the notre dame family

Student studying

A smaller class size and a common purpose yield a tightly knit community of learners. Students know each other by name. Collaboration naturally flourishes. And lifelong friendships are born. Academics. Recreation. Culture. Commerce. Social and spiritual life. All that and more are part of student life at Notre Dame.

In addition to the many opportunities you will find right on campus and in the South Bend area, our northern Indiana location is only a 90-minute drive to Chicago – and easy driving distance from a number of other points of interest.

Here are just a few examples of what you will find on campus:

  • Regardless of whether the degree reads undergraduate or graduate, all Notre Dame alumni belong to one of the most admired academic families. The deep bond is forged by a common set of values and a desire to simply make the world a better place. With 123,000 alumni worldwide, Notre Dame is ranked first in the 2007 national Voluntary Support for Education report for support at all degree levels.
  • The spirit of Notre Dame – the traditions, the commitment to excellence, the family-like atmosphere that unites students – continues across generations and continents via the nearly 265 active alumni chapters throughout the world. Members are known for their accessibility, offering their expertise when called upon by the University or by fellow alumni.
  • Another group, the Irish Entrepreneurs Network, is comprised of Notre Dame alumni and friends who are experienced in entrepreneurial endeavors and are interested in supporting new venture development. This group also supports the College and has provided mentors, sponsored internships and participated in classroom lectures and special events.
  • The University of Notre Dame is a diverse community of people with a multitude of beliefs, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. We welcome and recruit without discrimination. Visit The Office of Institutional Equity for definitive information regarding all aspects of diversity-related issues.


The University of Notre Dame does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, veteran status, or age in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs or in employment. The University has designated the Director of its Office of Institutional Equity to handle all inquiries regarding its efforts to comply with and carry out the responsibilities under Title IX and under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Title IX and Section 504 coordinator may be contacted as follows: Director, Office of Institutional Equity, 414 Grace Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or 574-631-0444.