University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN 46556

School Details

The University of Notre Dame is a private Roman Catholic institution of higher learning located in South Bend, Indiana. Founded in 1842 by Father Edward Sorin, the land was granted to Sorin by the Bishop of Vincennes with the instructions that Sorin must use the land to build a university. Receiving its charter in 1844, the university went on to bestow its first degrees just five years later in 1849. Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s Notre Dame expanded by building residence halls, a library and a science hall. From the early 1950s to the late 1980s, the university experienced a vast increase in their endowment, research funding as well as annual operating budget. During this time, in the 1960s, Notre Dame, a previously all male university, opened its dorms to women. The first woman graduated from Notre Dame in 1972. Today, the university continues to flourish and expand. Notre Dame is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Notre Dame has about 8,500 total undergraduate students and around 3,500 graduate students. Notre Dame is recognized as being one of the more selective universities, admitting just 29 percent of all applicants. An overwhelming 97 percent of students return for their second year and 96 percent of student graduate within six years. Less than one percent of Notre Dame students qualify as part time and the average age of all students is 20. The gender ratio is fairly even favoring the male population slightly with 54 percent male students. Only nine percent of Notre Dame students are from Indiana leaving 91 percent of student body hailing from out of state. While 74 percent of Notre Dame students identify as Caucasian, nine percent of the student body identifies as Hispanic, 6 percent identifies as Asian and three percent identify as African American. 

Due to Notre Dame’s status as a private institution, tuition for all students, no matter their state residency status, is the same at about $43,000 a year. Cost per credit hour for part-time students is around $1,700. Tuition costs can be daunting and therefore students should be aware of the financial aid options available to them. Students can receive financial aid through several different channels including federal financial aid, scholarships, grants and federal work study.  Around 70 percent of students who receive financial aid do so through scholarships and grants and about 30 percent of students receive aid through loans or federal work study jobs. Of the 82 percent that were offered financial aid, 80 percent of students had their full need met. Overall, 99 percent of need was met at Notre Dame and 74 percent of freshmen students who qualified as need based received financial aid. The average first year financial aid package is around $35,000. Students who are considered to be need based receive an average need based loan of about $3,300 and average need based scholarship of around $29,000. The average indebtedness for a Notre Dame student at graduation is about $30,000.

Students at Notre Dame can earn degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete an average of 120 credit hours and can be completed in an average of four years as a full time student. Master’s programs' required credit hours for completion vary by program and range from 30 credit hours to 48 credit hours and may take two years to complete as a full time student. Doctoral programs can typically be completed in about three years as a full time student; however, program credit hours and completion length varies by program.

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School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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