University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Median SAT/ACT
Although Notre Dame is a Catholic school and requires students to take at least two theology courses, it welcomes students of all faiths. It is highly selective, reporting that almost 90% of its students were in the top 10% of their high school classes. And while the university is best known for its humanities and business programs, it’s also strong in the sciences. The pre-med track is especially grueling: The university warns students that it’s a challenge to maintain a 3.0 GPA with those courses. About 91% of students finish within four years, making Notre Dame one of 10 schools in the country that can claim such a high rate. Alumni are valued in the job market, reporting early career salaries of about $58,700. And many go on to celebrated careers: Grads include talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Phil Donahue, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Major League Baseball Vice President Joe Garagiola Jr., and football hall of famer Joe Montana. Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish, including the football team, compete in Division I sports; the school has 26 varsity teams in all, and sports are a big part of the university’s social life.
Est. Full Price 2016–17
% of students who get financial aid
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Average price for low-income students
Financial Aid
% of students who get need-based aid
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% of students who get merit aid
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Student Success
Est. graduation rate
Average time to degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
Average salary within 5 years
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Median SAT/ACT Score
Average student debt
SAT/ACT required?
Key Deadlines
Early decision
Regular application
Jan 1
Financial aid

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

See What Students Have to Say
I definitely made the right decision. My professors make themselves very accessible, my classes are moderately interesting, football weekends are amazing, and I love going to basketball games. The grotto is one of my favorite places in the world, I have a solid group of friends and an on-campus job I am very happy with, and I've gotten involved with various fun organizations and clubs.
One of the best things about Notre Dame is that our alumni network is one of the most extensive in the world. You are almost guaranteed a job upon graduation because all you have to do is drop the name Notre Dame and people will come out of the woodwork to help you out.
I made the right choice in coming to Notre Dame. They push you, yes, but it's to make you grow (and yes, I know it sounds cheesy, but it's true). A lot of decisions are left up to you, but they powers that be will not allow you to sink.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

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