Frequently Asked Questions

I'm flying into Chicago. How do I get to ND? You may take the Coach USA bus which will take you right to Notre Dame. The fare is about $75 round-trip (about $42 one-way), and takes around 3 hours.
I'm flying into South Bend. How do I get to ND? From South Bend's airport (SBN), you may take a cab to ND (around 20 minutes). However, if you email the program director your itinerary at least a week prior to arrival, we can pick you up from South Bend airport
When should I arrive at ND? You should arrive at Notre Dame on Sunday, the first day of your session (June 11 for session I, July 16 for session II). You may arrive at your residence hall any time of the day or night. The hall staff will take care of you.
At what time can I leave on the last day? The last day of the program (Saturday 6/24 for session I, Saturday 7/29 for session II) is a wrap-up day. You may leave at any time, provided everything is in order (room, project kits, etc). If your home is a driving distance away, you may leave Friday night, after the banquet (again, provided everything is in order). You may also stay an extra day (until Sunday) if you feel you need to (if this may make it easier for you to find flights), but let us know in advance.
What is the weather like in South Bend? June: mild to warm.
July: warm to hot; humid.
(note that dorm rooms do not have air conditioning).
How do I find out about partial scholarships? Forms will be sent to admitted students in early Spring, and one of those forms has a section for scholarship requests.
I sent in my deposit check with my forms, but the check hasn't cleared yet. Have you received it? We deposit the checks in batches, which explains why yours hasn't cleared yet. It will soon be deposited.
I have sent in my forms. Will I receive anything else? When? Yes, we first need to process your forms, and enter you into the "system" at ND. Once that is done, a packet will be sent to to you, and will contain all the information you need prior coming to ND.
When do I pay my outstanding balance? You may pay your balance on Monday (first full day of classes), at the orientation session.
Is there any free time? You will have plenty of free time. This program gives you a good taste of college life, which includes work, study, projects, report-writing, and lots of recreational activities as well!
Are the students chaperoned? In addition to the hall staff, several ND students will be counselors for the program.
Should I bring my own linens, sheets, pillows? Yes. The bed size is twin-long. It's preferable that you also bring you own pillow.
Can I visit my parents during the weekend? Saturday is a field trip day, so the only free day is Sunday. Students normally use that day to work on their reports and projects. IEP counselors will also organize some events. For those of you who live in the Midwest and would like to stay with your parents, you may do so provided that your parents contact me several days in advance. Once I give permission, the hall staff will then have to be notified.
How do I get mail from my parents? The most efficient way is to send it to:
(student's name)
c/o IEP
384 Fitzpatrick Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
May I use ND's sports facilities? Almost all sports facilities at ND will be available to you. You will be given a Notre Dame ID card which will give you full access to them.
When is the banquet, and who is invited? The banquet is on the Friday of the second week (6/23 for session I, 7/28 for session II), at 6 pm. The banquet is free of charge for students and for their immediate family, and is $10 for guests. Dress is casual-nice.
Do I need to bring school supplies? No need, as we will provide you with a notebook, a folder, a pen, and a pencil, among other things. Feel free to bring anything though that you want.
Do I need to bring my laptop? Or a calculator? It is not required that you bring your computer; however, students in past years have found it to be quite practical to bring their own laptops. Several campus clusters will also be available to you. Calculators may be useful, but are not necessary.
Is there a relationship between IEP admission and ND's admission? IEP, and its admission process, is totally and completely separate and independent from ND's Admissions office.
If I attend the IEP program, does that mean that I am guaranteed to be accepted into Notre Dame next year? Absolutely not. We repeat, absolutely not.
If I attend the IEP program, do I increase my chances of getting into Notre Dame next year? Many numerous factors are evaluated and looked into when ND's Admissions office makes their selections. Summer programs and activities, whether at ND or at any other top school, are just one example out of those many factors.

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