Student Blogs

Click below to get a fresh perspective about the Notre Dame experience, straight from the source.

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    Augie Collins '19
    Aerospace Engineering
    Columbus, OH
  •  gabe_tauro_personality

    Gabe Tauro '19
    Stockton, CA
  •  harriet_fun

    Harriet Fink '19
    Philosophy, Medieval Studies
    Washington, DC
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    Jarissa Sabal '19
    FTT, French, Business Economics
    Bloomingdale, IL
  •  jenny_2

    Jenny Moore '19
    Marketing, Psychology
    Lake Villa, IL
  •  brandon_fun

    Brandon Hardy '20
    Accounting, Political Science
    Atlanta, GA
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    Lisa von Werder '20
    Design - Visual Communications
    Shelbyville, IN
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    Seun Odun-Ayo '20
    Computer Science
    Lagos, Nigeria
  •  andrew_1

    Andrew Rabbitt '21
    Finance, Political Science
    Arvada, CA
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    Catherine O'Leary '21
    Theology, Pre-professional Studies, Glynn Family Honors
    Columbia, SC
  •  sarah_1

    Sarah Price '21
    International Economics, Spanish, International Development Studies
    Mount Laurel, NJ
  •  bailey_1

    Bailey Jordan '22
    Architecture, Energy Studies
    Venice, FL


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    Emily Alff '18
    English & FTT
    Houston, TX
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    Emily Vincent '18
    Anthropology and Chinese
    Business Economics Minor and Glynn Honors
    Morristown, NJ
  • kacey_resized_fun

    Kacey Hengesbach '18
    Marketing and Design
    Visual Communications Concentration
    Westphalia, MI
  • matt_fun

    Matt Keough '18
    FTT, Philosophy
    Rye, NY
  • olivia_fun

    Olivia Mikkelsen '18
    Design, Collaborative Innovation, Anthropology
    Alexandria, VA
  •  qai_fun

    Qai Gordon '18
    IT Management
    Nashville, TN
  • randi_mcqueen_personality

    Randi McQueen '18
    Architecture and French & Francophone Studies
    Indianapolis, IN
  • z_fun

    Ziyu Cui '18
    FTT, Finance
    Nanjing, China
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    Ariel Navotas '17
    Jacksonville, FL
  •  courtie_1

    Courtie Davis '17
    Marketing & Visual Communication Design
    Lancaster, PA
  •  hugo_munoz_personality

    Hugo Muñoz Ríos '17
    Peace Studies Minor
    Santiago, Chile
  • julia_tombari_fun

    Julia Tombari '17
    International Business Certificate and Mandarin Chinese Minor
    Seattle, WA
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    Mary Kate Healey '17
    Cleveland, OH
  •  danielle_rieger_fun

    Danielle Rieger '16
    American Studies
    Journalism, Ethics and Democracy Minor
    San Diego, CA
  • emma_fleming_fun

    Emma Fleming '16
    English & Spanish
    Education, Schooling and Society Minor
    Chicago, IL
  • katie_martin_fun

    Katie Martin '16
    Management & Asian Studies
    Granger, IN
  • maddie_personality

    Maddie Hahn '16
    Sociology & Spanish
    Education, Schooling and Society Minor
    Wilmette, IL
  • megan_mccuen_fun

    Megan McCuen '16
    English & French
    Education, Schooling and Society Minor
    Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Admissions Staff Blog

Advice, thoughts, and reflections from the people who know best.

On the Waiting List? We Answer Your Questions Here

Author: Brendan Corsones

The Waiting List

For the vast majority of the record 22,199 applicants for Notre Dame’s first-year class, we have been able to provide a final admissions decision; but for a small percentage of applicants, the waiting will continue a little longer.

This blog entry is for those who have been offered a place on Notre Dame’s waiting list. With it, I hope to eliminate some of the uncertainty surrounding the process by providing advice and answers to our most frequently asked questions.…

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Finals Week: Eating Your Feelings (On a Budget)

Author: Jarissa Sabal

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. Snow is falling and melting and falling again. Parka hoods are being raised against the cold. Students are calculating how it will be possible to get 160% on their finals to bump up to an A.


That’s right: finals week is upon us. Students all over campus are worried about how they’re going to type 12 pages in six hours -- they shouldn’t have to be worried about how they’re going to eat. So, I present to you my expert tips on how to eat your way through finals week at little or no cost to yourself.…

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Finals Week: Time Management

Author: Bailey Jordan

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The School of Architecture varies from other college paths in many ways, but one major way it differs is how an architecture student approaches finals week. Finals week is typically the last week of school before the end of the semester where there’s no class, a lot of studying and writing, and a lot of exams. However, my finals week starts as soon as Thanksgiving is over. A lot happens in the last three weeks of school in the architecture building. We all have a studio class that accounts for about a third of our credits each semester. There’s no final exam for this course, but rather a final design project that always inevitably takes up every waking hour of our lives for about the week before it’s deadline. We work until 9pm the day it’s due and then complete what’s called a “review” where we present our designs and receive constructive criticism from a panel of professors. But, as hectic and time consuming as this is, that entire class is completed for the semester before normal finals even start. This totally opened my finals schedule and allowed me to focus on just two classes. Below is my finals calendar for this past fall 2018 that includes the three weeks of school between coming back to campus in November after Thanksgiving break and leaving for Christmas break. …

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The Business Life: A Guide to Navigating Mendoza College of Business

Author: Jenny Moore

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Of the endless list of reasons why Notre Dame stands out from the crowd, our world-renowned Mendoza College of Business is no exception. Founded in 1921 by Holy Cross priest and former University President John Francis O’Hara and named in 2000 for NetApp executives Tom and Kathy Mendoza, Mendoza has long been woven into the fabric of the University, consistently pushing its mission to “Ask More of Business.” Consequently, it is one of the most popular college choices at Notre Dame.…

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Friday Fives: Top 5 Doors on Campus

Author: Augie Collins

Though it was no easy task, the Notre Dame New Media Interns present to you the top five doors on campus as part of a new ongoing “Friday Fives” segment. Each week we’ll pick a part of Notre Dame that we love, and show you the five best examples every Friday at 5:00 PM. Enjoy!


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Tour the Brand New Duncan Student Center

Author: Courtney Kelly

Duncan Student Center

2018 started out with quite a bang for Notre Dame! With the start of the semester, our new student center opened. The Campus Crossroads Project broke ground in the fall of 2014 and is nearly finished. The purpose of this project was to take an iconic Notre Dame tradition, the Notre Dame Stadium, used roughly ten times a year, and make it a campus staple for students. Now students will visit the stadium, and the buildings built in the expansion, daily. …

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New Essay Questions are Here! Write it 175 Words

Author: Courtney Kelly

Courtney KellyAdmissions Counselor Courtney Kelly

The Notre Dame short answer prompts are here and we’re looking forward to reading your answers. 

In honor of our 175th anniversary, we are recommending a word count of 175. For us, it is a way to celebrate how far Notre Dame has come; for you it is a challenge. It is much more difficult to have an impact in 175 words than it is in a five-page paper—show us your ability to wow 

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Finding a College That Fits You

Author: Eileen Zander

I would give anything to be in your shoes right now. Or more accurately, to have the privilege, the opportunity, and the challenge of trying on a variety of pairs (colleges) to see which one fits the best.

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