluates whether an applicant is requesting financial assistance. International students not applying for financial aid will be given preference in the application process. Although we are need-aware for international students, if a student applies for financial aid and is admitted, they will receive a financial aid award that will meet their full demonstrated need.
Samples of completed supporting financial documentation are shown below.
- Full Ability To Pay From Income
- Full Ability To Pay From Income and Assets
- Full Ability to Pay From Assets
- Full Ability to Pay with Sponsor
- Not Able to Pay Full Cost - Need Financial Aid
For more information about financial aid for international students, please visit our website.
Notre Dame is test-optional for 2020. Students may choose whether or not to include test scores when submitting their applications. Learn more about the test-optional program. You may self-report your SAT and/or ACT scores directly in your application. If admitted, you will be required to submit official score reports from the testing agency.
Applicants will still be considered for Notre Dame’s merit scholarships. This applies to international students and U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens.
Students whose native language is not English must also take the TOEFL, IELTS, DET, or PTE Academic unless you qualify for a waiver. Our TOEFL and College Board code is 1841.
Please note that Notre Dame does not accept the "TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition." If access to a testing site for TOEFL or IELTS is not available, applicants are asked to submit the Duolingo English Test instead.
The SAT and ACT—both standardized university entrance examinations—measure verbal and mathematical skills. Because of our admission schedule, the SAT or ACT should be taken prior to January of the year you intend to enroll. To receive the SAT registration bulletin, visit sat.org; ACT registration materials are available at act.org. Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or EducationUSA office for a list of testing centers, their locations, and exam schedules. If at all possible, we encourage students to take the SAT or ACT exam at least twice.
The TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, and Duolingo English Test (DET) exams are used to determine an applicant's English language proficiency. We recognize that the SAT and the ACT are written for students within the United States, so a strong TOEFL/IELTS/PTE/DET Academic score can balance a student's testing profile, especially with respect to the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section. If no sittings of the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academics, and DET are offered in your country, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at email@example.com to review other options.
We strongly recommend the following scores:
- TOEFL: 100 or higher on the iBT TOEFL Exam
- IELTS: 7.5 or higher
- Duolingo English Test (DET): 120 or higher
- PTE Academic: 70
We will waive the English proficiency exams if:
An applicant scores 650 or above on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT
An applicant scores 26 or above on the English or Reading sections of the ACT.
Secondary School Report
We require all applicants to submit an official transcript or record of academic achievement in secondary school. Your school counselor, headmaster, director, etc. can complete the Secondary School Report through the Common App or Coalition Application and submit it with your transcript. Generally, counselors include the results or predicted results of any examinations, such as the GCSE A Levels or the International Baccalaureate, with this as well. Your school counselor, headmaster, or school director also has the option of sending a letter of recommendation, called a Counselor Evaluation, along with the Secondary School Report. High School Counselors should follow the instructions on the Common App or Coalition Application for submitting these documents.
Students enrolled in the British curriculum are asked to submit the results of their GCSEs or IGCSEs, as well as their AS levels, and predicted A levels. A student who has completed the GCSEs has already met the course requirement outlined above. After completing their GCSEs, a typical student applying to Notre Dame is enrolled in three A-Level courses.
- 4 units of English
- 3 units of Mathematics - Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry (4 units preferred)*
- 2 units of Foreign Language (3-4 units preferred)
- 2 units of Science (4 units preferred)**
- 2 units of History/Social Science (3-4 units preferred)
We ask for a letter of recommendation, known as the Teacher Evaluation, from any high school teacher, headmaster, or counselor. Preferably, the high school teacher would have taught you in a core academic subject area, such as Math, Science, English, Social Science, or Foreign Language. In thinking about which teacher to ask, choose the person who is most familiar with your work ethic, classroom performance, and character. Your teacher should follow the application instructions to submit the letter of recommendation.
We use the teacher and/or counselor letters of recommendation to see how you achieved academic success and how you are regarded in your high school community. When writing these letters of recommendation, your teacher and/or counselor can focus on a few questions:
- What type of student are you in the classroom?
- What have you contributed to the school community?
- What is your potential for success in a college environment?
- What else should we know about you?
We must receive an official transcript and a teacher’s evaluation for your application to be complete.
While we do not offer alumni or on-campus interviews in the application process, students from Mainland China are encouraged to do an interview with InitialView or Vericant. The deadline to interview is November 15 for students applying in Restrictive Early Action or February 15 for students applying in Regular Decision. Notre Dame will also accept the Duolingo English Test as a supplement to your TOEFL, IELTS, or PET.
Although the interview is not mandatory, we highly recommend students in China conduct one. It will give you an opportunity to showcase your personality, skills and English proficiency to our Admissions team.
Restrictive Early Action: November 1
Notre Dame has a Restrictive Early Action program.
- A student applying Restrictive Early Action to Notre Dame may apply to other Early Action programs, but not to any college or university that has a binding Early Decision program.
- Students do not indicate a first-choice preference by applying early, and still may wait until May 1 to indicate their decision to attend.
Students who apply in the Restrictive Early Action process receive an admissions decision before Christmas. Three decisions are possible:
- Admission to the University
- Denial of Admission to the University
- Deferral of Decision until Regular Action
Students admitted to Notre Dame have until the May 1 deadline to decide whether they would like to confirm their attendance at the University. If you’re denied admissions in Restrictive Early Action, then the process ends and you cannot apply during the Regular Decision process. If you’re deferred, the Admissions Committee has decided to review the application further in the Regular Decision process, “rolling over” the application to Regular Decision.
The Admissions Committee is highly conservative when making Restrictive Early Action admission decisions. Apply in the Early Action process only if you are in the very top ranges of our applicant pool. Talk with the Admissions Counselor traveling in your area this fall or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org for further clarification.
Regular Decision: January 6
The Regular Decision process at Notre Dame is also non-binding and can result in one of three decisions:
- Admission to the University
- Denial of Admission to the University
- Waiting list
Students will receive one of these decisions by late March and, if admitted, are required to send in a confirmation card and deposit by May 1. Students who are denied admission to the University may choose to attend another four-year institution for one or two years and then apply to Notre Dame as a transfer student.
All international students, including American citizens residing abroad, will also receive an email notification regarding their decision on the day their physical decision letter is mailed.
Official Documents to Enter the United States
International students who are admitted and enroll at Notre Dame will be sent the Form I-20, the official application for student visa (F-1) status. Find visa information here.
Before the I-20 can be sent, you must demonstrate sufficient financial support covering all four years of the cost of attending Notre Dame or present the financial aid award earned. Therefore, it’s necessary that proper financial documentation be on file. You must submit the Certification of Finances with your application for admission. If you are applying for financial aid for international students, you will submit the Certification of Finances as well as the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE adapted for international students.