Selection Process

In partnership with numerous benefactors and foundations, the University of Notre Dame offers a variety of scholarship awards based on various criteria. All students who apply to to the University of Notre Dame according to its Restrictive Early Action and Regular Decision admissions deadlines are considered for merit scholarship awards.

In most years, prospective students who are identified as semifinalists for scholarship awards are invited to submit additional materials in February 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. 

All prospective scholars 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

Invitations issued to semifinalists to apply for merit scholarship awards.
Two rounds of invitations will be issued; one in early February and one in late February.

March Invitations issued to finalists
March Notre Dame Scholars' Program finalist activities 
April Merit scholarship award decisions issued
May 1 Deadline to accept award and confirm attendance