The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an international research university whose distinctive educational mission is at once rigorously intellectual, unapologetically moral in orientation, and firmly committed to service for the common good.
Drawing on the legacy of the Catholic intellectual tradition, the Notre Dame faculty is well known for its strengths in the humanities, arts, architecture, social sciences, law, and business. The University is also at the forefront of inquiry and discovery in research areas as diverse as nuclear physics, environmental science, disease transmission, cancer, radiation chemistry, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, robotics, and nanoelectronics.
With new and ongoing investments in emerging technologies and pedagogical strategies, Notre Dame aims to deliver high-quality online education that is as rigorous and interactive as its traditional on-campus instruction. As part of a comprehensive digital strategy, online learning will expand the research, teaching, and service goals of the University without eroding the cherished bond between faculty and student at the heart of the Notre Dame experience.
Notre Dame is organized into four undergraduate colleges—Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business— as well as a School of Architecture, the Law School, the First Year of Studies, the Graduate School, more than a dozen major research institutes, more than two dozen centers and special programs, and the University Library system. Enrollment is approximately 12,000 students overall, with approximately 8,500 undergraduates. The University is located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana, in a metropolitan area of more than 300,000 residents approximately 90 miles east of Chicago.