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The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university
The school is located in Notre Dame, Ind., adjacent to the city of South Bend and approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. There are 138 buildings on campus and two lakes covering 1,250 acres.
Enrollment at Notre Dames as of the 2014 academic year was 12,179 students overall with 8,448 undergraduates.
Tuition for the 2015-16 school year is $47,929 for undergraduates plus an additional $13,846 for room and board.
The University is organized into four colleges Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business the School of Architecture, the Law School, the Graduate School, six major research institutes, more than 40 centers and special programs, and the University library system.
The Graduate School, established in 1918, encompasses 11 master’s and 26 doctoral degree programs in and among 30 University departments and institutes.
Notre Dame is best known for its football program, which has an exclusive TV contract with NBC for all home games. The football team is not affiliated with any conference but other sports are part of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the 14story Hesburgh Library with its 132feethigh mural depicting Christ the Teacher, and the University’s 130yearold Main Building with its Golden Dome are among the most widely known university landmarks in the world.
The University of Notre Dame began on November 26, 1842, when a 28-year-old French priest, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., and seven companions, all of them members of the recently established Congregation of Holy Cross, took possession of 524 snow-covered acres that the Bishop of Vincennes had given them in the Indiana mission fields.
A man of lively imagination, Father Sorin named his fledging school in honor of Our Lady, in his native tongue, “L’Université de Notre Dame du Lac” (The University of Our Lady of the Lake). On January 15, 1844, the University was thus officially chartered by the Indiana legislature.
The Notre Dame Marching Band was founded in 1843 and is the oldest college band in existence.
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Updated January 31, 2016