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Rank: 30

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, INwww.nd.edu
Although Notre Dame is a Catholic school and requires students to take at least two theology courses, it welcomes students of all faiths. It is highly selective, reporting that almost 90% of its students were in the top 10% of their high school classes. And while the university may be best known for its humanities and business programs, it's also strong in the sciences. The pre-med track is especially grueling: The university warns students that it's a challenge to maintain a 3.0 GPA with those courses. About 95% of students finish within six years, meaning Notre Dame has one of the highest graduation rates in MONEY's rankings. Alumni are valued in the job market, reporting early career salaries of about $64,700, according to PayScale. And many go on to celebrated careers: Grads include talk show host Regis Philbin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and actor Mark Consuelos. Notre Dame's Fighting Irish, including the football team, compete in Division I athletics. Sports are a big part of the university's social life, especially because there are no sororities or fraternities at Notre Dame. South Bend has museums, shops, and restaurants aplenty, but if students are looking for more, Chicago is only a train (or bus) ride away.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$72,500
% of students who get any grants
62%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,300
Average price for low-income students
$8,840
admissions
Acceptance rate
19%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1450/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
8,527
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$13,517
student success
Graduation rate
95%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$21,430
Average salary within 3 years
$64,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
62%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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