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New Prompts Announced for the Notre Dame Essays 2019-20

The University of Notre Dame likes to keep things fresh! While the wording for the "Why Notre Dame" essay prompt remains the same, all four of the "Choose two out of four" questions for the Notre Dame supplement have been replaced.

Watch this blog for an updated guide (you can review our guide for last year's prompts here). In the mean time, take a look at the prompts!

Let's start with what's new.

  • The founder of the University of Notre Dame, Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., was only 28 when he established the University with the vision that it would become a "powerful means of doing good." We have always known that young people can be catalysts for change. What is one way that you have made an impact in your community?
  • If you were to bring a new friend to your hometown and give them a personal tour, what is a meaningful place you would show them?
  • Defend an unpopular opinion you hold.
  • Many high schools have books that are required reading. Thinking beyond the common examples, what book do you believe should be on your school's reading list and why?

When picking among these prompts, remember to choose two that will allow you to discuss topics not covered in your common or coalition application essay. You want to show readers that you have lots of ideas to convey and stories to tell!

Now, the (identical) "Why us" essay prompt:

Why Notre Dame?

What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions? (200 words)

Take note: writing this Notre Dame essay will actually involve a bit of research!

For some great advice on this type of supplement, check out our “Why this college” essay writing guide here.


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