How Admissions Decisions Are Made

Application Review

The Graduate School processes all applications for graduate study at the University of Notre Dame. The application and supporting materials are processed and distributed to the appropriate department or program for review. Departmental or program admission committees review the application and supporting materials and then make a formal recommendation of acceptance or denial to the Graduate School. The official decision letter from the Graduate School will be provided to you through the online application.

 

Acceptance or Denial

After the program’s decision is reviewed by the Graduate School, the applicant will receive an email stating that the application decision is ready. To review the decision, you must log in to the ApplyYourself application page and click the link at the bottom of the screen that states, “Your application decision is now available.” This page is your online notification of the University’s decision; the last paragraph of this message provides the link to the acceptance/declination of offer form.

Please note: the department or program may provide unofficial information about the status of applications, but official results of the application will be communicated only by the Graduate School, via the ApplyYourself system.

 

When to Expect Notification of Decision

Programs typically make their first round of offers by late February or early March. Applicants not included in the first round of offers may still receive an offer, although this may occur as late as April 15 or shortly thereafter. This timing is due to a resolution adopted by the Council of Graduate Schools that permits admitted applicants to wait until April 15 to accept offers of admission and financial assistance.