Mission & Service

Driven by our founding Catholic character, our students and faculty strive to be a force for good around the world.



At the core of Notre Dame's mission is a defining Catholicity that guides our search for truth and inspires students, faculty, and alumni to lead lives of faith, meaning, and service. 

Notre Dame is committed to serving those in need, which includes traditional volunteer efforts as well as innovative service-learning programs and research geared toward improving the lives of others. 

  • Campus Ministry serves nearly 3,000 students each year on over 40 retreats.

  • Notre Dame requires 2 courses in theology and 2 in philosophy.

  • There are 58 chapels on campus that celebrate mass over 80 times a week.

  • Campus Ministry provides students with a wide array of opportunities to strengthen their faith.

  • For 20 years, the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program has trained and sent teachers to under-resourced Catholic schools across the country.

  • The Institute for Church Life (ICL) has several programs that address the needs of the Church.

  • More than 80% of students participate in service projects while on campus and at least 10% of each graduating class devotes one or two years to service work after graduation.

  • Since 1961, more than 775 Notre Dame Graduates have entered the Peace Corps - more than from any other Catholic college or university.

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