As a research university, Notre Dame is a teaching and learning community that fosters creative inquiry and scholarship while engaging and enlightening students' minds. It seeks to educate graduate students to exercise leadership in the academy and the professions. Because of Notre Dame's distinctive Catholic identity and mission, it values all intellectual inquiry as the pursuit not just of knowledge but also of truth.

The University, therefore, offers its undergraduates an education that can challenge and mature their hearts and spirits as well as their minds and provides all its graduate students with a community that can similarly advance their full humanity.

Notre Dame invites applicants supportive of and dedicated to enhancing its mission as a Catholic research university, particularly women, members of historically underrepresented groups, and others who will enhance the diversity of its faculty.