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ND receives largest ever applicant pool

| Thursday, August 20, 2015

Representing 112 countries and 6,340 different high schools, the Notre Dame class of 2019 applicant pool set the record for most applications ever received for one class.

“This incoming class continues the trend of being more global and diverse than any previous year,” Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, said. “Thirty-two percent of the new class will be U.S. students of color or international citizens and over eight percent will be the first in their family to attend college. Notre Dame is arguably the most nationally representative university in the United States.”

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Bishop said the approximately 2,015 freshmen arriving on campus are some of the most accomplished to ever come to Notre Dame. During their time in high school, 35 percent of the incoming class were heads of a student organization, while 45 percent were captains of a varsity sport and 50 percent were involved in fine arts, drama, music or dance.

“The admitted students surpassed the previous exceptional academic records with even higher levels of achievement in leadership and service. We are inspired and impressed with the students who aspire to join the Notre Dame family,” Bishop said.

According to the admissions office, Notre Dame uses a holistic admission process that considers students for their exceptional academic and intellectual promise and creativity, as well as their leadership and entrepreneurial records and sense of service to others.

“This is another great class entering Notre Dame, selected from a record-breaking applicant pool,” Bob Mundy, director of admissions, said. “As in the past they are academically gifted, ready to engage our faculty in all areas. What is also important to us is the character and spirit that they bring to campus.

“This class is full of students with many great gifts. I always like to remind them that Notre Dame is a place which will encourage them to develop and grow those gifts, but that the value of those gifts is not fully realized until they are shared with others — and they do that in so many ways.”

“We are enrolling people who want to come to ND and develop a sense of purpose and have an impact during their life,” Bishop said.

The Class of 2019 produced a yield rate of 56 percent, which measures how many students actually enrolled in the University after acceptance.

“All by itself, that is a very high number, and among the best in the nation, but it also up from 53% last year,” Mundy said. “This reflects my staff’s great attention to identifying students who are good ‘fits’ for Notre Dame.”

“I chose Notre Dame after a revelation,”Kevin Dingens, an incoming freshman, said.  The fact that Notre Dame touched me so deeply … is a testament to the extent of the University’s reach into the facets of your life past graduation. The first class athletic, social, and overall academic Notre Dame experience lasts beyond graduation to form an alumni community that is as strong as the student body itself. I want to be a part of that community.”

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