University of Notre Dame


Founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame is an independent, national Catholic research university located adjacent to South Bend, Indiana, approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. The University is ranked among the top 20 national research universities and the freshman academic class profile is in the top 15 in the nation. Notre Dame offers more than 70 majors within four undergraduate colleges and two schools: Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, Mendoza College of Business, the School of Architecture, and the Keough School of Global Affairs. Enrollment: 12,467 students overall including 8,576 undergraduates. Notre Dame may be the nation's most geographically diverse university. In the past four first-year classes: 3,100 students were from the East and Southeast; 2,900 from the Midwest; 1,600 from the West; and over 600 from outside of the United States. Notre Dame's graduation rate of 95 percent is rated among the top. More than 75 percent of students take advantage of international study and/or international research and/or service projects. The University's mission is to be a major force for good in the world.

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Architecture
  • Global Affairs

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


If you're applying as a first year student at the University of Notre Dame, please see our Application Overview at


Students who will have completed at least one academic year of full-time study at a 4 year college or university after graduating from high school may apply as transfer students. Learn more about the transfer application process and apply on our website at

Additional Information

The University of Notre Dame is one of a small number of universities that meets 100% of a family's demonstrated need. Meeting each student’s full demonstrated need allows us to be more sensitive to a family’s individual situation and assist accomplished students from a wide range of backgrounds. The Office of Financial Aid thoroughly reviews each student’s application on an individual basis. Of the freshmen who enrolled in the fall of 2021 and demonstrated financial need, the median need-based scholarship was $50,000. Please submit the CSS Profile and the FAFSA by the priority dates on our website. More information can be found at

The Notre Dame Scholars' Program selects prospective first-year Notre Dame students to receive merit-based scholarship awards based on their highly competitive academic records, demonstrated leadership, and service to their communities. The University of Notre Dame currently offers more than 20 such scholarships, which typically provide recipients with an annual award of $25,000, for a total of $100,000 over four years, and in some cases generous enrichment funding for scholarship, service, and leadership projects. For more information on Merit Scholarships at Notre Dame, please visit

Visit us

There are many ways to get to know Notre Dame. You can visit campus for an in-person information session and tour, schedule an admissions counselor-led virtual information session, take a virtual tour, read our student blogs, or catch-up on other online content. Find the option that works best for you at

"There are a number of outstanding colleges in this country that offer excellent undergraduate programs. But there are no universities that have done what Notre Dame aspires to do: to become a preeminent research University, to offer an unsurpassed undergraduate program, and to infuse both with a religious and moral framework that imbues knowledge with the power to benefit human beings."

Rev. John I Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame
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School location

McKenna Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556, United States of America

Phone number

(574) 631-7505