Notre Dame’s Pre-College Programs at a Glance

Author: John Nagy ’00M.A.

The Office of Pre-College Programs at Notre Dame runs four academic summer programs for outstanding high school students who are preparing for their junior or senior year. Three of these programs, the African American Scholars at Notre Dame program, the Latino Community Leadership Seminar and the Global Issues Seminar, last one week, and the University covers the students’ expenses.

In 2007, the two-week, tuition-based Summer Experience will add to its current list of 10 academic tracks. Those are Acting for Stage and Film; Investments/Entrepreneurship; Film; Life Sciences; Literature; Policy Debate and Public Speaking; Pre-Law; Psychology; Theology; and Voice.

Other pre-college programs include:

ND Vision—The Institute for Church Life offers this series of five-day, on-campus retreats, which attracts hundreds of Catholic teens for a focus on vocational discernment, service and prayer.

Career Discovery and Introduction to Engineering—The School of Architecture and the College of Engineering administer their own academic exploration programs for high school students.

*QuarkNet*—Area students get an introduction to high-energy particle physics research as part of a campaign to improve high school science instruction. Notre Dame is one of several universities to host the program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.