VisitND Challenge Submissions

Below are the registrations for the VisitND Challenge. Please read through the submissions, and provide your top selections here:

Submission 1 – General

This tour will be designed to cater to the visitor of Notre Dame, whether a tourist or perspective student. The tour will include some of the most beautiful and impressive structures on campus, encompassing academic, athletic, natural, and spiritual interests.

Our stops will visit all of the “quintessential” and famous spots on campus. These stops will attempt to show the user a full and diverse range of the activities and institutions on campus. To get this full experience of the University of Notre Dame, the stops included in this tour will be (not necessarily in this order):

  1. Basilica of the Sacred Heart: As one of the best known and most beautiful structure on campus, this stop is a must for those seeking to awed by Notre Dame’s rich catholic heritage.
  2. Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes: Similarly to the Basilica, this beautiful and tranquil spot of pray on campus is a must see by all visitors.
  3. The Golden Dome: What tour would be complete without the Golden Dome?
  4. Notre Dame Stadium: Although currently under construction, our massively impressive Notre Dame Stadium gives visitors a sense of the scope and scale of UND’s impact! Plus visitors love to bask in the age-old traditions of our school’s football following.
  5. Old College: Having visited some of the most massive and impressive structures on campus, it is always fun to go revisit the school’s humble beginnings at the oldest building on campus, now the undergraduate seminary.
  6. Stinson-Remick Nano-Fabrication center: Having experienced our older portions of campus, steeped in tradition and rich in history, a sark contrast can be made by visiting the cutting-edge nano fabrication centers within Stinson-Remick, showing just how flexible, changing, and exciting our Campus’s science and engineering schools can be.
  7. La Fortune Student Center: La Fortune is always an welcome and relieving sight after visiting all of our seemingly serious institutions on campus. Its good to see everyone relax and have fun in the various dining areas of La Fortune!
  8. Hesburgh Library: Touchdown Jesus is one of the most iconic pieces of our school’s history. Additionally, from the observation floor, you can get a great view of all the other stops on our tour!
  9. The Fountain: Our fountain is a beautiful centerpiece that really helps bring together the vastly different facets of campus. Additionally, it is retells the tail of the old field house and field house mall, and history like that is always interesting!
  10. Joyce Center: If we are visiting the facility’s of our university’s football team, it is only fair that we experience the facilities of our equally impressive basketball teams.
  11. Jordan Hall of Science: In a similar fashion to Stinson-Remick, Jordan Hall of Science is a beautiful building that highlights Notre Dame’s dedication to advancement in science.
  12. Notre Dame Law School: With stops on the tour that highlight science, engineering, and arts and letters, the beautiful and highly-esteemed law school cannot be left out! A visit to the library or court room drives home the fact that Notre Dame Law School is one of the nation’s premier schools of law.
  13. The Boat House: A quick visit to the lakes and St. Joseph boathouse and beach highlights the vastness and natural beauty of our campus. You can sail right here in the middle of UND!
  14. Snite Museum of Art: UND also has a sophisticated pallet for art. What better way to experience it than by visiting our very own rare and coveted art collections at Snite!
  15. Coleman-Morse Center: Coleman-Morse is a beautiful reminder of Notre Dame’s dedication arts and letters. This beautiful hall is the center of our arts and letters program.
  16. Mendoza School of Business: Having highlighted almost every facet of campus academics, our neat summary couldn’t be complete without Mendoza, the beautiful hall housing our world-renowned business school.

Submission 2 – Spiritual

The overall tour of the subject to cater to the Catholic family who has longed their whole lives to see the premier Catholic Institution in the United States. Not only does this mean the Basilica or the Grotto, but every little hidden gem the campus has to offer. Starting at the Log Chapel, which is the place where Fr. Sorin first stayed and where he founded the University. Then off to Old College to hear a little bit about the seminarians. From there, the tour would go to the sign that has Father Sorin’s immortal letter back to Blessed Basil Moreau that says Notre Dame will be “most powerful means for good in this country.” Then to the Holy Handoff statue behind CoMo. Circling back up to Corby Hall and the Father Corby statue, a Holy Cross priest, the guest would then be directed to the Basilica, Main Building, and the Holy Cross cemetery around the lake. They would be taken to Father Sorin’s grave with a video of Father Sorin’s famous speech when the University burnt down. Then to Father Hesburgh’s grave. All the way back to the Grotto for quiet reflection about what they had just heard about some of the great priests of this University. All the way down God Quad with a stop at the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue then to Father Sorin’s statue, to O’Shag at the Jesus at the Well with the Samaritan Woman statue, and the Mary statue at Main Circle. Ending at the St. Andre Bessette statue will end their tour with a stop to the bookstore to purchase religious items from the bookstore.

Submission 3 – Student Life

The tour for Student Life is quite helpful for graduate students, especially like me, an international student to get to know the life for students in ND.

