Selection Process

In partnership with numerous benefactors and foundations, the University of Notre Dame offers a variety of scholarship awards based on various criteria. Merit scholarship award recipients are selected from the pool of students who apply to Notre Dame according to its Restrictive Early Action and Regular Decision admissions deadlines.

In most years, semifinalists for scholarship awards are invited to submit additional materials in late January following their application for admission. Following review of these materials, finalists are invited to a campus visit weekend that includes interviews, social activities, and academic experiences. During the 2020-21 selection cycle, the general timeline below is subject to change based on the University of Notre Dame's travel and visitors' policies made in response to the the COVID-19 pandemic.

All applicants follow Notre Dame’s regular procedures for applying for admission and financial aid. The award selection process complements these procedures. We strongly recommend that all applicants to Notre Dame apply for financial aid.

Selection Timeline During Year of Application to Notre Dame*

November 1 Restrictive Early Action Deadline
January 1 Regular Decision Deadline
January/Early February

Invitations issued to semifinalists to apply for merit scholarship awards

February/Early March Invitations issued to finalists to interview (may be in-person or virtual)
March Notre Dame Scholars' Visit (in-person or virtual activities)
April Merit scholarship award decisions issued
May 1 Deadline to accept award and confirm attendance

*subject to change during the 2020-21 selection cycle.