圣母大学学生人口的多元化在过去20年增加了两倍达到约30 ％，在1972年圣母大学本科录取了第一个的女性。目前女性学生人数占本科生及总体招生人数的48 ％。
The University of Notre Dame provides a distinctive voice in higher education that is at once rigorously intellectual, deeply moral in focus, and firmly embracing of a service ethos.
Founded in 1842, Notre Dame is an independent, national Catholic research university located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana and approximately 90 miles east of Chicago.
Admission to the University is highly competitive, with more than nine applicants for each freshman class position. Fifty-one percent of incoming freshmen were in the top 2 percent of their high school graduating class The academic profile for Notre Dame’s incoming freshman class ranks in the Top 15 among national research universities, and Notre Dame also ranks in the Top 10 for the percentage of admitted students who enroll for their fall semester, firmly establishing Notre Dame as a consistent “first-choice institution” for a high number of students each year.
The University's diversity student population has tripled in the past 20 years to some 30 percent, and women, first admitted to undergraduate studies at Notre Dame in 1972, now account for 48 percent of undergraduate and overall enrollment.
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, 14 major research institutes, two dozen centers and special programs, and the University Library system. Enrollment for the 2014-2015 academic year was 12,179 students overall and 8,448 undergraduates.
One indicator of the quality of Notre Dame's undergraduate programs is the success of its students in postbaccalaureate studies. The medical school acceptance rate of the University's preprofessional studies graduates is 84 percent, almost twice the national average. 90% of Notre Dame undergraduates applying for law schools are accepted. 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 source of the University's academic strength is its faculty. Notre Dame faculty members have won 53 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1999, more than for any other university in the nation.
In today’s global society, the University of Notre Dame believes that international study is an integral part of the undergraduate experience. For this reason, the University is committed to providing international opportunities of the highest quality to each of its students. Choosing from more than 40 programs in over 20 nations, undergraduate students—typically, students in their third year—engage in intensive study, challenging research, internships and service around the globe each year. These opportunities for global enrichment equip Notre Dame students with cross-cultural skills and international experience, enabling them to excel in the world’s top corporations. Among the nation’s best universities, Notre Dame ranks #1 in the number of alumni who serve as CEOs in the top 100 financial institutions in the United States.
With over 135,000 alumni around the world, the University of Notre Dame is proud of our strong alumni network, often referred to as the “Notre Dame family”. Even decades after graduation, Notre Dame alumni feel a powerful connection to the University, and to their network of friends and classmates. The Notre Dame Alumni Association, a network of more than 270 alumni clubs worldwide, connects Notre Dame alumni in their local communities and across the globe. This close-knit alumni network facilitates professional networking, fosters career development and provides social opportunities for its alumni year-round.
At Notre Dame, education always has been linked to values, among them living in community and volunteering in community service. Residence hall life, shared by four of five undergraduates, is both the hallmark of the Notre Dame experience and the wellspring of the University's rich tradition. A younger tradition, the University's Center for Social Concerns, serves as a catalyst for student voluntarism. Over 80 percent of Notre Dame students engage in some form of voluntary social service during their years at the University, and at least 10 percent devote a year or more after graduation to serving the less fortunate in the U.S. and around the world. Notre Dame students contribute a total of 225,000 hours of volunteer work each year.
The University of Notre Dame Endowment, valued at $9.8 billion is one of the twelve largest university endowments in the nation, and is the largest endowment at a Catholic university. The University’s annual budget amounts to more than $1.5 billion, providing extensive funding for both professional and student endeavors across the University. Click here for detailed information.
With 1,250 acres containing two lakes and 143 buildings with a total property replacement value of $3.3 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 historic Main Building with its famed Golden Dome are among the most widely known university landmarks in the world.