Submission 4 – ND Community

  • Begin at the Rockne Statue outside the Stadium. Describe the tradition and legacy of Knute.
  • Walk to the Word of Life Mural. Describe the history of the mural and its origins and how it relates to ND football and spirit.
  • Then move on to the statue of Father Ted and Ned. Begin the story of the legacy of Father Hesburgh and the significance of the library. Cue SR-17 story, how a huge muskie jumped into his boat story. Tell of how he said mass everyday until the day he died.
  • then walk to the War Memorial (Stonehenge) where we will talk about the service and support ND has for the US military. Tell of the beginnings with the military saving the university from bankruptcy. The guarding of the Memorial by navy cadets.
  • Then move to Lafortune and describe the student life of the building. Observe the hanging photos of past sports teams and coaches, (especially number 16 in the ’88 football photo).
  • Leave Lafun and head to the Jesus statue facing the Golden Dome. Describe the significance of Catholicism on campus and the community it has fostered since the origins of our university. Describe the story of our founding by Father Sorin and Our Lady of the Lake. Tell of how Catholics honor Mary and Father Sorin wanted to honor Mary in gold on top of the dome. Tell of the history of the Main Building, its origins and its swift building.
  • Then walk thru the first floor of the Main building. Observe the wall of honor and the Laetare Medal. Walk up the stairs to see the ""Liberal Arts"" painting on the underside of the dome. Tell the story of the Crown of Mary and the history of its theft and recovery.
  • move down the main steps and begin to walk to the basilica. Tell of all of the history. Describe the first all freshmen mass and how united and special that feels for an undergrad away from home for the first time.
  • After all of the history of the basilica, walk out to the grotto.
  • Describe the importance of the grotto as a symbol of hope and community to the students and all who come to the grotto with their prayers. Describe the holiness and how alumns always say there is no place else like the grotto on earth. Offer the visitors to light a candle or say a prayer.
  • Next walk to the lake and south along the path. Bring up stories of Father Sorin’s first visit in the winter. The legends of walking around the lakes with a significant other. Walk up to the log cabin. Tell of how our university origins were founded here. How the log cabin is still used today for baptisms and marriages. Describe the life of an undergrad preparing to be a Holy Cross priest.
  • from there walk past the east side of Bond hall to the ""Holy Handoff"" statue. Go through CoMo and tell of the activities and process First Year students go thru and are privilege to.
  • Walk out to south quad and tell of its significance, the awesomeness of South Dining Hall and the significance of the ""Rock"". End at Main circle looking back at the Golden Dome and tell of how students will always be inspired and hopeful when they see Mary on top of the Dome. How it is a sight that always brings joy and peace in times of stress and strife. How the ND community is truly one under the gaze of Mary, Our Mother.

Submission 5 – General

  1. God Quad – Arguably the most important quad on campus; notably home to Main Building and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart; a view of the three tallest buildings on campus (Basilica, Main Building, Hesburgh Library) which reflect the values of Notre Dame (faith and spirituality, family and community, academics and intellectual excellence); the taboo of walking on the grass
  2. Main Building – The Administrative center of campus; the legend of the front steps; the Golden Dome; Statue of Mary atop the Golden Dome
  3. Basilica of the Sacred Heart – Spiritual Center on Campus; the beautiful chapels, paintings, stained glass, sculptures, and altars
  4. LaFortune Student Center – (currently) the only student center on campus; restaurants; the barber/salon; travel agency; bank; computer lab
  5. North Quad/Veteran’s Memorial – Notable sculpture/fountain; second largest quad of dorms (and arguably the most important); North Dining Hall; Haggar Hall; can discuss dorm life (on-campus upperclassmen, tendency to live only in one dorm, community, academic assistance from upperclassmen living with underclassmen)
  6. Geddes Hall – Home of the Center for Social Concerns and the Institute for Church Life
  7. Hesburgh Library – First Down Moses; Word of Life Mural; Lots of books; Father Ted’s impact on Notre Dame and the United States; study spaces
  8. Jordan Hall of Science – good example of a classroom building; good opportunity to discuss the Science programs at Notre Dame
  9. Rolfe’s – Interhall sports
  10. JACC – Men and Women’s Basketball; Men and Women’s Fencing; Women’s Volleyball; other sports
  11. Notre Dame Stadium – Football (and the alumni network, many of whom are active participants in the rituals and traditions of football gamedays)
  12. DeBartolo Hall – good opportunity to discuss the Arts and Letters programs at Notre Dame
  13. Mendoza College of Business – good opportunity to discuss the #1 undergraduate Business school in the country
  14. DeBartolo Performing Arts Center – good opportunity to discuss opportunities for cultural enrichment at Notre Dame, such as plays, classical/tradition musical performances, student film festival (FTT majors), and some speakers (such as Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor)
  15. Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering – good opportunity to discuss the Engineering programs at Notre Dame
  16. Main Circle/Notre Dame Avenue – typical meeting point for someone to be picked up or dropped off; useful landmark; straight view of the Main Building
  17. South Quad – largest quad on campus; mostly residential; student snowball fight; Rockne Memorial Gym; South Dining Hall; Knights of Columbus building; O’Shaughnessy Hall
  18. Coleman Morse Center – Home of Campus Ministry (one of the largest in the country), Home of First Year Studies
  19. Bond Hall – Home of the School of Architecture; can also begin a conversation about International Studies
  20. Old College – Undergraduate Seminary; oldest building on campus
  21. St. Mary’s Lake/ St. Joseph’s Lake – Notre Dame du Lac; good running tracks
  22. Grotto – Spiritually significant place on campus; can discuss the union between spirituality and community at Notre Dame

Submission 6 – Student Life

It’s no secret that Notre Dame is one of the most beautiful and tourist friendly college campuses in the country. From the beautiful quads and the unique architecture to the statues and campus monuments; Notre Dame is teeming with gorgeous sights. Visitors get to take photos in front of the dome and light candles at the grotto but experiencing Notre Dame as a student is such a special and cherished experienced that we want to give visitors to our campus the opportunity to experience what we do every day. The focus of our tour is to give people a taste of student life and what the campus sights and treasures mean to the student body that loves them so dearly.

