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 1 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. 
  • Official results of your ACT or SAT assessment scores
  • Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, 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 2019-2020 Certification of Finances plus financial documentation* verifying the totals on the Certification of Finances
  • A copy of your passport submitted via your applicant status portal
  • If applying for need-based financial aid, a completed CSS Profile

*Financial Documents

Please note that all international students except U.S. citizens and permanent residents must submit an 2019-2020 Certification of Finances with supporting financial documentation for all amounts stated. Supporting documents should be provided in English in order to expedite the evaluation process. The University of Notre Dame requires students to complete the Certification of Finances for four years, rather than one year. Students interested in the School of Architecture will fill out the Certification of Finances for five years.
Once completed, please upload a combined PDF of the Certification of Finances and 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.
The International Student Certification of Finances is kept on file for continuing international students outlining the family's annual responsibility to meet educational expenses as a condition of continued enrollment at the University of Notre Dame. It also satisfies the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's regulations required for maintaining an officially authorized U.S. Student Visa Status.

Financial Aid

International applicants requesting need-based financial aid are required to submit the CSS/Financial Aid Profile in addition to the 2019-2020 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. International students who indicate on their Certification of Finances that they are not applying for financial aid and are then admitted are not eligible to apply for financial aid during their four years at Notre Dame. For more information about financial aid for international students, please visit our website.

Notre Dame is need blind for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents, regardless of where they attend high school. Thus, applying for financial aid is not a factor in our admissions evaluation.  For more information regarding financial aid for U.S. citizens, please visit our financial aid website.  

Samples of completed International Student Certification of Finances and supporting 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

International applicants requesting need-based financial aid are required to submit the CSS/Financial Aid Profile in addition to the 2019-2020 Certification of Finances. For more information about financial aid for international students, please visit our website.

Test Scores  

All applicants must submit results of the SAT or the ACT Assessment. Students whose native language is not English must also take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic unless you qualify for a waiver.  Our TOEFL and College Board code is 1841.  

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, and PTE Academic 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 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, or PTE Academics are offered in your country, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at international@nd.edu to review other options.  

We strongly recommend the following scores:

  • TOEFL: 100 or higher on the iBT TOEFL Exam
  • IELTS: 7.5 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.

To learn more, please visit: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic.  

School Documents

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 high school guidance 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. 

Teacher Evaluation

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.

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.

Please visit the websites of InitialView and Vericant to schedule an interview and learn more information.


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 international@nd.edu for further clarification.

Regular Decision: January 1

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.