History, Affiliations and Rankings
The University of Notre Dame began late on the bitterly cold afternoon of November 26, 1842, when Rev. Edward Sorin, a 28 years old French priest, and seven companions, all members of the newly established Congregation of Holy Cross, took possession of 524 snow-covered acres in the Indiana mission fields that the Bishop of Vincennes had given them. Father Sorin, a man of vivid imagination, titled his budding university "L'Université de Notre Dame du Lac" (The University of Our Lady of the Lake) in honour of Our Lady in his home tongue. The University was thereafter officially chartered by the Indiana legislature on January 15, 1844. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has granted the University of Notre Dame accreditation. The University has affiliations with the ACCU, NAICU, the Universities of Research Association and the 568 Group. US News and World Report 2022 ranks Notre Dame at #284 globally and at #19 in the US.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Notre Dame is situated on 1,250 acres of land that many consider being among the most beautiful in the country. Notre Dame's campus is a visual feast, from the collegiate Gothic architecture and park-like landscaping to stunning outdoor sculptures and breathtaking views. Even the University's most recently erected buildings, which house cutting-edge academic and student life amenities, are part of a unified visual aesthetic that maintains history while progressing. Every aspect of a student's time at Notre Dame is influenced by the University's approach to residential life. They endeavour to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual requirements of everyone who studies there, from intellectual pursuits to altruistic service to psychological and physical well-being. Academically structured into 8 Schools and Colleges, the University offers courses at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels. Undergraduates can choose from approximately 75-degree programs at the university.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Notre Dame is one of America's top undergraduate teaching schools, as well as a leader in research and scholarship. At the University, researchers pioneered glider flight aerodynamics, wireless message transmission, and synthetic rubber formulas. Researchers are making discoveries in fields such as Astrophysics, Radiation Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Tropical Disease Transmission, Peace Studies, Cancer, Robotics, and Nanoelectronics today. The University of Notre Dame’s sustainability efforts recently received recognition for two distinct achievements. It has registered 1,932 commitments, to 1,446 from Syracuse. In addition, the personal commitments added up to more than 47 tons of carbon reductions. Notre Dame proudly has more than 26,500 alumni living across all American states and over 60 countries around the world. Some of the notable names include Rudy Ruettiger, a Motivational speaker, Austin Swift, an American actor and Joe Montana, an American football player.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The student population enrolled at the University of Notre Dame is truly diverse and consists of people from all sorts of backgrounds. There are 63.4% White, 10.3% Hispanic or Latino, 4.71% Two or More Races, 4.52% Asian, 3.23% Black or African American, 0.166% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0788% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. The University of Notre Dame, they significantly invest to create a multicultural and inclusive community for the students through various student success groups such as the Gender Relations Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPs), Center for Support and Student Care and more. Some of the top employers of university graduates are Deloitte, EY, Amazon, PwC and Google.