Why Notre Dame

Mission – Purpose-Driven

Inspired by the University’s Catholic mission, Notre Dame’s world-class faculty and students are pursing globally significant, solutions-oriented research as Notre Dame’s research enterprise grows in line with President Jenkins’ vision:   “A great Catholic university for the 21st century, one of the preeminent research institutions in the world.” –Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame also has a responsibility to advance knowledge in a search for truth through original inquiry and publication. This responsibility engages the faculty and students in all areas of the University, but particularly in graduate and professional education and research. The University is committed to constructive and critical engagement with the whole of human culture. – Excerpted from the University of Notre Dame Mission Statement

Together with our corporate partners, Notre Dame seeks to engage communities, advance interdisciplinary research, and cultivate minds and spirits.

Students – Our Greatest Asset

Notre Dame's greatest asset is the caliber of student it attracts. Notre Dame had Rhodes Scholars each consecutive year from 2014-2016, the first three-year trend in its history. In addition, Notre Dame is among the top-producing institutions in the nation for Fulbright scholars, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

These are students interested not just in a quality experience, but a meaningful one in which they can use their learning as an aid in seeking social justice. Over 80% of Notre Dame undergraduate students participate in community service, and approximately 10% of each year’s class spends a year or more in full-time volunteer service after graduation.

We find strength in our diversity, as well: 32% of undergraduates are U.S. students of color or international citizens, 7% are first generation college students, 38% of engineering students are women (twice the national average), and students hail from all 50 states and over 100 different countries.

Research – Translational and Transformative

We are making strides in cancer, nanotechnology, global development, turbomachinery, and poverty, just to name a few areas of focus.

Innovative research is supported by more than twenty core facilities and interdisciplinary Strategic Research Initiatives, with research faculty finding their homes in one of Notre Dame’s seven colleges or schools.

Research funding at Notre Dame exceeded $138 million in FY2017, with 58% federal funding, 27% foundation funding and 15% corporate funding.  Funding awards have nearly doubled in the last 10 years. Notre Dame Researchers submitted over 1,200 proposals.

Facilities – Modern and Innovative

The University is in the midst of the largest construction boom in its history, with more than 1.4 million square feet of research, classroom and student life space opening in 2016/2017.

One of the facilities to open is the state-of-the-art McCourtney Hall, where cross-disciplinary research in engineering and science has the potential to yield groundbreaking discoveries.

The new Jenkins Hall and Nanovic Hall house the Keough School for Global Affairs (Notre Dame’s first new school in 100 years) providing a central point on campus for Notre Dame's work in integral human development