Undergraduate Student Experience

At Notre Dame, you’ll learn as much outside the classroom as inside, through a wide range of experiences and opportunities to engage with students, faculty, professionals, alumni, and others in a dedicated community of learning and service. Build life-long networks, prepare for your future career, and help build a better world through engineering.

Notre Dame students standing together with Golden Dome in background

Life in Engineering at Notre Dame

Notre Dame and the College of Engineering offer many resources to support you in pursuit of your academic, professional and personal development and goals. From your first year through graduation, you’ll find the people and programs dedicated to advising and supporting you in your engineering journey. You’ll join a large, diverse, and inclusive community that welcomes and connect with you throughout your education and life.

International Programs for Engineers

Curious about options to study abroad? The College offers summer programs around the world that make it possible for you to travel, live and study internationally and still graduate in four years. In fact, 65 percent of Notre Dame Engineering students study abroad in Rome, Dublin, Berlin, Alcoy (Spain), Kyushu (Japan) or other locations. Most engineering students choose to go abroad the summer after their first or second year (leaving later years open for internships). Make sure to explore all your global options (financial assistance is available).

Undergraduate Research

Interested in research and innovation? Many faculty in engineering engage undergraduates in research investigations during the summer and throughout the academic year. Ninety-five percent of engineering students acquire internships or research experience during their time at Notre Dame.

Two undergraduate students setting up equipment in the EIH.

Women in Engineering

The Notre Dame chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is one of the largest student-led organizations on campus.

SWE is a national organization that encourages women to pursue engineering as an exciting and fulfilling educational and career choice.

SWE is an active part of Notre Dame Women in Engineering, a community of support that includes students, faculty, and alumni.

Engineering undergrad Cara Ravasio showing off a mechatronic football robot inside Notre Dame Stadium

Clubs and Professional Organizations

There’s an organization or club (or several) at Notre Dame for you.

The Engineering Leadership Council at Notre Dame is a student-run umbrella organization for all engineering student groups and professional societies on campus.

National academic and professional development organizations on campus that will welcome you include the Notre Dame Chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers; Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers; and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.

Notre Dame Rocketry Team setting up rocket for a launch

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics at Notre Dame (AIAA)
Best known for the Notre Dame Rocket Team and Design, Build, Fly.

Big Beam Team

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Notre Dame Chapter
Best known for the concrete canoe and steel bridge projects.

AiChE students at a table during the ChemE Car competition

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Notre Dame Chapter
Best known for ChemEcar, an annual competition in which students power a small car by a chemical reaction.

Members of the Notre Dame Robotic Football team celebrating a score

Robotic Football Club of Notre Dame
Designing and building robot ‘players’ that compete in an intercollegiate football conference.

Notre Dame Baja Team with cart

Baja SAE
Designing, building, testing, and competing with an off-road vehicle, culminating in a 4-hour endurance race.

e-NABLE students designing prosthetics on computer

E-NABLE Notre Dame
With a focus on biodesign, creating prosthetics and assistive technologies for those in need.

CS for Good
Applying computing to community projects that have a positive social impact.

NDSeed
Empowering rural communities by building pedestrian bridges that provide access to schools, clinics, and work in isolated areas.

Grand Challenges Scholars Program

Are you inspired to understand and contribute to solutions for some of the greatest challenges facing humanity? You may consider applying for the Grand Challenges Scholars Program. Working with a faculty mentor, you’ll design and pursue a plan of transformational learning and research that addresses one of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges.