The University of Notre Dame is a private, coeducational research institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and the Congregation of Holy Cross, located in Notre Dame, Indiana. The school was founded in 1842 by Edward F. Sorin, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, a French missionary order. A school with traditional values, yet which remains open to change, Notre Dame is committed to religious belief no less than it is to scientific knowledge. The university is one of the few schools to be regularly ranked among the top 25 of America’s Best Colleges by the U.S. News & World Report. Situated on a 1,250-acre campus, Notre Dame’s grounds are considered to be one of the most beautiful in the nation, featuring stunning collegiate Gothic architecture, park-like landscaping, and breathtaking views.
Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Notre Dame awards a number of baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines. The university’s undergraduate programs are offered through its College of Arts and Letters, College of Science, School of Architecture, First Year of Studies, Mendoza College of Business, and the College of Engineering. Most of Notre Dame’s graduate-level degrees are awarded through its Graduate School, which is made up of four divisions (engineering, humanities, science, social sciences), as well as through the Notre Dame Law School, Department of Theology, and its Graduate Business Programs.
Through Notre Dame International, more than 50% of undergraduates study abroad in a number of global locations including Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, and the United Kingdom. On campus, students also have access to a wealth of resources, including the Hesburgh Libraries, Information Technologies, Notre Dame Press, and the University Archives.
More than 12,000 students are enrolled at Notre Dame University, including nearly 8,500 undergraduates and over 1,100 international students. Roughly 80% of undergraduates and less than 20% of advanced students live on campus in one of nearly 30 residence halls. Approximately 80% of students are active in service learning and community volunteer activities. There are no social fraternities or sororities on Notre Dame’s campus, rather residence halls serve as the primary focus of social, religious and intramural athletic activities.
More than 430 recognized student organizations and clubs exist, allowing students to connect with fellow classmates who share similar interests, passions, cultures, and beliefs. Some of Notre Dame’s major undergraduate student groups include Hall Presidents’ Council, Class Councils, Student Union Board, Club Coordination Council, and Student Government. Notre Dame’s athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division I-A level, and the school sponsors approximately two dozen varsity sports, split evenly between men’s and women’s teams.