Notre Dame is a place to enrich your mind, body, and spirit. While we provide our students with a world-class academic environment, there is also a strong sense of community that pervades the campus and it can only be understood through experience. As a participant in one of our Pre-College Programs, you’ll experience both. You'll learn under the instruction of Notre Dame faculty, live in a Notre Dame residence hall, eat in the dining halls, and serve in the community. As you do, you'll be challenged intellectually and enriched socially.
Pre-College Program participants also work closely with their Resident Counselors, current Notre Dame students who play an integral role in the success of each program. The Counselors bring a multitude of talents to the programs and are instrumental in providing an authentic model of Notre Dame student life.
The Notre Dame campus is served by its own police and fire departments, and the safety of our students and Pre-College participants is a top priority. Please visit the Notre Dame Security Police website for additional information.
LaFortune Student Center, affectionately dubbed "LaFun," is the hub of student life on campus, offering a wide variety of shops and services in one convenient location. Just a few steps from the Golden Dome, LaFortune houses numerous eateries like Smashburger, Subway, and Starbucks, as well as a mini-mart, credit union, game room, computer lab, and more. Learn more.
Students will also have access to the brand new Duncan Student Center on the south side of campus. With gathering spaces and eateries like Star Ginger Asian Grill and Noodle Bar, Modern Market, and a coffeehouse, there are plenty of places on campus to hang out. Learn More
South Dining Hall is often compared to the Great Hall from Harry Potter, and it is where all Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars students eat their meals. With cuisine ranging from homestyle and Italian to Asian, Pan-American, and vegan-friendly, you'll find it hard to get bored with South Dining Hall's excellent variety and service. Click here to view menus and more.
The Smith for Recreational Sports Center and Rockne Memorial are the on-campus recreational facilities, offering fitness classes, dance lessons, swimming pools, and a climbing wall, among numerous other amenities.
Hesburgh Library is the main building in the Notre Dame library system, housing 3.39 million volumes. It boasts a newly renovated main floor and atrium, as well as an Au Bon Pain, for all of your study time cravings.
Eddy Street Commons is the main mixed-use development space adjacent to the south boundary of campus. It’s walkable from the residence halls and houses nine eateries including Chipotle, Five Guys, Kilwin's Chocolates & Ice Cream, and Yats’ cajun creole restaurant, among others. You can also shop or scout out some fun activities while you’re on Eddy Street. In addition to a Notre Dame bookstore and Urban Outfitters, you’ll find Nicholas J Salon & Spa, Pure Barre, and even a convenient 7-Eleven. Learn more about Eddy Street Commons here.