University of Notre Dame Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Main building at the University of Notre Dame
Main Building at the University of Notre Dame. (Allen Grove)

Notre Dame is a highly selective university; its acceptance rate was just 19 percent in 2017. Students will need good grades and test scores (along with a strong application) to be considered for admission. Be sure to visit the school's website for more information, and contact the admissions office if you have any questions, or want to schedule a visit to the school.

The University of Notre Dame is located in Notre Dame, Indiana, near South Bend and about 90 miles east of Chicago. The university boasts that its undergraduate alumni have earned more doctorates than any other Catholic university. The University of Notre Dame is highly selective and has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Roughly 70% of accepted students rank in the top 5% of their high school class. The university's 1,250 acre campus has two lakes and 137 buildings including Main Building with its well known Golden Dome. Explore the campus with a University of Notre Dame Photo Tour.​ In athletics, many Notre Dame Fighting Irish teams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference (football competes as an independent team). 

The University of Notre Dame uses the Common Application.

Admissions Data (2017)

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Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 12,467 (8,576 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53 percent male / 47 percent female
  • 100 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,505
  • Books: $1,050
  • Room and Board: $14,890
  • Other Expenses: $1,950
  • Total Cost: $69,395

Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 67 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 56 percent
    • Loans: 32 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $39,590
    • Loans: $6,600

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Anthropology, Biology, Economics, English, Finance, History, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Pre-Medicine, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 90 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 95 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Rowing, Tennis, Football, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Hockey
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Golf, Lacrosse, Fencing

Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics