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College Program Highlight: University of Notre Dame

“The Holy Grail of higher education for many Roman Catholics. Although temperatures here can drop below freezing, few dispute that Notre Dame is red hot.” – Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015


University of Notre Dame (ND) is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It is located in South Bend, Indiana, just 100 miles outside of Chicago. ND’s ranking in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges and National Universities is 16.

ND offers undergraduate students an educational experience that is second to none in quality and, at the same time, distinctly Catholic. Faith informs learning here, and the University’s students are urged to turn their learning to the service of others. The community life of the highly residential campus is distinctive, but ND also ranks in the top

10 in the percentage of its students who study abroad. Its graduation rate is among the top 5 in the country and its alumni are celebrated for their loyalty. ND’s strongest programs include Finance, Psychology, Economics, Political Science and Biological Sciences.

The University of Notre Dame Men’s Rugby Program strives to play at the highest level of collegiate rugby in the United States. The Fighting Irish are a founding member of the Varsity Cup in 15s and have competed in the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s Tournament broadcasted by NBC during each of the past 5 summers. Games are played in fall and spring on their new artificial turf pitch, Stinson Rugby Field, and all students at ND,Saint Mary’s, and Holy Cross College are eligible to join the club.

The University of Notre Dame Women’s Rugby Program is a competitiv

e team with games in both the Fall and the Spring featuring 15s and 7s. In theFall 2010, the team closed out an extremely successful inaugural season in Division 2 by placing second to Harvard in the USA Rugby National Championship. As a result, the team was promoted to Division 1 and is a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Irish finished second in the 2017 Fall Championship. The Irish compete in the CRC 7s Championships since 2014. In its first 7.5 years of existence the Irish stand with a record of 104-29.  

Stinson Field (University of Notre Dame,

Stinson Rugby Field (University of Notre Dame,

“If you’re looking for high quality academics, a friendly, caring environment with a Catholic bent and an excellent athletic scene, University of Notre Dame could be the answer to your prayers!”


Website: Undergraduate Enrollment: 8,477 Average Class Size: 90% less than 49 Average GPA: Not reported – 90% were in top 10% of their class Middle 50% SAT (All Sections): Critical Reading: 660-750; Math: 680-770; Writing: 650-750 Middle 50% ACT: 32-34 Admission Deadline: Restrictive Early Action Nov 1, Regular Decision Jan 1 Acceptance Rate: 22% Rugby Team Websites: Men’s (Varsity Cup) and Women’s (USAR DI) available Director of Rugby and Men’s Head Coach: Justin Hickey –

Women’s Head Coach: Ricardo “Chago” Ramirez – Women’s President: Sarah Cokingtin Extras: 82% Catholic enrollment, 95% of freshmen graduate in 6 years.

Information edited from Notre Dame University’s website, Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s rugby website, US News World Report, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015.



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