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University of Notre Dame is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,475, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,250 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Notre Dame's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 18. Its tuition and fees are $44,605 (2013-14).
Notre Dame is located in South Bend, Ind., just 100 miles outside of Chicago. Only freshmen are required to live on campus, but most students choose to remain on campus in one of the 29 single-sex residence halls. The halls serve as the centers of social life at Notre Dame, as there is no Greek life on campus. Legends, an on-campus restaurant and pub, is a popular spot for watching sporting events. The Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" boast more than 25 varsity NCAA Division I athletic teams and are well known for their consistently strong football program. Over half of students study abroad for at least one semester.
Notre Dame is divided into eight schools and colleges, the largest of which is the College of Arts and Letters. Notre Dame’s graduate and professional programs include the highly ranked Mendoza College of Business and Law School in addition to a well-regarded School of Architecture, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Notable alumni include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, talk-show host Regis Philbin and Hall of Fame football player Joe Montana. The 1993 film "Rudy," ranked one of the top 25 sports movies of the past 25 years by ESPN, was filmed on Notre Dame’s campus and depicts the true story of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who overcame many obstacles to play football at Notre Dame.
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Notre Dame offers undergraduate students an educational experience that is second to none in quality and, at the same time, distinctly Catholic. Faith informs learning at Notre Dame, and the University's students are urged to turn their learning to the service of others. The community life of the highly residential campus is distinctive, but Notre Dame also ranks sixth in the percentage of its students who study abroad. Its graduation rate is among the top 5 in the country and its alumni are celebrated for their loyalty.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
When applying to University of Notre Dame, it's important to note the application deadline is December 31, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at University of Notre Dame is $75. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 23.3 percent and an early acceptance rate of 37.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||23.3%|
|Application deadline||December 31|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||March 1|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Notre Dame is 11:1, and the school has 53.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Notre Dame include: Finance, General; Political Science and Government, General; Psychology, General; Accounting; and Economics, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97.5 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||89%|
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University of Notre Dame has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,475, with a gender distribution of 53.5 percent male students and 46.5 percent female students. At this school, 80 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 20 percent of students live off campus. University of Notre Dame is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
University of Notre Dame offers a number of student services including women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Notre Dame also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Notre Dame.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At University of Notre Dame, 50.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $29,440.
|Tuition and fees||$44,605 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$12,512 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data