The Main Building, with its Golden Dome, is a centerpiece of Notre Dame’s campus. Atop the Dome, a statue of Mary, the Mother of God also known as “Notre Dame” (“Our Lady”) stands 19 feet tall and weighs 4,000 pounds.
See more shots of the Main Building at Photos.ND
Built in 1963, Hesburgh Library was the largest college library in the world. Its mural, “the Word of Life,” depicts Jesus as teacher and is often referred as “Touchdown Jesus.”
See more shots of the Library at Photos.ND
The Jordan Hall of Science contains 40 teaching labs, a greenhouse, a herbarium, an observatory, biodiversity museum and the Digital Visualization Theater.
See more shots of Jordan Hall at Photos.ND
To Notre Dame students, alumni, family and friends, the Grotto is a special place to spend quiet moments. Built in 1896, The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is one-seventh the size of the famed French shrine.
See more shots of the Grotto at Photos.ND
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a Gothic-inspired place of worship, nurturing ND’s Catholic identity with daily Masses. The windows are the world’s largest collection of 19th-century French stained glass.
See more shots of the Basilica at Photos.ND
Coach Knute Rockne designed the 1930 stadium that was expanded in 1997 to hold 80,795 fans. No college football program has had more Heisman Trophy winners (7) or national championships (11).
See more shots of the Stadium at Photos.ND
News & Events
Notre Dame, on religious liberty grounds, sues for relief from federal mandate
Pier Carlo Bontempi named 2014 Driehaus Prize laureate
School of Architecture students raise a barn with Madison Primary fourth-graders
Notre Dame to host Catholic-Mormon conference
Notre Dame Magazine
Join the Conversation.
Over the course of this academic year, Forum events will spotlight the extraordinary contributions and achievements of women across a range of fields.
Pray. Live. Serve. Explore.
Sign up to join FaithND for daily opportunities to share reflection, learning, prayer and service to those most in need.
About Notre Dame
The gilded Golden Dome and statue of Mary atop the Main Building proclaim the Notre Dame campus as a place where faith is treasured and diverse traditions shared and respected. Our students represent all 50 states and over 100 countries. Rigorous academics, NCAA Division I athletics, and numerous events and activities create an environment in which our students are ignited with a passion to learn and to live to their fullest capacity.
Notre Dame is one of the few universities to regularly rank in the top 25 in the U.S. News & World Report survey of America's best colleges and the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings of the best overall athletics programs.
“This college will be one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country.” Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founder of the University of Notre Dame du Lac
Founded in 1842, Notre Dame stands on 1,250 acres considered by many to be among the most beautiful possessed by any university in the nation. From the collegiate Gothic architecture and park-like landscape to exquisite outdoor sculpture and breathtaking views, Notre Dame's campus is a visual splendor.
Notre Dame has a unique spirit. It is traditional, yet open to change. It is dedicated to religious belief no less than scientific knowledge. It has always stood for values in a world of facts. It has kept faith with Father Sorin's vision.
Notre Dame is a leading American research university that offers undergraduate, professional, and graduate students a unique academic environment. Enriched by Catholic intellectual and cultural traditions, it is a place that throughout its history has promoted excellent teaching.
At Notre Dame, you can join a community of students, teachers, scholars, and researchers committed to advancing its rich Catholic mission of “Learning to think rigorously, so as to act rightly and to serve humanity better.” (Pope John Paul II) At Notre Dame, you will find a diverse community of students, teachers, scholars, and researchers who, whatever their beliefs, are committed to that mission.
Community of Scholars
As an undergraduate at Notre Dame, you will transition into academic life by participating in the First Year of Studies. You can then discover the wealth of the University’s academic opportunities in the varied majors, minors, and programs offered by Arts and Letters, Business, Science, Engineering, and Architecture. You can learn in some of the most advanced academic facilities available anywhere such as the Jordan Hall of Science and the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts. You can also begin to discover a larger world by participating in one of Notre Dame’s 44 international study programs, as well as one of many exciting and expanding undergraduate research opportunities.
As a professional degree candidate in Law, Business, or Architecture at Notre Dame, you will find academic rigor, liberating discoveries in classrooms and studios, skilled mentoring by accomplished practitioners, and the ethical responsibility that belongs to Catholic professional education.
As a graduate student at Notre Dame, you will be mentored in a community of scholars, scientists, and artists that works at the highest level and engages in many collaborative projects across disciplines. Notre Dame’s numerous centers and institutes provide essential support for some of these multidisciplinary collaborations.
- Notre Dame mechanical engineer Gretar Tryggvason named AAAS FellowMonday, November 25
- Julia Douthwaite to receive 2013 Sheedy AwardWednesday, October 16
- Notre Dame to host conference on theology of MaryMonday, September 30
- Graduate Molly Hayes awarded George Mitchell ScholarshipThursday, December 05
- Notre Dame to host Catholic-Mormon conferenceWednesday, November 27
- Architecture Library
- Archives, University of Notre Dame
- Business Information Center
- Chemistry - Physics Library
- Engineering Library
- Hesburgh Library
- The Julian Samora Library, Archives and Special Collections
- Kellogg/Kroc Library Information Center
- Kresge Law Library and Technology
- Medieval Institute
- Music and Media Services Unit
- O’Meara Mathematics Library
- Radiation Chemistry Reading Room
- Rare Books and Special Collections
- Visual Resources Center
The University of Notre Dame excels at educating undergraduate students and is continually rated among the nation’s top 25 institutions of higher learning in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review, Time, Kiplinger’s, and Kaplan/Newsweek and others.
By training with our world-class faculty and engaging in meaningful research, Notre Dame graduate and professional students become the academic and business leaders of tomorrow. Both the Mendoza College of Business MBA Program and the Notre Dame Law School rank in the nation’s top 25 graduate school conducted by U.S. News and World Report.
Come to Notre Dame this summer to explore your intellectual capacity and discover your inner self. Learn more about your culture or cultivate a better understanding of others.
Notre Dame’s Pre-College Programs offer inspiring summer opportunities for exceptional students. We invite you to explore this website to learn about the enriching experiences that await you.
Faith & Service
- Notre Dame to host Catholic-Mormon conferenceWednesday, November 27
- Notre Dame Army ROTC to receive Order of the Founders and Patriots of America AwardFriday, November 22
- Notre Dame to remember President John F. KennedyThursday, November 21
“We have a much more challenging mission than most universities. Most universities strive simply to be excellent educational institutions by the accepted standards of the profession. We do this at Notre Dame, and we have had great success. But we also foster and celebrate a distinctive mission to be a Catholic university, inspired and guided by a great spiritual tradition.” Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President
The Nature of the Education Offered to Students
Vocation: Responding to God's Call with Courage and Faith
Discussions, Debates and Inquiries that take Place at the University
Institute for Church Life: Serving the Campus, the Community and the Catholic Church
Service to the Catholic Church in a Manner appropriate for a University
Since Day One - Holy Cross Presence on Campus
Did you know that every week there are more than 40 Sunday Masses and 100 daily Masses celebrated at Notre Dame?
10:00 AM Also view on Catholic TV
11:45 AM Online
11:30 AM and 5:15 PM Monday - Friday