The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Indiana. Any student admitted as an undergraduate to the University of Notre Dame may declare an architecture major. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions regulates all undergraduate admissions to the University. Freshmen are encouraged to enter the five-year program to begin the challenging curriculum as early as possible. The first year of the program is an introduction to architecture and drawing skills in addition to the universal first-year requirements.
Undergraduate students immerse themselves in the principles of traditional and classical architecture and its application in the modern world. That means learning more than the basics of design and construction. It means developing an understanding of society itself and how the buildings where people live, work, and worship facilitate a sense of community. To that end, Notre Dame has developed an extensive five-year program to prepare students to become licensed architects and engaged citizens committed to the greater good of the built and natural environment.