University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

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School Profile

Suburban campus setting

8,950 undergraduate students

4,027 graduate students

2,072 first-year students

92% of students are from outside of Indiana

Students hail from 50 U.S. states and 88+ countries


12% admissions rate for the Class of 2027

87% participated in community service in the Class of 2027

SAT Middle 50%: 1350-1530*

ACT Middle 50%: 33-35*

*Notre Dame is test-optional through the 2025 application cycle

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75 degree programs

Student-to-faculty ratio 9:1

90% of classes have fewer than 50 students

Introduction to University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame is a top 20 national research university located in South Bend, Indiana that offers more than 65 degree programs ranging from Pre-Health Studies to Political Science. All incoming students enter the first-year program, where they receive close support from a full-time professional academic advisor who will prepare them for their intended major. 

After the first year, students choose among the six undergraduate colleges and schools for the remainder of their studies: School of Architecture, College of Arts and Letters, Mendoza College of Business, College of Engineering, Keough School of Global Affairs, and College of Science. The Core Curriculum is the heart of a Notre Dame undergraduate education. It includes a common set of requirements for all students, organized around 11 Ways of Knowing. Each Way of Knowing teaches students a unique mode for approaching, analyzing, and understanding our world.

Notre Dame offers a world-class academic experience with opportunities for student research, creative pursuits, and projects that go beyond the classroom. Education at Notre Dame has always been linked to community service. 85% of students are active in service through Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns. 

86% of students participate in internships or independent research before they graduate. 75% of students study abroad at one of more than 50 international study abroad programs, and the costs associated with studying abroad during the academic year can be covered by need-based financial aid. Pre-Professional advising is available for students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement advises students competing for national fellowships that fund travel, research, and graduate school.

Students at Notre Dame  are also active in more than 500 student clubs and organizations, support the University’s Division I athletic teams at sporting events, and enjoy the scenic campus and its surrounding community.

98 %

of graduates in the Class of 2022 were placed in jobs, graduate school, or service within the first six months after graduation. 

Founded in 1845, the Band of the Fighting Irish is the oldest college marching band in continual existence and has more than 380 members.

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