College Spotlight: University of Notre Dame

Posted on March 06 2020

Founded by Rev. Edward Soren in 1842, the private Catholic research university known as the University of Notre Dame is located just outside of South Bend, Indiana. The Basilica, Notre Dame Stadium, The Word of Life Mural and the Golden Dome are recognizable landmarks contained within this 1,261-acre suburban setting. In the United States, particularly where undergraduate education is concerned, it is considered one of the top universities. More than 15 summer programs and 50 year-long study programs abroad are offered by the University as well as a graduate program with more than 50 doctoral, professional degree, and master programs provided by six schools. Notre Dame maintains a system of scientific museums, artistic museums, cultural venues, and libraries.

In 1972, the University first enrolled women undergraduates. Since then, under the leadership of the following two presidents, the University has seen steady growth.

 We're going to take an up close and personal look at the University here, finishing up with their football team and a number of Notre Dame alumni.

College Spotlight: University of Notre Dame

Transportation and Setting

The beautiful grounds housing the University of Notre Dame are located one hour east of Chicago. The environment is friendly and safe. While buses are available to take students to O'Hare and Midway airports, only one bus accesses the campus for those coming into the University. During fall, spring, and summer, many students use bikes.

Dorm Life

There is a very active style of dorm life at the University. Wherever you live, you're likely to make friends. The communities are more like tightknit families and there are no fraternities. Considered some of the best in the nation, the dining scene offers a handful of options.


At least three times a week, most professors hold office hours. Both teaching assistants and professors, however, can usually be accessed at various times of the day. Professors are quick to respond to students’ difficulties or concerns and are extremely personal, engaged, and intelligent.

University of Notre Dame Football

The Fighting Irish are part of the NCAA division representing the University of Notre Dame. Major contributors to football, this University’s team greatly influenced Notre Dame’s national rise to prominence in the early 20th century. This University has produced 13 Pro Hall of Famers, 62 members of the College Hall of Fame, seven Heisman Trophy winners, and has accumulated 11 Consensus National Championships.

Coach Knute Rockne was one of the most successful football team coaches in history and, in the early 20th century, reached international fame.


The University of Notre Dame has produced numerous individuals who are celebrities in their own right. Some of those are as follows:

  • Television personality Regis Philbin
  • United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
  • Talk show host and producer Phil Donahue
  • NFL San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana
  • … and many more

Other sports alumni include Joe Theismann, Craig Counsell, Jerome Bettis, and of course, Knute Rockne.

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