Undergraduate Opportunities

Approximately 80 percent of undergraduates participate in some form of service learning or community engagement while at Notre Dame through the Center for Social Concerns, the University’s colleges and schools, their residence halls, and student associations. 

Notre Dame California serves as an on-the-ground resource for undergraduates whose career paths point them toward the West Coast, including many from California who plan to return after college.

Say you’re looking for an internship in Silicon Valley or zeroing in on your first job in the entertainment industry. Notre Dame California is here to help you make connections to potential employers—a significant number of whom are already home to ND alumni—through regular networking events and other activities that span the full range of California careers. These occasions also will give you the opportunity to meet other Notre Dame students with similar interests.

In addition, our Silicon Valley Semester program—the details of which are now being finalized—will allow a select group of Notre Dame juniors to spend their spring semester living, studying, and working in Palo Alto, combining a credit-bearing internship with coursework at the Notre Dame California building.

As a whole, the Notre Dame undergraduate student body represents all 50 states and some 60 countries around the world. Students are drawn to our campus in South Bend, Indiana, in large part because of the way we combine academic excellence—Notre Dame is regularly ranked among the nation’s Top 20 universities by U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review, Time, Kiplinger’s, Kaplan/Newsweek, and others—with a distinctive residential system. Social events, inter-hall sports, service projects, hall Masses, and traditions unique to each of the residence halls help create Notre Dame’s strong, tangible sense of community.

Notre Dame's annual Student Activities Night is a great place to learn about the more than 300 student groups on campusNotre Dame’s annual Student Activities Night is a great place to learn about the more than 300 student groups on campus.

First-year students are paired with an academic advisor in the First Year of Studies prior to their first semester and then work with that advisor to ensure they are ready to officially enter their intended majors as sophomores. There are approximately 75 degree programs to choose from at the undergraduate level.

Undergraduates also have access to a number of academic opportunities outside the classroom, such as study abroad, service learning, research experiences, and summer internships all over the country, with many choosing to go to New York City, Chicago (roughly 90 miles from South Bend), and of course, the state of California.

If you have questions about visiting or attending Notre Dame or would like the University to visit your high school, contact Undergraduate Admissions.

For more information about the suite of career services available through the partnership between Notre Dame California and the University’s Career Center, visit our “California Careers” page. You can also visit the Career Center website.