University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located at Notre Dame, Indiana, adjacent to the city of South Bend and approximately 90 miles southeast of Chicago.
The University is organized into four undergraduate colleges - Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business - the School of Architecture, the Law School, the Graduate School, 10 major research institutes, more than 40 centers and special programs, and the University Library system. Fall 2004 enrollment was approximately 11,400 students.
One indicator of the quality of Notre Dame's undergraduate programs is the success of its students in post baccalaureate studies. The medical school acceptance rate of the University's pre-professional studies graduates is 78 percent, almost twice the national average, and Notre Dame ranks first among Catholic universities in the number of doctorates earned by its undergraduate alumni - a record compiled over some 80 years.
The Graduate School, established in 1918, encompasses 44 master's and 22 doctoral degree programs in and among 30 University departments and institutes. Within the Graduate School, the Office of Research supports faculty research awards which have doubled in the last five years, and totaled more than $73 million in fiscal year 2004. Representative major research areas include vector biology and parasitic disease, chemistry of blood proteins, micro-electronics materials science, orthopedic materials and implants, environmental science, aerodynamic flow physics and control, microfluidics and medical diagnostics, nano science, and cancer research. The Technology Transfer office works diligently to build robust collaborations to further this promising research, and to effect the transfer of the resultant products to the commercial market.
The source of the University's academic strength is its faculty, which since 1988 has seen the addition of more than 200 new members and the establishment of some 80 new endowed professorships. Notre Dame faculty members have won 16 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the past four years, more than for any other university in the nation. Approximately 70% of the teaching and research faculty in science and engineering are principal investigators on sponsored research projects.
With 1,250 acres containing two lakes and 136 buildings with a total property replacement value of $2 billion, Notre Dame is well known for the quality of its physical plant and the beauty of its campus. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the 14-story Hesburgh Library with its 132-feet-high mural depicting Christ the Teacher, and the University's newly renovated 124-year-old Main Building with its famed Golden Dome are among the most widely known university landmarks in the world.
Last Updated: 04-08-05
University of Notre Dame