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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, INhttps://www.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 97% 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 $64,000, according to PayScale. And many go on to celebrated careers: Grads include the late 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: After classes resumed Aug. 10, Notre Dame recorded a steady increase in positive rates, largely among older students living off-campus. In an attempt to curb the outbreak, the university announced two weeks of remote instruction and told off-campus students to remain off-site. Courses are scheduled to end before Thanksgiving.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$73,400
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$31,600
Average price for low-income students
$13,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
18%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1480/34
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
8,570
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$13,230
student success
Graduation rate
97%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,000
Average salary within 5 years
$64,000
% earning more than $28,000
92%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Dec 1

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: After classes resumed Aug. 10, Notre Dame recorded a steady increase in positive rates, largely among older students living off-campus. In an attempt to curb the outbreak, the university announced two weeks of remote instruction and told off-campus students to remain off-site. Courses are scheduled to end before Thanksgiving.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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