Tuition and fees to increase 3.7 percent for 2015-16

by Dennis Brown

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Undergraduate tuition and fees at the University of Notre Dame will increase 3.7 percent for the 2015-16 academic year to $47,929. Average room and board rates of $13,846 will bring total student charges to $61,775.

The 3.7 percentage increase in tuition and fees is the lowest at Notre Dame in 55 years.

In a letter to parents and guardians of students returning for the next academic year, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., thanked them for the trust they have placed in the University to “provide students with the best possible educational experience,” adding, “we know that paying for college involves significant sacrifice for families, and we are grateful to you for making a Notre Dame education possible for your student.”

Father Jenkins also wrote of the many ways to measure the value of a Notre Dame education, including the University’s first-year to second-year retention rate of 99 percent and four-year graduation rate of 90 percent, as well as the 97 percent placement rate of graduates, all of which are among the highest in the nation.

“But perhaps the truest measure of the value and impact of a Notre Dame education can be seen in the lives of our graduates,” Father Jenkins continued. “In my travels across this great nation and in other parts of the world, it is a source of joy to encounter Notre Dame alumni making a difference in every imaginable field of endeavor. As women and men of faith committed to turning their gifts to the service of others, they give generously of themselves to their families, their communities and the Church.

“It is humbling and gratifying how often our graduates credit the education they received at Notre Dame and the people they came to know here with shaping them in profound and important ways for a lifetime. It is this sense of gratitude and connection that accounts for what is perhaps the most active, loyal and passionate alumni network in the world.

“We are grateful to you for giving us the opportunity to learn and live with them.”