Notre Dame Class of 2025 Regular Decision

Waitlisted after deferral in December as well. Gonna still try and follow up, but probably going to accept an offer to play basketball at a Division III school. If ND comes a-calling, so be it.


I’m sure this might be in old threads but does anyone know if non-catholics (we are protestant) feel excluded at Notre Dame?

I think Greek life would be a huge plus. Giving the kids some identity would be nice. Dorm life is hit or miss and not easy to change/relocate.

My opinion is that there is no “stigma” as a non-catholic or a non-christian. My DS is a junior and we are Evangelical Christian. My sense is that the everyone is very welcoming. There is also no pressure to attend weekly mass. My son attends because it feels like home and there is some social aspect to the service.


Thank you - very helpful. Yes- I was worried if there was a stigma like girls wouldn’t date you or if you were looked down upon if you weren’t catholic. Good to know.

You might check in with the Gateway 2025 CC strand. It is just picking up. My daughter got Gateway and a Gateway 8.0 student reached out to her the day after acceptance to let her know there is a Gateway 9.0 Group Me. There are about 70 people in the 9.0 Group Me so far & those kids are now Snap Chatting, too. I hear that the Gateway and Driscoll kids really bond. You might check with the points of contact in your acceptance letter to see if Driscoll has its own Group Me or if they are joining the one my daughter’s student point of contact told her about. Congrats! Link:

Yes. You sort of can visit. YOu can go on campus, go to the bookstore, the Morris Inn and the Basilica. But the classrooms, dorms etc. are not available for touring.

A separate Gateway 2025 feed has started up, you might keep an eye on it. My daughter was offered Gateway this past Friday. On Saturday a Gateway 8.0 student reached out to her via text. She invited my daughter to call her and mine did. They talked on the phone and the 8.0 student sent my 9.0 prospect a QR code to join a Gateway 9.0 Group Me. My daughter joined the Gateway 9.0 Group Me and she has really enjoyed meeting all the kids (she says there are around 70 in the group so far). Here is the Gateway 2025 CC link:

Do merit scholarships show up in the admission letter?

FYI - the dorms are usually not available for touring. The focus of the “accepted” student weekend a few years ago was the academic department meetings. There was a tour and a great session from a few Hall Rectors. The bulk of the time was presentations by different groups (alumni, academic departments, financial aid, etc)

No worries. I can’t really comment on the dating scene at ND. My DS does not share much about that aspect of college life. :wink:

I got into USC for CS and Notre Dame so I have to choose between these two schools. WOW


Lol! Thanks! :wink: I just asked a friend who has a son there and he said don’t be ridiculous!

My son also got USC and ND, but he likes ND more!

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We had a chance to visit both USC and ND. DS was rejected by USC, so the decision is not the same. He was accepted to UCLA. For my son, the vibe at USC was meh. The factors we saw: Dorms overcrowded and limited guarantees after 2nd yr for housing (I think). Being in LA was actually not a huge attraction for him (we live in NorCal). USC does have a strong alumni network. He also really wanted to be in the marching band.

For ND, the campus is great, although more remote. The business school was ranked higher. They encourage students to live in the dorms for all 4 years. They are unapologetically a Catholic school. The welcome weekend theme was “Welcome Home”. It’s a very different attitude. It felt like a much better ‘fit’ for my son. He is now a junior and loving the whole experience.


3100 people on the waitlist fyi. Article

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Anyone else still waiting to hear from ND on financial aid? We submitted all the financial docs early but there was one form signed late since ND didn’t accept the electronic signature.


We had same situation. And are still waiting.