Office of Pre-College Programs

403 McKenna Hall 
Notre Dame, IN 46556

The Office of Pre-College Programs provides rising high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to participate in enriching and rigorous college experiences that stimulate their minds and spirits. The office administers the Summer Scholars program, Leadership Seminars, study abroad programs, and the Global Scholars program.

Summer Scholars is a unique, two-week opportunity that introduces academically outstanding high school students to college-level academics in fields ranging from the liberal arts to the sciences and business. Students also experience the social and spiritual connections of Notre Dame college life in a positive and diverse atmosphere.

Notre Dame Leadership Seminars is a competitive, 10-day program on Notre Dame's campus for advanced students who wish to hone their critical thinking and expressive skills in the company of dynamic peers. Leadership Seminars students engage in vibrant discussions with Notre Dame faculty and other student leaders from around the world. Tuition, housing, and meals for students admitted to Leadership Seminars will be paid for by the University.

The Global Scholars program offers a unique opportunity to engage with Notre Dame International Faculty from various Global Centres and Gateways from around the world in a virtual program. Participants choose from a variety of online courses of study, immersing themselves in the ND global community and meeting like-minded peers from across the globe.

Study Abroad: Rome is a 12-day seminar in Rome, Italy that introduces students to the history and culture of the Eternal City, with a focus on the built environment. Scholars representing a range of fields, from art history to anthropology, guide students in their exploration of this fascinating city.

Study Abroad: Ireland is a 12-day seminar in which students discover the rich history and culture of both bustling Dublin and bucolic Connemara, Ireland. Guided by Notre Dame faculty and local scholars, students will embark on an exploration of Irish culture, history, and landscape. 

Study Abroad: London is a 12-day seminar in London, England in which students immerse themselves in one of the world’s oldest and greatest cities renowned for its distinct literature, acclaimed theater, iconic architecture, and thriving financial district.

Study Abroad: South Africa is a 13-day journey through South Africa, through which students visit fascinating historical sites, exposing them to the nation’s struggle with race through an investigation of apartheid.

Our Team

Name Title
Paul Mueller

Director of Enrollment Strategy, Analytics, and Pre-College Programs
Concurrent Associate Professor of Political Science

Wendy Barnes Administrative Assistant
Catalino Espino Compliance Program Manager/Associate Program Director
Kelly Jo Mikel Communications Strategist and Associate Program Director
Curtis Urban Program Director, International Programs and Data Strategist
Jane Young Outreach Associate Program Director