Notre Dame GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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Notre Dame GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

University of Notre Dame GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
University of Notre Dame GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The University of Notre Dame in Indiana is one of the most selective universities in the country, and you'll need to be a strong student to be admitted. To see if you are on track for admission, you can use this free tool from Cappex to calculate your chances of getting in.

Discussion of Notre Dame's Admissions Standards

More than two-thirds of applicants to the University of Notre Dame get rejected, and most successful applicants have GPAs and standardized test scores that are well above average. In the graph above, the blue and green data points represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who got in had GPAs in the "A" range, SAT scores of about 1300 or higher (RW+M), and ACT composite scores of 28 or above. Higher numbers clearly improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and the strongest applicants had "A" averages and extremely high test scores.

The university will be looking at more than grades when it comes to your academic record. The admissions folks will want to see grades that are trending upwards, not down, and they will be considering the rigor of your high school curriculum. Success in challenging Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Honors courses can all strengthen your application by demonstrating your preparedness for college-level work.

Notre Dame's Holistic Admissions Process

Note that there are many red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (wait listed students) hidden behind the green and blue in the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Notre Dame did not get accepted. Note also that many students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. The admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Notre Dame is a member of the Common Application, and the university has holistic admissions. Meaningful extracurricular involvement, a strong essay, and glowing letters of recommendation all contribute to a successful application.

To learn more about the University of Notre Dame including retention and graduation rates, costs, financial aid, and popular programs of study, check out the Notre Dame profile. Also, you can explore the campus in this photo tour of the University of Notre Dame.

If You Like Notre Dame, You May Also Like These Schools

Students who apply to the University of Notre Dame tend to be top students, so they typically apply to other highly selective schools. If you're looking for a strong Catholic institution, Boston College and Georgetown University are certainly worth a close look. Other popular schools for Notre Dame applicants include Yale University, the University of Virginia, Brown University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Keep in mind that all of these schools reject an awful lot of students, so you'll want to make sure you have a couple safety schools in your application list as well.

Articles Featuring Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame's many strengths both in and out of the classroom earned the school a place in my lists of top Indiana colleges, top Midwest colleges, and top Catholic colleges. Also, the university was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society for its strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Only 15% of four-year colleges have this distinction. 

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University of Notre Dame Rejection and Wait List Data

Rejection and Wait List Data for the University of Notre Dame
Rejection and Wait List Data for the University of Notre Dame. Data Courtesy of Cappex

While the graph at the top of this article makes it clear that you're going to need high grades and standardized test scores to get accepted to the University of Notre Dame, it hides the fact that many extremely strong students do not get in. When we strip away the blue and green data for accepted students, we can see that the upper right corner of the graph also includes a lot of red and yellow. This tells us that quite a few students who were on target for admission to Notre Dame were either wait listed or rejected.

Why might someone with an "A" average and 1500 SAT score be rejected? The reasons can be many: a sloppy or shallow application essay; lack of rigorous high school courses; limited or superficial extracurricular involvement; a tepid letter of recommendation; or a disqualifying factor such as an incomplete application. The reasons can also be program-specific, such as an engineering applicant who did not take advanced math in high school.