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Follow the simple steps below to become enrolled in the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies at Notre Dame.

Application requirements

Required materials:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions previously attended
  • Official high school transcripts, or GED if you applying with less than 15 transferrable college credits
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher. If the cumulative GPA is between 2.0 and 2.45, students are required to pass the Notre Dame adult placement exam.
  • Satisfactory completion of English 101 (cohort programs only)
  • Students that possess a GED need a score of 2500 or higher (250 or higher for old GED test scoring parameters)
  • There are additional requirements for specific majors (see below). Our enrollment managers will review specific requirements with you during an advising appointment

Additional admissions requirements by major

  • Radiological science: Copy of clinical licensure 
  • Nursing: Current RN license
  • Business: Earned minimum of 30 college credits, minimum of 2 years full-time relevant work/volunteer experience (for cohort program only), resume or employer verification letter documenting work/volunteer experience
  • Education: Resume or employer verification letter documenting work/volunteer experience (for cohort program only)    

Admissions criteria

Students attending the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies (CAUS) are men and women who are typically working full-time and are attempting to complete their degree through studies at Notre Dame — through evening, weekend, online and hybrid course offerings.  

The program is designed primarily as a part-time program. Students, whose work schedules provide the flexibility to be able to study full-time, need to understand that this might require taking courses during the day. The University does not advise CAUS students to attempt to study AND work full-time. 

In order to maintain their matriculated status (officially accepted to a degree program), students must successfully complete at least one course per year. We encourage students to participate in at least one course per term (Fall, Spring, Summer) to keep on track (most students take at least 6 credits in each of these three semesters in order to receive financial aid benefits).

Through the admissions process, the University reviews pertinent academic background and test scores to ensure that students are ready for the academic rigor of the program and that successful completion of the degree program is attainable, once admitted.

Students applying with fewer than 15 college credits or no college credit:

  • Possess a high school diploma (with a 2.5 gpa) or a GED (with a score of 2500 or higher); an official transcript will be required as part of the admissions process
  • Submit a resume indicating at least one year of work or military experience (beyond high school) — the former age limit is no longer part of the admissions criteria for the CAUS program but is replaced by this required year of experience.

Note:  students applying as freshman (no college credit) will be required to take the College Board Accuplacer test to be used for admissions and placement purposes.  Students will need to take the ENG-101 course (either at Notre Dame or an approved off-campus location) during the first two semesters of study.

Students applying with 15 college credits or more:

  • Submit official college transcripts for every college attended (need grades from each for transfer review purposes); cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5.  Transcripts submitted for admissions review purposes must be from an accredited college/university.

Students applying as international students:

  • Official transcripts (high school or college) need to be translated and evaluated through World Education Services (WES) for course-by-course credit evaluation and U.S. equivalencies
  • Official TOEFL test score — minimum of 500 (paper test) or 173 (computerized) or 61 (IBT testing)
  • High school or college grade point average of 2.5 or higher (see above)
  • Financial affidavit (utilizing the College Board International form)

If applying with less than 15 college credits, see information/criteria listed above.

Important Notes:
International students attending Notre Dame on an F-1 student visa MUST be full-time. Since the CAUS program is primarily a part-time program for working adults, students may need to take day classes in order to reach the 12-credit full time status.


First-time Notre Dame students

  • Make an appointment with an enrollment manager.
  • Bring your transcript to your appointment for a review of your college or high school credits.

Returning Notre Dame students

  • Make an appointment with an enrollment manager.
  • Bring your updated transcripts to your appointment for a review of your college credits.

Non-matriculated students

  • You may take up to 18 credits through the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies before you are officially admitted, but you must meet with an advisor prior to registration. 
  • Once you have reached 18 credits through Notre Dame of Maryland, you must apply for degree-seeking status.
  • Please note: Nonmatriculated studies are not eligible for financial aid.

Admissions information

  • For appointments and visits, please contact our admissions office at 410-532-5500 or caus@ndm.edu.
  • Applications and official transcripts can be mailed in a sealed envelope to:

 Notre Dame of Maryland University
, College of Adult Undergraduate Studies, 
4701 North Charles Street, 

Baltimore, MD 21210