Vision for High School Students

Since planning for anything during a pandemic is inherently tentative, the information below is subject to change based on the evolving impact of COVID-19 along with CDC and University guidelines. Any updates on the status of the program or protocols will be posted here, as well as shared via email to applicants, and on our social media channels.

 

Vision 2022

God is calling. How will you answer?

Each year, Vision conferences at the University of Notre Dame offer high school students from all across the world the opportunity to immerse yourself in the tradition and campus life of Notre Dame as you learn from the witness of the saints and develop practices to live your faith. For five days, sharpen your spiritual vision to recognize God’s grace at work in your life and immerse yourself in the Notre Dame campus. Sleep in the dorms, eat in the dining hall, and pray at the numerous sacred spaces across campus. 

Notre Dame Vision combines the theologically-rich experience of nationally-known keynote speakers with the mentorship of college students. From large group sessions to small faith-sharing groups comprised of your peers, Notre Dame Vision gives you the space and the community to ask big questions about how God is calling you to use your talents in service to the Church and world.

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Notre Dame Vision helped me realize that even though I’m not perfect God still loves me and will always love me. I started to understand how the Lord works in my everyday life. I saw what gifts he gave me, and now I can use these gifts to help others through the church. God made me, alive and wonderful, with all my passions to better this world!

Susan

Saying that Vision was extraordinary would be an understatement. From day one, I was introduced to people around me who not only shared my faith, but wanted to help me find God in things I never expected. I’m learning to accept how I have been gifted by God, and Vision has opened this gate for me.

Jason

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Theological Depth. Accompaniment. Prayer & Reflection. Lots of Fun.  

What makes Notre Dame Vision unique among faith-based summer programs for high school students is the invitation to theological depth offered to young people as they are accompanied by undergraduate Mentors who receive robust theological and pastoral formation for their ministry. 

These undergraduate Mentors cultivate a personal, authentic, and theologically sound small group experience for the high school participants as they come to know one another through the week as they share meals, pray, and recreate together while enjoying the beautiful campus of Notre Dame. 

With this foundation, the Mentors and participants build the trust that is necessary to more openly and honestly explore the deeper questions of God’s call in their lives while listening to keynote speakers, participating in the sacraments, and building community throughout the week.

Grounded in the practices of prayer and reflection encountered at Vision, participants are sent forth fueled by the flame of God’s love to share their gifts with the world.

  • Notre Dame Vision is open to students entering ninth grade through newly-graduated high school seniors.
  • Come on your own, bring a friend, or register as part of a church or school group.
  • Learn more about organizing a group and earning discounts on registration costs!

Campus and youth ministers, learn about Notre Dame Vision CYM, our companion program, designed especially for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Information for Parents

Información para los Padres

Conference Details

Dates

Save the date for one of the sessions during the summer of 2022!

June 20-24

June 27-July 1

Location

Notre Dame is located 90 miles east of Chicago, in South Bend, Indiana. Participants will be housed in student dorms and will eat in the dining hall. The beautiful campus has two lakes, walking paths, athletic facilities, and restaurants.

Cost

For individuals applying by the early deadline, the 5-day conference costs $350 plus a $100 deposit. Discounts apply for groups of 5 or more. Registration includes housing, meals and conference materials for Monday evening to Friday midday.

Deadlines

Early deadline: March 26, 2022

Regular deadline: May 14, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Scholarships

We want to ensure every young person has an opportunity to attend Notre Dame Vision. The Emerging Leaders Scholarship aims to form new leaders in the Church and support individuals needing financial assistance.

The scholarships will cover up to $325 of the $475 total registration fee for Notre Dame Vision.

Qualifying for the Scholarship

Young people should apply for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship if they meet one or more of the following categories:

  1. Demonstrated need for additional leadership development in order to become more effective, confident, and faith-filled leaders
  2. Expressed interest in exploring a vocation to religious life or priesthood
  3. Lack the financial means to attend Vision

Application Process

The high school student must complete an online application that includes the Vision Program application, $100 deposit payment, a two-part essay and a brief letter from an adult who is nominating the young man or woman. The Application Essay and Nomination Letter will be uploaded into the online form.  Full details and instructions can be found in the Nomination Packet. The online Emerging Leader Application will go live in January 2022.

Instructions for Applying

Applications for the Emerging Leader Scholarship will go live in January.

  1. Review the Nomination Info Packet to see what you will need for the application process. 
  2. Request Nomination Letter & Compose Essay
  3. Apply via the Emerging Leader Application Form (you will need the Nomination Letter to upload as part of the process).

Deadline

All nomination materials must be received online no later than February 25, 2022. Students will be notified of their scholarship status in mid-March

Contact

Reach Megan Shepherd, program director of Notre Dame Vision at mshephe2@nd.edu or call 574.631.8290.

Application Details

  Early Deadline (March 26) Regular Deadline* (May 14) Online Application
Individual $350/person plus $100 deposit $375/person plus $100 deposit Registration for Vision 2022 will open in January
Group of 5+ $325/person plus $100 deposit $350/person plus $100 deposit Registration for Vision 2022 will open in January
Saints and Scholars $425/person plus $375 deposit $425/person plus $375 deposit Registration for Vision/SS will open in January

*Notre Dame Vision will accept applications up to 28 days prior to the start of each session if spots remain.

Instructions for Applying

  1. Apply via the Vision Online Application (available in January)which includes the submission of online waiver, medical and code of conduct forms and pay the $100 deposit per applicant via credit card or online check
  2. Prepare for Notre Dame Vision by reading Information You Need to Know (Información en Español).
  3. Pay the balance due by May 14, 2022 via the Online Store or mail a check to

Notre Dame Vision
334 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574-631-7425
Fax: 574-631-6968

Financial assistance

We encourage students to apply for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship. A limited amount of financial assistance is also available. Submit a Financial Assistance Request to be considered.

Wait list

If any of our sessions reach capacity, please see our 2022 Wait List Procedures.

Contact us

Please complete this contact form to get in touch with a member of the Notre Dame Vision staff.

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