Although Notre Dame is a Catholic school and requires students to take at least two theology courses, it welcomes students of all faiths. It is highly selective, reporting that almost 90% of its students were in the top 10% of their high school classes. And while the university is best known for its humanities and business programs, it’s also strong in the sciences. Pre-meds report an 80% acceptance rate into medical schools. About 90% percent of students finish within four years, which puts Notre Dame among the top 10 schools in the country for four-year graduation rate.
Alumni are valued in the job market, reporting early career salaries of about $54,000, a significant premium over comparable colleges. And many go on to diverse and celebrated careers: Grads include talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Phil Donahue, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and football hall of famer Joe Montana. Notre Dame's Fighting Irish, including the football team, compete in Division I sports; the school has 26 varsity teams in all and sports play a big part of the university's social life.