THE LAKES – There’s so much to see, and they offer such a unique view of campus, that we highly suggest taking the time to walk the lakes while you’re here. St. Mary’s lake (the lake closest to the Grotto) is where the Fisher Regatta takes place, a boating event every spring where dorms race homemade boats. St. Joseph’s lake is home to a beautifully haunting walking Stations of the Cross display and the beach on the other side of the lake is the site of the Badin/Dillon Polar Bear Plunge. Everybody has a favorite spot around the lakes, go find yours! You’d better be careful who you take that stroll with, however, because it’s rumored that if you walk around the lakes holding hands with that special someone you’ll wind up getting married!

THE GROTTO – The Grotto is a place of quiet prayer and reflection where students flock to center and quiet themselves amid their often hectic lives. Aside from football Saturdays and weekends when lots of visitors are on campus the busiest times for the Grotto tend to be the first week of the semester, midterms, and finals week. Whether it’s lighting a candle for a loved one, saying a prayer of thanksgiving, just taking a moment for yourself, or a desperate Hail Mary for a passing grade in Calculus; the grotto is a place where student faith and mental health is nourished and renewed.

THE DOME – An obvious campus landmark and a must-see, but to the student body the Dome is so much more than just a beautiful photo back drop. To us, it’s more than just the Main Building. To us it’s a constant reminder that we are ND! Glances up at the dome on walks home after late nights of studying or long days of class and exams can make the stress and exhaustion melt away because even though we sometimes stumble on our college journey how lucky are we to be under the constant watch and care of Our Lady? Another thing that goes along with being a Notre Dame student is the lore associated with various places on campus. One of the most highly respected superstitions is that as an undergraduate student you don’t walk up the steps of the Main Building lest you won’t graduate.

THE LAFORTUNE STUDENT CENTER – The LaFortune Student Center, known affectionately as LaFun by the student body, is truly the heart of student life. Home to numerous student clubs and organizations like Student Government, WVFI (the campus radio station), Student Union Board, Voices of Faith, Prism, and The Gender Relations Center; LaFun acts as a headquarters for the majority of the activities and events on campus. In addition, the LaFun Ballroom is where countless dorm dances, game watches, and miscellaneous other events like The Best of LaFortune take place. The basement of LaFun is open 24 hours and at 2:00AM on weekends the basement is flooded with students leavings the dorms as parietals hit and regrouping to grab some late night Taco Bell. Be it scoping out a spot with an outlet to study or picking up snacks and school supplies at the Huddle, LaFun acts as a lifeline for the student body.

HESBURG LIBRARY – For the first time in the 52 years since it was built the Hesburg Library stands in memorial to the late Father Theodore Hesburgh. Though it’s adored as the ideal study spot, “Club Hes” has much more to offer! Au Bon Pain is a great place to grab lunch between classes and one hour before closing they have a half-off sale on the baked goods. The library also houses the Carey Auditorium which is used for speakers that come to campus, the Miss ND Pageant, and even some exams. The most popular study spot in the library is “the Fishbowl,” a room surrounded with large glass windows, lots of light, and resources designed to facilitate group work.

THE STADIUM – The Stadium; a symbol of what it means to be ND to alumni and fans all over the country, and the hub of student life on football Saturdays. It’s the single building on this campus capable of bringing together thousands of fans, young and old, from all over the country to cheer the Irish onto victory. An infectious energy rips through the stadium when “Here Come the Irish” plays over the speakers and our boys take the field for kickoff. Whether it’s Tim McCarthy’s pun after the third quarter or singing the Alma Mater at the end of a game, the stadium houses some of the most cherished Notre Dame traditions. One of the latest additions to the stadium are the structures being built around it as a part of the Campus Crossroads construction project launched Fall of 2014. These buildings will house classrooms, offices for some of the academic departments, a new student center, a new RecSports facility and a ballroom to name a few of the new features.

Submission 7 – Notable Notre Dame people

Stand In Their Shoes
With the Notre Dame family being so interconnected and forming the community we all come to know and love, no matter when you graduate, we propose a tour that lets you stand in the shoes of some of the most well known Notre Dame figures. This would give insight to the traditional Notre Dame locations but with a sense of “if Sister Jean
Lenz can lead the first generations of women at Notre Dame to greatness, I also have a call to greatness”. It is a friendly reminder of the many people that have made this family special both in the past, present, and future. The tour would start with a view of the dome from Main Circle where fans can take a “doment” and be invited to follow the footsteps of the Notre Dame family. The stops would include information on the place, the person, and perhaps some of the
tradition reflected by them. Such spots would include the Dome highlighting Mary, our Mother; the Basilica highlighting Blessed Basil Moreau; the Grotto highlighting Thomas Anthony Dooley III; the Rock highlighting Knute Rockne; the Library highlighting Father Hesburgh; the Stadium highlighting Lou Holtz or another notable football icon; Campus
Crossroads highlighting Father Jenkins; Stinson-Remick to talk about the scientific contributions of Alfred Zahm; Lafun would spotlight the extracurriculars of Notre Dame while mentioning NBC news correspondent Anne Thompson; O’Shag to mention Rudy; the Morris Inn which is named in honor of Ernest M. Morris who donated $1 million to aid Notre Dame in postwar expansion in return for the kindness shown to him by Father John W. Cavanaugh when he became unable to pay tuition; not to mention Mendoza, the number one business school which is connected to many notable CEOs for companies such as Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Sprint Nextel Corporation, etc…; the lakes where we can talk about Nicholas Sparks, his running career, and the
romantic Notebook-like traditions like walking around the lakes; the Sorin statue to highlight Father Sorin; Washington Hall to tell the story of the Gipper; Farley Hall, one of the first women’s halls, to highlight Sister Jean Lenz and the addition of women to the University of Notre Dame; Sorin College to mention Monk Malloy; DPAC to highlight
Regis Philbin; Debartolo Hall to mention the Debartolo family and the many generous contributors to this campus; South Dining Hall to talk about the Notre Dame student; the Law Arch to mention the Band of the Fighting Irish and the Irish Guard; and Stonehenge/Clark Memorial Fountain would pay tribute to the men and women of ROTC.
Thus, this tour gives a face to the many special places on campus because where you are is only half of the Notre Dame experience. The people we are surrounded by make this University the extraordinary place that it is!

Submission 8 – Prospective Student


Our tour is targeted at being an overview for prospective students. However, we designed it as such because we feel that kind of tour will serve an exciting purpose, while having broad appeal and portraying a significant portion of what makes Notre Dame extraordinary. Our tour aims to start with four stops that summarily display Notre Dame’s commitment to community, tradition, faith and academics. From there it moves into a walk-through of the university’s academic facilities, leading into a look at some of the other more day-to-day locations on campus and closing with a final look at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Main Building: Chief Emblem of the Notre Dame community. First thing you see, natural place to start
Stadium: A century of tradition combined with the constant promise of adding to the legend. Showing people the place where the Notre Dame spirit comes to life.
Grotto/Lakes in the background: Going to where the echoes quiet and Notre Dame can display its holy serenity. Focusing in on the Catholic Faith that guides and sustains Notre Dame.
Hesburgh Library: The academic pillar of Notre Dame. Where Touchdown Jesus reflects on Fr. Ted’s vision for an elite, diverse, Catholic university. Leads our tour into student life and academics.
Lafortune Student Center (Lafun): As we shift our tour into student life and academics we start at the hub of student activity. Student Government, student resources, study spaces and social spaces all on display.
O’Shaughnessy Hall (O’Shag): Fame of Rudy and the home of Arts and Letters, papered hallways allow you to explore your interests and open your minds to new ideas via lectures and seminars.
Stinson-Remick: Continuing the look at academics with the engineering building filled with ground-breaking research and state-of-the-art facilities.
Jordan Hall of Science: A look at the university’s science offerings including its stunning Digital Visualization Theater.
DeBartolo Hall (Debart): Any look at academics on campus would be incomplete without taking a closer look at the building that is central to so many student’s classroom life
Mendoza: Closing the tour’s selection of academic buildings with the oft-cited #1 undergraduate business school in the country.
Innovation Park: Going from the business school to look at where Notre Dame’s business minds connect with outside businesses in exciting, impactful ways.
Coleman-Morris Hall (Como): Moving from Academics into other aspects of student life with a final look at theology, First-Year Advising and innovative study space.
South Dining Hall/North Dining Hall: A look at both dining halls and the food and social opportunities they offer.
DPAC: Stepping into other ways students express themselves by looking at where concerts, plays and film all come to life.
Rock/Rolfs: A look at the athletic outlets on campus and the facilities available for everyday exercise and sports for students.
Compton: Closing with some of Notre Dame’s most popular and impressive structures, starting with one of the nation’s best collegiate hockey rinks.
JACC: A look at the basketball stadium, but with a focus on its use for the masses that bookend the academic year.
Basilica: Nowhere else to finish, but the beautiful building that artfully proclaims God, Country, Notre Dame.

Submission 9 – Dorm Life

Our tour will be based on dorm life tied in with Notre Dame as a whole. We plan on highlighting each dorm’s traditions, lifestyle, communal presence, and staff.

We feel Notre Dame has a lot of information about well known landmarks like Stonehenge and Touchdown Jesus; however, prospective students, athletes, and families have very little information on how things on campus basically revolve around dorm life.

Though our tour will focus on dorms, we will introduce each dorm by where they are situated on campus. For example, we will introduce Sorin Hall by mentioning its proximity to Main Building and the Golden Dome. Likewise, we will give some historical background on these important landmarks and explain why they are important to students and the dorms close by.

Our tour will capture the ins and outs of dorms. We want to explain O’Neill’s O’Week and Spanky’s Pizzeria, Badin’s Polar Plunge, the Fisher Regatta, Keenan Revue, and so much more. We want to explain how sections work and how the people there become your family for your time at Notre Dame. Ultimately, we want to make sure visitors know how important dorms are to Notre Dame life.

We plan on filming outside with a drone to capture the beauty of the dorm from an angle that may be hard to reach. Inside the dorm, we hope to interview hall rectors so they can tell us about important events and the spirit of the dorm. We would also like to interview a few students to find out more about the hall’s communal life.

Kris Moran and Michael Martinez are Photography and Computer Science majors, respectively. We believe we are the perfect team to do a beautiful job with this competition. We look forward to hearing back!

Submission 10 – Tradition

Where Tradition Lives On

The University of Notre Dame is not a typical college campus, it is a place of memories for anyone who has stepped foot onto campus, whether student, staff, or Irish fan. Many of the memories live on in the form of traditions and Notre Dame is filled with them. This tour proposes to take visitors on a journey exploring stories and events that spark from the past, take place in the present, but live forever in our memories.

The tour aims to highlight traditions at each of its locations. Specifically, it would include both St. Mary’s Lake for the Fischer Regatta; St. Joseph’s Lakes for the lore that if one walks around both lakes holding hands with a significant other, then the couple will be married; Main building, specifically the interior of the Golden Dome for the tradition of the superior dorms holding “Dome Dances” under its beauty; the steps of Main Building for not walking down them before graduation as a student or else risking one’s diploma; God Quad and mentioning not to walk on the grass to save both its beauty and one’s Theology grade; Notre Dame Stadium and the celebratory push-ups that commence after a touchdown; Lyons Arch at Lyons Hall and how a love may be sealed in marriage with a kiss below the entry; the Clarke Memorial Fountain a.k.a. Stonehenge and the students sliding through after a football victory; Hesburgh Library with the reflecting pool and the students who run through (see St. Edwards Hall at 9 AM everyday game day); South Quad with its “Civil War” between North and South Quads, the snowball fight that takes place after the first big snow each year; Lafortune Student Center and “The Shirt” project that is displayed inside; South and North Dining Halls and the rivaling opinion as to which is better; the Grotto with many students coming to light a candle in prayer and hope; the Law Arch and its history with allowing the Irish Guard to make safe passage to the football stadium; Bond Hall and the Band of the Fighting Irish’s “Concert on the Steps”; the Basilica and how when its clock strikes midnight, the Notre Dame Drumline kicks off gameday with a performance just outside its walls; Washington Hall and the story of George Gipp; Hammes Bookstore and its famous Bookstore Basketball tournament held each year; Legends and their students events including the infamous Hip Hop Night; Zahm Hall and their massive “Here Come the Irish” sign; the Huddle Mart with their popular Quarter Dogs at midnight; Sorin College with the luck of rubbing Father Sorin’s toe; and the Joyce Center as the venue of Junior Parents’ Weekend and Bengel/Baraka Bouts.

These traditions sum up many examples of what makes Notre Dame so special. The experiences on this campus, live on in the hearts and minds of the Notre Dame family.

Submission 11 – Prospective Students

  1. Main Circle – As the starting point of our journey because of it’s marvelous view of the Dome and it’s quick access to Debartolo quad and South/West quad dorms.
  2. Debartolo/ Debartolo Quad – Because students want to see where they will be taking their courses and this quad boasts the most academic buildings in one area including two of our largest schools business and engineering
  3. Notre Dame Football Stadium – Because football is central to student life here at Notre Dame and it is a grand experience for many
  4. Joyce Center – Again to display where students will be taking their classes.
  5. Hesburgh Library – Focusing on the Fishbowl and upper levels to display where students will be able to find quiet study spaces with beautiful views of the campus.
  6. Lafortune Student Center – Dubbed “LaFun” on campus due to its large amount of amenities. Student life requires balance and Lafortune does well to represent that for many students
  7. North Quad – Displaying some of the oldest dorms on campus it displays the character of campus well
  8. St. Joe’s Lake – Further pushing the idea of balance through tranquility. There are marvelous views of the dome from this lake and it is a relaxing space.
  9. The Grotto/ the Basilica – Notre Dame focuses greatly on the education of the mind and the spirit. The grotto is the personification of this ideal.
  10. Main building – Because this building is the center of our campus and is the symbol of our pride as ND students.
  11. St. Mary’s Lake – Because this space is also a relaxing area where people go to relax and gather their thoughts.
  12. South Dining Hall – Because food is of the utmost importance in college and a majority of students go to South even if they live in a Northern dorm.

From there I will lead my tour back to Main Circle.

Submission 12 – General

We chose this tour because we think it best encapsulates Notre Dame as a whole. Though there are clearly significant individual aspects of the University (spiritual, athletic, etc.), visitors must see it in its entirety if they want to truly understand what Notre Dame is. Therefore, we have included a variety of stops focusing on everything from the academics to the groundskeeping, some emphasized more than others, but all necessary elements if newcomers are trying to experience an environment which is difficult to put into words. The stops on the tour, then, are as follows:

The Eck Visitors Center- This is suitable both for the beginning and the end of a tour. The building is host to the Visitor’s Center, where anyone can get information, campus maps, or watch a video about the history of Notre Dame. This is also where the Alumni Association is housed, and visitors will see here the network and larger community that students enter after graduating from the University.

