Experience ND


Notre Dame is a place to enrich your mind, body and spirit. While the quality of the academic and intellectual preparation we provide our students is world-class, there is also a strong sense of fellowship and community that pervades the campus that can only be understood through an experience here. 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.

To learn more about what Pre-College participants have said about life at ND, visit our testimonials page.

On Campus


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. Click here for more information about LaFortune.

South Dining Hall is often compared to the Great Hall from Harry Potter, and 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!


Rolf's Sports Recreation Center and Rockne Memorial are the on-campus recreational facilities, offering fitness classes, dance lessons, swimming pools, and a climbing wall, amongst 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. 

Off Campus

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Eddy Street Commons is the main mixed-use development space adjacent to the south boundary of campus. It houses not only The Foundry apartments and a Notre Dame bookstore, but also Jimmy John's, Urban Outfitters, 7-11, Nicolas J Salon, and more. Learn more about Eddy Street Commons here.