Application Process

Please Note: The application for the Sorin Scholar Class of 2021 will be available in early February 2018. The information below is subject to change by that time, but it is left as an archive here for students who wish to see how the process has worked in past years. Please contact us with any questions. 



We are glad that you are interested in applying! To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be in their first year of studies and cannot already belong to an honors society. Additionally, applicants must be able to demonstrate exceptional academic performance, leadership potential, and active engagement within their community.

How to Apply to the Program

Students wishing to apply for the Sorin Scholars Class of 2020 must read the application instructions PDF before starting the application through URApply. 

  • Applicants must complete and submit our program application on The application must be completed in Microsoft Word, saved as a PDF file, and then submitted on URApply. (Please Note: URApply will only accept PDF Files.)
  • Complete applications will be due on March 8, 2017 by 11:59 PM. The application consists of general information (e.g. intended majors/minors, current GPA) and five short essay questions that ask the student to reflect on their research/intellectual interests, leadership experiences, and future goals.
  • Applicants must submit along with their completed application form two letters of recommendation: 
    • One academic recommendation from someone at Notre Dame who has taught you and can attest to your academic potential (this can include graduate students or advisors who have instructed you in class).
    • One personal recommendation from someone who can speak to your drive, integrity, leadership potential, and extracurricular engagement and/or service. Ideal letters will come from student organization leaders, rectors, or anyone from the Notre Dame community who has observed and can attest to these qualities.
    • URApply will ask that you submit two email addresses for your ND recommenders. These must be "" email addresses. URApply will send instructions to your recommenders after you have submitted your application, allowing them to upload a letter to your application. Please Note: recommenders will not receive an email link with submission instructions until after you officially submit your application. We can accept letters up until March 10 at 11:59pm. Letter-writers who wish to submit their letters early may do so by emailing them to with the subject heading "Recommendation Letter for [Applicant's Name]."
  • Applicants must also upload a PDF copy of their current resume.

Interviews will be conducted by the Admissions Committee, comprised of members of the CUSE team and current Sorin Scholars. For more information about our program or the application process, please send inquiries to

Application: Class of 2020

Once you have reviewed the instructions above and the application instructions PDF, please download and complete the Sorin Scholars Class of 2020 Application.