Founded in 1842, the University of Notre Dame is one of the top universities of the world and features a beautiful, unique campus littered with recognizable landmarks. The private, non-profit Catholic university is located in South Bend, Indiana and is known for its strong undergraduate education which includes six colleges: Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, Business, Architecture, and Global Affairs.
Located across the Notre Dame campus is the Golden Dome, Notre Dame’s main administrative building which also gives inspiration to the gold football helmets worn by the Fighting Irish, the “Word of Life” mural which has come to be known as “Touchdown Jesus,” The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic church on campus, and many more.
With so much beautiful architecture and tradition, there is plenty to love about the Notre Dame campus and we are here to help you navigate your way through.
All of the information you need to know about the University of Notre Dame can be seen below.
About Notre Dame
Blue & Gold
South Bend, Indiana
November 26, 1842
Tuition & Fees
Attendance / Number of Students
12,292 (8,448 undergraduates, 3,731 postgraduates)
Independent (football), Big Ten (ice hockey), Atlantic Coast Conference (all others)
Notre Dame Campus Map & Directions
University of Notre Dame
Download hi-res map of the Notre Dame campus in PDF form here.
Those visiting the Notre Dame can fly into South Bend Regional Airport (SBN) which is a 15-minute car ride to the campus.
From the airport, go east on Lincolnway West (left out of the airport) to downtown South Bend. Turn left on Indiana 933 (Michigan Street) and proceed about two miles to Angela Boulevard. Turn right onto Angela, and then turn left at the second stoplight (Eddy Street). Follow signs to visitor parking.
You can also fly in to Chicago O’Hare, which is a two-hour car ride from campus, or from Midway International Airport, a 90-minute drive.
If you choose to avoid the air, the South Shore Line trains will take you from the Chicago Loop to South Bend Regional Airport in approximately two hours. Once you reach South Bend Regional Airport, you make the 15-minute drive by car, taxi, or any other shuttle/ride sharing service.
What To Do In South Bend
First things first, the obvious: Notre Dame football games. If you are thinking of attending the University of Notre Dame or are simply in town to visit, the Fighting Irish give you an opportunity to see one of the top brands in college football up close and personal. While the program has taken a few steps back in recent years, Notre Dame continues to be a strong brand and their gameday atmosphere is one of the best in the nation.
The Notre Dame campus is also located right by Eddy Street Commons, one of the newest shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations in South Bend. You can stroll the street to check out the shops and some great food while witnessing the same unique and eye-catching architecture you will see throughout the Notre Dame campus.
Notre Dame is also close to Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes, if you have the itch to stroll down the beach.
Here is the South Bend visitor’s guide and a look at South Bend Parks and Recreation from the University of Notre Dame website.