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.
The Jordan Hall of Science contains 40 teaching labs, a greenhouse, a herbarium, an observatory, biodiversity museum and the Digital Visualization Theater.
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.”
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.
News & Events
In Memoriam: Trustee Emeritus Robert K. Wilmouth
Notre Dame awards honorary monogram to Condoleezza Rice
Institute for Latino Studies celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with lectures, performances
‘Navigation Conference’ offers resources, guidance to family caregivers
- Notre Dame Launches IrishCompass Professional Community for Students and Alumni Wednesday, September 06
- Football Fridays at the Eck to feature food, music, guest appearances Wednesday, September 06
Notre Dame Magazine
- Out of the Office: Sorin on stage Wednesday, September 20
- Remembering our darker past Thursday, September 14
36th McBride Lecture: “Today’s Struggle for Racial and Economic Justice”
Fred Redmond, international vice president (human relations), United Steelworkers, co-chair of the AFL-CIO Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice. The signature event of the Higgins Labor Program season, this timely talk will be immediately followed by a public reception. Sponsored by the United Steelworkers. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, Sept. 21; 6 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium, Eck Visitors Center
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.
Fighting to Inspire the Mind and Spirit
- Notre Dame leads $11.5 million study to solve problem of drug resistant malaria Wednesday, September 20
- United Steelworkers International Vice President Fred Redmond to present 36th McBride Lecture Monday, September 18
- Architecture Library
- Archives, University of Notre Dame
- Center for Digital Scholarship
- Chemistry - Physics Library
- Engineering Library
- Hesburgh Library
- The Julian Samora Library, Archives and Special Collections
- Kellogg/Kroc Library
- Kresge Law Library and Technology
- Mahaffey Business Library
- Medieval Institute Library
- 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 30 graduate schools conducted by U.S. News and World Report.
The Office of Pre-College Programs at the University of Notre Dame offers high school students the opportunity to experience the life of Notre Dame college students, from participating in stimulating seminars to residence hall living. Participants will walk away with a taste of the college experience, as well as Notre Dame's unique, multi-faceted approach to the life of the mind, heart, and spirit.
Faith & Service
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- Christian-Muslim dialogue explores challenge of peace in annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture Thursday, September 14
- Registration opens for 2018 conference featuring Bishop Robert Barron Monday, September 11
- Father Jenkins emphasizes ‘fruitful tension’ of faith and reason in gathering on past, future of Catholic higher education Wednesday, September 06
“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