The Office of Outreach and Engagement Recruitment (OER) at the University of Notre Dame supports high-achieving students in grades 7-10* who have the potential to attend highly selective colleges and universities. Through a focus on leadership and character development, we empower students to hone their natural gifts, ignite their imaginations, and prepare to impact the world for the greater good.

We know you have big dreams. We want to help you identify and achieve them!

*Students apply to the NDignite Connection program in grades 6 or 7.

Important Dates:

  • March 1, 2019 Application for admission opens
  • April 15, 2019 Application due date
  • June 3, 2019 Admission decisions released
  • June 24, 2019 Admitted students confirm their enrollment in program
  • June/July 2019 New students receive detailed information about the program
  • June/July 2019 Returning students receive invitations regarding optional summer programming
  • August 2019 Students participate in an online orientation that prepares them for the start of the program
  • September 2019 Program begins