FAQ's

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  1. When are Pre-College applications available?
  2. When are the application deadlines?
  3. What are the program dates?
  4. What is required to apply and how much does a summer program cost?
  5. Will I receive a college credit by participating in your programs?
  6. How old do I need to be to participate in your programs?
  7. Is the essay portion of the application important?
  8. May I apply to more than one program?
  9. How do I send the supporting materials required for the application?
  10. 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?
  11. How do I pay the application fee?
  12. What is the difference between a School Report and a Teacher Recommendation (Reference)?
  13. Does your office provide financial aid or scholarships for your programs?
  14. How can I apply for financial aid for your programs?
When are Pre-College applications available?

Applications for Global Scholars Fall 2020 are available August 17, 2020 and close September 15, 2020

Applications for all Pre-College Summer 2021 programs are live at precollege.nd.edu on October 15, 2020

When are the application deadlines?
  • Global Scholars Application: September 15, 2020

  • Study Abroad Applications (Italy, Ireland, South Africa) are due Monday, January 25, 2021

  • Leadership Seminars Applications are due Monday, January 25, 2021

  • Summer Scholars Applications are due Tuesday, February 16, 2021

What are the program dates?
  • Global Scholars: October 12 - November 20, 2020 (Courses will be held twice per week for 75 minutes per class session.) 

  • Study Abroad: Italy will be held in Italy June 5 - 19, 2021

  • Summer Scholars will be held on campus June 26 - July 10, 2021

  • Study Abroad: South Africa will be held in South Africa July 11 - 26, 2021

  • Summer Scholars Online will be held virtually July 14 - 27, 2021

  • Leadership Seminars will be held on campus July 17 - 28, 2021

  • Study Abroad: Ireland will be held in Connemara and Dublin, Ireland, July 24 - August 7, 2021

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 $50 application fee ($75 for Study Abroad). International applicants must submit a TOEFL 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) 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 16 years old by August 1, 2021 to participate in Summer Scholars, Leadership Seminars, or any of our three Study Abroad programs. 

Students must be 14 years old by October 1, 2020  for the Global Scholars program.

Students must be 14 years old by July 1, 2021 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.

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 2021 applications, we will accept new scores up until February 1, 2021 for Study Abroad Programs and February 28, 2021 for Summer Scholars, Summer Scholars Online, and Leadership Seminars. Standardized test scores are not required for any of our programs, but are encouraged to enhance a student's application. 

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, 021 Haggar 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 $50 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 Request for Need-Based Financial Assistance form. This form can be found under each program's "Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid" webpage. 

Global Scholars Financial Aid Request Form - due Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Leadership Seminars Financial Aid Request Form - due Monday, January18, 2021

Summer Scholars Online Financial Aid Request Form - due Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Summer Scholars Financial Aid Request Form - due Tuesday, February 18, 2021

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