President's Welcome

Rev John Jenkins

Welcome to the University of Notre Dame, where scholars across the generations have labored to realize our founding institutional vision to become a wellspring of hearts and minds devoted to the common good. 

A Notre Dame education forms the whole person. As president, I have the pleasure of seeing this happen every day in our classrooms, laboratories, studios and recital halls. Our abiding commitment to undergraduate education and world-class research grow together out of this lively pursuit of knowledge and truth, this abundant experience of community, friendship and service to humanity. 

Notre Dame is a place where matters of faith are addressed with respect; where the wisdom of religious tradition sheds new light upon the most pressing concerns of our own time. It is a Catholic university where tomorrow’s leaders in the arts and letters, in the sciences, the professions and civil society cultivate both technical proficiency and an ethical, moral and spiritual integrity that lasts a lifetime.

This is the Notre Dame I came to love while living in Grace Hall and studying philosophy in the 1970s. It’s the Notre Dame where I returned to teach philosophy and serve the students as a priest of Notre Dame’s founding order, the Congregation of Holy Cross.  It’s the Notre Dame that later called me to further service as its 17th president. I hope your visit to our website encourages you to visit us in person soon.

In Notre Dame,

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

A Message from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: Let us become more fully the Notre Dame we seek to be

I call on every member of the Notre Dame community to join with us in making ours an ever more inclusive community committed to combating racism.

Read the message from Fr. Jenkins

Carla Harris to Receive Laetare Medal

The vice chairman of wealth management and senior client adviser at Morgan Stanley — as well as a celebrated gospel singer, speaker and author — will be awarded the University of Notre Dame’s 2021 Laetare Medal.

A Prayer for Unity, Walk for Justice

With the image of “Christ the Teacher” on the south façade of Hesburgh Library as a backdrop, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., urged members of the campus community Monday evening (June 1) to recommit to and pray for unity and racial justice in our nation.

A Message from Fr. Jenkins: "We have work to do"

If we are committed only to certain life issues, that commitment is at best shallow and at worst hypocritical...We must be whole-hearted in defending the inviolable, God-given human dignity of every person.