About the Graduate School

Our Commitment to Academic Excellence


We believe that our voice is best heard through the success of those we train at the highest level to become the academic and professional leaders of tomorrow. To that end, we work in concert with a world-class faculty across a variety of disciplines to mentor and develop our students by engaging them in meaningful research and other professional activities.

The University of Notre Dame is renowned worldwide for academic excellence, and gifted students from around the globe join us to be part of our vibrant intellectual community. As a graduate student at Notre Dame, you will benefit from generous financial support that allows you to focus on your degree objectives and from exposure to and participation in innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary pursuits.

All of this takes place in a setting that is small enough to provide you with individual attention and large enough to provide you with all the tools necessary for your transformation from a student of a chosen discipline to a steward of that discipline—an academic or professional who uses his or her considerable knowledge and skills to enter the arena of public discussion on pressing contemporary issues, to help solve the world’s problems, or to contribute to a greater understanding of our humanity.

A few markers of our academic excellence are:

  • Rapid growth in research awards — Fiscal Year 2012 research awards to Notre Dame topped the $100 million mark for the third consecutive year. The figure of more than $104 million represents an increase of almost $30 million from four years ago, and an increase of almost $80 million in the last 10 years. Sixty-five percent of the funding was awarded by the federal government for research, facilities and equipment, and educational and service programs. Awards from industrial sponsors continued to increase from $7 million in 2010 to approximately $10 million in 2012.
  • Our faculty have won more National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships (51) than any other faculty in the country over the last fifteen years. (Immediately following Notre Dame are the University of Michigan with 36 fellowships, Harvard with 28, Princeton with 24, and the University of California at Berkeley with 21).
  • Extremely selective and attractive programs — some matriculate only 9% of applicants and attract 90% of the students to whom they make offers of admission.
  • Recent graduates have accepted positions at such leading universities as Boston College, Brown University, Harvard University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University; and with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Amazon, GE Global Research, Intel, Bloomberg LP, and Advanced Bionics.

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Last Updated: 7/15/14