University of Notre Dame Releases Restrictive Early Action Decisions for the Class of 2028

Author: Enrollment Division

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The University of Notre Dame has completed its review of 11,498 Restrictive Early Action (REA) applications for the undergraduate Class of 2028. This represents a three percent increase over the 11,163 REA applications received in the prior year.

Students from all 50 states and 109 different countries learned of their decisions on Friday, December 15, 2023, at 18:42 (6:42 p.m. ET), a nod to the University’s founding year of 1842.

A total of 1,724 applicants were offered admission in this year’s REA cycle. The University will continue its review of Regular Decision (RD) applications and announce detailed information about the enrolled Class of 2028 in late May 2024.

Students in this year’s REA applicant pool represent the top of their classes for academic preparedness, intellectual curiosity, and leadership. Applicants also share a commitment to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, compelling service to others, and a diverse portfolio of lived experiences.

This year’s REA applicant pool includes the largest number of international students the University has ever received.

“The impressive accomplishments and personal qualities of the REA admitted students are a testament to their talent, hard work, and personal attributes that align with the mission of the University,” says Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment Micki Kidder. “We are honored to welcome them to the Notre Dame family and look forward to seeing their contributions to our community and the world.”

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, nearly 70 percent of REA-admitted students typically enroll at Notre Dame.

The University is in its fourth year of a test-optional practice, extending through at least 2025. The test-optional practice allows students to choose whether to submit a standardized test score to be included in the evaluation of their application.