Parents rank Notre Dame among top “Dream Colleges”

Author: Shannon Chapla

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The University of Notre Dame is a top choice for parents of college applicants, according to an annual survey of prospective students and their parents by the Princeton Review.

In the survey of 9,132 college applicants and 3,042 parents of applicants, Notre Dame ranked seventh as a “dream college” among parents of college applicants who were asked the question “What ‘dream college’ do you wish your child could attend if acceptance or cost weren’t issues?”

Announced today, the rankings are, in order: Stanford, Princeton and Harvard Universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, University of California Los Angeles, Notre Dame, Brown University, University of Southern California and New York University.

This year’s findings are based on surveys completed on paper or online by students and parents from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The nation’s pre-eminent Catholic university and rated among the top 25 of all U.S. institutions of higher learning, Notre Dame is one of the nation’s most selective universities, admitting fewer than half of its freshman applicants and enrolling more than half of those who are admitted.

Princeton Review is a New York-based company that sells its services and books to assist college applicants in improving performances on standardized tests and in navigating the admissions process. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Notre Dame has been ranked in the top 10 of the Princeton Review survey each year since its inception in 2003.