About Notre Dame
More Notre Dame undergraduates hail from California than any other state but Illinois. Among the nation’s Top 20 most selective private universities, Notre Dame ranks in the Top 10 for enrolling Californians.
Founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the University of Notre Dame combines the resources of a research university with the teaching focus of an elite liberal arts college, and does so in a residential setting that reflects Catholicism’s emphasis on community.
Notre Dame’s campus, located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana, is a destination for students, faculty, and visitors from across the country and around the world.
Undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs number well over 100 and are offered through eight colleges and schools:
- School of Architecture
- College of Arts and Letters
- Mendoza College of Business
- College of Engineering
- Keough School of Global Affairs
- College of Science
- The Graduate School
- The Law School
The University is also home to more than 50 institutes and centers, ranging from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Center for Civil and Human Rights to the Wireless Institute and the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications.
Notre Dame Research supports and encourages innovation in more than 20 core facilities and resources, as well as in a number of key areas of research, including cancer, environmental change, global health, and many more. Invention disclosures have grown by nearly 150 percent since 2009.
Along with the University’s Chicago facility and Global Gateways in Beijing, Dublin, Jerusalem, London, and Rome, Notre Dame California is helping to expand where and how people experience Notre Dame.