Service in the Catholic Tradition

A hallmark of the Catholic faith tradition is a concern for the common good borne out in service to others. Notre Dame students, faculty and staff alike find a wealth of opportunities to embrace this philosophy as a way of life.

Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE)

ACE offers formation programs that lead to master’s degrees in education. It also provides professional services and other forms of engagement and partnership to sustain, strengthen, and transform Catholic K-12 schools. ACE Service through Teaching annually sends nearly 200 teachers to under-resourced Catholic schools around the country, and the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program prepares educators to be Catholic school principals. ACE programs are based on the pillars of service, community, and spirituality.

Social Concerns Seminars

Undergraduates spend fall and spring breaks offering assistance in Appalachia, on migrant farms and elsewhere, constitute the most comprehensive service-learning program in higher education.

Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The Mendoza College of Business each year hosts an annual Business Plan Competition both for profit and not-for-profit ventures that allow the opportunity to compete for cash and in-kind venture support service prizes.


An acronym for Group Alternative Live-In Legal Education, gives Notre Dame law students an opportunity to learn about public interest law through student-designed urban immersion programs over Christmas break.

Tax Assistance Program

Accountancy students annually prepare nearly 3,800 tax forms for area residents.

Peace Corps

Our association with Peace Corps the goes back to the agency's founding in 1961, when the very first volunteers were trained on campus. Since then, 800 of our graduates have entered the Peace Corps – more than from any other Catholic college or university.

Urban Plunge

A Center for Social Concerns program in which students devote 48 hours to studying and experiencing the poverty, injustice and apathy in America's inner cities.

Faith without works is dead.

James 2:26