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University of Notre Dame Overview

University of Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit institution located in Notre Dame, Indiana. Notre Dame is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is University of Notre Dame Known For?

2,642 Undergraduate Awards
$51,211 Avg Cost After Aid
19% Acceptance Rate
  • Notre Dame has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Notre Dame is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Notre Dame.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 89% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame makes roughly $78,400 a year. This is 92% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Notre Dame to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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University of Notre Dame Rankings

Notre Dame is ranked #10 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! It is also ranked #1 out of 41 schools in Indiana.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Notre Dame has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#129 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#196 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#205 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Notre Dame.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Mathematics & Statistics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Notre Dame has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Romance Languages College Factual
#6 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#6 Best Colleges for Foreign Languages & Linguistics College Factual
#20 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#22 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#73 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is University of Notre Dame?

Location of University of Notre Dame

Contact details for Notre Dame are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 400 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574-631-5000
Website: www.nd.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notredame
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NotreDame

How Do I Get Into Notre Dame?

You can apply to Notre Dame online at: www.commonapp.org

Admission Requirements for Notre Dame

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Notre Dame?

19% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
36% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Notre Dame, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 19%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 19%, and the acceptance rate for women is 19%.

Average Test Scores

About 36% of students accepted to Notre Dame submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 680 and 750. Math scores were between 690 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Notre Dame  ( 680 to 750 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Notre Dame  ( 690 to 770 )
200
800
Notre Dame received ACT scores from 78% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Notre Dame  ( 32 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Notre Dame?

$51,211 Net Price
33% Take Out Loans
0.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Notre Dame is $51,211. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Notre Dame, approximately 33% of students took out student loans averaging $6,674 a year. That adds up to $26,696 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Notre Dame is 0.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Notre Dame Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,708 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,732 undergraduate students at Notre Dame, with 8,708 being full-time and 24 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Notre Dame

There are also 3,951 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,708 full-time undergraduates at Notre Dame, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Notre Dame

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Notre Dame students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Notre Dame Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 399
Black or African American 310
Hispanic or Latino 999
White 5,845
International Students 567
Other Races/Ethnicities 588

Geographic Diversity

Indiana students aren't the only ones who study at University of Notre Dame. At this time, 47 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 112 countries are represented at Notre Dame. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Notre Dame

153 Took All Classes Online
323 Took At Least One Class Online
-0.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 323 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Notre Dame has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 34th most popular in Indiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Notre Dame

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Notre Dame was -0.3%. This is the #2,226 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Notre Dame regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Notre Dame majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 29%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Notre Dame ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Notre Dame.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computational Science #9
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #211

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Notre Dame Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 285 0 285
Finance & Financial Management 218 28 0 246
Economics 202 2 4 208
Political Science & Government 181 15 10 206
Law 0 0 192 192
Accounting 94 81 0 175
Theological & Ministerial Studies 46 77 23 146
Mechanical Engineering 122 8 11 141
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 77 57 0 134
Other Statistics 87 30 2 119
Computer Information Systems 115 0 0 115
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 112 0 0 112
Chemical Engineering 81 6 14 101
General Psychology 94 0 0 94
Romance Languages 78 8 5 91
General Biology 62 6 22 90
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 88 0 88
General Business/Commerce 38 49 0 87
General English Literature 60 6 9 75
Health/Medical Prep Programs 75 0 0 75
Drama & Theater Arts 65 0 0 65
Mathematics 44 12 6 62
Electrical Engineering 38 10 13 61
Biological & Physical Science 61 0 0 61
Marketing 59 0 0 59
Computer Engineering 20 23 16 59
International Studies 22 36 0 58
Civil Engineering 36 5 15 56
Sociology 45 3 7 55
Physics 27 12 11 50
History 31 7 10 48
General Architecture 29 17 0 46
Engineering Science 0 46 0 46
Philosophy 28 11 5 44
Design & Applied Arts 42 2 0 44
Anthropology 13 27 1 41
Liberal Arts General Studies 39 0 0 39
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 26 2 9 37
Chemistry 13 5 19 37
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 26 8 0 34
Management Information Systems 32 0 0 32
Area Studies 31 0 0 31
Computational Science 0 31 0 31
Educational Administration 0 30 0 30
Legal Research 0 26 1 27
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 23 2 25
Child Development & Psychology 0 11 14 25
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 17 1 6 24
Environmental Engineering 23 0 0 23
East Asian Languages 21 0 0 21
Natural Resources Conservation 20 0 0 20
Music 19 0 0 19
Fine & Studio Arts 10 5 0 15
Ethnic Studies 12 0 0 12
Medieval Studies 4 4 3 11
Classical Languages & Literature 10 0 0 10
Sacred Music 0 10 0 10
Writing Studies 0 9 0 9
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 9 0 0 9
Germanic Languages 8 0 0 8
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 8 0 0 8
Biomedical Engineering 0 4 3 7
Other Computer & Information Sciences 5 0 0 5
Statistics 4 0 0 4
Religious Studies 0 3 0 3
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1 0 0 1
Celtic Language & Literature 1 0 0 1
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 1 1
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 1 0 0 1
General Engineering 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,642 1,129 434 4,205

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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