University of Notre Dame
When Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., arrived in
the northern Indiana wilderness, he had only
$310, three log buildings badly in need of
repair and a far-sighted vision of establishing
a liberal arts school to meet the growing
educational needs of the frontier. He dreamed
of building a great university, and in 1842, he
founded the University of Notre Dame du Lac.
Over the years, Notre Dame would evolve
into a preeminent place for Catholic thought.
While becoming one of the top undergraduate
institutions in the country, Notre Dame also
has been at the cutting edge of research,
including such innovations as the transmission
of wireless messages and the development
of synthetic rubber. Today researchers are achieving breakthroughs in
astrophysics, radiation chemistry, environmental sciences, tropical disease
transmission, cancer treatment, robotics, and nanoelectronics.
The University also has stressed residential life, with four of fi ve students
living on campus in 31 residence halls that serve as the focal point of
social, spiritual and athletic activities. Notre Dame is one of a handful of
universities with a truly national and international student body composed
of young men and women who come from more than 90 nations and all
50 states. They attend Notre Dame not only to learn how to think, but to
learn how to live, keeping faith with the vision of Father Sorin.
Notre Dame is one of the few universities to regularly rank in the top 20
in the U.S. News & World Report survey of America’s best colleges and
the Learfi eld Sports Directors’ Cup standings of the best overall athletics
programs. The University is second only to KU Leuven of Belgium
among all Catholic universities worldwide, according to the Times Higher
Education survey, and the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame
boasts the No. 5 undergraduate business program in the nation.
The University is organized into four undergraduate colleges—Arts and
Letters, Science, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business—the
School of Architecture, the Law School, the Graduate School, the Keough
School of Global A airs, 14 major research institutes, two dozen centers
and special programs, and the University Library system.
One indicator of the quality of Notre Dame’s undergraduate programs
is the success of its students in postbaccalaureate studies. The medical
school acceptance rate of the University’s preprofessional studies
graduates is 70 percent.
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The Graduate School, established in 1918, encompasses nine terminal
master’s degree programs, four professional master’s degree programs
and 32 doctoral degree programs in and among 34 University
departments and institutes.
The source of the University’s academic strength is its faculty, which since
1988 has seen the addition of more than 500 new members and the
establishment of more than 200 endowed professorships. Notre Dame
faculty members have won 65 fellowships from the National Endowment
for the Humanities since 1999, more than any other university in the nation.
At Notre Dame, education always has been linked to values, among them
living in community and volunteering in community service. Residence hall
life is both the hallmark of the Notre Dame experience and the wellspring
of the University’s rich tradition. A younger tradition, the University’s
Center for Social Concerns, serves as a catalyst for student voluntarism.
About 80 percent of Notre Dame students engage in some form of
voluntary service-learning during their years at the University, and at least
10 percent devote a year or more after graduation to serving the less
fortunate in the U.S. and around the world.
With 1,250 acres containing two lakes and 180 buildings and a total
property replacement value of $4 billion, Notre Dame is well known for
the quality of its physical plant and the beauty of its campus. The Basilica
of the Sacred Heart, the 14-story Hesburgh Library with its 132-feet-high
mural depicting Christ the Teacher, and the University’s historic Main
Building with its famed Golden Dome are among the most widely known
university landmarks in the world.
REV. JOHN I.