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. Both REA and RD applicants are considered for merit scholarship awards.

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, we will follow the general timeline below.

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 6 Regular Decision Deadline* (2021 selection cycle)

Invitations issued to semifinalists to apply for merit scholarship awards

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

*Approximate dates for the 2020-21 selection cycle. Finalist activities may be virtual during the 2020-21 selection cycle due the University's COVID-19 travel restrictions.