Message from the Executive Vice President

Our University was founded on bold aspirations. With the support of our alumni, benefactors, and friends of the University, we are closer to realizing Rev. Edward F. Sorin’s vision for Notre Dame to be a powerful force for good in the world. 

As the leading Catholic research university, the work of our faculty, staff, and students brings hope, light, and understanding to the world. As we broaden the University’s impact, we are committed to ensuring that a Notre Dame education is accessible to all. This past year, the University invested $155 million into undergraduate financial aid, a commitment made possible by the generosity of our supporters who join us in our mission. Through the Fighting Irish Initiative and new programs such as Science & Engineering Scholars, deserving students are empowered to realize their educational goals, despite odds that may be stacked against them. 

Because of the prudent management of our endowment, we are well-positioned to continue to impact the world with our research, teaching, and service. Increasingly, the careful stewardship of the endowment funds and our conservative fiscal approach enable us to be less dependent on tuition revenue while maintaining low levels of debt and balancing the budget every year. 

We are committed to ensuring that a Notre Dame education is accessible to all.

The opening of Corbett Family Hall, the Duncan Student Center, O’Neill Hall, Jenkins Hall, and Nanovic Hall has transformed numerous departments, created space for a new school, and given our students expanded opportunities to cultivate the education of their minds, bodies, and spirits. At the same time, we remain steadfast in our commitment to our distinct residential life. Because of the generosity of our benefactors, we will open a new men’s residence hall in August 2019 and a new women’s residence hall in August 2020, ensuring our ability to provide housing for our undergraduates to live together in community.

Similarly, we have partnered with benefactors and the Congregation of Holy Cross to provide our religious community with the residence they so vitally need to complete their work in service to the Church and our campus community. In the spring of 2020, we will complete a new Corby Hall, replacing the original Corby Hall that had been home to the members of the Congregation since 1893. 

As we construct new facilities to accomplish our mission, we are careful to preserve the existing facilities and iconic spaces that make our campus among the most beautiful and sacred of all university campuses. Continually, we invest in renovations and maintenance for all of our facilities and strictly follow our undergraduate residential facilities master plan.

As we look to the future, we are confident in our progress in pursuit of our mission and grateful for those who embrace our bold vision that is rooted in our Catholic tradition.

John F. Affleck-Graves
Executive Vice President