Choosing a College and Major for the Incoming Notre Dame Class of 2018

Please remember that all students are admitted into the University's First Year of Studies and not directly into any of our degree-granting colleges. Successful completion of first year academic requirements is necessary for a student to initially move into one of the colleges as a sophomore.

For Students Approved for Entry into the Mendoza College of Business

Due to increased enrollment in the Mendoza College of Business, it is necessary for the University to limit the number of students enrolled in the College. As a result, at the time of admission, we are identifying a limited number of students for whom enrollment in the Mendoza College of Business at the start of the sophomore year is assured. If selected for this option, this message will be clear in your admission letter.

Your assured enrollment in the Mendoza College of Business provides the opportunity to select one of the majors in that college. However, a recent increase in the number of finance majors has created the need to limit the number of students who may enter a specific major within the college. Additional information on this topic can be found here.

If you have been approved for enrollment in the Mendoza College of Business, please understand that you are not required to continue your studies in that college. At the end of your first year at Notre Dame, you will be free to continue into Mendoza or to select an intended major in another area assuming that you have successfully completed the course requirements for your new college.

We expect that a very limited number of spots in the Mendoza class will be available to sophomores who want to switch their major to business. These students must successfully compete for those positions via an "internal transfer" process. That process will require an additional application during your first year at Notre Dame. During this application process, it is likely that we will review the following items: your first year transcript; an essay expressing your interest in Mendoza; a letter of recommendation from a Notre Dame instructor; a list of your current extracurricular activities on campus; and a personal statement that offers the Committee on Admissions insight into who you are as an individual.