When you know, you know

Author: Harriet Fink

As the early action application deadline approaches, you might be wondering: am I making the right choice? How do I know Notre Dame is the right school for me? The good news is restrictive early action is not early decision, so nothing is truly set in stone. However, the big question still remains, and the only person who can really answer it is you. The following series of questions can help guide your discernment.


Are you looking for a place where you will be challenged academically?


And learn about philosophy, theology, history, the arts, science and math even though it’s totally unrelated to your major?


Do you want to attend a university that not only educates your mind, but also your heart?


Where you can grow as student, but more importantly, as a person?


Do you want to be part of a community that lives on for years after graduation?


Where students live in dorms for at least three years, and the meaningful memories and lifelong bonds foster one of the most extensive and generous alumni networks?


Are you excited about making a difference?


About having opportunities like funded service-learning programs and finding out how you can use your education to promote good in the world?


Do you want to go to a place with a whole range of possible experiences beyond the traditional classroom?


Where you can discover unexpected new passions like learning Italian, researching sustainability in Columbia or playing intramural broomball?


Are you looking for a diverse intellectual environment?


Where new perspectives enrich and challenge you daily, and “Catholic” first and foremost means that every human, being made in God’s image, has dignity and reflects the goodness of creation?


Is your application complete? (practically speaking, this is perhaps the most important question since it’s most important that you present your best self to the admissions committee).


If this sounds like the right place for you, I encourage you to take the leap! Click submit! When you know, you know.