More than two-thirds of applicants to the University of Notre Dame get rejected, and most successful applicants have GPAs and standardized test scores that are well above average. In the graph above, the blue and green data points represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who got in had GPAs in the "A" range, SAT scores of about 2000 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 28 or above. Higher numbers clearly improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and the strongest applicants had "A" averages and extremely high test scores.
Note that there are many red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Notre Dame did not get accepted. Note also that many students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. The admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Notre Dame is a member of the Common Application, and the university has holistic admissions. Meaningful extracurricular involvement, a strong essay, and glowing letters of recommendation all contribute to a successful application.
To learn more about the University of Notre Dame, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Notre Dame Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?