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 through regular networking events and other activities that expose you to the full range of California careers. These occasions will also give you the opportunity to meet other Notre Dame students with similar interests.

In addition, our Silicon Valley Semester program allows a select group of Notre Dame juniors to spend their fall or 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. 

First-year students are paired with an academic advisor 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. Many choose to go to New York City, Chicago (roughly 90 miles from South Bend) and, of course, the state of California to pursue these opportunities.

If you have questions about visiting or attending The University of 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 Meruelo Family Center for Career Development, visit our “California Careers” page


ND flag in Bodega Bay
Notre Dame undergrads hold an ND flag with Silicon Valley Program Director, Dierre Upshaw, at the Pacific Coast in Bodega Bay, CA