University of Notre Dame, South Bend

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Visit historic University of Notre Dame to learn about its prestigious history. Take a tour from the visitor center and see the Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, a one-17th-size replica of the famed 1896 grotto in France. On hushed feet, explore Basilica of the Sacred Heart, an intricately designed Gothic-style church decorated in the university's colors of blue and gold. At the main building, also known as Golden Dome, you can see the 8 m (19 ft) gilded statue of Mary that adorns the top. The Hesburgh Library, which opened in 1963, serves as a modern addition to the university's buildings with an external mural of Jesus, commonly known as "touchdown Jesus," containing 81 different types of stones from 16 countries. The mural faces the Notre Dame stadium. Plan your University of Notre Dame visit and explore what else you can see and do in South Bend using our South Bend trip planner .
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  • October 3, 2017
    I love visiting ND! This is truly a beautiful campus. From the grotto to the basilica. The golden dome to the stadium. The quads to the bookstore. Beautiful statues, nature, historic gothic buildings....  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    What's not to love about Notre Dame? If you're lucky enough to visit on a football weekend, you'll be immersed in all sorts of activities from concerts, to tailgating, to trumpet under the dome, to st...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    We just walked around late one afternoon on our own. Such a beautiful campus! We had access to all sites (except the stadium) and could spend whatever time we wanted. The following morning, we returne...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    My Daughter Caroline attended Summer Scholars, and thoroughly enjoyed her experience taking Astronomy from some of the most notable professors in the world. What an amazing opportunity! I am grateful to the community of Notre Dame for giving Caroline Powers this amazing experience. Thank you
  • April 10, 2017
    A unique and architecturally historic University to see. They are very receptive and friendly to visitors. (1) We inquired about their acceptance requirements and they kindly provided us with a Notre Dame bag that included their catalogue and information. Very highly rated education system. (2) Their awesome book shop houses two floors. It is stocked with Notre Dame accessories, quality apparel and gifts. It also houses a coffee shop with specialty latte and cappuccino type drinks. (3) An interesting football hall of fame corridor. (4) Their Woman's Basketball Team games are a delight to watch, at a very minimal fee.
  • June 10, 2017
    Yes it is disrespectful to walk out on the VP but isn't it more disrespectful to shame an entire race in front of a entire nation? Respect is to be earned and if it is not earned by the students then why be there to show respect to a person whom have disrespected you culture and your personal belief? Just saying....moral of story a good university teaches kid of moral decision and the decision to walk out on the VP is a very moral one at least to me, child of immigrant. Notre Dame is a pride to the city and the decision is even more of a pride. Stand to wrong accusations and live with pride in you heart.
  • March 18, 2017
    Notre Dame has the best law school in the world. They have a London program where you can spend your entire second year of study. The experience was life changing. There is no better place to be. It has been almost twenty years since I graduated and I have no regrets. I have been blessed to be a part of the Notre Dame family. PROUD TO BE ND.
  • May 13, 2017
    It was magical. The campus is like no other. Everyone is so nice. They make you feel welcome, show you everything, and it's just the best. The Football Program is the best.

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