FAQs


When are Pre-College applications available?

The online applications for Study Abroad: Ireland, Study Abroad: Rome, Summer Scholars, and Leadership Seminars are available October 1.

Where do I go to apply?

precollege.nd.edu/apply

What are the application deadlines?

  • Study Abroad: Ireland Applications are due Monday, January 30, 2017
  • Study Abroad: Rome Applications are due Monday, January 30, 2017
  • Leadership Seminars Applications are due Monday, January 30, 2017
  • Summer Scholars Applications are due Monday, February 6, 2017

What are the program dates?

  • Study Abroad: Ireland will be held in Dublin and Connemara, Ireland July 15 – July 29, 2017
  • Study Abroad: Rome will be held in Rome, Italy June 3 - June 17, 2017
  • Summer Scholars will be held on campus June 24 - July 8, 2017
  • Leadership Seminars will be held on campus July 15 - July 26, 2017

What is required to apply?

Applications are completed online and include two essays, one teacher recommendation, a high school counselor report, transcripts, standardized test scores (PSAT, SAT, or ACT), and a $50 application fee ($75 for Study Abroad). Standardized test scores are strongly encouraged for Summer Scholars but are not required. International applicants must submit a TOEFL score. Applications, the application fee, and all supporting materials must be submitted and received by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on the application due date.

How much does a summer program cost?

Detailed program cost information for each Pre-College program can be found by clicking the links below:

How old do I need to be to apply? Is this a strict requirement?

All students must be at least 16 years of age by or on August 1, 2017. There are no exceptions to this requirement. Please note that this is the minimum age requirement. Our Summer Scholars program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors, our Study Abroad and Leadership Seminars programs are available to current high school juniors only. 

Is the essay portion of the application important?

The essay portion of the application is very important. While the essay topics are specific, this is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself, why you are interested in our program, what experiences you may bring to the program, what differentiates you from your peers, and what future interests you may have. We encourage you to take your time to prepare thoughtful and well-written essays that genuinely share who you are and why you are interested in a particular program. Because the Pre-College Admissions Committee carefully reads and considers each essay, we recommend that you have a teacher, counselor, or parent proofread your essays.

May I apply to more than one program?

Yes! You are welcome to apply to as many of our programs as you wish, so long as you meet the eligibility requirements. Our Summer Scholars program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors, and our Study Abroad and Leadership Seminars programs are available to current high school juniors only. Please review the Apply section of our website for additional requirements for each program. A separate application should be completed for each program. If you wish to apply to both Study Abroad: Rome and Study Abroad: Ireland, please contact us so we can assist you.  

How do I send the supporting materials and any supplemental information?

Once you have started your online application and added contact information for your guidance counselor and recommending teacher, we will send an email requesting that they submit a school report, transcript, school profile, teacher report, and letter of recommendation. Please follow-up with your guidance counselor and recommending teacher to confirm they have received the email and submit the requested information. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make certain that the Office of Pre-College Programs has received all required application materials and your application fee by the application due date. You will also be able to track your application materials by going to your Application Status Checklist. Should you or your school have questions or need to send supplemental information, please send an email to precoll@nd.edu.

If I take the SAT or ACT in December, January, or February will you accept the scores even though the deadline has passed?

For Summer 2017 applications, we will accept new scores up until the end of February 2017 for applications that were submitted by the application deadline. Please feel free to send us a copy or image of your score report showing your full name, test date, test name, and all scores. 

What if I forget my login id and password?

Return to the login page of the application. After you click “Log in to continue your application” there will be a “Forgot Your Password?” link to assist you. 

Can I pay the application fee online?

Yes, after you have submitted your application, you will be able to pay your $50 non-refundable application fee ($75 for Study Abroad) by credit card.  

What is the difference between a School Report and a Teacher Recommendation (Reference)?

A School Report is an online form that we send by email to your high school guidance counselor after you add their contact information to your application. The counselor will complete the School Report form and submit it to our office electronically along with your transcript and school profile. The form asks for your GPA and rank in class (if available), as well as some questions about your performance in school. The Teacher Recommendation (Reference) is an online form that we send to your teacher when you add their contact information to your application. Your teacher will complete the form and submit it to our office electronically together with their letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should include evaluation of intellectual ability to handle college-level material, personal maturity, integrity, and leadership ability. If possible, it is helpful for us to receive the letter of recommendation from a teacher who can support your interest in the Pre-College course you wish to study at Notre Dame. 

My teacher or counselor did not receive a request for a recommendation. What should I do next?

From time to time we encounter schools that are unable to receive emails from our office. The best way to solve this problem is to have your teacher or counselor send an email to precoll@nd.edu. Our office will then respond to their email with the appropriate information.

My teacher or counselor received an email with a link that does not work. What should I do now?

Depending on your school's security settings, your school may not be able to access the link. They may be able to access the link by removing the "s" from the "https://" portion of the web address (changing it to begin with http:// instead).

Does your office provide financial aid or scholarships for Summer Scholars or Leadership Seminars?

The Office of Pre-College Programs has very limited financial aid for Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars students who face extreme economic hardship. We encourage students to reach out to their communities to help offset the costs of the program. The Office of Pre-College Programs does not offer any merit-based financial assistance or scholarship.

How can I apply for financial aid for Summer Scholars?

To apply for a Summer Scholars application fee waiver and/or financial aid to offset program costs, a parent or guardian must complete a Request for Need-Based Financial Assistance form, which is available under Financial Aid. Please note that the financial aid request deadline is earlier than the application deadline, and financial aid request forms should be submitted as early as possible.

How can I apply for financial aid for Leadership Seminars?

Because the University pays for all program costs for Leadership Seminars, the only financial aid available for Leadership Seminars is a waiver of the $50 application fee. All Leadership Seminars students must pay the non-refundable $150 enrollment fee in order to attend. To apply for an application fee waiver, please have a parent or guardian complete a Request for Need-Based Financial Assistance form, which is available under Application and Admission. Please note that the financial aid request deadline is earlier than the application deadline, and financial aid request forms should be submitted as early as possible.

Does your office provide financial aid or scholarships for Study Abroad?

We do not currently have funding for any financial aid or scholarships for our Study Abroad programs. As with Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars, we encourage students to reach out to their communities to help offset the program costs. If a student is facing extreme economic hardship and wishes to be considered for financial aid should any funds become available, please send us an email at precoll@nd.edu and explain the circumstances. No application fee waivers are or will be available for Study Abroad.

Does Pre-College have a Summer Seminary Immersion Program (SSIP)?

The Summer Seminary Immersion Program (SSIP) is offered through the Holy Cross Office of Vocations. SSIP is a two-week program designed for male high school students who are considering a vocation to the Catholic priesthood. Additional information about SSIP is available by visiting Seminary Immersion, by calling 574-631-6385, or by emailing vocation@holycrossusa.com.

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