Applying to Notre Dame with a Disability

Frequently Asked Questions when Applying to Notre Dame with a Disability 

Is the application process different because I have a disability?

No, the application process is same as it is for all students. Applicants with disabilities are part of the regular application pool and considered based on the same criteria as all students.

Should I provide information about my disability in my application?

Deciding whether to disclose a disability is a personal decision. The University cannot ask if you have a disability during the application process. However, some students feel that how they have successfully handled the challenges of their disability reveals the uniqueness and strength of their personality and choose to write about it in their application essay.

Should I include documentation with my application?

It is not necessary to include medical or educational testing with your application. You are welcome to send documentation to Sara Bea Accessibility Services in preparation for enrolling. Decisions regarding approved accommodations will not be made until you have enrolled and registered with the office.

What documentation do you need?

Information from a medical professional must be provided to Sara Bea Accessibility Services to be eligible for services and reasonable accommodations. The documentation must be current and state a diagnosis of a disability and the functional limitations it causes. If you have questions about documentation, please contact  Sara Bea Accessibility Services.

Is there a separate application to receive services from Sara Bea Accessibility Services?

Once you are enrolled and have a Student NetID, you can complete the Initial Accommodation Request form. You are able to upload documentation within that form. Once our office has received the information, a staff member will reach out regarding a meeting to review your request(s). 

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