High School FAQ's
What are the ages of Vision participants?
Notre Dame Vision is for high school students, whether they are just entering high school, in the middle of high school, or are just graduating from high school.
What are the departure and arrival times?
Check-in time is 12:00-4:30pm on Monday. Check-out time is after 12:30pm on Friday.
Is it permissible to attend less than the full week?
No! By registering for the program, you are agreeing to join us from Monday by 5:00pm to Friday at 12:30pm.
Will the students be well chaperoned during the week?
Yes. Students will be closely chaperoned throughout the week. Our program employs and trains more than 60 Notre Dame undergraduate students who will serve as dorm chaperones and facilitators of the small groups. Dorms will be further supervised by dorm staff provided by the Office of Student Conduct. In addition, there will be a number of other adults leading the large group sessions who are affiliated with the program and will have a strong presence throughout the week. More information is available on the Parents Info page.
How do I apply?
Please see the Apply Now page for details of the Application Process.
Does Notre Dame Vision create Wait Lists?
Yes. Please learn more by reading our 2017 Wait List Procedures.
What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee covers all program activities, all meals for the week from Monday evening to Friday morning, a program notebook, t-shirt, and more! Additionally, the University of Notre Dame provides housing free of charge for students in Notre Dame Vision. The fee doesn’t cover transportation to or from the University of Notre Dame.
Is the registration fee refundable?
The $100 deposit is neither refundable nor transferable, but registration fees will be refunded for participants who cancel no less than 28 days (4 weeks) before the start of their session. For example, for a student registered for the June 19-23 session, cancellation must be made via email or telephone before the end of the day on May 22.
Is there financial assistance?
There are two options for helping with the cost of Notre Dame Vision. The Emerging Leaders Scholarship consists of an application, essay and letter of nomination. See the Emerging Leaders Scholarship page for more information. There is also a limited amount of financial assistance available through submitting the Financial Assistance Request form found on the Apply Now page.
If I previously attended Notre Dame Vision, can I attend this year?
Absolutely! Hundreds of young people have attended two, three, or even four conferences during their high school years...there is always more to explore! As a returning participant, you will share in a small group with other returning participants, allowing you to build on your previous experience and witness to your growth. You will also enjoy a new session offered only to returning participants. All returning participants are also required to submit an “Admission Essay” (this information is sent out every April). Finally, we ask that if you are returning that you bring at least one new participant with you.
How do I get to Notre Dame?
Notre Dame is located in Northern Indiana on the Michigan border. Campus is 90 miles east of Chicago on the 80/90 toll road, exit 77. South Bend is serviced by the South Bend International Airport, which also contains the South Shore Train Station and the Greyhound/United Limo main bus terminal. For a complete list of travel schedules visit www.sbnair.com. The South Bend (SBN) airport is 5 miles from campus. Students arriving by plane or train to this airport are advised to take a taxi to campus ($10–$16 each way). For those flying into Chicago O’Hare (ORD) or Midway (MDW) airports, we recommend traveling to campus with Coach USA/United Limo (info at www.busville.com).
Notre Dame Vision staff members are not permitted to transport students.
Do you accept roommate requests for Notre Dame Vision?
Notre Dame Vision strives to honor participant roommate requests. Roommate requests may only be made at the time of submitting an application – changes are not permitted. If there are any discrepancies in roommate requests – e.g., conflicting or non-matching requests – the requests will be disregarded. Each participant may only request one roommate. There are a number of single rooms in each of the dorms as well.
Is Notre Dame Vision for students considering a vocation to religious life?
While students may be discerning a religious vocation, Notre Dame Vision deals with vocation in the broad sense of the term - How is God calling us? How do our life choices reflect our Christian identity? We all have a vocation, and a variety of callings will be considered during the week.
Is there something for adults at Notre Dame Vision?
Notre Dame Vision for Campus and Youth Ministers (CYM) and Liturgical Music Ministers (LMM) are separate though complementary programs committed to the personal and professional enrichment of those who minister with young people and through music. In 2017, the CYM program will explore the theme of the "Word Made Flesh" while the LMM program will focus on the theme of "The Word of God and Liturgical Music."