Career Discovery for High Schoolers

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer 2020 in-person instruction on the University of Notre Dame campus has been canceled.  

We look forward to resuming our program in Summer 2021.

Geared toward those who are considering or who have already enrolled in an architecture program, participants not only learn architectural history but also the skills and responsibilities required in contemporary architecture practice. During the 13-day program, students participate in design studios, architecture seminars and field trips to see good architecture first hand.

Led by Notre Dame architecture professors and advanced students, participants have an opportunity to experience student life at Notre Dame. Participants live in dorms, eat in the dining hall and play on the quads. The program is structured with social and athletic activities in order for participants to get the most from their Notre Dame experience.

Career Discovery is intended to help participants decide whether or not they want to pursue architecture in college, and, if so, how they should prepare during their junior and senior years of high school. If they come committed to the field, Career Discovery will introduce them to studying architecture at the college level, giving them a jump start over those entering the major their freshman year of college.

This program is for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. All applicants must have completed their freshman year of high school.

A few FAQs:

Q: What is the cost for participating in Career Discovery?

A: The cost is $1,900.00, which includes tuition, housing, meal plan, books, a supply kit and field trips. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the Notre Dame campus. 

Q: What are the requirements for participation?

A: Applicants must be rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors; they must have completed their freshman year of high school. Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from their high school as proof of grade level completion.

Q: When will the 2020 program application be available?

A: Registration opens February 3.  

Q: What is the GPA requirement for participation in Career Discovery?

A: There is no minimum GPA requirement; transcripts are requested for grade level verification only.

Q: I live on the east coast where school is not out until the end of June, and required testing occurs. Can my student arrive late?

A: With plenty of advanced notice and some hard work on the part of the student, most are able to work out an early testing schedule. Schools are generally more than willing to work with you to accommodate the opportunity. Contact your counselors as soon as possible.

Q: Do camp participants have any free time?

A: Yes, but probably not as much as they would like. Career Discovery is not a camp, it is an academic experience geared toward high school students contemplating architecture as a major in college.

Q:  What other costs will be incurred?

A:  Transportation to and from the Notre Dame campus is the responsibility of the participant. We do offer a shuttle service to and from the South Bend Regional Airport. The fee for the shuttle service is $25 one-way, or $50 round-trip. Participants will also need additional pocket money for drinks and snacks outside the dining hall, souvenirs if desired, and laundry.

Q: When will I know if I have been accepted?

A:  Participants will be notified of their acceptance status within two weeks of receipt of the completed application, full payment, and transcript. If all positions in the program are filled, we will continue to accept applicants for placement on a waiting list. If you receive notice of having been placed on the wait list and prefer to be removed please send an email request for removal and full refund to the Career Discovery Program Coordinator, Carol Kraus. Wait-listed applicants will be given a full refund if a position does not become available.

For more information on this program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Carol Kraus.