Vault Rating: 4 out of 5


  • Beautiful, scenic campus with well-known landmarks
  • Relatively low student-teacher ratio and small class size


  • Most selective
  • Expensive

The Bottom Line

  • The University of Notre Dame is a respected Catholic university that emphasizes academic freedom to foster open discussion and inquiry, links education with values such as living in community and volunteering in community service, and treasures faith and diverse traditions.


Admission to Notre Dame is challenging. The school is most selective, with an acceptance rate of about 24 percent. Approximately 70 percent of the students accepted into Notre Dame are in the top 5 percent of their high school class.

Notre Dame seeks applicants who have taken, and...  

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