University of Notre Dame is a highly competitive school and its admissions statistics make University of Notre Dame one of the 50 most competitive schools for undergraduate admissions globally. Similar to the trends across all top schools, University of Notre Dame acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.
The Class of 2021 was the single most challenging year to be admitted to University of Notre Dame ever. For the Class of 2021, 19,565 students applied to University of Notre Dame of which 3,600 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 18.4%. Overall applications increased by 0.3% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 19,499 to 19,565.
For the Class of 2021, 1,470 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 6,020, yielding an early acceptance rate of 24.4%. Early applications increased by 13.1% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 5,321 to 6,020.
Founded in 1842 and located in St. Mary’s, IN, Notre Dame is a private research university, ranked eighth according to Forbes, which resides on what is said by many to be one of the most beautiful university settings in the entire United States. Notre Dame is known as a traditional university that still welcomes change, as well as a university that, as the university states, is “dedicated to religious belief no less than scientific knowledge”. Forty fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities have been extended to Notre Dame faculty members over recent years.
When it comes to the university’s “scientific knowledge”, the National Science Foundation ranks Notre Dame as one of the top three U.S. universities in the study of low-energy nuclear physics research. Notable Notre Dame alumni in such related areas of study include three NASA astronauts, Kevin Ford, Michael Good and Jim Wetherbee, as well as Former Flight Director of the Johnson Space Center, Annette Hasbrook.
Notre Dame comprises a student body that draws students from nearly every state in the U.S. and 100 other countries. Eighty percent of the undergraduate students live on campus, and eighty percent of those are also involved in community volunteer activities. Notre Dame’s graduation rate of ninety-six percent is exceeded only by Harvard and Yale.
Notre Dame does not have any social fraternities or sororities and uses the university residence halls for many social activities. Notre Dame participates in NCAA Division I athletics and regularly ranks in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings of the best overall athletic programs.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME: CURRENT STUDENT POPULATION
Total Enrollment 12,004
Undergrad Enrollment 8,452
% Male/Female 54% / 46%
% From Out of State 92%
% Freshman from Public High School 50%
% Undergrads Live on Campus 81%
% African American 3%
% Asian 6%
% Caucasian 74%
% Hispanic 9%
% Native American <1%
% Mixed (2+ Ethnicities) 3%
% International 3%
# of Countries Represented 87
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME: FRESHMAN STUDENT PROFILE
Range SAT Critical Reading 660-750
Range SAT Math 680-770
Range SAT Writing 650-750
Range ACT Composite 31-34
Minimum Paper TOEFL 560
Minimum Web-based TOEFL 100
% Graduated Top 10% of Class 89%
% Graduated Top 25% of Class 97%
% Graduated Top 50% of Class 100%
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME: ACADEMICS
Academic Rating 87/100
% Students Returning for Sophomore Year 97%
% Students Graduating within 4 Years 90%
% Students Graduating within 6 Years 96%
Calendar System Semester
Student/Faculty Ratio 11:1
Professor’s ‘Interesting’ Rating 82%
Professor’s ‘Accessible’ Rating 86%
Most classes have 10-19 students.
Most lab/discussion groups have 10-19 students.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME: MOST POPULAR MAJORS
Political Science and Government/International Studies