The University of Notre Dame accepts applications through both the Common App and the Coalition App.  In addition to the Common App or Coalition App essay, Notre Dame requires applicants to write three short supplemental essays.  The first supplemental essays asks:

What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions?

The second and third essays should respond to two of the following four questions:

  • The University of Notre Dame is a Holy Cross institution whose educational 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?
  • For whom are you responsible?
  • What is one thing that you know for a fact? Why are you certain?
  • Tell us about something significant that recently occurred in your community. Why does it matter to you?

The word count for each of the 3 supplemental essays is 175 words–in honor of Notre Dame’s 175th anniversary.

http://Notre Dame Supplemental Essays