Hello Gordon!! I am a junior at the University of Notre Dame, and my brother will be an incoming freshman in the fall. I am in LOVE with our school, its values, and the people. Here are some suggestions I have for you:
Mariana recommends the following next steps:
- If your school has a college and career counselor, or a guidance counselor, go to them and start forging a relationship, if you haven't done so already. Explain your interests, goals, possible field of study, and make sure voice everything you are involved in during your time in high school. Explain to him or her why you are interested in Notre Dame, or why you think Notre Dame would be a good fit for you. Ask him or her the same question you have in here. Just remember, that college admissions is not a science; so while they might tell you have great or not so great chances, it is always worth a shot.
- Use this resource to help you find the ND admissions counselor that is in charge of reading the applications for your area: https://admissions.nd.edu/connect/admissions-staff/ . If you are confident with your relationship with your guidance or college and career counselor in school, then ask him or her to reach out to your ND counselor explaining your involvements, grades, etc, why ND is a good fit for you, and ask him/her when the best time for you to apply would be. If your school does not have this resource or you do not have the best relationship with your counselor, do it yourself!! It shows initiative, drive, and motivation.
- Keep in touch with the ND counselor. Remember, this is the person that is going to read your application. So if after you apply, you receive an award, worked/completed an awesome project, had a great performance at a competition, had a great internship, or something important happened (keep it related to academic or extra curriculars), make sure you send them and email sharing some exciting updates.
- Finally, when it does come time to apply, ask yourself this: do I have a passion and drive to make the world a better place? If so, Notre Dame will be a good fit. Remember, no matter what the application decision is, and if you don't get in right away, you always have the great option of going to another school for a semester, working your butt off by getting stellar grades, and transferring into ND. Best of luck!!!