Notre Dame ranked No. 4 'dream college' for parents for second year in a row

Author: Shannon Chapla

Main Building in the spring

For the second year in a row, the University of Notre Dame is the No. 4 “dream college” among parents of college applicants, the Princeton Review reported in its annual “College Hopes and Worries” survey.

Released Thursday (March 21), the rankings are, in order, Stanford University, Harvard College, Princeton University, Notre Dame, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, New York University, Brown University, Columbia University and University of Michigan.

The Princeton Review surveyed 9,955 prospective students and 4,170 parents for the results. Respondents from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and abroad filled out the 15-question survey.

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.

The 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 the survey’s inception in 2003.