In spite of the recent troubles the University of Notre Dame is having over its invitation to President Barack Obama to deliver the 2009 commencement address and receive an honorary laws degree, many parents still think the Golden Dome is a great destination for their children.
In its annual “College Hopes and Worries” survey of college applicants and their parents by The Princeton Review, Notre Dame ranked fourth overall with parents when asked what their dream college would be for their child if costs were not an issue. The university ranked behind Harvard, Stanford and Princeton, and just ahead of Yale. No other Catholic college or university ranked. Neither Notre Dame nor any other Catholic school ranked in the top 10 with students.
The Princeton Review received almost 16,000 responses from respondents in all 50 states, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization did not diferentiate between Catholic and non-Catholics in its survey.
Notre Dame has long ranked in the top 20 major research universities in the United States by many different ranking organizations. Catholics make up about one-fifth of the U.S. population.