Vision for High School Students

God is calling. How will you answer?

Explore God’s call in your life with current Notre Dame students as your mentors. Connect with hundreds of other high school students 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. 

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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!


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.


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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.

  • 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 our companion program designed especially for you.

Request brochures

Please use this form to request Notre Dame Vision brochures to distribute in your parish, school or elsewhere.

Information for Parents

Información para los Padres

Conference Details


Save the date for one of four sessions during the 2020 summer!

June 15-19 
June 22-26 
July 6-10 
July 13-17


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.


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.


Early deadline: March 28, 2020
Regular deadline: May 16, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions


We want to ensure every young person has an opportunity to attend Notre Dame Vision. The Emerging Leaders Scholarship, supported by a generous grant from Our Sunday Visitor Institute, aims to form new leaders in the Church. The scholarship is also available for 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


The high school student must complete a nomination packet that includes an application, two-part essay and a brief letter from an adult who is nominating the young man or woman. Full details and instructions can be found in the Nomination Packet.


All nomination materials must be received (not postmarked) in the Notre Dame Vision Office together and in one package no later than February 24, 2020.


Reach Megan Shepherd, program director of Notre Dame Vision at or call 574.631.8290.

Nomination Packet will be available in early November.

Saints and Scholars

Saints & Scholars offers an additional week of formation for high school students who desire more learning beyond Notre Dame Vision. In partnership with Holy Cross College, students spend one week at Notre Dame Vision followed by a second week at Holy Cross where they study theology and learn how to put faith into action through the lens of a particular discipline.

Find out more about Saints & Scholars by visiting the program website found here.

Students can apply for one of the following tracks:

  • The Medicine of Mercy: Theology and Public Health 
  • God’s People on the Move: Theology and Human Rights
  • A Voice in the Wilderness: Theology and Media
  • God of the Cosmos: Theology and Science
  • Living Laudato Si’: Theology and Sustainability
  • Prophets with Profit: Theology and Business


Option 1:
Notre Dame Vision July 6-10, 2020
Saints & Scholars July 10-17, 2020

Option 2:
Notre Dame Vision July 13-17, 2020
Saints & Scholars July 17-24, 2020


A $800 registration fee covers both weeks (Vision and Saints & Scholars)

How to apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until no spots remain. The application process is different from the regular Vision application.

Apply now to Saints & Scholars

Application Details

Apply Now to Notre Dame Vision!


Early Deadline (March 28)

Regular deadline* (May 16)

Online Application

Print Application
Individual $350/person plus $100 deposit $375/person plus $100 deposit Registration for Vision 2020 will open in January 2020
Group of 5+

$325/person plus $100 deposit

$350/person plus $100 deposit

Registration for Vision 2020 will open in January 2020
Saints and Scholars $425/person plus $375 deposit $425/person plus $375 deposit Registration for Vision 2020 will open in January 2020

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

Instructions for applying

Group organizers - please read the instructions before starting

1. Select the application form for applying as an individual or group.

2. Submit the application form online (pay by credit card) or by mail (checks payable to Notre Dame Vision). Applications submitted without deposits will not be processed.

Mail Print Applications to: 

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

3. Complete registration by submitting the registration packet and final payment by May 18.

Pay your Individual Balance

Pay your Group Balance

4. Prepare for Notre Dame Vision by reading Information You Need to Know (Información en Español).

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 2020 Wait List Procedures (coming soon).

Contact us

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

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