University of Notre Dame Photo Tour

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Explore the University of Notre Dame Campus

Main Building at the University of Notre Dame
Main Building at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

The University of Notre Dame is a private, highly selective Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Indiana. The picturesque 1,250-acre campus features many buildings with Gothic Revival style architecture, including its Main Building with the iconic Golden Dome. The campus also features two lakes with a small beach and hiking trails for student use.

Most of Notre Dame’s famous Fighting Irish athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference, with the football team competing independently.

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LaFortune Student Center at the University of Notre Dame

LaFortune Student Center at the University of Notre Dame
LaFortune Student Center at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

The LaFortune Student Center was constructed in 1883 and converted into a student center in the 1950s, and it now serves as a place for Notre Dame students to meet, learn, eat, and relax. The center features offices and meeting space for some of the university’s 400+ student organizations, as well as Divisions of Student Affairs offices, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and Student Activities. The LaFortune Student Center also brings many amenities to campus, including a Starbucks, convenience store, food court, and hairstylist. 

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame

Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame
Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is easily one of the most impressive buildings on campus, and a perfect example of the Notre Dame’s Gothic Revival sense of architecture. The Basilica took over two decades to build, and it contains 116 stained glass windows, three alters, 24 bells, a crypt, and a 12-foot cross. Daily masses are held in one of the building’s seven chapels. The Basilica is also used for special events, including alumni weddings. 

It should come as no surprise that the University of Notre Dame made our list of the country's Top Catholic Colleges and Universities.

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Coleman-Morse Center at the University of Notre Dame

Coleman-Morse Center at the University of Notre Dame
Coleman-Morse Center at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

The Coleman-Morse Center opened in 2001 and is located on the South Quad. The center houses offices for the First Year of Studies Program, Academic Services for Student-Athletes, and the Office of Campus Ministry. It also serves as a gathering place for students, with a fireplace lounge. The Coleman-Morse Center also holds an important piece of campus art: the Kugel Fountain, which features a 1,300 pound granite sphere floating on about 7 pounds of water pressure.

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The Lakes at the University of Notre Dame

The Lakes at the University of Notre Dame
The Lakes at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

One of the many features that make Notre Dame beautiful are its picturesque spring-fed lakes. St. Josephâs Lake in the east and St. Maryâa Lake in the west are both relaxing campus locations with lots for students to do. The nature preserves around the lakes have walking trails, and St. Josephâs Lake has a pier and a small beach, as well as a boating facility. The lakes also hold the annual Fisher Regatta student boat race. 

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O’Shaughnessy Hall at the University of Notre Dame

O’Shaughnessy Hall at the University of Notre Dame
O’Shaughnessy Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

O’Shaughnessy Hall is an important building for Notre Dame’s biggest and oldest college, the College of Arts and Letters. The building, which students affectionately nicknamed “O’Shag,” contains art exhibitions and a gallery. The building’s great hall includes seven iconic stained glass windows, each representing a traditional “liberal art.” The first floor is also the home of Waddick’s, a 1950s style coffee shop and a popular place for students to eat, study, and hang out.

Notre Dame's strengths in the arts and sciences earned the university a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

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Bond Hall at the University of Notre Dame

Bond Hall at the University of Notre Dame
Bond Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

Although it was built in 1917 to be Notre Dame’s library and art gallery, Bond Hall now holds the School of Architecture. In this building, students can participate in undergraduate and graduate programs, including a unique Rome Studies program. Bond Hall offers a computer lab, studio space, an auditorium, and a library for Architecture students to use. The building’s main staircase is traditionally used by the Notre Dame Marching Band for their game-day concerts.

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The University of Notre Dame Law School

The University of Notre Dame Law School
The University of Notre Dame Law School. Allen Grove

The Notre Dame Law School was founded in 1869, and it is the oldest Catholic law school in the United States. The Law School’s facilities include the original building, the Biochini Hall of Law, and Eck Hall of Law, which was built in 2009. The buildings house classrooms, offices, and the Kresge Law Library. They are connected by a covered archway, which features a commons area and a chapel. 

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Compton Family Ice Arena at the University of Notre Dame

Compton Family Ice Arena at the University of Notre Dame
Compton Family Ice Arena at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

The Compton Family Ice Arena features two rinks and a capacity for about 5,000 fans. Those who watch the Irish Hockey games can choose between chair back seating and bleachers, and there are concessions available. The rinks are used both by Notre Dame’s hockey programs and the local community. Notre Dame has varsity, club, and intramural ice hockey teams that use the rinks and the building’s locker rooms and training facilities.

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Crowley Hall at the University of Notre Dame

Crowley Hall at the University of Notre Dame
Crowley Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

When Crowley Hall was constructed in 1893, it served as the campus’s Institute of Technology. Now, it is used for the Department of Music, where Notre Dame’s musically inclined students can learn and practice. Crowley Hall provides department offices, classrooms, faculty offices, and a rehearsal room. There is a variety of instruments available for student practice, including Steinway grand pianos and five organs. Students studying music theory, performance, history, or ethnomusicology can expect to spend a lot of time in Crowley Hall.

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Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame

Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame
Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

Many of the university’s Fighting Irish teams use the Joyce Center for practice and play. The double-domed building features space and equipment for Notre Dame’s varsity, club, and intramural sports. The Joyce Center features boxing and fencing gyms, locker rooms, coach offices, and the Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. Attached to the building is the Rolfs Aquatic Center, which has a 50-meter pool and diving well. The building also hosts non-athletic events, including Opening Day Mass, activities for visiting families, and Commencement.