South Dining Hall- The large, red brick structure is the University’s largest dining hall, but has much more worth than simply as a place to eat. This building also houses the offices of Scholastic magazine and The Observer, the main campus newspaper. In addition, the collegiate gothic structure of the building makes it pleasing, both to the eye and as a dining experience.

The Rockne Memorial Building- Because it commemorates a great man who is iconic in the history of Notre Dame football, The Rock is a must-see, especially in the atrium, where a great deal of athletic memorabilia is housed. Here the visitors can learn a little of the phenomenon that Notre Dame football was in the early 1900s.

The Log Chapel- No tour would be complete without a view of the place where everything began. It is central to understanding the struggles and successes of the founders of Notre Dame.

Old College- Like the log chapel, the oldest standing building on campus is a necessary part of the University’s history, and is an example of a modest success in the first few years.

St. Mary’s/St. Joseph’s Lakes- These bodies of water which inspired Fr. Sorin to name his school “Notre Dame du Lac” are both aesthetically beautiful and surprisingly important to the school’s development.

Corby Hall- The residence for Holy Cross Priests tells another part of Notre Dame’s history, housing the order responsible for founding the school, and paying tribute to a particularly important member of that order. Fr. Corby is memorialized with a statue just outside the building.

The Sycamore- Possibly the oldest tree on campus, the many tales woven about this historic tree make it a fascinating part of campus history.

The Grotto- A reverent place, far simpler than the Basilica but just as beloved, is part of the beating heart of spiritual life at Notre Dame.

The Basilica- The tallest building on campus is a testament to the importance of religion on campus. It is easily the most ornate and painstakingly crafted structure on campus today, and houses the work of Gregori, who was a tremendous artistic presence during his 17 years in residence and beyond.

Sorin College- One of the older dorms on campus, Sorin Hall’s ill-fated secession from the University during the Vietnam War provides insight into the centrality and power of dorm life for Notre Dame students.

The Main Building- The Golden Dome is easily the most recognizable structure on campus, and is significant both for its history and modern usage, as well as for the artwork collected inside.

LaFortune Student Center- Showcasing another side of Notre Dame, Lafortune is the central hub of student activity on campus, for its food services, study areas, lounges, and rec room.

Clarke War Memorial- “Stonehenge” is pleasant simply to walk by, but also recalls the Notre Dame faithful involved in all of the US wars from WWII onwards.

Hesburgh Library- Memorializing a great man, central to the recent history of Notre Dame, what was once the largest collegiate library in the world is also important for the famous “Touchdown Jesus” mosaic on its south face.

Jordan Hall of Science- A more recent addition to campus, Jordan showcases something of the academic life at Notre Dame, and allows visitors to view the tremendous central hallway. The architectural excellence is evident throughout campus, but Jordan is a prime and relatively new example of it.

Joyce Center- One of the central athletic buildings on campus, the JACC is home to many training and performance areas for varsity sports, but also houses a large collection of sports memorabilia spanning two floors of the building.

Notre Dame Stadium- An unmissable part of campus, the site of classic football history and fervent devotion is a tremendous binding agent in the Notre Dame community.

Samaritan Woman Statue- The series of statues in front of O’Shaughnessy recall the encounter between Jesus and the woman at the well. Impeccably sculpted by Ivan Mestrovic, this is one of the prettiest, though occasionally overlooked, areas of campus.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center- DPAC is one of the most active buildings on campus. In addition to being a classroom center for FTT, the constant plays, musicals, concerts, and other performances are a permanent fixture here. It combines work, art, entertainment, and leisure and is a focal point of campus because of this.

Hammes Bookstore- The largest collegiate bookstore in the country is another central hub of campus, as it houses textbooks for classes in every major, as well as providing a tremendous haul of Notre Dame memorabilia and technology.

Submission 13 – Student Life

For our student life tour we wanted to include several locations that are integral to the day to day functions of students on campus. We ought to capture the life of a typical Notre Dame student and how they actually utilize the facilities on campus. This tour is designed to show the aspects of student life that reveal why the students love being here at Notre Dame.

