Evaluation Criteria

Academic Performance in Your First Year at Notre Dame

The Admissions Committee will evaluate each applicant's academic performance in the context of the overall rigor of the transcript incorporating grading distributions from individual course sections.

Extracurricular Activities

Notre Dame women and men are more than just students—they are creative intellectuals with passion and multiple interests. Above all else, they are involved, in the classroom, in the community, and in the relentless pursuit of truth. Demonstrate to the Admissions Committee your passions and commitments to making the world a better place.

Letter of Recommendation

We request one letter of recommendation from each applicant. This must be from a Notre Dame faculty member, club advisor, rector, or someone else from the Notre Dame community. While limited to the Notre Dame community, your recommendation should come from a person who knows you well and can clearly and concisely communicate your strengths and weaknesses.

Academic Portfolio


Applicants must provide an official transcript from their first semester at Notre Dame from the Office of the Registrar.

Individual Presentation

A PowerPoint presentation that offers insight into who you are as an individual. No more than five slides.


The essay portion of the application is a great opportunity to take a step back and think about your reasons for pursuing a business degree. The way earning a degree from the Mendoza College of Business will help you in your life's vocation is certainly a theme worth exploring. Maximum word limit of 500.


Students may be selected for a behavioral interview by the Admissions Committee. Due to application volume, not every applicant will be interviewed. Being selected for an interview is not necessarily an indication of admissibility. The interview will be approximately an hour in duration.