The Ivy Scholars guide to The University of Notre Dame’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Type: Private Religious Institution
Population: 12,000 (8,500 undergrads)
The University of Notre Dame is a private, non-profit Catholic research university which was established in 1842. The university has an undergraduate focus; most students live on campus and the alumni network is considered one of the strongest in the nation. While the school is primarily famous for their football team, they have a strong focus on both academics and religion. Students from all religious backgrounds are welcome, but the institution is overwhelmingly Catholic in values and atmosphere.
Year Founded: 1842
4 Year Graduation Rate: 91%
Gender Distribution: 53% male, 47% female
Acceptance Rate: 19%
Residency: 10% in state, 79% out of state, 11% international
Location Type: Suburban
Schedule System: Semesters
Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Average Class Size: 20
Demographics: 69% Caucasian, 12% Other, 10% Hispanic, 5% Asian, 4% Black
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Average Applicant Pool: 19,500
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 3,700
Average Number Enrolled: 2,000
Application Systems: Common App, Coalition App
Average GPA: 4.06 weighted
SAT Scores: 25th percentile – 1400, 75th percentile – 1550
ACT Scores: 25th percentile – 33, 75th percentile – 35
*Test mandatory. Writing sections are not required.
Demonstrated Interest: Notre Dame does consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies:One letter from a teacher of a core academic subject.
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School Motto: Life, Sweetness, Hope
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Students live in one of 30 single-sex residence halls (16 male, 14 female), which form the back bone of social life and intramural competition, each with its own tradition and culture. Each hall has a chapel, dedicated to the hall’s patron saint, and is overseen by a rector. Many halls also have a professor who lives there, to provide further academic stimulation. Opposite-sex visiting hours are limited, but each hall has a public recreation area open to all students open 24 hours. Students are required to live in the halls for their first three years on campus.
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Greek Life: Fraternities and Sororities are not allowed on campus, with residence halls filling many of the traditional aspects played by greek life.
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Financial Aid: Notre Dame is committed to meeting the demonstrated financial needs of all admitted students. The average need-based aid package is $42,000. In order to qualify for this aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Around 40% of Notre Dame students are employed on campus, mainly in work-study positions.
Additional Financial Aid & Student Loan Information
Scholarships: Notre Dame regional alumni clubs fund many smaller scholarships. Private scholarships are also available. A limited number of students are awarded merit-based scholarships, consideration for this is automatic at the time of admission.