University of Notre Dame Releases Restrictive Early Action Decisions for the Class of 2027

Author: Micki Kidder

View of the Golden Dome on the Main Building at the Univ of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame has completed its review of 11,163 Restrictive Early Action (REA) applications for the undergraduate Class of 2027. This represents a 15 percent increase over the 9,683 REA applications received in the prior year. 

Students attending 4,601 high schools from 50 states and 126 different countries learned of their decisions on Friday, December 16, 2022, at 6:42 p.m. ET, a nod to the University’s founding year of 1842.

A total of 1,701 REA applicants were offered admission. The University will continue its review of Regular Decision (RD) applications and announce detailed information about the complete enrolled Class of 2027 in late May 2023. 

This year’s REA applicant pool once again represents the most diverse in Notre Dame history in terms of race, ethnicity, and those who are first generation in their family to attend a four-year college or university.  Students applying REA also represent the top of their classes for academic rigor and accomplishments, educational research, intellectual curiosity, innovation and service to others. 

Notre Dame offers a non-binding application process, allowing students to apply in REA as long as they do not apply early decision to another school with a binding early decision program. Despite no binding agreement, close to 70 percent of REA admitted students typically enroll at Notre Dame.

The University is in its third year of a test-optional practice, one which will extend through at least 2024. The continuation of the test-optional plan is in response to the impact of the global pandemic and accessibility of standardized testing. In an effort to empower students to submit their strongest application, the practice allows students to choose whether to submit a test score to be included in the evaluation of their application.