Why Hire ND Students?

Notre Dame is one of a handful of truly international universities, with a student body drawn from all 50 states and more than 1,300 international students from 100 countries. About 75 percent of the undergraduates and 15 percent of advanced students live on campus, and more than 80 percent are active in service learning and community volunteer activities. We equip our students with the powers of discernment, sense of self, and a strong educational base that allows them to become impactful members of society.

Students at a Glance I Diversity I Innovation I Community I Service & Global Impact I Experiential Learning

Students at a Glance

  • 8,530 Undergraduate, 2,143 Graduate, 1,720 Professional (Law, M.Div, Business, M.Ed), 12,393 Total (2016 Admission Statistics)
  • Notre Dame is home to the creative intellectual, the bold and the ethical, and the restless seekers of social justice
  • Here you will find highly collaborative, team-oriented leadership skills, exceptional analytical and problem solving skills, and a well-rounded, ethical approach to making critical business decisions


“.... We are together a richly woven, colorful fabric, and every person, each with their own background, talents, and gifts, is a thread in the larger design…"                                                                                                                                        - Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President

We believe diversity is a moral and intellectual necessity, and promoting diversity among students, faculty, and staff is an essential part of being a Catholic institution. Diversity enriches our social interactions and intellectual lives by exposing all of us to approaches and frame of reference that challenge our unexamined assumptions.


  • Students come from all 50 states and 64 countries worldwide.
  • 52 percent male, 48 percent female, 26 percent US students of color, 7 percent International, 15 percent first generation or low socio economic (2018 Admission Statistics)
  • 89 percent of our incoming freshmen are ranked in the top 10 percent of their class, 33 percent headed a major student organization, 38 percent were captains of a varsity sports, 53 percent were involved in music, drama, fine arts, dance (2018 Admission Statistics)
  • Geographic Distribution: 19 percent West/Southwest, 35 percent Midwest, 15 percent South/Southeast, 24 percent East, 7 percent International (2018 Admission Statistics)


  • Our graduate students are confronting some of this century’s most vexing topics such as cancer’ genetic networks, human rights, big data security, solar cell technology, climate modeling, and peace efforts.
  • 99 percent are full time, 73 percent are doctorate, 43 percent are women, 26 percent are international students. Among  U/S students, 15 percent are from underrepresented groups (The Graduate School)

Programs and Initiatives

  • Multicultural Students Programs and Services is a community that celebrates difference and increases cultural awareness.
  • The Gender Relations Center designs and implements programs about healthy relationships, gender, and sexuality consistent with the Catholic character of the University.
  • Office of Student Enrichment is a place that offers programming and potential resources for members of the Notre Dame community who identify with the first-generation college and/or low-income student experience.
  • The AnBryce Scholars Initiative brings first generation, under resources students into a family of scholars and mentors, who seek to expose the students to the greater world and encourage them to better it.
  • To both advance and support increased diversity and inclusion in the Notre Dame community, the University invests in a range of initiatives and programming for students, faculty, and staff


  • The IDEA Center is the University of Notre Dame’s collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the technological and societal impact of the University’s innovations, with a vision of becoming a best-in-class player in the commercialization and innovation space while making the world a better place.
  • Innovation Park is a 55,000 square foot technology and entrepreneurship facility that serves as a site of nucleation where productive collisions between individuals such as entrepreneurs and inventors, students and investors, and subject matter experts and University staff routinely take place.
  • ESTEEM is an 11-month master of science degree program that enables students to discover, define, develop, and launch a lifelong engagement with the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, and their own personal “why”.  
  • McCloskey Business Plan Competition gives students and alumni an opportunity to submit an idea for a new product, service, or technology. The competition focuses on ventures that have not yet been launched or are in their earliest stages of launch. 


  • 100 percent of first-year students and 80 percent of sophomores, juniors, and seniors live in the 30 residence halls on campus,
  • Each residence hall has its own unique history, set of traditions, rector, chapel, mascot, colors, and signature event where collectively they combine to create a unified campus community that is unlike any other in the country.
  • With over 400+ undergraduate and graduate student clubs and organizations, Notre Dame students have a lot of opportunities to develop as a leader, grow in faith, and become an active participant in a vibrant campus community.

Service & Global Impact

  • Notre Dame is committed to Global Impact: Notre Dame International
  • The Keough School of Global Affairs, the first new college at Notre Dame in almost 100 years, will prepare students to ethically engage global human development.
  • Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) promotes human development and dignity among people worldwide through applied innovations, impact evaluation, education, and training that helps build just and equitable societies.
  • Notre Dame’s network of 11 Global Gateways and Global Centers aim to extend the global reach of the University’s research, scholarship, and programs; enhance students’ international education and experience; and provide a means for meaningful academic, cultural, and civic engagement
  • Nearly 60 percent of Notre Dame Undergraduates study abroad for academic credit which ranks Notre Dame at #10 nationally for students studying abroad.
  • 85 percent of Notre Dame undergraduates are active in social service, 10 percent of each graduating class spends a year or more in volunteer services, and 800+ Notre Dame graduates have served in the peace corps
  • 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
  • Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) has helped transform Catholic schools across the county and provides elementary and secondary school students and teachers with valuable resources


  • Researchers at Notre Dame are committed to advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world
  • Key research areas
  • 138.1 million in record breaking research awards in FY17, ranked #1 in the country for NEH Fellowships since 1999, and nearly 150 percent growth in research expenditures since 2006
  • Over One-Third of Notre Dame undergraduates conduct research before they graduate. Their projects are as diverse as their interests, ranging from the intersection of science and religion to fighting factory farm pollution, but all our student researchers have a few things in common: intellectual curiosity and a passion for improving the world
  • Through the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), students can take advantage of hundreds of opportunities for research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.
  • “A great Catholic university for the 21st century, one of the preeminent research institutions in the world.” - Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C

Experiential Learning

  • Moreau First Year Experience helps new students to make a meaningful transition to collegiate life at Notre Dame by integrating their academic, co-curricular and residential experiences.
  • Silicon Valley Semester allows a select group of Notre Dame juniors the opportunity to spend their spring semester living, studying, and working in Palo Alto, combining a credit-bearing internship with coursework at the Notre Dame California building.  
  • Washington DC Program offers students the ability to study off-campus, becoming immersed in the political and cultural life of Washington DC.
  • The Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) offers students an eight-week immersive service experience to address questions of social justice in light of the Catholic social tradition.
  • The Center for Social Concerns’ International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) is both a four-credit course and an eight-week summer service-learning program in Catholic social tradition and social analysis which together provide a critical lens through which students are invited to interpret an array of global issues.
  • The Student International Business Council (SIBC) is the largest student-led organization on campus that offers Notre Dame students life-changing business experience with organizations around the world. The SIBC vision is ‘peace through commerce’ and it is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for the challenges of the future. Students participate in semester long products with partner companies in the divisions of accounting, consulting, finance, marketing, social entrepreneurship, and STEM.  
  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition where PhD students from all departments and colleges explain their research in a language appropriate to an audience containing both specialists and non specialist, all within 3 minutes.
  • Leadership Advancing Socially Engaged Research
  • Common Good Initiative (CGI) is a multi-disciplinary immersion course in social justice.