Qualifications for 2017-2018 Programming Applicants:

  • Applicant should be in 6th-7th grade as of May 1, 2017.
  • Student should be in the top 5% of their class and exhibit exceptional leadership characteristics
  • Qualified applicants must be self-motivated and self-disciplined. In addition, applicants must express a sincere desire to be part of the NDignite Connection community while they are participating in the program.

Interested students must submit an online application, a school transcript and a recommendation form. Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, PLAN or PSAT) are encouraged but not required, and can be e-mailed to oer@nd.edu.

Please allow a minimum of 25 minutes to complete the application and have the following items prepared before you begin your application process:

  • School counselor name and email address (if your school does not have a guidance counselor, please have your principal's name and e-mail address available)
  • Most recent report card
  • Your school's address and phone number
  • A parent/guardian to help complete application information

Upon submission of your application, an e-mail (with the recommendation form attached) will be sent to your counselor/principal requesting a copy of your transcript/report card and the completed copy of the recommendation form. Please be sure to follow-up with your counselor/principal to confirm receipt of the e-mail.

Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by May 12, 2017.
Note: Files will be reviewed once all application materials are received.


Important Dates and Deadlines for NDignite Connection:

February 28, 2017

Online application and forms available

May 12, 2017
Online application and application materials due

July 1, 2017
Decision letters mailed to students (post-marked by this date)

September 2017
Online orientation for newly enrolled students 

September 2017
Fall programming begins

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Outreach and Engagement Recruitment at oer@nd.edu or 574-631-6697.