FAQ's

  1. When are Pre-College applications available?
  2. When are the application deadlines?
  3. What are the program dates?
  4. Will there be a COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Enrolled Students?
  5. How do I submit my standardized test scores if I have already submitted my application?
  6. What is required to apply and how much does a summer program cost?
  7. Will I receive a college credit by participating in your programs?
  8. How old do I need to be to participate in your programs?
  9. Is the essay portion of the application important?
  10. May I apply to more than one program?
  11. How do I send the supporting materials required for the application?
  12. How do I pay the application fee?
  13. What is the difference between a School Report and a Teacher Recommendation (Reference)?
  14. Does your office provide financial aid or scholarships for your programs?
  15. How can I apply for financial aid for your programs?
  16. Is the Notre Dame campus open to visitors?
When are Pre-College applications available?

Applications for Global Scholars Fall 2021 are live and are due September 13, 2021

Applications for all Pre-College Summer 2022 programs will be live at precollege.nd.edu on October 18, 2021. 

When are the application deadlines?

 

  • Global Scholars Fall: September 13, 2021

  • Study Abroad Applications (Italy, Ireland, South Africa): January 24, 2022

  • Leadership Seminars: January 24, 2022

  • Summer Scholars: February 21, 2022

  • Summer Scholars Online: February 21, 2022

What are the program dates?
  • Global Scholars Fall 2021: October 16 - November 20, 2021 (Courses will be held on Saturdays for 75 minutes. Class times vary by course.)

  • Study Abroad: Italy will be held in Italy June 4 - 18, 2022

  • Summer Scholars will be held on campus June 25 - July 9, 2022

  • Study Abroad: South Africa will be held in South Africa July 10 - 25, 2022

  • Summer Scholars Online will be held virtually July 18 - 29, 2022

  • Leadership Seminars will be held on campus  July 16 - 27, 2022

  • Study Abroad: Ireland will be held in Connemara and Dublin, Ireland, July 23 - Aug 6, 2022

Will there be a COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Enrolled Students?
While the University has not yet determined whether vaccines will be mandated for participants in the Summer Scholars 2022, Leadership Seminars 2022, and Study Abroad programs, the University has mandated vaccines for all its students, faculty, and staff for the 2021-2022 academic year, and it is likely that some form of vaccine mandate will be applied to summer 2022 on-campus and study abroad Pre-College enrolled participants. We will communicate updated information concerning vaccine mandates to admitted students. The University reserves the right to alter or cancel any programs, including any Pre-College Program, should the health and safety environment deteriorate nationally, in the local community, or on campus. Members of the University’s leadership teams are constantly assessing the situation and the University’s policies in consultation with county, state and national authorities along with experts on infectious disease, we will communicate changes in or updates to our COVID-related safety protocols as soon as possible.
How do I submit my standardized test scores if I have already submitted my application?

Standardized test scores are not required for any of our programs, but are encouraged to enhance a student's application. You can submit standardized test scores after you have submitted your application by take a screenshot of your test score with your first and last name visible. Email the score to precoll@nd.edu with your application ID number. Please see each program's webpage for the deadline to submit standardized test scores.

What is required to apply and how much does a summer program cost?

Applications are completed online and include two essays, teacher recommendation, counselor report, transcripts, standardized test scores (encouraged but not required for any program), and a $60 application fee ($75 for Study Abroad). International applicants must submit a TOEFL or DuoLingo score. Please see each program's "Tuition & Fees" page for information regarding the costs associated with each program.

Will I receive a college credit by participating in your programs?

Pre-College students’ receipt of a Satisfactory (S) grade and one (1) transferable college credit is contingent upon the students’ completing and meeting all Program requirements. To obtain a transcript, please visit the Registrar's website and complete the online request form. If you have questions about ordering a transcript, please contact the University Registrar at (574) 631-7043.

How old do I need to be to participate in your programs?

Students must be 14 years old by October 15, 2021  for the Global Scholars Fall program. 

Students must be 16 years old by August 1, 2022 to participate in Summer Scholars, Leadership Seminars, or any of our three Study Abroad programs. 

Students must be 14 years old by July 1, 2022 for the Summer Scholars Online program. 

Due to the University's insurance and liability policies, as well as the strict child protective policies that the University of Notre Dame Office of Pre-College Programs strictly adheres to, we cannot make exceptions for the age requirements outlined above for each program. 

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. 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. Please see each program's "Eligibility and Requirement" page for additional requirements for each program.
How do I send the supporting materials required for the application?

Once you have started your online application and added contact information for your school 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 school counselor and recommending teacher. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make certain that the Office of Pre-College Programs has received all required materials by the application due date. You will also be able to track your application materials by going to your Application Status Checklist.

How do I pay the application fee?

After you have submitted your application, you are able to pay the non-refundable application fee by credit card. If you wish to pay by check, please make the check out to "University of Notre Dame Office of Pre-College Programs" and mail to University of Notre Dame Office of Pre-College Programs, 403 McKenna Hall, Notre Dame, 46556 

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 school 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.

Does your office provide financial aid or scholarships for your programs?

Global Scholars: The Office of Pre-College Programs has very limited financial aid for Global Scholars 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. More information and the Financial Aid Request form can be found under Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Summer Scholars: The Office of Pre-College Programs has very limited financial aid for Summer Scholars 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. More information and the Financial Aid Request form can be found under Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Leadership Seminars: Leadership Seminars admitted students will have their tuition, housing, and meals paid for by the University, while students are responsible for travel expenses to and from the University, the $60 application fee, and $150 enrollment fee.  Application fee waivers and aid for travel expenses are granted rarely and only in extreme circumstances. Enrollment fee waivers are not available. More information and the Financial Aid Request form can be found under Fees & Financial Aid

Summer Scholars Online: The Office of Pre-College Programs has very limited financial aid for 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. More information and the Financial Aid Request form can be found under Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

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.

How can I apply for financial aid for your programs?

To apply for an application fee waiver and/or financial aid to offset program costs, a parent or guardian must complete the Financial Aid Request Form. This form can be found under each program's "Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid" webpage. 

Global Scholars Financial Aid Request Form -  September 7, 2021

Leadership Seminars Financial Aid Request Form - January 17, 2022

Summer Scholars Online Financial Aid Request Form - February 14, 2022

Summer Scholars Financial Aid Request Form - February 14, 2022

Is the Notre Dame campus open to visitors?

Please visit the Summer 2021 Visitors Policy on information regarding visiting campus, information sessions, and student-led tours! 

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us at precoll@nd.edu

High school counselors, please share our ND Pre-College Summer 2022 Programs flyer in your school's newsletter!