  1. Bond Hall – Bond used to be the University’s main library, and is now home to the school of Architecture. On GameDay afternoons, the Marching Band plays music to the Irish fans on the steps of Bond Hall before marching out to the stadium.
  2. Geddes Hall – Home to Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, but also has one of the nicest libraries on campus that students love to use for a quiet study room as well as a relaxed outdoor patio.
  3. Clarke Memorial Fountain-A WWII memorial fountain, nicknamed Stonehenge, reminds students of those who served for their country.
  4. Stepan fields – The open fields by Stepan Center is where many students go to play sports with their friends, whether it’s simply tossing a frisbee around or playing for your dorm in intramural full-pad tackle football.
  5. Bookstore Basketball courts – Started in 1972, the Bookstore Basketball is the largest outdoor 5 on 5 basketball tournament in the world and a signature event at ND during the middle of 2nd semester for a nice break away from the rigor of academics. Rain, snow, or shine, students get to compete in a bracket of over 700 teams to showcase their talents outside of the classroom.
  6. South Dining Hall- While there is an ongoing feud between those loyal to North and those to South, SDH is Notre Dame’s more widely attended dining facility that features a ‘Hogwarts” like dining room.
  7. Rockne Memorial- Students come to the “Rock” to utilize the cardio exercise equipment as well as the lifting facilities. More often than not one can also find a group of students playing a pickup game of basketball.
  8. Hesburgh Library- Club Hes, as the students call it, is always teeming with students. Whether they’re catching a bite to eat at ABP or working on a group project in the fishbowl.
  9. Lakes – The two lakes on campus are a great place for students to go for a relaxing run. The lakes are host a slew of activities from boat races, to concerts, to the Polar Plunge.
  10. Stadium – Home of the Notre Dame football team, this is where the entire Notre Dame family come together as one on GameDay to cheer on the football team.
  11. Stinson-Remick Hall – Home of introductory engineering courses as well as advanced engineering labs. Also home to the nanotechnology lab.
  12. Mendoza – One of the newer buildings on campus. Home of the #1 rated undergraduate business school in the country.
  13. LaFortune Student Hall – Known as ""La Fun"", this is a social center for students as well as an extremely popular study location. Home of the huddle, the on campus convenience store and the famous bulk candy wall.
  14. DPAC- Hosts well-known speakers and societal figures as well as holding plays and student concerts
  15. Washington Hall- Hosts student run performances, comedy shows, and the ghost of George Gipp. There seems to a performance almost every day for all students to enjoy and have a good time.
  16. Grotto – Replica of the famous Grotto in Lourdes, France. One of the most spiritual places on campus, where students step aside to reflect and have a moment to themselves.
  17. Main building – The most iconic building on campus is home to admissions, financial aid, and of course, the golden dome.
  18. Basilica – Sacred Heart Basilica, spiritual center of campus. Holds the oldest French stained glass windows in the world.
  19. Rolfs – One of the sports recreation center with various activities, such as working out, playing pickup basketball, or playing ping pong with other students.
  20. Reckers – Chow down on pleasurable food that are sometimes made by student workers; great use of flex points, and a great place to meet with your friends on any day and enjoy a late night meal.
  21. Jordan’s Hall of Science- Jordan is home to Notre Dame’s top tier science facilities including a star gazing lab and an observatory.

Submission 14 – Student Study Spots

This tour covers the exciting locations….of students studying! We thought that from prospective students to retired Domers to (especially) PARENTS, everyone likes to know where students are studying these days. Not only does this tour take you across campus to see many historic and integral spots of each quad, but there are a variety of buildings that impart a comprehensive idea of a student’s day-to-day life.

  1. DeBartolo Hall study lounge: Walking through DeBart is the most exciting way to start off a tour and really get a feeling for the vibrant campus. The lounge shows off the high-tech computer lab and aesthetically pleasing lounge (with a view of the construction progress as well, where MORE study spots will soon be built).
  2. Waddicks (O’Shag): Walk buy the always-busy coffee shop and witness students rejuvenating with coffee, laughter, and intense conversations with professors. Leave out the East door of O’Shag to walk down the pretty but less-traveled between Malloy and O’Shag.
  3. Library: Entering the library from the West side, get a view of the Fishbowl, arguably the most iconic ND study spot. Inevitably, every student pulls at least one late-night study session here, often with groups; this is one of the most rambunctious group study spots.
  4. Geddes Hall: As you leave the library, make a quick detour in Geddes and see one of the best study spots on campus. Make sure to grab one of their ""marshmallow mints"" (buttermilk mints) at the front desk.
  5. LaFortune: Affectionately called ""LaFun"", this definitely seems to be the main hub for students during the day. Upstairs, see students putting on the freshmen 15 and studying in groups. Downstairs, pass by the computer lounge to see a quieter, more serious study environment. Also downstairs is the ""east lounge room"" which is one of the most secret and pleasant study spots on campus due to it’s subzero air-conditioner temperatures.
  6. ACE Building Lounge: Another highly coveted spot is in the lounge of the ACE Building, which ACE often opens up for studying when not being used for events. This spot wins the visual aesthetics award; the window view onto the green trees and vines of the Grotto is a beautifully motivating sight while studying hard.
  7. God Quad: Until the first snow comes, the benches on God Quad are a nice relief from indoor studying
  8. (optional) Hayes-Healy Math Library: This basement hideaway has excellent group study rooms and all the books you could desire on discrete mathematics and formal logic.
  9. Coleman-Morse: the standard tour only walks briefly through the first floor (and has an odd obsession with the stone ball fountain), but misses the upstairs learning center. This tour takes you by the First Year of Studies so that you can really get a feel for the resources and available tutors. Finally, walk downstairs by the computer lab and see huge 80"" inch screens because someone misplaced the Star Trek mission control room.
  10. Reckers: Finishing up the tour is a fun, slightly-louder alternative to the ""serious"" study spots. Conclude the tour by treating yourself to a smoothies and oven-baked pizza in order to really get in the student mentality of snacking while studying.

Submission 15 – Historical

ND has such a rich history, and I wanted to create a tour that moved chronologically through Notre Dame’s history. I work as a tour guide on campus, but I feel as though our tours can be a bit too general. So I wanted to focus on the history of our wonderful university.

