Faculty and Programs

  • Faculty in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have been awarded 49 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities between 1999 and 2013—more than any other university in the country.
  • Twenty-three Notre Dame faculty members, including current President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the nation’s leading learned academy.
  • The Department of Philosophy was ranked 18th in the United States in a survey of nearly 200 philosophers, and Notre Dame is cited as the nation’s top program for the study of the philosophy of religion.
  • The National Science Foundation has joined with Notre Dame and two other universities to establish the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics.
  • Notre Dame established the first programs in law, engineering and architecture at an American Catholic institution of higher learning.
  • Notre Dame's Medieval Institute was the first in the United States, and the University also founded the first publication series dedicated specifically to medieval topics.
  • According to the National Science Foundation, Notre Dame is one of the top three U.S. universities in low-energy nuclear physics research.
  • The University’s Department of Biological Sciences is an internationally recognized center for research in mosquito biology, and the Eck Institute for Global Health houses the Aedes Reference Centre.
  • The Department of Mathematics ranks in the top quarter among all universities that grant a doctorate in the field.
  • Notre Dame’s Department of Accountancy consistently ranks among the top 10 in the country in an annual nationwide survey of accountancy department chairs.
  • The wind tunnels housed in the Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research are internationally known for pioneering techniques in smoke-flow visualization.
  • Notre Dame’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies has been ranked among the top 25 in the nation.
  • The Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Notre Dame have collaborated to create a new Institute for Theoretical Sciences.
  • Notre Dame is part of a consortium of universities that operates the world's largest telescope in Arizona.
  • Two Notre Dame Theologians are members of the official translation team of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Dead Sea Scrolls

Two Notre Dame theologians are members of the official translation team of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

A student working with the anechoic wind tunnel in Hessert Lab

The wind tunnels housed in the Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research are internationally known for pioneering techniques in smoke-flow visualization.