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Overall Score: 85.26

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN http://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, with median early career salaries of nearly $89,000. 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.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$79,000
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$31,700
Average price for low-income students
$9,870

Admissions

Acceptance rate
16%
Median SAT/ACT score
1480/34
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
8,690

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
4%
Average merit grant
$17,690

Student Success

Graduation rate
97%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Median student debt
$19,000
Early career earnings
$88,960
% earning more than a high school grad
88%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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