Eligibility & Application Requirements

Eligibility for Summer Scholars Online

Program Dates: July 14 - 27, 2021

The Summer Scholars Online 2021 application will be available on October 15, 2020.

We welcome high school students who meet the following criteria to apply to Summer Scholars:

  • Current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (will be rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
  • Strong academic standing with solid extracurricular activities
  • At least 14 years old by or on July 1, 2021

Qualified applicants must be self-motivated, self-disciplined, and demonstrate a high level of maturity. In addition, applicants must express a sincere desire to be part of the Notre Dame community while they are participating in the program.

Application Requirements

Interested students must submit an online application, a high school transcript, a counselor report, and a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher.

Please have the following items prepared before you begin your application process:

  • High school counselor name and email address*
  • High school recommending teacher’s name and email address*
  • If you plan to submit standardized test scores, you may scan a copy of your electronic score report and upload it in the online application when instructed to do so. Scores will be accepted up until February 28, 2021.
    • Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, or PSAT) are encouraged to enhance a student's Summer Scholars Online application, but they are not required.
  • A TOEFL score is required for International applicants who do not attend an English-speaking high school.
  • Major credit card for payment of $50 application fee. 
    • 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, Indiana, 46556 
  • Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by February 16, 2021. Files will be reviewed once all application materials are received.

*Supplemental documentation is required to complete your application. Our office will send an auto-email to your counselor requesting a transcript, counselor report, and school profile. Our office will also send an auto-email to your recommending teacher requesting their recommendation. Please speak with your recommending teacher and obtain their approval before you add your teacher's contact information to your application. Please read the application instructions very carefully and follow up with your counselor and teacher to confirm their receipt of the auto-emails.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Pre-College Programs at precoll@nd.edu or (574) 631-0990.