Main Quad during a snowfall...Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame
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About Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame, an independent, national Catholic research university, was founded in November, 1842 by Edward F. Sorin, a priest of the French missionary order, Congregation of Holy Cross.  Chartered by the State of Indiana in 1844, the University was governed by the Holy Cross priests until 1967, when governance was transferred to a two-tiered, mixed board of lay and religious trustees and fellows.

The University is structured through four undergraduate colleges – Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business; the School of Architecture; the Law School; the Graduate School; 14 major research institutes; 24 centers and special programs; and the University Library program.

The undergraduate student body, originally all male, became coeducational in 1972. Today, it is 51% male and 49% female and represents all 50 states as well as over 100 countries.

The Graduate School, established in 1918, is made up of four divisions – Engineering, Humanities, Science and Social Science. It offers 25 doctoral degree programs and 43 Master’s degree programs.

Founded in 1869, the Notre Dame Law School is the nation’s oldest Catholic law school. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

The current total student population is 12,004.

The beautiful 1,250-acre residential campus includes two lakes and 143 buildings with a total property replacement value of $3.3 billion. 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 Main Building with its famed Golden Dome are among the most widely known university landmarks in the world.

Notre Dame is rated among the nation’s top 25 institutions of higher learning in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Time, Kiplinger’s, Kaplan/Newsweek and others. Additionally, it regularly ranks in the top 25 in the U.S. News and World Report survey of America’s best colleges. It has also been identified as one of the top 10 collegiate workplaces in the country in a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education,  the leading resource for higher education news and information.