Vision for High School Students

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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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 accompanied by the leadership of the undergraduate Mentors who receive robust theological and pastoral formation for their ministry. 

The investment of time and resources into the formation of undergraduate Mentors reflects a focus on cultivating a personal, authentic and theologically sound small group experience led by these undergraduate Mentors. In this space, the mentors and participants come to know one another 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 necessary to more openly and honestly probe 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. Through this experience, Vision hopes to enkindle the flame of God’s love that will last beyond the week, grounding a lifetime of faith.

  • 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.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Information for Parents

Información para los Padres

Conference Details

Dates

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

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

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 (meals end with breakfast Friday).

Deadlines

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Scholarships

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

Emerging Leaders are young men and women who are currently in high school (or will be in the Fall of 2020) who are open and willing to provide leadership to their peers in matters of faith formation. 

  • The Emerging Leaders Scholarship is for young men
    and women who will benefit from the leadership
    development and faith formation opportunities 
    of
    Notre Dame Vision so as to become more effective,
    confident and faith-filled leaders
    in their own communities. 
  • Emerging Leaders are also those young men and women
    interested in exploring a vocation to the priesthood
    and religious life
    so as to learn specific ways to enrich
    their vocational exploration.
  • In addition, the Emerging Leaders Scholarship seeks to
    support those young men and women who may lack the 
    financial means to attend Notre Dame Vision.

Nominations 

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 Info Packet and in the Emerging Leader Application Form.

Instructions for Applying

  1. Review the Nomination Info Packet & Preview the Application Process (video below)

     
  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).

    Apply Now for Emerging Leader Scholarship

Deadline

All nomination applications must be submitted by February 24, 2020.  Notification of the Scholarship will be sent out mid-March.

Contact

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

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, Guts & Glory: Theology and Sports
  • Living Laudato Si’: Theology and Ecology
  • Prophets with Profit: Theology and Business

Dates

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

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

Cost

A $825 registration fee covers both weeks (Vision and Saints & Scholars). $400 is paid to Saints and Scholars with the initial applications. Vision will follow up for the $425 Vision fee.

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

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Early Deadline (March 28)

Regular deadline* (May 16) Apply Now
Individual $350/person plus $100 deposit $375/person plus $100 deposit Apply Now
Group of 5+

$325/person plus $100 deposit

$350/person plus $100 deposit

Saints and Scholars $425/person plus $375 deposit $425/person plus $375 deposit Saints & Scholars Application

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

Instructions for applying

  1. Preview the New Application Process

    Individual Registration


    Group Registration

     
  2. Apply via the Vision Online Application 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

  3. Prepare for Notre Dame Vision by reading Information You Need to Know (Información en Español).
  4. Pay the balance due by May 16, 2020 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

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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.

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