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University of Notre Dame

Committed to College Affordability


The University of Notre Dame is America’s leading Catholic research university that is fully committed to student learning at the undergraduate level.

Facts about Notre Dame

Founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame is an independent, national Catholic research university located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana.  Admission to the University is highly competitive.

Notre Dame is ranked 12th among America’s top colleges by Forbes and 17th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.  The University also is rated among the nation’s top 25 institutions of higher learning in surveys conducted by Princeton Review, Time, Kiplinger’s, Kaplan/Newsweek and others.

The University Experience

The University of Notre Dame provides a lifetime experience.  The most creative and intellectually gifted students from around the world enjoy a college rich in tradition, academic challenge, opportunities for personal growth, and outreach to people of all faiths and backgrounds.  Faculty grow students’ intellectual curiosity through engagement in research, study, and debate.  Notre Dame students immerse themselves in a college campus that is unlike any other in the nation.  Storied fall weekends, alumni with international recognition, and a Catholic heritage make the University unique in the American landscape.  Alumni, friends, and fans all embrace the University’s mystique.  As a result, students enjoy a network of passionate supporters who are invested in continuing the success of future generations of Notre Dame graduates.


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Admission and Affordability

Admission to Notre Dame is “need-blind” for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Students are admitted to the University on the basis of their academic and personal records of achievement, not their financial circumstances.

Notre Dame is fully committed to meeting the financial need of a student through our need-based aid program.  In the 2011-12 academic year, the University awarded over $98 million in need-based scholarships to undergraduate students.


Commitment to the Private College 529 Plan

Both the University of Notre Dame and Private College 529 Plan are committed to addressing concerns of college affordability.  In a desire to encourage families to participate in long-term planning, the University was an early participant in this unique program.  Notre Dame continues to encourage families to research this pre-payment option as a responsible and effective means to manage their college costs.

Don Bishop, Associate Vice President for Enrollment