Students at Notre Dame are admitted to the University’s First Year of Studies, not to an individual school or college. However, upon application to Notre Dame, all students are asked to make a non-binding indication of the college or school, and specific major or discipline, in which they intend to major.

Applicants who indicate an intent to enroll into the Mendoza College of Business will be informed at the time of admission whether they are "pre-approved" to do so at the end of their first year.

If they are not pre-approved, students will be advised that they will be free to enroll in any other college or school, but that the chances of being approved to major in business after the first year will be extremely limited. If a student who is pre-approved to major in business later decides not to do so, she or he will be free to major in any other college or school at Notre Dame.


After the first year, a small number of students who were not pre-approved to major in business will be allowed to do so. This number will include both students currently matriculated at Notre Dame as well as some students applying to Notre Dame as transfer applicants from other universities. The number of openings will be managed to ensure the University achieves the goal of 550 BBA degrees per class for Mendoza.

For more information about admission to the University of Notre Dame or the Mendoza College of Business, contact the Notre Dame Office of Admissions at (574) 631-7505 or