University of Notre Dame
#116 Overall Influence#23 Desirability Rank

University of Notre Dame

Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana, United States

About This School

How does this school stack up?

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

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

20,371

Acceptance

18%

Graduation Rate

95%

Median SAT Score

1475

Median ACT Score

34

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$52,884

Fees (in-state)

$507

IncomeAverage Net Cost
0-30K$12,607
30K-48K$12,489
48K-75K$16,622
75K-110K$21,682
110K+$44,641

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$98,400

Employed

94%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

13K

Under-Grads

10K

Graduates

3K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

400 Main Building, Notre Dame IN 46556

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#42 World Rank #18 USA Rank
Mathematics
#47 World Rank #34 USA Rank
Political Science
#52 World Rank #20 USA Rank
Religious Studies
#56 World Rank #19 USA Rank
Philosophy
#60 World Rank #34 USA Rank
Law
#64 World Rank #31 USA Rank
Sociology
#72 World Rank #38 USA Rank
History
#92 World Rank #55 USA Rank
Computer Science
#136 World Rank #79 USA Rank
Engineering
#138 World Rank #103 USA Rank
Business
#147 World Rank #105 USA Rank
Social Work
#154 World Rank #53 USA Rank
Physics
#159 World Rank #122 USA Rank
Communications
#162 World Rank #99 USA Rank
Education
#166 World Rank #123 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#172 World Rank #99 USA Rank
Psychology
#175 World Rank #79 USA Rank
Economics
#188 World Rank #71 USA Rank
Chemistry
#196 World Rank #69 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#198 World Rank #95 USA Rank
Biology
#202 World Rank #95 USA Rank
Anthropology
#263 World Rank #109 USA Rank
Literature
#337 World Rank #166 USA Rank
Medical
#357 World Rank #210 USA Rank
Nursing

Influential People

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 Mathematics, Political Science, and Religious Studies. University of Notre Dame’s most academically influential people include Orson Scott Card, Jacques Maritain, and Phil Donahue.

Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card

American science fiction novelist

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Jacques Maritain
Jacques Maritain

French philosopher

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Phil Donahue
Phil Donahue

American talk show host, film producer and writer

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Jack Sepkoski

American paleontologist

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Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen

Sociologist

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Regis Philbin
Regis Philbin

American television personality

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John Augustine Zahm
John Augustine Zahm

Holy Cross priest, author, scientist, and South American explorer

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William J. Mitsch
William J. Mitsch

American ecologist

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Theresa Rebeck

Writer, playwright, novelist

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Donald F. McGahn II
Donald F. McGahn II

American government official

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Douglas Vakoch
Douglas Vakoch

American astrobiologist

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Bob Galvin

American businessman

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