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.
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.”
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.
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.
News & Events
Father Jenkins to participate in Hesburgh–King statue unveiling
Family volunteer camp allows alumni families to connect with ND’s mission of service
Researchers use light to manipulate mosquitoes
Economic benefits of admitting refugees outweigh costs
- Cindy Parseghian Receives Sorin Award Monday, June 12
- Be the Notre Dame Force in Your Community Friday, June 09
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Open House at the Harper Cancer Research Institute
During this free event, attendees can tour the HCRI labs and meet the researchers conducting world-class cancer research in the South Bend community. Refreshments will be provided by the Crooked Ewe, Tapastrie, and Fiddler’s Hearth.
Tuesday, June 27 at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Harper Hall (1234 Notre Dame Avenue)
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
- Faculty honorees at the 172nd Commencement Tuesday, May 23
- Researchers track perfluorinated chemicals in the body Wednesday, March 29
- Statement to Notre Dame international students and scholars Saturday, January 28
- Researchers use light to manipulate mosquitoes Friday, June 16
- Clemens Sedmak appointed professor of social ethics in Keough School of Global Affairs Monday, June 12
- 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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- ND Vita Institute prepares pro-life leaders Friday, June 23
- Hesburgh-King statue unveiled in South Bend Wednesday, June 21
- Father Jenkins to participate in Hesburgh–King statue unveiling Tuesday, June 20
“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