FAQ's

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When are Pre-College applications available?

Applications for all Pre-College programs are live at precollege.nd.edu on October 1, 2018.

 

What are the application deadlines?

  • Study Abroad Applications (Rome and Ireland) are due Monday, January 28, 2019

  • Leadership Seminars Applications are due Monday, January 28, 2019

  • Summer Scholars Applications are due Tuesday, February 19, 2019

 

What are the program dates?

  • Study Abroad: Ireland will be held in Dublin and Connemara, Ireland July 13 - July 27, 2019

  • Study Abroad: Rome will be held in Rome, Italy June 1 - June 15, 2019

  • Summer Scholars will be held on campus June 22 - July 6, 2019

  • Leadership Seminars will be held on campus July 13 - July 24, 2019

 

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 (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. Please see each program's "Tuition & Fees" page for information regarding the costs associated with each program. *Online processing fees for credit cards do apply.

 

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. 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 see precollege.nd.edu/apply 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 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. 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.

 

If I take the SAT or ACT in December, January or February, will you accept the scores even though I’ve already submitted my application and the application deadline has passed?

For Summer 2019 applications, we will accept new scores up until February 4, 2019 for Study Abroad Programs and February 28, 2019 for Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars.

 

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. (Credit cards fees do apply.)

 

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.

 

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 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. Leadership Seminars is an all expense paid program for students. Students are responsible only for the $50 application fee and $150 enrollment fee. Application fee waivers are granted rarely and only in extreme circumstances. Enrollment fee waivers are not available.

 

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 the Request for Need-Based Financial Assistance form that will be available on October 1, 2018 under Tuition & Fees. The financial aid deadline is one week prior to the application deadline and 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. To apply for an application fee waiver, a parent or guardian must complete the Request for Need-Based Financial Assistance form that will be available on October 1, 2018 under Leadership Seminars Application & Admission. The financial aid (application fee waiver) deadline is one week prior to the application deadline and 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 Study Abroad. 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.


Please also feel free to email us at precoll@nd.edu if you have additional questions.