Start: Old College/Log Cabin
I would start this tour here because Old College and the Log Cabin were the first buildings on campus, and essentially where the university began. Here is where I would tell visitors some general statistics of ND. ""The university was founded in 1842 by Father Edward Sorin, who was sent over by French missionaries.""

1. St. Mary’s Lake:
This is where I would tell visitors about how the name ""Notre Dame du lac"" came about. In November of 1842 when Father Sorin first arrived, everything was frozen over, but he was still able to tell that there was a lake on campus. Therefore, he named the university ""Notre Dame du lac,"" which means ""Our Lady of the Lake"" in French. When spring of 1843 came about, everything melted and Father Sorin realized there were actually two lakes on campus. But he chose to keep the name, even though we are technically ND of the lakes. The lakes also helped supply clay to the school, which allowed us to build many of the older buildings including Old College. This yellow-ish brick is known as Notre Dame Brick.

2. The Grotto:
The Grotto is an important stop on the tour, and since this is a virtual tour, I feel as though the visitors should get the option to view the Grotto both during the day and at night. Personally, I always recommend visitors to return to the Grotto at night, because it’s extremely beautiful then. The Grotto is one of the most popular stops on tours, and visitors occasionally will specifically request to stop there. Likewise, it’s also extremely popular with students, especially during finals and midterms week.

3. The Basilica:
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one stop that should NEVER be skipped. Often times, tour groups don’t get to go into the Basilica because of mass or weddings. However, a virtual tour would allow visitors to see the inside of the Basilica at any time. I would definitely point out the French stained glass, the murals by Luigi Gregori, and the massive pipe organ. If possible, a photo of the east-side door, with the ""God, Country, Notre Dame"" writing should be included. I like to point this out to visitors because it is a simple way to describe our school.

4. The Main Building/Golden Dome
I would start with a photo of the Dome taken from the center of God Quad. This gives visitors an idea of what they are about to enter. Most visitors will typically ask whether the dome is covered in actual gold, which could be answered here.

5. Inside the Dome
I would then take the visitors into the dome. This allows the visitors to see Luigi’s rotunda and his murals of Columbus. I would also show off the Rosary Crown here, just because it is tucked away in the back of the building, and can be easily missed. Then, I would show visitors the main steps and tell them about the myth that if a student walks up the main steps, they will not graduate.

6. LaFortune Hall:
Lafun is the student center on campus, and shouldn’t be skipped. I would mention that before Lafun was the student center, it was a science building.

7. Stonehenge:
The Clarke Memorial fountain (aka Stonehenge), was built to honor those who served in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam wars. This is where I like to tell visitors about ND’s game day tradition, where students run through the fountain after a big win.

8. North Quad:
This is a good place to tell visitors about ND’s dorm life, which is an integral part of our history. Each of a 29 different dorms have their own history and personality. From the oldest dorm St. Edward’s Hall (1882) to Ryan Hall (2009) the newest dorm, each dorm is unique and well-loved. Likewise, throughout all of ND history, there has never been Greek life on campus.

9. The Hesburgh Library:
The Hesburgh Library allows the tour to not only show off the school’s massive 14-story library, but also gives us a chance to honor Father Ted’s contribution to both ND and the world he lived in. I would start by displaying a small bio about Father Hesburgh’s life and showcase the man who the library is named after.

Then, I would show the visitors the Touchdown Jesus mural and the reflecting pool. Sometimes, I like to joke about how after the stadium was renovated, you can no longer see Touchdown Jesus from inside the stadium. Coincidentally, ND has not won a national football championship since then. I would also like to include a photo of campus that was taken from the 10th floor of the library. It’s one of the most beautiful view of ND, and I always suggest that visitors return to the library after the tour to see it.

10. The ND Football Stadium
No tour is truly complete without a visit to the football stadium. Built in 1929, the football stadium has been home to the Fighting Irish ever since. When it was originally built, it only had room for about 50,000 people, but now it holds about 85,000. I always like to mention that the stadium has also been soldout for the past 200+ home games.

11. Debartolo Hall:
Moving towards the modern era, Debart is one of the first buildings we encounter on the tour. Built in 1992, it is a modern academic building with state-of-the-art facilities. Containing over 3 acres of classroom space, Debart is used by all colleges for classroom space.

12. Debartolo Quad:
A 360 degree view of this quad gives visitors a chance to see the Eck Hall of Law, Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering, Mendoza College of Business, and the Debartolo Performing Arts Center.

13. Stinson Remick:
The final building on this historical tour is also the campus’s newest. Completed in 2010, Stinson Remick houses some of the coolest technology on campus. The Clean Room is always popular with tour groups, and manages to impress people of all ages. In addition, it is also the university’s first LEED certified building, which means it is very energy efficient.

End: The Eck Visitor’s Center and the Hammes Bookstore
I believe that the end of the virtual tour should also be the first stop on an actual campus visit. The Eck Center is a great place for visitors to get information on the campus, or to join on a public tour if they ever come to campus. Likewise, the Bookstore is a great place for visitors to get all the ND souvenirs and gear they want!

I absolutely love ND, and I wanted to create tour that showcases the school’s rich history and the beautiful campus.