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Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame

Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame
Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

The Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering opened in 1979, and it houses classrooms, faculty offices, and a computer cluster for the departments of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. In addition to three above-ground stories, the building has two stories underground, and these contain some of the university’s research and education laboratories.

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Geddes Hall at the University of Notre Dame

Geddes Hall at the University of Notre Dame
Geddes Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

Built in 2009, Geddes Hall is one of the university’s newest buildings and the first one designed to achieve LEED certification. The building serves as a chapel and holds faculty and administrative offices, in addition to providing open gathering space. Geddes Hall also houses the Center for Social Concerns and the Institute for Church Life, as well as offices on the upper floors, and a 125-seat auditorium located in the basement.

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Hayes-Healy Center at the University of Notre Dame

Hayes-Healy Center at the University of Notre Dame
Hayes-Healy Center at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

The Hayes-Healy Center was built in the 1930s to house business programs, and it now holds the Department of Mathematics and the O’Meara Mathematics Library. The library is located in the building’s basement, and it contains more than 35,000 volumes. Students also have access to around 290 journals through the library. Mathematics is one of Notre Dame’s top five academic programs, and its highly praised faculty and award-winning programs have benefitted many students. The Hayes-Healy Center is also used for tutoring, as well as meetings and seminars. 

The university's many academic strengths earned it a place in our lists of the Top Indiana Colleges and Top Midwest Colleges.

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Howard Hall at the University of Notre Dame

Howard Hall at the University of Notre Dame
Howard Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

Howard Hall was constructed in 1924 to be a men’s dormitory, but it became a women’s residence hall in 1987. It was the first building on campus to feature gothic architecture, and its arches depict elaborate carvings. Students in Howard Hall can live in single, double, and triple rooms as well as two to five person suites. Students from all over campus gather at Howard Hall on the first snowfall of the year for the building’s annual marshmallow roast.

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Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame

Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame
Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

Jordan Hall of Science was built in 2006 and it is full of useful facilities and equipment for the College of Science. In addition to lecture halls, Jordan Hall of Science has 40 teaching labs, a museum of biodiversity, a greenhouse, a herbarium, and an observatory. It also has the state-of-the-art and very rare Digital Visualization Theater, which gives students a 3-D view of what they’re studying, with everything from organisms to galaxies.

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Riley Hall of Art and Design at the University of Notre Dame

Riley Hall of Art and Design at the University of Notre Dame
Riley Hall of Art and Design at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

In addition to housing the Center for Creative Computing, the Riley Hall of Art and Design is a haven for the university’s artistic students. Students have access to a variety of studios where they can work on different forms of art. There is a Digital Printing Studio, Printmaking Studio, and Wood Shop. Riley Hall also has a Photo Studio, which offers backdrops, lighting equipment, and a camera kit. The Metal Shop and Foundry is equipped with power tools and a forklift. For those who just want to enjoy art, there is the Photography Gallery at Riley Hall, which has between eight and ten exhibitions annually.

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Niewland Science Hall at the University of Notre Dame

Niewland Science Hall at the University of Notre Dame
Niewland Science Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

Niewland Science Hall was built in 1952, and it houses several science departments, including Physics and Chemistry and Biochemistry. The hall also contains the Physics Library, as well as many of the university’s research tools. Niewland Science Hall has impressive technology, including a microwave reactor, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, and a materials characterization facility. There is also an 1890s telescope on the roof of the hall which contains a 6-inch aperture lens given to the university in 1867 by Emperor Napoleon III.

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Pasquerilla Center at the University of Notre Dame

Pasquerilla Center at the University of Notre Dame
Pasquerilla Center at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

The Pasquerilla Center is one of the buildings in Mod Quad, and it holds offices and ROTC classrooms, where students can participate in Notre Dame’s unique Reserve Officer Training programs for four military branches. The building’s east and west halls serve as women’s residence halls, and each houses 250 people. Both of the halls also have their own signature events for the students, including PyrOlympics in the east hall and Queen Week in the west.

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Radiation Research Building at the University of Notre Dame

Radiation Research Building at the University of Notre Dame
Radiation Research Building at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

The Radiation Research Building was constructed in the 1960s by the US Atomic Energy Commission, and it serves the university as well as the scientific community. Notre Dame operates many specialized research laboratories for education and development, including the Radiation Laboratory Glass Shop, a Nanofabrication Facility, and a Molecular Structure Facility. The university also has a Radiation Chemistry Reading Room to help students with radiation research, as well as a Radiation Chemistry Data Center.

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Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall at the University of Notre Dame

Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall at the University of Notre Dame
Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

The Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall was built in 1990 and it provides high quality facilities for the Notre Dame Bands. Students can find office space, equipment storage, instrument lockers, sound-proof practice rooms, a music technology laboratory, and three rehearsal rooms in the hall. The Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall is frequented by the university’s musical groups, including three concert bands, three jazz ensembles, and the Band of the Fighting Irish.

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Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame

Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame
Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

When Hesburgh Library opened in 1963, it was the biggest college library in the world. With Hesburgh and the other libraries on campus, Notre Dame offers students the use of 3.4 million volumes, 135,000 electronic titles, 17,000 serial subscriptions, and over three million microform units. The building is well known for its mural, “The Word of Life,” which stands 132 feet tall and 65 feet wide and is affectionately referred to as “Touchdown Jesus.”

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Washington Hall at the University of Notre Dame

Washington Hall at the University of Notre Dame
Washington Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Allen Grove

Washington Hall exhibited its first play in 1882, one year after it was built. In addition to a stage, the hall once featured a barber shop, billiards hall, and Western Union Office. Today the hall is used for student groups and performances in its large modern auditorium. Here students can see or take part in talent shows, dance exhibitions, comedy shows, and more. Washington Hall is also home to the campus television show, NVDT.

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