The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842, is an independent, Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Indiana USA, approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. 

 At the undergraduate level, the University is organized into four colleges—Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, the Mendoza College of Business and the School of Architecture. Education has always been linked to values, among them living in community and volunteering in community service. With 1,250 acres containing two lakes, Notre Dame is well known for a beautiful campus, active school spirit, avid sports tradition and academic excellence.

Notre Dame is ranked #15 by US News and World Report US Research University 2020 rankings, and has been ranked #1 by the Business Week ranking of undergraduate business institutions five years in a row (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014).

Basic details

  • Region: Midwest
  • Location: Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 16%
  • Average ACT range: 33-35
  • Average SAT range: 1410-1540
  • Test optional? Yes.
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; Anthropology; Art History; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Design; Economics; Engineering; English; Film/Cinema Studies; Environmental Sciences; Gender Studies; History; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Languages; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology; Theology/Religion
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $76,800


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Women's Softball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Fencing; Women's Fencing; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Ice Hockey; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Women's Rowing; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball

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