STUDENT LIFE AT THE UNI VERSIT Y OF NOTR E DAME
College is a grand adventure. It is one that will take you outside of your comfort zone in many powerful ways. As a Notre Dame student, you will encounter new perspectives, examine beliefs, and collect experiences, both fun and challenging, that will shape the person you become. Along the way, you will meet some of the most important people in your life. You will benefit from the support of a community that grounds you while encouraging you to grow. At Notre Dame, our community is built around our students—your unique personality, background, passions, and dreams. You bring an important perspective to the Notre Dame campus and we don’t take your presence for granted. We embrace what is important to you, providing the campus resources of a Top 20 research university and the support of the Notre Dame family. Here, you will expand on your current passions and explore new ones. You will discover what motivates you, what piques your curiosity, what drives you to excel. Perhaps most importantly, you will find a place to belong. Your four years here will be some of the most important years of your life. They will be a grand adventure, charting your course to a life lived with purpose.
THIS MAY BE THE BEST FOUR YEARS OF YOUR LIFE. Your campus experience begins in your residence hall. There are no fraternities or sororities at Notre Dame. Each of our 32 single-sex residence halls are the focus of social, religious, and intramural athletic activities. Students live in one of several quads (short for quadrangles) or residence hall “neighborhoods,” including: East Quad, God Quad, North Quad, Mod Quad, South Quad, and West Quad. Each hall boasts its own chapel, signature annual event, interhall athletic teams, service initiatives, and personality. You may be a McGlinn Shamrock or a Johnson Valkyrie, a Knott Juggerknott or one of the Dillon Big Red. Your section, the area of rooms in which you live, will be home to students from various majors and class years. You will make new friends from different states and countries, bonding together over hall events, coffee runs, impromptu movie nights, and those all-important late night conversations about life. Wherever you live at Notre Dame, you become part of a community and tradition that embraces shared interests while celebrating diversity. residentiallife.nd.edu
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Notre Dame offers 500+ student clubs and organizations. From rock-climbing to Folk Choir to Notre Dame Rocketry Team, you can create your own adventures, making friends along the way. Our students captain interhall athletic teams; write for The Observer, our student newspaper; and lead residence hall and student government. They develop ideas through the Entrepreneurship Society. They motivate at-risk children to pursue their dreams through College Mentors for Kids. They produce and choreograph musicals, star in operettas, and film documentaries. Notre Dame students fill their time outside of the classroom with experiences that enrich their lives and shape their education—and they have a ton of fun while they’re at it.
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Inspiration can happen anywhere. Here, it happens everywhere. One of the best things about college is the variety of opportunities for creative expression. If you feel freest while preparing for a role or painting a set background or laying down tracks, you are among friends at Notre Dame. The arts at Notre Dame reflect the diversity and cultures of a student body drawn from all 50 states and 100 countries. With more than 900 arts events annually, plus numerous academic and extracurricular programs, our venues, studios, museums, and mentors are dedicated to your creativity.
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Even if you’re not a varsity athlete, Notre Dame provides countless opportunities to engage in athletics. So you can play the sport you love at a high level—or try something completely new. The home of the Fighting Irish is the perfect place to don a uniform, toss a disc, or cheer from the stands.
AT YOUR OWN LEVEL WE OFFER:
ª Numerous interhall sporting events. (We’re the only non-academy school to offer tackle football.) ª Extensive recreational facilities, including the Smith Center for Recreational Sports and Rockne Memorial. They include weight rooms, tracks, a rock climbing wall, and a long list of group exercise classes. ª An intramural program that Sports Illustrated deemed one of the best in the country, including Bookstore Basketball, the largest 5-on-5 outdoor basketball tournament in the world.
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Division 1 national championships earned since 1924 Womenʼs Basketball National Championships Fencing national titles, most recently in 2021 Student-athlete graduation rate among all NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools for the last 13 years
D FA I T O O H G
Our Catholic faith informs our pursuit of truth academically and spiritually. But you don’t have to be Catholic to explore your faith here. Notre Dame has one of the largest campus ministry organizations in the country and this department serves all faiths through Masses, faith sharing groups, retreats, and even transportation to services. You can work with high school participants at the ND Vision retreat, serve as a Eucharistic minister at your residence hall Mass, or lend your voice in worship to the Liturgical Choir, the Folk Choir, or the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir. You can also talk one-on-one with our pastoral staff for spiritual direction.
SACRED TRADITION The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is one-seventh the size of the famed French shrine, created by Notre Dame founder Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C. Now the Grotto serves as a place for quiet reflection for students and all members of the Notre Dame community. You’ll encounter it on Welcome Weekend when your class makes its first official visit together. Upon graduation, you will celebrate one last Mass with your class here before Commencement.
CHAPELS ON CAMPUS including a chapel in each of the 32 residence halls
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RELIGIOUS RETREATS offered annually through Campus Ministry
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Our Catholic faith is lived out through service to others. Notre Dame students are concerned for those in need, committed to helping, and give more than they take. There are many ways to demonstrate your concern for your fellow humans. You can bring Christmas gifts to families in need with your hallmates or raise money for the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh through Bengal Bouts or Baraka Bouts, our annual boxing tournaments. You can also dedicate your post-graduate years to the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, teaching in underfunded schools while earning your master’s degree. Whatever your talents and interests, you’ll find a way to put them to use for the greater good.
Center for Social Concerns U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns as one of the national leaders in community-based learning and service. Its Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) places students within more than 300 community organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Through this and other programs, including a minor in poverty studies, you can experience the intersection of academics and ethics while serving others. socialconcerns.nd.edu
Our mission to be a force for good in the world means we are committed to creating a more just and peaceful world for everyone. We recognize the humanity in all, striving toward inclusion through campus programs and activities. Each year, our signature Walk the Walk Week takes place around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrating the diversity of our campus while educating our community on issues of diversity and inclusion. A candlelight prayer service under the Golden Dome begins the week. Notable speakers present on various topics and built-in time for dialogue and reflection allows us to integrate what we learn.
Notre Dame Principles of Diversity and Inclusion RESPECT THE DIGNITY OF EVERY PERSON. BUILD A NOTRE DAME COMMUNITY IN WHICH ALL CAN FLOURISH. LIVE IN SOLIDARITY WITH ALL, PARTICULARLY THE MOST VULNERABLE. diversity.nd.edu
Walking Together The selection of groups and programs below support diversity and inclusion. 1stG ND ACCESS-ABLE ARABIC CLUB OF NOTRE DAME BLACK STUDENT ASSOCIATION OF NOTRE DAME DIVERSITY COUNCIL GENDER RELATIONS CENTER INSTITUTE FOR LATINO STUDIES KLAU CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS LIU INSTITUTE FOR ASIA AND ASIAN STUDIES MULTICULTURAL STUDENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION NATIVE AMERICAN INITIATIVES NOTRE DAME INITIATIVE ON RACE AND RESILIENCE PrismND PROJECT FRESH SARA BEA ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES WABRUDA
View cultural student organizations: sao.nd.edu
Notre Dame, Our Mother tender, strong and true, gleams thy gold and blue . golden is thy fame, and our Notre Dame; and our hearts There’s something profoundly special about being a Domer that every student
understands but may struggle to put into words. But this something special is seen
and felt by all when students put their arms around each other’s shoulders to sing
“Notre Dame, Our Mother,” also known as the “alma mater,” after every football
game in the 80,000-seat Notre Dame Stadium. Win or lose, the Fighting Irish join
their voices with the Notre Dame band and sing. The song is a celebration of their
camaraderie, of friendship, and of their place in the legacy and lore of the University of Notre Dame. “Proud” doesn’t begin to describe it.
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