I went to summer scholars this summer and it was an incredible experience. Class starts at 8(if my memory serves me right) and ends at 2, with a pretty long lunch break in between. There are four things that I gaurantee will happen. 1) You will enjoy the food. 2) You will meet a ton of cool people. 3) You will never be bored. 4) You will fall in love with Notre Dame.
I was in the psychology track and my professor was really interesting. The class was intellectually stimulating and required some effort, but the rigor is not something I would lose sleep over. There are many field trips, class activities(we did yoga every morning as a part of class), and service opportunities.
In regards to getting in to the program, I think it is close to what the general undergraduate acceptance percentage, but I truly am unsure. Regardless, you should definitely apply. And if you are a sophomore this year and don't get in, apply as a junior too. It is an opportunity you cannot miss out on.
bfitzyND, I definitely recommend applying for SS at Notre Dame. I too attended the program last summer, and it definitely solidified ND as my number one college choice. I actually contacted the assistant director for the precollege programs following my acceptance to the Business and Entrepreneurship asking about the acceptance rate. For the B&E program, about 33% of those who applied were accepted into this specific program, and for all other programs the rate was closer to 50%. From what I heard from friends in other tracks, the B&E was the most rigorous of all of the tracks offered, as we had homework almost every night, but it was a very enjoyable experience, nonetheless. If you have any questions about SS or the B&E track in particular, feel free to ask!
indians18 Hi! I actually just submitted my application a few minutes ago so I'm still on a bit of a rush, haha. I do have questions for you. Were there a lot of people that you know of that got into their second choice instead of their first choice? I applied to pre-med and to faith and reason since I'm interested in both, but I really want to get into pre-med. Um, what other things are there to do outside of the classroom? Are the professors nice? Do you know any people that went to summer scholars and the leadership seminar? (I applied for both.)
Sorry for all the questions, I just really want to get in!
@ceruleansmiles20, I attended Summer Scholars last year and I know quite a few people that were placed into their second choice instead of their first choice. Some programs are much more competitive than others and I have a feeling that Pre-Med might be a competitive one to be accepted into. They have many events planned for the Summer Scholars kids and it is always a good time. You will never be bored. My professors in the Life Sciences track were awesome and seemed very enthusiastic about their subject area. I don't know anyone that went to both SS and the leadership seminar, but I do have one friend that said he enjoyed the leadership seminar. Good luck!
Does attending Summer Scholars in any way help with trying to get accepted to ND? I mean is this a two way street where the student obviously determines if they like ND and where the professors give their recommendations when and if they apply? Thanks!
They made it clear that attending Summer Scholars doesn't get you any special consideration for admission to ND. They also told us that about 50% of the Summer Scholars kids end up matriculating at ND though. I know the professors for each track do write up reviews for each student and those reviews get submitted somewhere (not sure where). That is all that I know.
Attending NDSS doesn't actually help your chances all that much (though it does count as demonstrated interest) but rather, being accepted to NDSS (especially being accepted into your first choice track) more or less confirms that you will be a seriously considered applicant when you actually apply to the school.
Now, the pre-med program is new this year, but last summer, when I attended, Life Sciences was the most competitive track (and this is where most kids who want to be pre-med applied) and a very small % of students were accepted to the Life Sciences track. My track has kept in touch pretty well over this year, and so far every single person who applied to ND was accepted.
That said, I am fairly certain that the new pre-med track will be very popular, so if you are accepted to that, I would say that you have a pretty good chance of getting in ND if/when you apply.