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The University of Notre Dame Writing Supplement consists of one (1) essay response to a required question and two (2) essay responses to questions you select from the options provided. In total, you will write three (3) essay responses. The recommended word count is approximately 200 words per essay.

Please provide a response to the following question:

What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions?

Please provide responses to TWO (2) of the following questions:

  1. The founder of the University of Notre Dame, Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., was only 28 when he established the University with the vision that it would become a “powerful means of doing good.” We have always known that young people can create meaningful change. What is one way that you have made an impact in your community?
  2. If you were to bring a new friend to your hometown and give them a personal tour, what is a meaningful place you would show them?
  3. Defend an unpopular opinion you hold.
  4. Many high schools have books that are required reading. Thinking beyond the common examples, what book do you believe should be on your school’s reading list and why?