In fact, the early Notre Dame was a university in name only. It encompassed religious novitiates, preparatory and grade schools and a manual labor school, but its classical collegiate curriculum never attracted more than a dozen students a year in the early decades.
Notre Dame faculty members have won 20 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the past six years, more than for any other research university in the nation. In recent years, the University also has the most in the nation of recipients of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies. Faculty have been elected to membership in such prestigious organizations as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Law Institute.
Research awards to Notre Dame have more than doubled in the last five years to more than $80 million in fiscal year 2005. More than 70 percent of the (more ... )