University of Notre Dame (IN)

University of Notre Dame (IN)

Common Application 

Restricted Early Action: Nov. 1, 2016 
Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please         share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn             from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                         importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Supplemental Essay Questions:

l   Your responses will be read by Notre Dame admissions staff as we seek to learn more about you. We encourage you to use personal examples, anecdotes, or anything that helps     differentiate you from your peers. What excites you about attending Notre Dame? (required response 150-200 words)

l   Please select two of the following five prompts and provide a response of approximately 150 words (not to exceed 200 words) to each.

1.        Rev. Theodore M. Hesburg, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, served as a trusted adviser to U.S. presidents and popes. A champion for human        rights, Fr. Hesburgh was one of the architects of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Reflect           on the current state of civil rights, the progress that has been made, or the problems still being faced today.

2.         Which question fascinates you? Tell us why.

3.         What’s broken, and how would you fix it?

4.         Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, described education as “the art of helping young people to completeness.” How are you incomplete?

5.         Identify a recent Facebook post, Tweet, text, Instagram photo, Snap, blog post, or WeChat post of yours. What does it reveal about you and your digital footprint?

 Documents Required: 

  • $75 Application Fee or Waiver 
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Secondary School Report 
  • 1 Teacher Evaluations
  • A completed International Student Certification of Finances

Other Information: 
Address: Undergraduate Admissions
               220 Main Building
               Notre Dame, IN 46556-5602 

Phone: 574-631-7505 (Admissions Office)
Fax:  574-631-8865 
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 1841
ACT Code: 1252