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Situated in the Indiana suburban town that bears its name, the University of Notre Dame is home to just under 13,000 students, 8,600 of which are enrolled in undergraduate programs. The university is highly ranked both academically and as a Roman Catholic institution of higher education. It offers a vast array of majors, and students can attain associate, bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from the school. It is an ethnically diverse school with a population made up of 53% male students and 47% female students.

Overview of University of Notre Dame (ND)

Most students are from out of state, with only 6% of enrolled students being from the state of Indiana. The vast majority of its faculty members are full-time (88%). Students are not required to live on campus, though over 99% of freshmen do reside on campus. Almost the entire student body goes to school full-time, with just 1% of students attending on a part-time basis. The school's colors are green a gold, and its mascot is a Leprechaun and a clover. He can be seen at a variety of events, including football and basketball games.

General Information

School Type Private Non-Profit - Coed
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 10:1
Graduation Rate 97%
Year Founded 1842

Student Enrollment

Total Students12,607


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,481
Female 4,136

Graduate Student

Male 2,075
Female 1,915

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Notre Dame Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 10,385
Female 9,986


Male 1,869
Female 1,697

Acceptance Rate18%

Male 18%
Female 17%

Enrollment 2,089

Male 1,086
Female 1,003
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Application Deadline January 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

ND Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

According to the latest data, tuition and fees at Notre Dame cost $53,391 per year. There is no distinction between in-state and out-of-state costs. Many students (66%) paid the costs for tuition and fees with some sort of financial aid. Fifty-five percent of Notre Dame students received grants and scholarships, while 33% of students took out student loans in order to pay for their education. Most combined grant and student loan money with any scholarships they might have earned to cover the costs. This equated to a net price of $16,622 during the 2017-2018 school year for those with incomes between $48,001 and $75,000. The net price is the amount a student is responsible for paying after scholarships and grants have been deducted from the total cost of tuition, fees, and room and board if applicable.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $30,229
Average Total Aid $39,153
Students Receiving Financial Aid 66%
Room & Board $15,410

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $53,391
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $53,391
  • Books and Supplies - $1,050
  • Room & Board - $15,410
  • Other - $1,950


Students who attend the University of Notre Dame typically stay in school and graduate. The retention rate for freshman students is 98%, while the graduation rate is 97%. Over 90% of students who graduate do so in just over four years on average, and 95% of students completed their degrees within the acceptable time frame of six years. To provide some context there was 2,056 freshman that started at Notre Dame in 2013. Of those 2,056, 2,015 came back for their sophomore year, 1,846 graduated on time, and 1,955 graduated within six years. The retention and graduation rates could be attributed to the low 10:1 student to faculty ratio. One-on-one attention often aids in keeping students engaged, attending class, and finishing not only courses but degrees. High retention and graduation rates are an important statistic because low rates could be caused by a lack of student support or other student-negative factors at the school.

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6 year
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Student Population Total

Student Population 12,607

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 647 Total Graduates / 29%
Accounting 134 Graduates
Finance, General 273 Graduates
Marketing/Management, General 104 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 373 Total Graduates / 17%
Aerospace 35 Graduates
Chemical 111 Graduates
Mechanical 141 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 221 Total Graduates / 10%
Economics, General 79 Graduates
Political Science and Government 98 Graduates
Sociology 23 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 188 Total Graduates / 9%
Neuroscience 115 Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences 54 Graduates
Biochemistry 19 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 132 Total Graduates / 6%
All Other Diplomas 29%

Outcome & Salary

The median income of a graduate from the University of Notre Dame is $50,000. The student loan default rate is less than one percent. This would indicate the students who attain degrees from the university find employment that allows them to repay their student loans. A degree from Notre Dame is highly regarded in most fields, so a person entering the workforce with a degree from this university has an advantage over other students from less well-regarded schools.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $67,000
College Grads Average Salary $81,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $130,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $810,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $2,115,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $120,916
10 Year Projected ROI $689,084
20 Year Projected ROI $1,994,084
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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