University of Notre Dame

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School Overview

The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic research university located near South Bend, Indiana. The school maintains a Catholic character through its numerous faculty members who are also Holy Cross priests as well as a number of ministries that are funded by the school. There are five colleges and one professional school in the university. Notre Dame offers its undergraduate students over 70 different bachelor’s degree programs. The Notre Dame graduate schools offer approximately 52 master’s degrees and 30 doctoral degrees. The school is home to around 8,500 undergraduates and 3,800 graduates.

The colleges include the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science, the School of Architecture, the College of Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business. Incoming freshmen also have the opportunity to enroll in the First Year of Studies program, which guides incoming freshmen to various courses to help them determine which major may be best for them. The University of Notre Dame is also home to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, dedicated to researching the causes of violent conflict and sustainable peace solutions.

The school has a long tradition of research in many areas, including the start of nuclear physics research in 1936 and the invention of chemicals such as neoprene. Today, the school is known for its genome mapping research, studies of fluid mechanics, as well as the examination of marketing trends on the internet.


Teams at Notre Dame are known as the Fighting Irish. The University is a member of NCAA Division I and competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The school sponsors 14 sports for men and/or women, including swimming and diving, soccer, football, basketball, rowing, and cross-country. Both the basketball and football teams have won numerous accolades, as the basketball team has appeared in 36 NCAA tournaments and the football team has won 8 national championship titles and have earned 11 consensus national titles.


In 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked Notre Dame 17th overall among national universities in the United States. BusinessWeek ranked the Mendoza College of Business undergraduate school 1st overall in 2010. The Notre Dame Law School is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report. In 2006, Newsweek named the school one of 25 “New Ivies”.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The University of Notre Dame is committed to meeting the demonstrated needs of its applicants. Around 66% of all Notre Dame students received some form of aid and 63% of entering freshmen received grants or scholarship aid and 37% receive federal student loans. Notre Dame students have the opportunity to apply for many scholarships and grants. There are over 140 club scholarships, private scholarships, state-sponsored scholarships and grants, ROTC scholarships, and 20 merit-based scholarship programs that help about 3% of first-year students receive merit aid. These include the Notre Dame Scholar Award Program and the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program that offer up to $25,000 in merit scholarships, often awarded annually until the student completes their studies.

Student Housing

As of 2018 the Notre Dame housing office requires that first-year, sophomore, and junior students live on campus for six semesters and include incentives for seniors who want to live on campus. Almost 80% of Notre Dame undergraduate students (85% of juniors, 98% of sophomores) live on-campus in one of the 30 residence halls, all of which are single sex. There are 16 male dorms and 14 female dorms. All of the residences offer 24-hour social spaces that are open to students of both genders. Many of the halls have at least one nun and/or priest as a resident and each has a chapel.

University of Notre Dame Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (574) 631-5000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
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Address: 400 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 12,683
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 95%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 12,249 (97% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $55,553
Out-of-state Tuition: $55,553
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 68%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $41,252

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Notre Dame Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Notre Dame.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 334
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 76
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 12
Engineering 798
English Language and Literature/Letters 121
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1363
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 111
Legal Professions and Studies 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 333
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 463
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 221
Physical Sciences 432
Psychology 222
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 655
Theology and Religious Vocations 132
Visual and Performing Arts 54
Grand total 746137

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Notre Dame and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $55,553
Out-of-state $55,553
Books and supplies $1,050

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $55,380
Out-of-state $55,380

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,405 68%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,152 56% $41,252
Student loan aid 655 32% $7,168

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 5,284 61% $38,829
Federal student loans 2,697 31% $5,568

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Notre Dame. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Notre Dame students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 22,200 11,194 11,006
Percent admitted 100% 16% 15%
Percent admitted who enrolled 9% 9% 9%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Notre Dame Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 12,683
Undergraduate enrollment 8,732
Graduate enrollment 3,951

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Notre Dame Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • (ARTI) - Single Professional Program Accreditation in Industrial Design

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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