Notre Dame to Extend Test-optional Practice

Author: Enrollment Division


The University of Notre Dame’s Enrollment Division has announced that the University will remain test-optional for undergraduate applicants through the 2025 application year. 

Micki Kidder, vice president for undergraduate enrollment, said: “A test-optional practice ensures that all high-potential students who have a desire to contribute to the Notre Dame mission can apply and know that their applications will be reviewed in a comprehensive manner. Standardized test scores are just one of many important elements of a young person’s application. I am grateful that Notre Dame continues to review applications for growth in virtues and celebration for the many attributes of a young scholar, well beyond a single test score.” 

This policy will continue Notre Dame’s test-optional practice for rising high school juniors and seniors, transfer applicants and merit scholarship recipients.  

The test-optional practice allows students to choose whether to submit a standardized test score to be included in the evaluation of their application. Thirty-seven percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2027 did not submit a test score with their application, an increase of four percent from the prior year.

The evaluation process will continue to include the student’s academic performance in high school and a review of the rigor of the curriculum pursued, along with written essays, letters of recommendation and the student’s academic and extracurricular experiences.

Notre Dame will continue to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the recruitment and application review process for recruited Division I student-athletes.