The University of Notre Dame du Lac is a Catholic university located near South Bend, Indiana, in the United States. In French, Notre Dame du Lac means "Our Lady of the Lake" and refers to the university's patron saint, the Virgin Mary.


Founded in 1842 by Edward Sorin as an all-male institution, Notre Dame is adjacent to the city of South Bend and covers 1,250 acres with two lakes and 136 buildings, including the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (completed in 1888) and the Main Building (completed in 1879) with its famed Golden Dome, both campus landmarks that remain from Bellairs's time on campus.

The university is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross order.

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