University of Notre Dame

#113 / #39
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Catholic university located in South Bend, Indiana, United States

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About University of Notre Dame

By James Barham, PhD

The University of Notre Dame (ND) was founded in 1842 by Edward Sorin, a Catholic priest of the religious order of the Congregation of Holy Cross (Congregatio a Sancta Cruce—CSC). ND was originally a primary and secondary school. Two years later, in 1844, the school received its college charter from the General Assembly of Indiana (which had been a state since 1816). It awarded its first degree in 1849.

Today, ND is still run by the CSC, although the faculty members and the student body are now recruited from far beyond the confines of the Catholic Church.

ND’s transformation from a small Catholic college to a modern research university has been gradual but steady. Already in 1919, the university began to abandon its traditional Classical and Scholastic curriculum in favor of a modern, secular curriculum. Another major push toward parity with secular institutions nationwide was initiated under the leadership of President Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., beginning in the 1960s.

ND gained further national recognition when Hesburgh became a national figure, standing arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King, Jr., at a Chicago civil-rights rally in 1964. In 1969, Hesburgh was appointed Chairman of the US Civil Rights Commission by President Richard Nixon.

In addition to ND’s college, graduate school, and such highly regarded professional schools as the Notre Dame Law School and the Mendoza College of Business, ND is also home to several highly regarded, specialized institutes, including the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies.

Among many prominent ND alumni and faculty, we may mention the following:

  • Mathematician, Mei-Chi Shaw
  • Computer scientists, Jeffrey Vitter & James Massey
  • Philosophers, Alasdair MacIntyre, Alvin Plantinga, Ralph McInerny, Peter van Inwagen & Gary Gutting
  • Science fiction author, Orson Scott Card
  • Romance novelist, Nicholas Sparks
  • Physicist, Charles W. Misner
  • Electrical engineer, Panos Antsaklis
  • Aeronautical and biomedical engineer, Dava Newman
  • Physiologist, Philip Majerus
  • Geneticist, Anne Villeneuve
  • Developmental biologist and Nobel laureate for physiology or medicine, Eric Wieschaus
  • Priest, explorer, and early evolutionary theorist, John Augustine Zahm
  • Evolutionary biologist, H. Frederik Nijhout
  • Ecologist, William Mitsch
  • Sociologists, Christian Smith, Ann Mische, Lynette Spillman & Saskia Sassen
  • Economist, Kasey Buckles
  • Political scientists, Patrick Deneen, David E. Campbell, Emilia Justyna Powell & Ming Chu-cheng
  • Legal scholar and political scientist, Richard W. Garnett
  • Intellectual historians, George Marsden & Brad S. Gregory
  • American Studies scholar, Murray Sperber
  • Islamic Studies scholar, Ebrahim Moosa
  • Sinologist, Edward L. Shaughnessy
  • Catholic bishop and popular author, Robert Barron
  • Peruvian priest and liberation theologian, Gustavo Gutiérrez
  • Journalist, Robert Costa
  • TV journalist and political commentator, Mark Shields
  • TV personalities, Phil Donahue & Regis Philbin
  • Current US Representative, John Ratcliffe
  • Former US Senator, Joe Donnelly
  • Former US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice

According to Wikipedia, The University of Notre Dame du Lac, known simply as Notre Dame or ND, is a private Catholic research university in Notre Dame, Indiana, outside the city of South Bend. French priest Edward Sorin founded the school in 1842. The main campus covers 1,261 acres in a suburban setting and contains landmarks such as the Golden Dome, the Word of Life mural , Notre Dame Stadium, and the Basilica. Originally for men, although some women earned degrees in 1918, the university began formally accepting undergraduate female students in 1972.

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University of Notre Dame Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

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How Much Does University of Notre Dame Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)
Price by Family Income
IncomeAverage Net Cost
0 - 30K$9,872
30K - 48K$9,136
48K - 75K$14,020
75K - 110K$18,969

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

How Much Do University of Notre Dame Graduates Make?

If you graduate from University of Notre Dame, then you can expect to earn an average of $98,400 per year. You also have a 94% chance of being employed after 10 years.

University of Notre Dame's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

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Where is University of Notre Dame?

University of Notre Dame is located at 400 Main Building, Notre Dame IN 46556

What Is University of Notre Dame Known For?

University of Notre Dame is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

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Who Are University of Notre Dame's Most Influential Alumni?

University of Notre Dame's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Religious Studies, Social Work, and Philosophy. Here are some of University of Notre Dame's most famous alumni:

Jacques Maritain
Jacques Maritain
A French philosopher.
Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card
An American science fiction novelist.
Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen
A Sociologist.
John Burgee
An American architect.
Richard V. Allen
Richard V. Allen
A United States National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan 1981–1982.
Virgil Exner
An American automobile designer.
Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
An American Republican politician. Condoleezza Rice is U.S. Secretary of State. Condoleezza Rice is political scientist.
Eric F. Wieschaus
Eric F. Wieschaus
An American geneticist.
Joe Montana
An American football player, quarterback.
Charles W. Misner
Charles W. Misner
An American physicist.
James Massey
An American information theorist and cryptologist .
Amien Rais
An Indonesian politician.

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