2017-2018 Notre Dame Admission Essays

The 2017-2018 Notre Dame admissions essays have been released by the university and we’ve got them for our readers. Applicants to Notre Dame this year will be required to answer three 175-word essays.

Applicants during the 2017-2018 admissions cycle will be required to answer this essay prompt: “What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions?” So, yes, that’s a Why Notre Dame essay.

In addition to the required first essay prompt, applicants must answer any two of the following prompts, also in a recommended word length of 175:

(1) “The University of Notre Dame is a Holy Cross institution whose education philosophy has been formed around five core principles inspired by Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross.  These principles, or pillars, of a Holy Cross education are Mind, Heart, Zeal, Family, and Hope, and they continue to shape our students today.  Which pillar or pillars resonate most with you? Why?”

(2) “For whom are you responsible?”

(3) What is one thing that you know for a fact?  Why are you certain?

(4) “Tell us about something significant that recently occurred in your community. Why does it matter to you?”

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