Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame to adjust admission practices for prospective business undergraduates

Published: February 26, 2014 / Author: Dennis Brown

In response to the growth of its undergraduate business school, the
University of Notre Dame is adopting new admission practices for students
interested in enrolling in the Mendoza College
of Business
. The new policy, which will commence with the fall 2015
first-year class, will cap enrollment at 550 per graduating class.

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. In the past, there was no
limit put on the number of students who could transfer into any college or
school, including Mendoza.

In the future, when first admitted to Notre Dame, students who indicate an
intent to major in business will be informed, at the time of admission, whether
they are “pre-approved” to do so at the end of their first year, should that
remain their goal. 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. Such students will be advised that they should reconsider
enrolling in Notre Dame if they are only interested in majoring in business. 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.

“Notre Dame is the first choice for most of our applicants, and we
anticipate many who indicate business on their application will opt to enroll
here without the pre-approved status and seek other majors,” said Don Bishop,
associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment.

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 from other universities. The number of openings will be managed
to ensure the University achieves the 550 degree goal per class for Mendoza.

The selection process for first-year students without a pre-approved status
and transfer students will be conducted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Decisions will be made based on academic performance to date at Notre Dame or
elsewhere, a written statement addressing the reasons the student wants to
pursue a business major, and a holistic evaluation of the non-academic
accomplishments of the student that is consistent with the evaluation the
University currently provides to all applicants for first-year and transfer

Notre Dame will maintain an overall undergraduate enrollment at
approximately 8,500 students, of which some 2,200 will be business majors.

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