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Rachael Banks '11
Rachael Banks experienced diversity from a very early age when she traveled abroad. It was then that she fell in love with many different cultures. “Coming back to the U.S., I think it’s important for each person to have a global, and by that I mean diverse―culturally, ethnically, and racially―perspective. I want to learn in an environment that exposes me to new things and new people,” says Banks. “That is how knowledge is shared.”
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Eras Noel '12
Eras Roy Noel III had a major influence on his decision to attend Notre Dame―the Introduction to Engineering camp he attended on campus in 2006. The mechanical engineering and industrial design major says it gave him the opportunity to be a student for three weeks. “I was taught by Notre Dame professors, I ate at South Dining Hall, I fished in the lakes, and I lived in a dorm,” recalls Noel. The program gave me an eagle’s eye view... Read More
Kevin Park '12
Before college, Kevin Park ’12 described himself as “reserved,” keeping company with people whom he felt most comfortable―other Korean Americans. But that changed when he arrived at Notre Dame. “I told myself that when I went to college, I would meet all kinds of people and really expand my network of friends. And once I realized how nice the people at Notre Dame were, it was easy for me to fit in,” says Park. The IT management major says... Read More
Lexie Perreras '11
For Lexie Perreras, the benefits of a diverse campus are about more than just the differences between people. “It can be a very unifying experience to see what we share with and how we differ from others,” says the psychology major. Perreras was introduced to the Notre Dame community through one of the University’s pre-college programs, Latino Community Leadership Seminar. “It is a one-week program offered during the summer for rising high school seniors,” says Perreras. “I decided to... Read More
Kara Strass '11
Biology major Kara Strass ’11 visited several colleges before choosing Notre Dame. She eliminated many of the other institutions because she just didn’t feel that she would fit in. “When I came to Notre Dame, all the students I met were so friendly and seemed to love it here,” recalls Strass. “I instantly knew that it was a place where I could feel comfortable and spend four years.” Strass has since busied herself beyond her studies, finding several clubs... Read More
Notre Dame is a community rich in diversity and committed to inclusion. Students travel from around the country and the world, seeking the academic excellence for which Notre Dame is known. What they find is a place where they can learn about other cultures, beliefs, and perspectives. They find a place where they can engage with peers, be supported by mentors, and conduct research with some of the foremost scholars in the world. Students are welcomed into a community where they can come together in large group activities or find the friends and space to call their own. Our students are becoming culturally competent, global citizens while studying in a community that is growing more diverse.
At Notre Dame, a world-class education is within reach as we work with students to help meet their financial needs. There are a host of possibilities, resources, and opportunities for all students at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame offers many academic opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students as well as professional degree candidates. All undergraduate students enroll in the First Year of Studies, and can choose to study from five colleges and schools:
For high school students
Notre Dame fosters success, bringing high school students to campus through our Pre-College Programs, which allow them to experience living and learning on campus during the summer:
- Summer Scholars offers rising high school juniors and seniors with outstanding academic records an opportunity to explore one of 13 academic fields of study with some of Notre Dame's finest faculty members.
- The Notre Dame Leadership Seminars invite diverse, highly creative rising high school seniors to explore and engage in a vibrant discourse with world-renowned Notre Dame faculty. Through a series of integrated themes and experiences, students participate in intellectual discourse and discovery through the lens of Catholic social teaching.
For undergraduate students
Current students can continue down the path of success through programs supported through the Office of Student Affairs' Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS). The MSPS also works to provide students with access to programs, services, and clubs that will help them to expand and explore cultural diversity and multicultural education. Students will also find avenues to leadership growth, professional development, and academic excellence through MSPS.
- Historically underrepresented students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills through opportunities of research, internships, and foreign travel through the Building Bridges Mentoring Program, and they stay connected with the program throughout their time at Notre Dame.
- At the beginning of their sophomore year, historically underrepresented students with a highly competitive GPA are invited to become members of the Honors Students and High Achievers Program, and during their time in the program they are encouraged to maintain a competitive academic record, conduct research with faculty, and explore a path that leads to graduate school.
For graduate students
The graduate school provides competitive Deans' Fellowships to promote diversity. U.S. citizens or permanent residents seeking admission to any division of the graduate school who are first-generation, low-income college students and/or who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic, or Native American are eligible for nomination by their departments.
The Office of Campus Ministry team is committed to cross-cultural ministry with individual staff members dedicated to African-American, Asian and Asian American, and Latino ministries. There are resources for Catholic students, ecumenical and interfaith prayer, and fellowship for students of all faith traditions.
Eighty percent of undergraduate students are active in service. Over 10 percent pursue at least one year of post-graduate service. Service is part of the campus culture and there are many clubs and organizations dedicated to social justice issues and direct service.
Our Center for Social Concerns offers a myriad of service opportunities including academic courses and programs with a service element and collaborates with around 50 local organizations. Additionally, over 40 service clubs are registered with the Student Activities Office.
We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and vibrant environment through many student activities, organizations, and events. Students can perform in annual talent and variety shows such as the Asian American Association's Asian Allure and the Black Cultural Arts Council’s Black Images. They can learn about the history of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cultures through Luau and celebrate the Latino culture through dance and vocal performances in Latin Expressions. Graduate students can also get involved in campus life through graduate student clubs.
Students can also engage with the community at large in events such as the Office of the President's Worldview. This initiative, designed to promote constructive dialogue about issues of diversity, including race, ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic class and gender through the arts, presents films and live performances, including many at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. What's more, Legends, the on-campus student nightclub, frequently books performers who appeal to a culturally diverse audience.
The 29 undergraduate residence halls and two graduate and family housing facilities continue the tradition of residential life at the University. Students build dynamic relationships and community through eating together in the dining halls, attending concerts and shows, and participating in hall council as well as other clubs and organizations, athletics, service activities, and more.
International Student Services
Notre Dame students represent many different countries and cultures from around the world, and the university offers several programs and services that cater to international students:
Notre Dame offers a variety of other resources for students including but not limited to the following: