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When are Pre-College applications available?
Applications for all Pre-College programs are live at precollege.nd.edu on October 15, 2019
What are the application deadlines?
Study Abroad Applications (Rome and Ireland) are due Monday, January 27, 2020.
Leadership Seminars Applications are due Monday, January 27, 2020.
Summer Scholars Applications are due Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
What are the program dates?
Study Abroad: Rome will be held in Rome, Italy June 6 - June 20, 2020
Summer Scholars will be held on campus June 27 - July 11, 2020
Leadership Seminars will be held on campus July 18 - July 29, 2020
Study Abroad: Ireland will be held in Connemara and Dublin, Ireland, July 18 - August 1, 2020
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.
Do I have to be 16 years of age by August 1, 2020-are there ever any exceptions to this requirement?
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 students who are not 16 years old by August 1, 2020 for any our summer 2020 programs.
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 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 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 2020 applications, we will accept new scores up until February 3, 2020 for Study Abroad Programs and February 28, 2020 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.) *Online processing fees may apply to credit card transactions.
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 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?
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, & 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.
How can I apply for financial aid for Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars?
To apply for a Summer Scholars or Leadership Seminars 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.
Summer Scholars Financial Aid Request Form - due Tuesday, February 10, 2020
Leadership Seminars Financial Aid Request Form - due Monday, January 20, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and explain the circumstances. No application fee waivers are or will be available.
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